Helene Valerie Fruhwirth

Mountainbike Rider

H.V.F.

Bios

HOW EVERYTHING BEGAN

Actually all started on the 21th Dec. 1995 when I got my little puppy Apollo, a lovely Flat Coated Retriever. I always liked it to be outside but he was the main reason why I nearly lived outside….We were always in the nature, hiked around, explored many places and also the MTB dual course near my house. I always saw some guys jumping and racing down the dual course and I spied on their fancy MTB bikes. I didn’t have a MTB bike, but from the moment I wanted one bad. So I wished for a hardtail bike for 2 times Birthday, one time Christmas and all the other occasion during the year. It was a dark purple Cannondale CAAD 3 hardtail MTB (I still have it). And then the day came, when I was ready to ride on the track. I will never forget that moment. It feels like yesterday. I took the run up to the first section and before it went down I braked, I tried another time but I braked again, and another time followed by many other tries. Finally I pushed my bike down and was so angry about myself. I could not take this personal hammering. On the one side I was so scared but on the other side I wanted it so bad. So I blended out my fear did not touch the brakes, took the risk of crashing and dropped in. And guess what? This was the crucial moment of the beginning of my mountain bike career.

It is now 16 years ago and in the mean time I rode this section over 1000 times and I don’t even think about it anymore, but the feeling to try something new and blend out your fear is basically the same just on another level. The jumps got bigger, the road gaps longer, the drops higher, the roots more of camber, the rocks sharper, the step-ups higher, and I have three other competitors next to me in the gate or race against the time.

ABOUT

born: 11.08.1983 Vienna
living: Niederösterreich
height: 171,8 cm
weight: 62 kg
eyecolor: blue
hair: dark blonde


education: sportsmanagement and sportscience at the Vienna University
job: MTB coach / owner at Vienna bike academy, seller in a bikeshop (Ciclopia)
in love: yes


riding for: Iriedaily, BABY-G, Troy Lee Designs, Dr. Martins Coco Juice, Maxxis, Acros, Spy Optics, Ciclopia, R.S.P. , Carbocage, Go Pro, Sp-Gadgets, Novatec Wheels, Verival , DVS, Board-Shack.com, HT Components, Verival Bio, Skull Candy, Epic, Selles San Marco

 

 

MY DISCIPLINES

4 X 
Downhill
Enduro

GOALS AND PLANS 2017

  • a medal at the 4X World Champs
  • win some 4x Pro Tour races again
  • festivals: Glemm Ride festival (Aut), Kalnica Bikefest (SLO)
  • DH national champs
  • few international races like the DH IXS Cup
  • MTB courses and teaching lessons ( Bike Academy)
  • a bike movie project

ASK ME!

When did you start to race? And what was your first race?

My first race was 1998. It was a sprint race at my home track which I won by over 10 seconds. But because the elite women didn’t want to get beaten by a 15th old girl they pushed me into the children class. So no mention and now price for my victory, but I did not care I won and I knew it and I knew I want to compete more. 

Can you remember the number of your first numberplate?

Yes it was 21 and still my favorite number.

What are your favorite tracks and places?

Track: Dirt Merchant at Whistler /Canada. Places: Whistler/ Canada, Queenstown /New Zealand, Sintra / Portugal . But I haven’t seen all yet so the list will be continued. 

What do you like, apart riding bikes?

I like to dance, to walk with my dog, to eat indian food, to sing, to take pictures, to see my friends, to be creative and made things by hand and my mind. I like fashion and jewelries, pretty hair – Girls STUFF but I also like tools and metal. I like graphic design and music. I like my job. I like to win. 

What do you love?

my boyfriend, my family and my dog. I love my home  and of course biking.

What do you hate/don't like?

unfairness, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, fast small cars, cities, scary big waves, snakes, the butterfly needle (med.) seriously I hate this butterfly under my skin…a nightmare for me. Some persons (because I can’t forgive and forget easy)

What do you like more 4x or downhill?

I like both very much I can’t say what I like more. I started with Downhill, then started 4X and now I do both. 

What is your weakness and what is your strength. 

I guess my weakness is that I think very often I can do it better and I can’t give work in other hands easy (smart ass) and my perfection. In riding my weaknesses are wooden slippery north shores and bottom bracket high deep ruts. My strength is definitely to be focused on things I want to reach. I know what I want and I don’t want and I am ready to „fight“ for it. In riding my strength are turns. 

What do you love most of riding your bike ?

It’s a mix of many things. First the feeling when you ride and jump over roots and rocks, tables and gaps. Then that this sport brings you to places which you would have never seen without your two wheels. Third you meet people with the same passion and I think competitive sport is the best school for life. It was never easy. I was young, had no money, had no DH bike, no mechanic, no team, didn’t have a driving license and my parents didn’t like it at all. So not the best start for a professional mountainbike career but I guess because of my determination, stubbornness, my passion, a spark of luck and many helpers I am now who I am and where I am. Just Happy and still able to live my dream.

MY BIGGEST SUPPORTERS – THANKS FOR THAT

Thanks to…
Denise from Iriedaily, who always cares about my casual style
Michi from Ciclopia, who gives me the freedom I need to do my sport and my competitions
Oliver from Giros Shoes, who makes sure I pedal with style.
Hans Jörg from Spy, who cares about my eyes.
Thomas from Troy Lee Designs, who cares about my look on the track and about my safety.
Franz from Dr. Antonio Martins- Coco Juice, who cares that I drink the good and healthy stuff, which makes me fast
Florian from Maxxis,who cares about my grip on the track.
Steffi from Acros, who cares about my bike bearings.
Daniela from BABY-G, who cares that I never miss my start.
Sigi from CARBOCAGE who cares about my chain to stay in place.
Björn from Go Pro, who cares about my video documentation
Berni from SP-Gadgets, who cares that my go Pro video can be shown in different angles and that my selfies got perfect.
Jeff from Novate Wheels , who cares about my spinning wheels
Alexandra from Verival – Cereals , who cares about my power on the track
Gerhard from R.S.P. , who cares about my clean bike
Hans Jörg from DVS – Shoes, who cares about my feets
T.C. from HT – Components, who cares about my „click“

 

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