Get to know me.
What is my favourite…?
- What is your favourite kind of food?
Paul: I love sushi and Italian food.
- What do you drink most?
Paul: Water, but a cold Corona on a hot day is awesome.
- What’s in your bottle when you train?
Paul: Mostly water, sometimes sports drink when I do intervals.
- What is / are your favourite stop(s) during 6hrs training?
Paul: After half of the ride I do a coffee stop (sometimes with cake) , or a Cola and Snickers at a gas station.
- What kind of music do you listen?
Paul: All kinds, but mostly house or rock.
- Do you have a hero?
Paul: I don’t have a specific hero, because you don’t really ‘know’ famous people. I do admire some athletes for certain things, like Roger Federer for staying cool no matter what.
- What inspires you to keep doing such hard work, especially in winter times?
Paul: I love doing sports, pushing my body. For me, the ‘road to’ is the most important. Getting into shape. So wintertraining isn’t hard for me at all.
- What is your favourite holiday destination?
Paul: I love paradise spots, loneliness and nature. There is a beach on Langkawi I can recommend.
- How does a relaxed rest day look for you?
Paul: Doing a coffee-ride with a bunch of guys and the rest of the day relaxing outside in the garden, watching my daughter play.
- What do you find the hardest part of being a Pro cyclist?
Paul: The risks you have to take in races.
- What’s the best part?
Paul: I love travelling and being outside.
- What advice would you give young cyclists with the dream to become a Pro?
Paul: Try to figure out what you are good at and focus on that. And try to have fun, especially in training.
- What is your favourite training location?
Paul: I really love the “Schwarzwald”(near Freiburg ) in summer.
- What is your most beautiful victory or achievement?
Paul: My victory in GP Wallonie 2010 was special for me. I came back after a hard crash, where i couldn’t work out for 2months.
- If a ‘hobby’ cyclist can train 3 times a week and wants to become better, how would you recommend him / her to fill in the training?
Paul: It’s all about diversity, your body needs to be ‘teased’. (1) I would do a normal ride with 6 sprints (10sec with 10min break). (2) One day power interval on a climb, like 5x6min 60 cadence. This is also possible on the tacx, if the weather is bad. (3) Third training should contain 3x 5-10min easy interval on the flat, high cadence… And if you can find the time for it: do core-stability exercises, that’s really important!