German Champion XCO (U23)

Already a runner-up in the Cross Country World Championships and multiple Juniors German Champion, last year Sofia Wiedenroth came in first in the World University Championship and defended her German Champion title. This year, the 22-year-old hopes to establish herself higher up in the ranks, closing in on the world elite. Sofia has her eyes firmly set on the World Cup as well as on a number of high-profile races in the Bundesliga and the Swiss Series. Season highlights will be the German Championships in Saalhausen as well as the World Championships in Andorra. For the season finale, the student of International Management will concentrate on her second competitive passion: Enduro racing.

Born: 30.01.1995 in Augsburg
Domicile: Niederstaufen, near Lindau (B)
Team: AMG ROTWILD MTB Racing
Trainer: Rolf Frey, Peter Schaupp
Club: TSV Niederstaufen

What does your typical day look like, Sofia?

I get up at 6.45 in the morning and go through a brief stretching routine. Then I have a substantial breakfast and check the regional news in the paper. Coffee plays a very important role here. After that I generally deal with the first e-mails. Then, at about 10 or 11 a.m., I spend a bit of time on studying for the university. Right after this I get on the bike. Depending on the intensity and scope of the training, I come home for lunch. Sometimes, though, that may not be until 4 or 5 in the afternoon. When I’m not travelling, I love to cook for myself. It really relaxes me. In the evening, I then have time to wind down or meet some friends. Two or three evenings a week, though, I go to weight training. There’s not so much time them.

And what are your goals, what motivates you?

As I took part in practically no XC competitions last year, I need to learn quite a bit this year and gather experience in the under-23s. Nevertheless, I have set my sights on the top 15 in the World Cup, perhaps even the top 10. And also the qualifiers for the World and European Championships. After such a long break due to injury, I’m currently enjoying every minute on my bike. The fun I have with the bike and my passion for riding are simply what drive me on.

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