In 2009 Diederik had a stroke. From that moment the right-side of his body is weaker than the left-side and his balance is permanently disrupted. During his rehabilitation in the rehabilitation center Diederik became acquainted with the Van Raam special needs bikes.
In 2010 Diederik gets his first Easy Rider supported by the Dutch law ‘’Wet Maatschappelijke Ondersteuning’’ (Social Support Act). With his first Easy Rider Diederik cycled more than 3700 miles in 6 years. With his second Easy Rider Diederik cycled in 2 years more than 6200 miles. Recently he has bought himself a new Easy Rider with electric support for many bike rides again.
Diederik in the media
Diederik gets a lot of attention with his bike. An overview: 2013: The magazine ‘Zonnebloem’, a magazine for people with physical disabilities, made a nice report about adults riding on a tricycle. One of the users was the then 38-year-old Diederik. He said that the Easy Rider gives him a lot of freedom back and that he ‘feels free like a bird’ with his Easy Rider. In 2014 Diederik cycled more than 620 miles in a month to get attention for the Dutch Raisin Hope Foundation (RHF). In 2015 Diederik took part in a cycle event. He cycled 4 days in a row 25 miles.