Where are you based?
Where's your favourite place to ride?
I have pretty much started my cycling career here in Salzburg two years ago, fell in love with the mountains and still didn't manage to get tired of it. Salzburg is famous for a lot of things, but not particularly well known in the cycling world. In fact the heavy tourism sometimes can be frustrating as a cyclist, but the fact that you can leave all that behind and engulf yourself in rural remoteness quickly, makes up for it. Even though I spend a lot, maybe a little too much time on the bike I still manage to find new and exciting places all the time.
The area has a lot to offer from seascapes over silly steep hills in the city center to full blown alpine climbs. Even though my urge to explore is drawing me further and further, I've really grown fond of Salzburg.
What type of riding do you like to do the most?
Even though I race, my favorite rides are long all day rides with friends, particularly in the off-season. Nothing better than to pack the bikes in the car and go exploring for a weekend. We do that year round but nothing beats the colors of autumn and the intensity of winter.
How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
I do a little bit of both, I love setting up routes and plan most of our trips, even though we don't always ride as planned. In Salzburg I often take random roads up the hills, 95% its someones driveway, but driveways can get pretty intense here, so its often worth it.
What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
Currently i have D7000 with a Tamron 17-50 on it strapped over my shoulder. I don't mind the weight at all and as a TT-ist I don't rock around much so its fairly steady. I am looking forward to breaking my back, while lugging around a full-frame camera in the near future though!
What destination would be on your riding wish list?
So many! I plan to do a east-to-west trans-alp from Salzburg to the Côte d'Azure, next year. Apart from that I would love to see the Fjords of Norway and the Forrest of Japan.