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DESCRIBE YOURSELF
I AM A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER BY PROFESSION, BUT HAVE DEDICATED MY HEART TO THE MTB SPORT.

SO SPORT IS PART OF MY DAILY LIFE, LIKE THE AIR I BREATHE. IT HELPS ME TO KEEP MOVING AND CONSTANTLY TRY TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE. ON THE OTHER HAND, I TRY TO ENJOY LIFE WITH PURE FUN.  IF LIFE GIVES YOU CHALLENGES: STRENGTH, WISDOM AND CHARACTER WILL GROW. IF YOU DON’T SEE IT RIGHT AWAY YOU WILL SEE IT LATER. I AM MORE THAN GRATEFUL FOR MY TIME AS A PROFESSIONAL DOWNHILLER.

I CAN LOOK AT MANY THINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS MY AGE. I SAW MANY NEW PLACES, TRAVELLED THE WORLD, MADE NEW FRIENDS, ENJOYED CULTURE AND FOUGHT LIKE A BULL. IT MADE ME RICH IN EXPERIENCE.

IN MY PRIVATE LIFE I ALSO LIKE TO STAY IN MY JOGGER ALL DAY IF TIME ALLOWS. OR WHEN I GO OUT TO BE A LADY. BE DIFFERENT I WOULD SAY ;)


WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE

I´M FROM AUSTRIA, A PROPER STYRIAN.

PEOPLE WHO VISIT ME SAY: OH MY GOD YOU REALLY LIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. YES, THAT'S REALLY TRUE, WE LIVE IN THE VERY LAST CORNER OF AUSTRIA. BUT I DON'T LIVE FAR FROM THE SLOVENIAN BORDER.MARIBOR IS THEREFORE NOT THAT DISTANT FOR ME.

I SEE THAT AS A CLEAR BENEFIT.  I COME FROM THE REGION OF AUSTRIA WHERE PEOPLE SPEAK IN HARD SLANG AND WHERE "OIDA" ORIGINATED.  I AM ALSO PROUD OF THE ORIGINAL PUMPKINS SEED OIL, THAT IS PRODUCED HERE.  IN THE PAST WE HAD A PIG FARM AND MANY FIELDS. NOW I LIVE WITH BEN AND MY MUM IN A HUGE HOUSE THAT OUR GRANDFATHER BUILT. THERE ARE 2 FLATS IN THE HOUSE. THE BARN BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO A FITNESS AREA AND WORKSHOP. I REALLY ENJOY THE COUNTRY AIR, ALTHOUGH THE NEXT BIG CITY GRAZ IS MORE THAN AN HOUR AWAY. 


HOW DID YOU GOT INTO MOUNTAIN BIKING?

I GREW UP IN HILLY SOUTHERN STYRIA COUNTRYSIDE AND WAS THEREFORE FAR AWAY FROM THE STEEP MOUNTAINS. THERE WAS NO INTEREST IN SPORTS IN MY FAMILY. BUT THE TALENT FOR HORSE RIDING WAS CLASSICALLY GIVEN IN MY YOUTH, AS WELL AS THE MUSICAL AND CREATIVE EDUCATION. I DEMONSTRATED IN VARIOUS WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITIONS AND SMALL CONCERTS. BUT THE CONFIRMATION PRESENT BROUGHT THE BIG CHANGE IN MY LIFE, BECAUSE INSTEAD OF A HORSE I GOT A MOUNTAIN BIKE (HARDTAIL).  THAT'S HOW MY ENTHUSIASM FOR BIKING WAS TRIGGERED.

AT FIRST I USED THE BIKE TO RIDE TO THE HORSE FARM. THROUGH THE INTENSIVE FRIENDSHIP WITH BIKER MATHIAS AS WELL AS SOME KAPRUN WORLDCUP VISITS WITH THE SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN BIKE DOWNHILL RACES AND WATCH MY IDOLS RACING LIKE MISSY GIOVE, ANNE CAROLINE CHAUSSON, CEDRIC GRACIA, SHAWN PALMER, NICO VOUILLOZ, JOHN THOMAC AND ROB WARNER. MY PASSION FOR THE DISCIPLINE: DOWNHILL WAS BORN. THERE WAS NO SENSE OF FEAR ANYWAY. IN 1998 IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE FIRST DOWNHILL BIKE HAD TO BE BOUGHT. HOWEVER, THE FIRST AUSTRIA CUP RACES WERE RIDDEN SECRETLY, AS THE PARENTS WERE WORRIED. I EVEN GAVE UP MY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION JOURNEY TO USE THE MONEY TO BUY MY FIRST DOWNHILL FORK. THEN I STARTED RACING AT THE AGE OF 20.


WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO RIDE?

DEFINITELY SCHLADMING, SCHÖCKL AND MARIBOR ARE MY FAVOURITES. 

