TIL & JOSI
Til tell us how and when you got into cycling. Your father played a very important role in that, right?
My father (chairman of SC Berlin) has always been a cycling fan. My older brother was also set fast on a bicycle and I wanted to follow him for nothing. At the beginning of 2005 I moved then my first competition license and then the journey started.
You were a pro cyclist for a short time - why did you have to end your career so early? What happened?
In the year 2015 I was able to sign a continental contract in Team Stölting right in the first u23 year, that was a huge euphoria. In the winter during the training phase I experienced permanent pains in my stomach which could not be diagnosed. I lost a lot of weight because I had to throw up all the time, which didn't make the athletes' everyday life possible for me. Due to these permanent problems I had to leave my dream to become a cycling professional behind me and started a new chapter in my life.
In the year 2016 I took part in the first 8Barcrit as a spectator because my friend Malte started there. I had always been attracted to the fixie scene because I was just heating through the city in my private life. I went to Stefan after the race and wanted to thank him for the great event because it was such a great change to smooth cycling and it had impressed me very much. We got into conversation and quickly a sympathy had formed. Stefan had listened to my story and was eager for a cooperation which I could not conceal.
It was a difficult phase for me because I still mourned the sport very much afterwards which changed quickly by the admission into the 8Bar family. Some time later I already drove my first fixed race... I was immediately in love. This intoxication with not having to brake my conscience and having to give in to my bike is what makes the fixed races so special to me. Whether on or beside the bike, it is simply nice to know every single person who has something to do with 8Bar. It's just a community in which everyone gives everything to the other.
One immediately notice that cycling is more than just a sport for you. What made you want to get back on your bike after such an accident?
I think such an illness or every injury you suffer are short-term breaks in which you just have to recover. It doesn't change anything about the passion, especially as it is even strengthened because you recognize in this phase what you have in this sport.
"It's not just a sport it's a trait for me to be a cyclist."
What is it that attracts you so much to ride a Fixie bike?
I think the socially forbidden, I was always a little rebel and have always felt comfortable in the role to be different. The monotonous simplicity of this bike is incredibly appealing to me.
"The simple construction and the look of the bike and how aggressive you automatically ride with it is simply a fulfillment for me."
How does Fixie and road bike fit together for you?
Hardly in itself, unless you call it a love-hate relationship. The one presupposes the other. If you want to ride well fixed you have to train a lot with the roadside because you can ride a lot more circumferences. Furthermore, you can project the aggressive and direct driving from the fixie well onto the road bike.
Cycling = family. You also got to know your girlfriend Josi through the sport. You camped in Barcelona at your first Red Hook Criterium on the beach because it was cheaper what you first imagined to be more romantic than it was in the end. Tell a bit about it.
I actually met my girlfriend Josi through Instagram. She is before sport the most important part of my life. Without her I could not do sport because she supports me in everything and accompanies me high and deep.
We flew to Barcelona in 2018 to camp for 3 weeks and to start at the redhook. I trained daily, the weather was great and we had a wonderful time. The night before the competition a storm hit us and we had to support, hold and fix the poles of the tent for 8 hours. The tent was completely soaked as well as all our stuff. All in all a great preparation for the next day. On the day of the competition someone slipped away in front of me in the bend, I drove into it and jumped over my handlebar and injured myself on the foot I had broken the previous winter and unfortunately could not start in the final.