“And just like that, everything was suddenly different.”

When I hurt my shoulder at the beginning of the season, I was feeling good on my bike, but thought, it still wasn’t good enough. So instead of taking a day off, I rushed for another lap, and found myself 20 minutes later, with a lowered head, sitting in an ambulance. Knowing my season was over before it had even started. From every injury, I learn something. From this one, to enjoy the rides with my best friend, far away from the race tape.

This video was filmed late summer, as I was starting to feel better on my bike again.

NEW BIKE DAY TURNS NEARLY IN A FAMILY DRAMA

My day starts normally with a big wet kiss even if Helene is still sleeping. I just can’t stop myself the bed edge is exactly my tongue hight. So it’s pretty much an invitation. When I am lucky Helene gets up straight away and she says “Good morning my golden nugget” and kisses me on my forehead. This and a bowl of fresh meat is my favourite part in the morning.

But this morning was different, she slept longer and licking didn’t help at all she just didn’t get up so the logical consequence was that I got bored. And because I am “working” Labrador Retriever not just a “show” Labrador I needed a project because I am born to work. So I sneaked down in our cellar to check out the massive box which arrived yesterday. I was starring at it for a while and asking myself “What is in there? I smell something new. Should I open it? Nooooo, yes, maybe? I mean Helene does always so much for me so opening her paper box is the minimum I can do for her.”

So an excuse was born and I started to rip the box open. I am telling you guys that was so much fun to rip this massive paper box in lots of tinny tinny tinny little micro pieces. I have to confess I got quickly carried away and lost the focus. And in the next second Helene was standing in the door and I knew from her heartrate, face wrinkles and her voice straight away “Oh no I did something wrong!” So I went straight into “I am so cute don’t forget you love me more than anything” mode. And it worked.
So and from here you have to watch the video and tell me at the end if I am concerned about nothing?

Crankworx / Austria – it really happened

I don’t know where to start it was just over my expectations.

Crankworx was amazing. Of course, the spectators were missing and it was a bit different to normal. But overall it was so nice. I raced the Pumptrack race and the Downhill race, which was also our National Champs race. Everyone was hipped to see each other and catch up after such a long time. And everyone as blessed that the organizers tried everything so that this event can actually happen. So big thanks to the whole crew from Innsbruck well done.

My Pumptrack training went well I enjoyed it a lot and so also the heats. I placed 5th in qualification and also 5th at the final race. In DH I had so much fun I really like the track and I am so glad that I manage to come every year to race there. I had a good run with one bigger mistake and at the end, I finished  12th and 3rd at the National champs, which made me very happy. Valentina Höll got first and local Angie Hohenwarter 2nd.

National Champs with a weird ending

I don’t have to tell you that this year is so different than any other years. So are also the races.

This year I just compete so far at the Austrian Gravity race in Königsberg.  It is one of my favourite race tracks in Austria. It is a very special one. Short, challenging, of camber, rooted, and fun to ride when you find your rhythm. In the last years, I manage to win there so I was confident to perform well again.  So no doubts and fears I found is a good start. Practice went well and also my race runs.  In the Austrian gravity cup, you have to race runs and they got added.  In the end, I got third, which I was very happy about because I got just beaten by the mega talent and race queen Valentina Höll and another fast DH World cup chick from Germany (Sandra Rübensam). So I was second fastest Austrian and stoked about it.

On Sunday the actual National Champ race day it was impossible to ride the track. It rained in the night so the forest was slippery like ice. Everyone had struggles to ride down and the risk that many riders get injured was to high so the Event got cancelled. But to be honest I think it was a good desicion because I have ridden this track in the wet when it was fresh and it was so hard but now after few years the ground is hard and packed… and when it rains the first surface doesn’t allow any grip at all. You can’t break and you can’t steer at all.

So my next stop will be the Crankworx Event. Where I will do the DH/ Dual and the Pumptrack.

Can’t wait to be back between the tapes. Racing is just so much fun.

Stay stafe and stay apart.

Helene

 

Crankworx is so rad // 16th and 13 th place

“I just love Crankworx Events “

This year I couldn’t wait to come back to Innsbruck or more exactly Mutters. I really like the venue and this time we raced on a new DH track, which was even more fun than the one from last year. FRESH DIRT.
Dual Slalom went okay. In pump track bad it wasn’t my day I guess and in DH I had a good one.

16th place in DH
13th place in Dual

Downhill National Champs // 3rd place

” We have some fast chicks in Austria “
Had a great time on the bike and managed to have two solid runs, which ended for me at the 3rd spot at the national champs and leading the Austria cup gravity series cup.  SO nice to be on the Podium with my bestie Nadja and Valentina. The Austrian Girls rock. Loving it.