BUT OF COURSE, I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT AND GET TO KNOW MANY MORE BIKE PARKS OR NATURE TRAILS. I AM VERY OPEN FOR NEW THINGS. AND I AM HAPPY ABOUT EVERY FLOWING OR FAST TAIL. YOU CAN HAVE FUN EVERYWHERE IF YOU WANT TO I THINK. I KNOW A LOT OF PARKS IN AUSTRIA AND WE ARE BLESSED WITH OUR GONDELSYSTOEMS HERE. BUT I DON'T THINK EVEN HERE IN MY OWN COUNTRY I HAVE SEEN OR TESTED ALL OF THEM. I THINK THERE IS STILL A LOT TO DO - ISN’T IT? :)


WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PEOPLE TO RIDE WITH?

I USUALLY RIDE WITH FRIENDS. WHEN I TRUST SOMEONE I LIKE TO FOLLOW THEM, BUT I  DO NOT DO THIS WITH EVERYONE.

I ALSO FIND IT INTERESTING TO MEET NEW RIDING DUDES OR GIRLS WHO RIDE. WITH THE GIRLS COMPANY WE ALWAYS CHAT ABOUT „GIRLS THINGS“ ;) DURING SITTING IN THE GONDOLA OR WHILE PEDALLING UPHILL. 


WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE MOTTO OR SAYING?

“NEVER GIVE UP!“
“LEAVE THE ROAD AND TAKE THE TRAIL.“
“LEARN FROM YESTERDAY, LIFE FOR TODAY, HOPE FOR TOMORROW.“
“THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING – THEY JUST MAKE THE BEST OUT OF EVERYTHING.“


WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?

WE START WITH THE STARTER, BEER OR RED WINE, THINK QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. AT THE TABLE A GOOD SALAD WITH ONE OF THE BEST THINGS PUMPKIN SEED OIL FROM MY REGION CAN NEVER BE MISSING. CONTINUE WITH THE MAIN COURSE, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT THAN PIZZA IF YOU LOVE IT. FINALLY, A SWEET TREAT, EVERYTHING IS ALLOWED, JUST NO MARZIPAN PLEASE.


WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

MANY THINGS BECAUSE HAPPINESS IS NOT A DESTINATION ITS A WAY OF LIFE.

A GOOD COMPANY WITH FRIENDS & GOOD MUSIC. COFFEE, ICE CREAM, ADVENTURES AND MOUNTAINS.  I’AM HAPPY WHEN MY FAMILY AND I’AM HEALTHY.  EXPLORE MORE THE UNSEEN. A NICE VIEW, BECAUSE MOUNTAINS ARE THE SOUL’S FUEL. TAKING GOOD PICTURES WITH MY CAMERA. 


WHAT ANNOYS YOU?

WHEN I DOUBT I PEDAL IT OUT! ;) THAT'S QUITE CLEAR AND MY FIRST THOUGHT. SPORT HELPS.
BEING INJURED.
PAIN.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
IF PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE CARE OF THE ONE WORLD WE HAVE.
INJUSTICE.


WHAT DO YOU ENJOY AWAY FROM BIKES?

MOTOCROSS AND WATCHING RALLY. VISIT FRIENDS AND HAVE A GOOD CONVERSATION WITH A GOOD COFFEE. TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD. TAKING PICS.  READING A GOOD BOOK  LYING ON THE COSY COUCH WATCHING NETFLIX AND ENJOYING POPCORN I LOVE TO SOAK UP THE SUN'S RAYS ON MANY DIFFERENT AND BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS AND JUST ENJOY THE VIEW.

IN THESE MOMENTS I CAN LET MY SOUL DANGLE. 


WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT YOU'RE MOST PROUD OF?

UHHH I CAN TELL YOU STORIES O MY GOODNESS :) BECAUSE IAM REALLY LONG NOW IN THE BIKE BUSINESS.

MOST PROUD IAM TO HAVE BROKEN OUT OF “NORMALITY“ HERE AT THE COUNTRYSIDE AND RISKED BEING A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE FOR MANY YEARS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER WITHOUT SUPPORT FROM MY PARENTS I LOST MY DAD AT THAT TIME AND CAME 3RD AT THE WORLD CUP IN MARIBOR IN 2001 DESPITE MY SADNESS. THAT WAS VERY SPECIAL FOR ME. I WILL NEVER FORGET IT IN MY LIFE. IT WAS ALSO THE STARTING SIGNAL FOR MY RACING CAREER. BUT I COULD ALSO CELEBRATE MANY OTHER SUCCESSFUL MOMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, I WON AN IXS EUROPEAN CUP RACE IN SCHLADMING IN POURING RAIN WITH A 12 SECOND LEAD OVER SUCCESSFUL ELITE RIDERS. THAT MADE ME REALLY PROUD.  THESE ARE JUST A FEW MOMENTS TO MENTION.

