Ruud Hoogervorst, manager at Cebo Marine, is about to climb the Alpe d'Huez for the third time. His participation in this event to raise money for cancer research is not only a sporting challenge but also an emotional journey with deep personal significance.


Motivation and Memories
Ruud's motivation to participate for the first time came from a promise to a friend who had cancer. "One of my friends got cancer, and I offered to climb the Alpe d'Huez for him. Unfortunately, he didn't live to see me climb the mountain. I took a photo of him to the top and will do so again this time," Ruud says.

A Special Third Time

Now, as he climbs the mountain for the third time, Ruud has a special reason for participating again. "I find 'third time's a charm' a beautiful way to conclude this, and this time my son is joining me, which makes it very special," he says. This makes the journey not only a physical achievement but also a special moment to share with his son.

Previous Experiences

Ruud looks back fondly on his previous climbs. "The best memories are the camaraderie and solidarity on the mountain, not just on the day itself but also in the lead-up and the days after," he shares. These experiences have taught him how important support and connection are.

Preparation and Challenges

Regarding preparation, Ruud notes that little has changed. "Cycling two to three times a week and covering the distance, that's what it comes down to," he says. The biggest challenge remains avoiding cramps and maintaining his own pace.

Training Adjustments

To be better prepared, Ruud has made some adjustments to his training routine. "I've cycled and walked up the Schoorlse Zeeweg more often. Beyond that, it will be fine if you just take your time; it's not a race," he explains.

Emotional and Mental Aspects

Climbing the Alpe d'Huez is also an emotional journey for Ruud. "When you go up the mountain, you think about the people who have passed away due to the disease we are climbing for, and of course the people who are dealing with it now. Doing it together with others who share the same emotions provides support. Those are valuable moments," he says.

Goals and Support

For this climb, Ruud has set clear goals. "The goal is to reach the top and absorb as many impressions as possible of all the beautiful moments I encounter on the mountain. This could be the banners people have hung up, the conversations you have along the way, and also walking in silence with someone for a bit," he explains. The support from friends, family, and fellow cyclists is crucial for Ruud. "That's actually the most important thing, that you receive support and hopefully also give it to others, not just then but also in your daily life," he says.

Practical Tips

Ruud also has practical tips for others considering climbing the Alpe d'Huez. "Cover the distance on the bike or on foot, and don't let yourself be rushed but follow your own pace and take breaks," he advises. Regarding food and hydration, he isn't worried. "There are plenty of volunteers on the mountain who spoil you with all sorts of snacks and water, so you don't have to worry about that. Drinking well is essential," he says.

Dealing with Setbacks

When facing setbacks or difficult moments during the climb, Ruud recommends taking a break. "You need to take a break, and often the people around you notice that too and will support you," he says.

Personal Growth

Through this experience, Ruud hopes to grow as a person. "The important lesson is that it is valuable to engage with the people around you and really look at and listen to them," he says. Returning to the Alpe d'Huez remains exciting for Ruud, even though it's his third time. "You never know what you'll experience and what beautiful moments you'll encounter," he concludes.

Alpe d’HuZes is a unique sporting event aimed at raising as much money as possible for cancer research and improving the quality of life for people with cancer. Do you want to support Ruud and make a donation? Click on this link: Stichting Alpe d’HuZes - Ruud Hoogervorst (