NIVA! No Diva race camp in Saalbach // Glemmride !

” This is my favourite camp of the year! “
This year it all worked out perfect again. The weather was great, the media team was on point and of course, my racer girls were brilliant and unstoppable.
We had so much fun and I am so proud of my girls.
Big thanks to my sponsors, who supported me so well and gave such nice presents for the goody bag. Feel free to spread the videos on your channels.

Haibike Introduction Video

I am so thankful to be part of the Haibike family. I already had some great adventures with Haibike and I can’t wait for more.

Love you guys and girls.

 

www.haibike.com

Niva! No Dive Race camp 5-7 Juli – Glemmride

 

Ja es ist wieder bald soweit das Niva ! No Diva Race camp is on. Du kannst mit mir 3 Tage racen, viel lernen, an deine Grenzen gehen, Spass haben und fühlen wie es ist ein Rennen zu fahren. Vielleicht hast du das eh schon erlebt, aber ich bin 3 Tage bei dir coache dich. Verrate dir alle meine Tricks von 20 Jahren Rennerfahrung und das alles in einer netten Mädlsgruppe die gleich wie du racen wollen.

Außerdem bekommst du eine mega cooles Goodie bag. Angefangen bei einer neuen Go Pro  Hero, SP Gadget adapter, HT pedale, Skull candy kopfhörer, propilot lenker, Iriedaily outfits, Verival Müsli, Coco drinks, Praxis worx goodies, Maxxis goodies. Also ganz viele coole Sachen. Du wirst sie lieben.

Also anmelden. Es gibt nur noch einen Platz. (Stand 06.Juni.2019)

bis dann eure Helene

Wann?

5-7 Juli 2019

Wo?

Im Zuge des Glemmride Bike Festivals in Saalbach Hinterglemm  (PLZ 5753 / Österreich)

www.glemmride.at
www.saalbach.com

Für Wen?

Du bist ein Female-Rider, hast Lust auf Aktion, Spaß und eine neue Challenge. Wolltest immer schon einmal ein Downhill Rennen mit fahren, aber hast dich noch nicht drüber getraut. Bergab fahren oder technische Passagen und Geschwindigkeit sind voll deins und am Besten in einer netten Mädlsrunde?

Du fühlst dich bereits ganz sicher auf deinem Bike und möchtest die nächste Stufe erklimmen? Dann bist du der NIVA! NO DIVA – RACE genau richtig!
Schwerpunkte 

Fahrtechnik am Downhillbike und Enduro Bike

  • Drops springen
  • Wurzelpassagen meistern
  • Anlieger richtig nehmen
  • Gaps springen
  • Schrägfahrten auf Wurzeln meistern
  • optimale Linienwahl
  • Steinpassagen meistern
  • Grundspeed erhöhen
  • Bremstechnik verbessern

maximal 4 Teilnehmerinnen (3 Tage – Freitag – Samstag – Sonntag)

Preis: 350 €

Anmeldung für das Rennen unter www.racement.com (open Women) 

Wir treffen uns Freitag 10:00

  • FREITAG, 5. Juli 2019
    12:00 – 18:00 Uhr // gemeinsame Startnummer abholen
    12:00 – 15:45 Uhr // Pro Line offen, dass nützen wir gleich und fahren gemeinsam
    17:00 – 19:00 Uhr // Track Walk
  • SAMSTAG, 6. Juli 2019
    08:00 – 14:00 Uhr // Pflichttraining – 2 Läufe (nur mit Startnummer)
    14:00 – 14:30 Uhr // Streckensperrung, da gehen wir dann gemeinsam Mittagessen.
    ab 14:30 Uhr // Seeding Run (Pflicht) – mit Startzeiten
  • SONNTAG, 7. Juli 2019
    08:00 – 11:00 Uhr // Offizielles Pflichttraining
    ab 11:30 Uhr // Rennlauf

Nachbesprechung

Bei Fragen einfach mailen an info@viennabikeacademy.com oder anrufen 0043 650 8381111

Allgemeine Informationen (bitte bei Teilnahme lesen)

Das Kursbike sollte mindestens 150mm Federweg haben und für Downhill und Freeride ausgelegt sein.

Falls du kein eigenes Downhill Bike haben solltest und planst eines zu kaufen, bekommst du bei Intense cycles Europa einen super Preis auf ein Neurad. Bitte rechtzeitig anfragen bei Helene.

Für absolute Anfängerinnen, die gar keine Downhill Bikepark- Erfahrung haben ist die Racegruppe zu anspruchsvoll.

