First of all i would like to ask you, when the passion for cycling started and what’s your first memory about it!
I got my first road bike in the age of 7 and from that date on my world turned around cycling. Alreadyy before that I went with my father to pro races like Fleche Wallone or Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium. In that time also the six days in the Cologne velodrome still existed. I can remember the big muscles of the riders, the sound of bicycles when a peloton passes you and the smell of sixtus muscle oil in the air.
Seems you had a very nice start in cycling, with some good results in road and track, why did you stopped in 2008?
I had the chance to cycle in the very professional, Marcel Wüst Junior Team“ when I was young. Due to the support of the team and of my parents I developed to a strong rider and won several competitions on the road and on the track. In my last junior year I had a knee injury, didn’t train properly and therefore didn’t get a contract for a U23 Team. Therefore I stopped serious cycling and started to study and work.
What brings you to start again race with a track bike ?
Out oft he blue in August 2014 I decided to start at RAD RACE Bergfest in Frankfurt. We shouldn’t talk about the result, but the feeling afterwards was incredible. The RAD RACE crew knows how to combine cycling with lifestyle and Rock’n’roll. I wanted more! After a winter of hard training with the swimrunner Markus Rössel I decided to look for another challenge on the bike. Racing with no brakes and just one gear sounded like one! Since my first race in Berlin I’m in love with it.
You travel a lot around the world, especially in Asia. What’s your feelings about the way of cycling abroad, compared with your cycling lifestyle in germany?
It’s really interesting to see the differences between all asian countries. Although they all differ inbetween, it’s still something else in Germany. In gerneral speaking riding fixed gear in Asia is casual and lifestyle topic. People meet to chilled night rides, pimp their bikes to extremely hot ones and know everything about all parts on the market. Not all of them are into alleycats, crits or any other fixed gear event. It’s nice to see that some guys are pushing these events, which in my mind is necessary to keep the scene alive. I really like to see the wide diversity in Germany. We got people who just ride because of the lifestyle, crews who compete in jeans at alleycats and teams who get more and more professional in the racing scene.
You have a lot of experience talking about travelling, can you please tell us more about the preparation for a race in BagKok or anyway fareast?
First of all, be aware of the weather. It’s freakin hot! It helps at least a bit that the races are mostly at night. But I guess the most important thing is that one cannot expect a professional organised race like Red Hook Criterium. All the races I started in Malaysia were illegal. All the guys meet at night, some oft hem block the route with scooters and after the race everybody disappears in the dark. At Holy Crit in Kuala Lumpur I once had a bus next to me on the race track. So expect the unexpectable. Everything can happen. The organisers of Bangkok Criterium can make it an official event, due t obig sponsors like Vittoria and Singha.
What’s in your bags when you go to a race. Which object you cannot do without during a trip in the direction of a race abroad?
I can’t carry it with me, but what I really like before a race is a relaxed Espresso!
Who inspired or inspire right now you in the Cycling world?
As a child I was inspired by Jens Voigt, who always put so much effort to get in the leading group, who got caught so often before the finish line, but who never stopped attacking. In terms of fixed gear cycling I’m pretty impressed by Alfred Bobé Jr. who rides as a messanger in New York since years. This guy is crazy enough to win monster track 5 times and he is still hungry to compete at Red Hook Crit. It was great to spend some time with him in Thailand!
At the organizational level, what do you think the best criterium abroad?
I haven’t been enough at races abroad in Europe to judge. But David Trimble and his crew do an amazingly good job at Red Hook Crit. Definitaley pro level! Don’t underestimate the RAD RACE guys in Germany. They got the spirit to do some crazy events.
What about Red Hook Crit? Are you gonna to race all the series this year?
Last year I just started at RHC Milano. I qualified on place 37, but crashed in the finals. Therefore I still need to finish my first RHC. I’d love to race the whole series in 2016. Travelling gives me the opportunity to be wherever I want to. Just money limits that freedom. Therefore I can’t be in Brooklyn, but of course I want to start at all remaining events in Europe.
Tech question: What is your actual set up right now and why you decided for it?
I train on 48:17 to work on my cadence and to climb a bit. In the race I decide on the course. On a technical and rainy course like Dijon 2015 I decided to race 48:16. In most of the other crits I choose 48:14.
This last space if for you! Please feel free to thanks whoever you want!
I’d like to thank my parents who always supported me in cycling, the incredible RAD RACE to give me the opportunity to be part of the RAD PACK and of course you for the inteview!
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Testo By : Niccolò Poppi
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