We’ve been supporting and following Hannes Slavik for years now, hard working MTB Enduro and 4x rider. Here’s his take on life on tour, the perks and sufferings of life as a pro rider, and a moment of pure riding-fun.
Days fly by and life is faster than ever!
I really enjoy the fact that my life is about riding bikes in so many different places, but let’s be honest: It’s not always as sweet as you may think at first.
A lot of stressful traveling, hours in cars and on planes, while not really having the time or mind-space to focus on anything else but the one reason you are there for: racing and fighting for results. It can be exhausting – and emotional ups and downs are part of the game.
So I only spent 3 of my last 16 weekends at home – and in between also finished my university degree.
A few weeks ago we were in Crankworx Les Gets France. After 3 days of riding, my job was done for the weekend. We decided to go for a relaxed recovery ride there in France, went uphill with the lift at first and pedaled up the last part. The view was stunning up there on this day.
It was not only a physical recovery ride.
We spent time on untouched trails, even though Crankworx was right behind us. I re-fueled for upcoming tasks. I know some hidden places like this back home in Austria and I am glad we went up there in Les Gets on this day.
I realized again how enjoyable this short “zero pressure” type of riding was – something I usually get to do only in off-season.
Life is busy these days – make sure you don’t miss the insane moments which are worth it to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy. It doesn’t matter if YOUR moment includes a bike, skis, the beach or mountains, your family or good friends – get your priorities right, seize the moment, boost your energy!
Do you remember when you last had a moment like that ..? I’d be happy to hear about it!
Thanks Hannes and Markus Trösch (Fotos) for sharing this moment and those amazing pictures with us! We’re looking forward to many more great riding moments – and successful races!
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