About Kai

About Kai

Kai Reus has had a passion for sports since a young age. He started his sports career as an ice speed skater. He did this for a long time and not without any merits, he was especially remarkable in marathon skating. In 2002 he decided to switch to cycling. It was clear right away he possessed plenty of talent. And in 2003 the Dutch public really got to know Kai Reus. After a lot of big victories he was selected to participate in the World Championship in Hamilton, Canada. On the 11th of October he became the world champion on a very impressive way. In 2003 he ended first in the World Cup ranking. He won During the following years various national titles on the road as well time trials, classics and stage races. In 2004 he was elected by NOC*NSF as the sport talent of the year. In 2004 and 2005 he was part of the training team of Rabobank. But because of his continued successes he was allowed to make the move to the Rabobank pro-team in 2006.
On July 12, 2007 Kai Reus was seriously injured during a training in France. He required emergency surgery as the result of a bleeding head injury after which he was kept in an artificial coma for 11 days.

After a recovery which took a year and a half Reus made his comeback in 2008 with the professional cycling peloton during the Tour of Missouri. In 2009 he was once again part of the Rabo pro-team from the beginning of the season. After the Tour Down Under, the Tour of Catalonia and the Tour of Austria he won – on the 13th of September of 2009 – the second stage of the Tour of Great Britain in a spectacular manner.

After a difficult mental period and some small physical setbacks Kai Reus decided in July 2010 to take some time off from cycling. During this period he was approached by Henk Angenent who asked him to ice skate, professionally, for his team. Reus decided to make a comeback to his old sport. After a beautiful winter of skating for Angenent’s pro-team Reus returned happily to his old sport. He was ready to make a comeback to professional cycling. He managed to win the first international race he participated in. In doing this he setup the possibility to get a contract with the American pro-continental team ‘United Healthcare’. While in this team he won the seventh stage of the Tour of Portugal.

After fifteen years Kai Reus had decided to end his professional career as cyclist. He no longen wanted to be days from home. He wants to spent more time with his family.