Where are you based?
Stockholm, Sweden. I just moved here this summer, the last four years I lived in Vienna where I got pretty passionate about cycling.
Where's your favourite place to ride?
Oh there is no particular place for me, it’s the rather abstract road less travelled. It does not really matter where I find it. Often just following the lead of the road reveals you hidden gems. Basically it is less about a place exclusively but the frame of mind. So any single-track tarmac makes me happy – whether it cuts through a mountain valley, a forest or farmland. What I like about riding these roads appears odd – it is the paradox of lonesome road. It gives you a feeling of intimacy and being in touch with nature although the road itself disturbs nativeness.
I cannot really fix certain regions in Sweden I fancy to ride through yet – I am still discovering. Ekerö, an island close to Stockholm, is so far on the top of my list though. As for Austria I can easily pin this place to the southern Wienerwald. It feels like the end of civilization, just a few hours away from Vienna.
What type of riding do you like to do the most?
Finding some sort of pleasure is what cycling means to me mostly. Once I am on the bike everything seems to fade, but the joy of riding. All right, sometimes I just want to clock this last hour I planned for the week, but fun is what motivates me. So there is many ways of having fun on the bike… I appreciate the lonely five-hour solo ride as much as I like fooling around with some guys on a group ride. I also sneaked into competitive cycling last year. That is when I discovered how much fun it is to get my ass kicked at a race! Thinking of the future I would like to travel by bike, since you find yourself looking at the world from a rather different angle - so I will definitely give that a try.
How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
Planning my route depends on my timeframe. Usually I create a route on Strava and put it on my Garmin, since I often have a fixed time to give it a go. But I do not always stick to the plan, cause where would the fun go, right?! However, improvising the route in Stockholm County is not so easy because choosing a different turn can easily add another 15km. I guess I am just spoiled from the Viennese spider-web roads.
What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
My cell phone HTC M8 and the VSCO app.
What destination would be on your riding wish list?
I am really into Mountain passes - so, bring it all on! At the moment, the Norwegian Scandes are the closest to me, but I dream about the Großglockner toll road or the Alps in general. But the world is a playground and I am looking forward to discover a few of its toys.