Adrie de Winter
At 55 years old, Adrie de Winter passed away in the spring of 2004. He has spent his life for years and years in stimulating cycling in Zeeland.
From the beginning of the seventies, he and his wife Maaike, have had several functions within the cycling in Zeeland. He started his career at the junior training of ZRTC Theo Middelkamp, became a jury member at the KNWU, was in the district board of Zeeland and was closely connected with the “Tour of Midden Zeeland” for amateurs.
Due to a lack of money, this Tour ended half way the nineties, which really touched De Winter.
In 1996 there was the first edition of the “Arjaan de Schipper Trophy” which was renamed into the “ZLM tour” in 1999. De Winter and his wife Maaike were the driving power behind this race. In no time it developed from a free race into a race at the current level: National Neo-competition.
In 2002 De Winter retired from his function as chairman of the Foundation “Arjaan de Schipper Trophy”.
In this last phase of his life, he was still active in the foundation, with the specific task of ‘track and security’. He also tried to get the Tour de France to Zeeland.
The board of the foundation is of the opinion that Adrie de Winter has to be honored for his input and the preservation of cycling in Zeeland.
There is a special price within the foundation, the “Honour Price Adrie the Winter”. This a money-price for the first rider of the Netherlands to pass the finish line!!