Du brauchst  einen Vollvisierhelm, Langfingerhandschuhe, eine Brille, Knie, Rücken, Elbogen Protektoren. (Falls du keine eigenen Protektoren haben solltest bekommst du von uns Protektoren geliehen. bitte nur bei der Anmeldung sagen.)

Die Liftkarte ist nicht im Preis inbegriffen.

Wer in Saalbach übernachtet sollte darauf achten, dass das Hotel ein Jokercard Hotel ist, weil mit der Jokercard bekommst du eine Liftkarte gratis.

Die Racegruppen Teilnehmerinnen bekommen bei der Rennanmeldung eine Liftkarte also keine kaufen.

What are my plans? 2019

I have to be honest the last month were not the easiest in my life and I got all the time sick and then finally very sick.  But now I am all good and getting back on track and getting back in shape. My body and my mind needed obviously a break. Sometimes it is like that and you can’t change it. Just sit it out and be patient.

How you can see I got my new DH bike and I love it.  My heart has always belonged to downhill so I am super happy to own this bike now.

The Haibike XDURO DWNHLL 9.0

 

  • DÄMPFER

    FOX Float X2 Factory, Luft

  • BREMSE

    Shimano Zee M640, 203mm / Shimano Zee M640, 203mm

  • STEUERSATZ

    A-Head Tapered

  • VORBAU

    Haibike Components The Stem +++, Direct Mount

  • RAHMEN

    Haibike Aluminium 6061, 27.5″, 200mm

  • ZAHNKRANZ (HINTEN)

    Shimano SLX M7000, 11-42 Zähne

  • KETTE

    KMC e11S

  • REIFEN

    Maxxis

  • SCHALTUNG

    Shimano XTR M9000, 11 Gänge, Deore XT M8000, Rapidfire

  • GABEL

    FOX 40 Float Factory, Luft, 200mm

  • GEWICHT

    25,6

  • LAUFRADSATZ

    DT Swiss FR1950

  • MOTOR

    Bosch Performance CX, 250W, 25km/h, 75Nm

  • SATTELSTÜTZE

    Kind Shock LEV-DX, Teleskop, 31.6 mm

  • DISPLAY

    Bosch Purion

  • MOTOR-HERSTELLER

    Bosch

My plans for this year are:

  • To ride my bike as much as I can.
  • To do my NIVA! No DIVA Race – Jump- and Ride coaching weekends
  • To do photo projects
  • To do a workshop tutorial series
  • To race at Crankworx Innsbruck, Kalnica, Windischgarsten and few others  I feel for.
  • Building up my VAN . DIY . ” oh my gosh I hope i can do this. “

WUP WUP 2019 is calling

pics by STEFAN VOITL / HAIBIKE

IT’s official now. I am Haibike Hero

I am so excited and happy to announce that I am now officially an Haibike Hero.  And this Bike is one of my new beauties.  Some of you might know that I am not a bike uphill pedal fan but with Haibike I found the perfect partner. I will work with my teammates (Andi Wittman / Sam Pilgram/  Maximillian Semsch / Yannick Granieri) on projects I will be at different events as a brand ambassador.  But because my heart belongs to racing I will still take part in races and will do my NIVA! No DIVA race camps.

My new ride the XDuroDH

Austria Gravity Finals win / Mariazell


This year was the second time the Wexl crew organised this event. Last year I won it and had so much fun.
Because it isn’t just a bike race. It is something special. You have to run/ hike up a steep hill then you have to race with a stand-up paddle 4 times back and forward on a small lake and then finally you ride down with your bike a Bikepark track but without a chain. This time it was also my birthday and I was very determined to win this thing again. I gave all especially at the uphill run and at the end, my effort, in this category, saved me and I won again.

 

 

Wexl Trails Surf and Turf / 1 st Place / best birthday present

This year was the second time the Wexl crew organised this event. Last year I won it and had so much fun.
Because it isn’t just a bike race. It is something special. You have to run/ hike up a steep hill then you have to race with a stand-up paddle 4 times back and forward on a small lake and then finally you ride down with your bike a Bikepark track but without a chain. This time it was also my birthday and I was very determined to win this thing again. I gave all,  especially at the uphill run and at the end, my effort, in this category, saved me and I won again. It was also my birthday and one of the best birthday present ever.

