"This route really gets the adrenaline going, as if you were racing. It’s perfect for training. Starting in the city, you head north to enjoy long straights in the dense forest. It can be cold and foggy, but it’s also clean and quiet, which keeps me coming back. I love the landscape, you can really appreciate it on sunny days.“
Distance: 63.44 km
Elevation: 384 m
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How did you get into road cycling?
I started road cycling when I realised I loved racing, going fast, and training hard. I only had a fixie to cruise around the city to begin with, that was giving me some adrenaline when I was living and riding around Barcelona. But when I started racing fixed gear criteriums I realised that I needed a new bike to adventure with, one that would help me climb mountains, suit long distance rides and keep my training hard. So I got a road bike.
What makes road cycling unique to you?
All the emotion and freedom you get from just riding.
Who is your cycling role model?
Tiffany Cromwell is one of my favourite girls in women’s racing. And Loïc Chetout is a good friend who races for Cofidis.
How does Berlin’s cycling culture evolve?
Berlin’s cycling scene is developing fast, in terms of transportation and also as a sport. People in the inner city are starting to trade their cars for bikes and cargo bikes. The infrastructure for cyclists is better than it appears in the media, but there’s definitely some tension between cyclists and motorists as they have to share most of the space in the city.
When it comes to sport, cycling is growing rapidly. Brands have got people back to being interested in road cycling again. The clothing and bikes are more appealing, and there is a growing road cycling community. Racing is a difficult topic because the city is cutting the support of cycling events, and races tend to take place far outside of the city, but with more interest this will hopefully change soon.
What makes the city so liveable?
There are bikes everywhere, everyday. Even if it’s freezing, everybody takes their city bike because it’s the easiest way to move quickly. The city is full of charming architecture, long streets and completely different areas where you can discover several cultures. Green spaces and big parks make everything fresh and clean. It’s full of lively corners with book shops, coffee places and cute restaurants. I love it.
What is the state of women’s cycling in Berlin?
In Berlin the culture of women’s cycling is growing slowly. In Berlin we have nice rides for women, from cafe runs to faster group rides, and you are always welcome to join group rides with the men.
Coffee ride, paceline, or three-day epic?
Paceline combined with a three-day epic? That could be amazing!