Family doctor, sports physician and cycling doctor
Peter Janssen worked over 30 years as a family doctor in a medium-sized town in the south of the Netherlands. He knows the active racing – and endurance sport from the practice of soccer and cycling. In 1963 he was Dutch amateur soccer champion with his team.
After completing his medical degree, he was six years amateur cyclist with a Dutch license. He rode most of his races in Belgium. He became Dutch champion for doctors after a solo on hilly terrain and was second at the World Championship for doctors in Vichy, France. His climbing time on the Mont Ventoux, at an age of 38 years, was 1:23:15.
Besides working as a family doctor he was also active, for many years, with medical support for marathon runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers and fun-runners. He was team doctor of several professional cycling teams. The best known were PDM, Panasonic, Bankgiroloterij, Skil Shimano, P3transfer Batavus and Vacansoleil.
He is the author of many books on training issued in different countries. TRAINING, LACTATE, PULSE RATE was very successful. That book sold nearly one million copies. BLOOD SHAPE, an encyclopedic handbook that covers all aspects of the transport of oxygen in the blood in relation to sports, was a great success. Main themes in this book include EPO and blood transfusions.
His hobbies still are active sporting and writing about sports medicine topics. Physical highlights are fewer but solitary cycling tours in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Sumatra and Brazil were unforgettable. The passion for sports continues. The proof for this is his popular Dutch website about cycling, which provides comprehensive information on all aspects of cycling. Also controversial topics are not avoided. Site: www.endurancesupport.com
Now living in Thailand, for four years, and still cycling his training laps on nearly daily basis. He has noticed that cycling is becoming more and more popular in Thailand. That is the main reason for renewed activities especially in the field of training. Think in particular of training guided by the heart rate and above all of the most sophisticated training of this time with a power meter. If I look around, during many of my bike rides, I come to the conclusion that I can teach the Thai cyclists, with my experience of 25 years at the highest level of cycling, many things about cycling.