Golden decoration merit of the Austrian Republic // TV broadcast

I don’t know if other countries have this too but in Austria, you get a special reward when you get a World Champs medal. And so I got invited to be honoured in the first district of Vienna. And the Austria sports minister gave it to me in person. The Austrian TV was also there and I got interviewed, which was broadcasted the next evening in the prime time.
The next day I also got invited to the “day of sports” event in Vienna and I got another award. My name was also written on the big Wall of fame.
I was so proud of myself and it felt so good to get the respect and reward for your achievements. Of course, I do it for myself in the first place but it just feels just good to stand there and get a fancy golden medal.
Thanks, Republic Austria for this honour. 
These are my beauties. I am so proud of myself to achieve this.

NIVA! No DIVA 2018 // “My personal highlight of the year”

“My personal highlight of the year”

It is a lot of work and it is a lot of responsibility aaaaaand it is a lot of fun.
I absolutely love my racing and ride camp.

I had again some amazing personalities. Very strong women and personalities.

Like every year, the NIVA! No DIVA weekend is based on the racing and riding group. I have the “RACE” group from Friday to Sunday and my guest coach the “RIDE” group on Saturday.

This year I, unfortunately, all started with a big tragedy. My other coach GLORIA had a serious work injury one week before the camp. She must have had few guardian angels with her because she nearly died. (head injury). She is getting better her mother told me but it is a long way back and I wish her all the best.
So I had to find quickly another coach for the Saturday group, which I did Manuela Walder.

 

 

My race group was very special and strong.

This year I had a very interesting mix of women/ girls.Freda /34/ Flightatendent: A good friend of mine, who always wanted to take part in my race camp since the first day. But always something cropped up like an injury one day before the camp started or her children or the job but this time she made it. But this year she made it and she was amazing. After every training run, she got better and better and the final run she said was the best of all. So delivered on point and improved by 4 seconds with a time of 4:55

Sarah / 28 / architect: A women who live just in the other valley (Leogang), rides very well but wanted to know for herself if she is fast or not compare to others. One good reason to race. I had the feeling she was a bit nervous, her family and friends came to watch and in her seeding run, she crashed hard. But she kept on riding took one painkiller and fought it out. She raced very well in her final run and found herself in the very good 12th position. She was very happy and it was officially proved that she is fast with a time of 4:43

Kathrin/ 32 / IT- specialist:  Kathrin is a typical sportswoman you could tell. Her mindset was so focused and strong even if her body was not. She competed in the past on skis so she knows how racing works.
I mean who would come up with the idea to take part in a race camp without any time on the bike for 3 years (baby break), someone with a lot of confidence I would say. During practice, she was on the limit (also her bike). But at the end, she scrapped some energy from somewhere and just missed the podium by one place with a time of 4:45.

Mira / 12 / Student :
About three weeks ago Mira’s mum called me and asked me if I take also 12-year-old ones and said that she rides very well. I just said: “yes of course” and was super excited to show I girl so young the world of racing. When I hung up the phone I was thinking:” How tall is a 12th-year-old one. What can she already do? Did I say too quick yes? Will she fit in the group? Does every mum say about the child that she is extraordinary good? ” I had no idea to what exactly I said yes.

But in the end, it was all good and this young lady was extraordinarily talented, exactly how her mother said.
She had the fastest seeding run time and with this time (4:34) she would have also won on Sunday. I am saying would because she got a puncture and a chainsack just before the finish line. But instead of giving up she dragged her bike down the last slope. But this is not the last time we will hear from her.

My race run worked out well for me and I found myself on the top spot at the IXS Rookies cup race in Saalbach Hinterglemm with a time 3:59. 
Fredas Final Run was her best of the weekend. I just say right on point.
Manus Ride group on Saturday  
This year the Niva! No Dive ride camp was again booked out and again the weather was perfect. Saalbach Hinterglemm is such a beautiful place and because the Glemmride festival was running the city was packed full of riders, brands, spectators and more.
The riding group started early and went to the top of the Z- Line, where Manu showed the girls the basics of Mountainbiking. It is crazy who quick you can improve just when someone tells you from the outside what you should change or do. So yes the girls improved a lot and by the end of the day, the elbows pointed to the side, the knees didn’t touch the top tube anymore at the same time, the break lever got touched by one finger not two and many more things…
Manu the riding coach in her element at the Hacklberg trail
Elbow out and eyes straight ahead. 
I want to say a big thanks to David Keusch the filmer, Christian Fessl the photographer and Saalbach Tourism for the hotel and of course to my sponsors, who support me. 

Goody bag supporters: Go Pro, R.S.P, Iriedaily, Verival Bio, Dr. Antonio Martins Coco Drink, Maxxis, Skull Candy, SP- Connect, Epic-Wear, Novatec Wheels, Selle San Marco, Carbocage,

and Troy Lee Designs, SP- Gadgets, Spy, Ciclopia, DVS, 9point8, Praxis Works, SR Suntour