From racing to YouTube and back to racing: Bas Tietema finally makes pro debut aged 27

The Dutch YouTube star finally makes his professional bow

Bas Tietema
(Image credit: Getty)

Bas Tietema's professional cycling story was seemingly over before it had even begun.

Third in the U23 version of Paris-Roubaix, and part of the BMC training team alongside established professionals Pavel Sivakov, Nathan Van Hooydonck and Pascal Eenkhoorn, Tietema looked to be on the trajectory to filling a spot in a WorldTour roster before a serious skin allergy forced him to climb off prior to him turning a professional pedal.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.