EUROBIKE INSIGHTS: GLOBAL TREND TOPIC E-CYCLING

To kick things off at the start of April, the new talk and moving-image series will be looking at the international trend topic e-cycling.

e-cycling is well established and here to stay. Increasing numbers of professional cyclists are clocking up thousands of kilometres within their own four walls – a development further fuelled by the pandemic. Cycling in virtual environments is becoming more and more a mass phenomenon with some 1.5 million riders meeting up on Zwift & Co to take part in virtual training or races. The premiere edition of EUROBIKE Insights will be analysing the home training trend. Eurobike host Bernd-Uwe Gutknecht will be talking to smart trainer expert Frank Jeniche, athletes on bike trainers Fiona Schröder and Thore Perske, the digital head coach of the German Cycling Federation Tim Böhme with GCA coordinator Christoph Kont and Head of Eurobike Stefan Reisinger and asking if e-cycling has the potential to become an international trend. The bike community is invited to take part and can submit questions to the podium by 29 March using the link below. These will be discussed during the show and the first episode of the EUROBIKE Insights will be streamed on 1 April via the EUROBIKE communication channels. “E-cycling is stimulating the bike industry in many different ways and will play a new and important role at EUROBIKE 2021,” says Stefan Reisinger. “With EUROBIKE Insights, we will be taking a regular look behind the scenes in the bicycle industry at the topics that drive it – both at present and in the future. As such, this exciting digital format will attract interest and attention both inside and beyond the community.”

THE PODIUM

FIONA SCHRÖDER

I’m 21 years old, and only recently started competitive racing in the form of Zwift races in December 2019. I started as a cat B rider with a goal to gain experience and have fun training. Then I did the German Cycling Academy (like the Zwift Academy), and got an invite to the final, which took place in Berlin during the UCI Track World Championships at the end of February 2020.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic all national races were cancelled. So, I decided on a new goal: Zwift Pro-AM races. No longer a B racer, I raced my first Pro-Am races in May with Team Fearless, placing 18th in my second ever Pro-AM. I became an avid Zwift racer, preferring sprint races and TTTs, and my strengths are time trials, attacking, and launching breakaways. If possible I’m doing IRL racing with my best finish in one of the rare races in 2020 at 2nd place in a time trial where I was just beaten by Mieke Kröger who was TTT world champion in 2015.

Now I’m a member of the American Zwift Pro Team “Saris + The Pro’s Closet” and the British international “Team Torelli” for road races.

FRANK JENICHE

  • Born 1968 in Uelzen, in the federal state Hesse. Lives since eight years in a small villlage without any infrastructure near Frankfurt.

  • Second home: front seat of his car

  • All about movement: sports (track and field), handball, volleyball, swimming – triathlon, bike, road bike. Road bike for sports, mtb for fun.

  • Since 30 years: all about music. Whether its church music, bigband, rock and coverband.

  • Bike hobbyist: lots of road and trekking bike complete constructions

  • German army

  • commercial banking apprenticeship and studies of economics

  • Since the 90s active in the bike industry

  • Since 2000 self-employed as PR-Trust – Agency for PR and Mediaconsulting, Brandbuilding in the fields of bike, sports, outdoor and active lifestyle

  • Since 2017: Wahoo Fitness as a client – starting in the DACH region, nowadays including the countries Italy, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Southeastern Europe

THORE PERSKE

Date of birth: 07-25-1999

Place of residence: Heidesheim am Rhein

Professional experience:

  • 2007-2009: riding mtb as a student
  • 2018/19: riding mtb actively, started with e-cycling
  • 2019 toMotion Racing by black tusk (MTB)
  • 2021 E-Cycling Team ROSE Beastmode
  • 2021 Promotion to the Premier Division of the Zwift Racing League

Since 2010: chess as a competitive sport (DM U14 and DM Team, 2x European Team Champion U18)

Interests: hockey, bouldering, skiing