SOME SUCCESSES I CAN STILL FEEL SO CLEARLY - THEY FOLLOW ME IN MY DAILY LIFE AND THIS EXPERIENCE MAKES ME HAPPY ON DIFFICULT DAYS.  I CAN ALSO CLAIM TO HAVE EXPERIENCED A REVOLUTION IN THE BIKE INDUSTRY OVER THE YEARS. FROM MOUNTED V-BRAKES ON 26KG DOWNHILL BIKES TO THE ULTIMATE RACING MACHINES OF TODAY. AT THAT TIME I WAS STILL WAITING FOR A MAGAZINE EVERY MONTH TO GIVE ME TIPS. TODAY YOU ARE ONLY A WIPER AWAY FROM THAT.  IAM ALSO HAPPY TO HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS EVER.


WHAT WERE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2020 SEASON FOR YOU?

2020 WAS THE FIRST YEAR IN MY STATUS: AMBASSADOR. I LOVED IT.

THIS NEW PART IN MY LIFE FEELS JUST GOOD. I ALSO MET A LOT OF FRIENDS, BUT ALSO GOT TO KNOW NEW ONES TO BIKE TOGETHER. WE NOT ONLY SHARED COOL RUNS, WE ALSO SPENT A GOOD TIME TOGETHER. GREAT PHOTOS OR VIDEOS USUALLY COME ABOUT ALL BY THEMSELVES. ISN'T THAT WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT - FOR ME THIS IS A BIG PART.  I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND ORGANISATION OF THE OPENING OF THE LARGEST PUMPTRACK IN STYRIA. THE PROJECT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING FOR ME TO SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF A MTB - EVENT.  ON THE OTHER HAND, THE WORLD WAS DEALING WITH ANOTHER PROBLEM. IN THAT CASE, YOU REALISE HOW SMALL SOME PROBLEMS CAN BE. THINGS BECOME MORE VALUABLE.


WHAT’S IN THE STARS FOR 2021 AND BEYOND FOR YOU AND YOUR BIKE?

THE BEAUTY OF LIFE IS THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S COMING NEXT. I AM OPEN TO EVERYTHING THAT COMES MY WAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO NEW CHALLENGES. THE BIKE RIDES BRILLIANTLY. SO EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER. 


WHY INTENSE?

THE SMALL US BRAND INTENSE HAS ITS ROOTS IN DOWNHILL RACING AND ENJOYS A HIGH STANDING IN AMERICA. MANY YEARS AGO I WAS ALREADY RIDING INTENSE BIKES. SO COOL, I RACED FOR THE MS RACING TEAM WITH THE M3 FRAME. NOW IT'S TIME TO STEP ON THE GAS AGAIN IN EUROPE WITH THESE FAST BIKES. I AM READY VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE WILL ACHIEVE TOGETHER. STAY TUNED TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE TO REPORT. 

More about the bike...

BIKE SETUP: MODEL XXX

I’M 1,92M AND ABOUT 92KG IN THE MORNING AND I RUN A XL FRAME. NO REACH SET, BUT I RUN A 1CM STEM SPACER THAT BRINGS MY STEM UP TO 60MM LENGTH.

I RUN FOX SUSPENSION AND 100 PSI IN MY FORK WITH 6 VOLUME SPACER. ON MY DAMPER I RUN A 600 SPRING WICH MEANS THAT IM RUNNING ABOUT 26% SAG.

FORK SETTING ALL FROM CLOSED:
HSC 6 FULLY OPEN
LSC 6
HSR 4
LSR 3  

DAMPER 600 SPRING HSC 6 LSC 7 LSR 8 HSR 4

IF I DESCRIBE MY SUSPENSION I WOULD SAY HARSH IS THE WORD. ESPECIALLY UP FRONT. I REALLY LIKE MY FORK TO HOLD ME UP IN THE TRAVEL.

HUBS: REVERSE EFS 7 SPEED HUB / EVO 9 HUB IN THE FRONT

SPOKES: SAPIM

RIMS: BLACK ONE 32MM RIM (THE WIDER RIM HELPS ME A LOT WITH TIRE FLEXING AND BURPING.

BRAKES: I BELIEVE IN MAGURA BRAKES SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. WITH BEING A HEAVY RIDER LIKE ME ITS CRITICAL FOR ME TO HAVE BRAKES THAT STOP YOU WHEN YOU NEED IT WITHOUT LOOSING TO MUCH POWER IN YOUR ARMS.

TIRES: THE RUBER YOU USE IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN A LOT MIGHT THINK. I HAVE BEEN TESTING AND TRYING A LOT. BUT I BELIEVE IN MAXXIS TIRES AND THAT FOR A REASON ;) 


 


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