Campo Bicicleta was founded by Paul Kneppers. Since August 8, 2006, after completing his studies to become a mathematics teacher, he has been living in Spain for cycling. He is a so-called climber, which is why he moved to mountainous Spain.
He has ridden for four different cycling teams in Spain (as an amateur, semi-pro and professional): Maxxis, Massi, Telco’m and Caja Rural. For cycling he has traveled throughout Spain and lived in many places: Barcelona, Girona, Pamplona, Granada, Madrid and Malaga.
Racing in Spain
In 2007, Paul was discovered by the Basque team TELCO`M. He then rode for this team for 4 years, where he developed as a cyclist (2008 to 2012).
In every cycling career there are moments of bad luck and for Paul the year 2009 was a hard learning experience. The following season (in 2010) the tide turned, and he climbed the podium 16 times, with five victories (including a stage race). In addition, he won the Basque overall classification “Euskaldun” that year. A major highlight was a congratulations from Miguel Indurain on the victory in the Euskaldun competition.
In the year 2011, a place became available at the pro-continental team Caja Rural. The highlight was the tour of Portugal, where Paul and his team won both the mountains classification and the youth classification.
After the race
Since 2011, Paul has been organizing training camps for Dutch cycling teams. This is how Campo Bicicleta was created. In 2013, Paul decided to do this throughout the year, starting with retraining as a cycling coach/trainer.
In Girona, Paul and his team receive cyclists all year round – competitive cyclists and recreational cyclists. Paul’s specialty is organizing training courses and guidance at competitions/cyclosportives where the emphasis is on improving cycling performance.
In addition, Paul is still racing – in 2020 for Team Smartdry. And the summer cyclos in the Alps and Pyrenees are also always among his goals. In 2019, Paul rode to 10th place overall in the Marmotte Alps and in the Pyrenees Marmotte he finished in 4th place overall.
For all cycling adventures, results, race reports and photos, visit the blog that Paul has kept during his career.