All Ride With...?
We from “The Women All Ride” – collective want to represent the cycling world in all its diversity. Therefore we have initiated the category: ALL RIDE WITH…! Every month we present a unique personality here: A person who has caught our eye through their presence, their appearance, their sporting achievements or thanks to their ability to inspire and motivate. Every person is different and unique.
In the form of an interview, the persons presented can choose their preferred questions from several and answer them.
Can you immediately think of someone? Then send us a message! We look forward to your suggestions and can’t wait to meet more inspiring personalities!
In October, our ALL RIDE WITH category will become ALL RIDE FOR!
ALL RIDE FOR Ana Orenz!
So far, Ana Orenz has won every one of her ultra races. She was the fastest woman at the Race Across France Challenge 2018, the Transpyrenees 2019, the Paris Brest Paris 2019 and the 2VS 2020. And then it came differently….
A few weeks ago, she had a serious accident in an ultra-endurance race. Ana collided with a pack of wild boars in the dark and suffered serious injuries. Ana is a fighter, but the road to recovery is still long and expensive.
Johanna is organising a Solidarity Ride for Ana in Hamburg on Sunday 24.10.21 in cooperation with FC St. Pauli Radsport.
All further information, the exact starting point and the routes can be found here from about one week before the ride:
ALL RIDE WITH: About Ana
What is your name? Ana Orenz
Your pronouns? She/her
How old are you? 40 years old
Where are you from? Braunschweig, Germany / Now Mioño, Cantabria, Spain
A few words about you:
Solo mum and ultra rider with a love for altitude.
Career highlight: High-speed collision with hairy boar.
We meet you on your bike – where to, where on?
In the morning on the way to work or at night to wrestle with wild boars.
In between, anywhere uphill.
1. How did you get into cycling?
Through my daughter, who made me cycle on our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
2. Who inspires you on the bike?
Leah Goldstein – Age is just a number & somehow you always get back up.
Fabio Jakobsen – False teeth sprint faster
3. Your old self is setting off on his first cycling tour - what do you give yourself for the road?
Do everything as Ruby says, except for the lunch break – otherwise you’ll never get there.
4. What was your biggest fail and/or your biggest learning?
Currently – learning not yet completed.
5. What was your most important experience on the bike?
The first ride in Cantabria – I finally found a home there.
6. What is your next biggest goal?
To remind the body that we are still alive.
7. What event will we meet you at next?
Depends on how long my recovery lasts.
8.What is your vision for the future of the cycling industry/scene?
Commuting by bike is rewarded with a pay rise to relieve the health system and counteract climate change.
Alternative option: free cake!
9. What can make the cycling scene even better?
Even though I myself have been very welcoming almost exclusively, I think that
the scene could be a bit more open.
10. Your message to the cycling industry:
Legs have a right to freedom too! Please make more shorts with generous legs. (The same goes for leg warmers)
Cycling/cycling sport is for me ...
I would very much like to ride with this person...
With my big brother
Your favourite snack?
Your best life hack for cycling?
Mini toothbrush and toothpaste in the cockpit.
What should you never be without on a tour?
Mostly exactly what you accidentally left at home.
Anas Favourite Route
Many thanks to Ana for the interview and the answers! And if you want to know more about Ana’s cycling life and recovery, check out her social media profiles!
Editor: Johanna Jahnke
Header-Design/ layout/ website edit: Juliane Schumacher
Logo #anaspeloton: Jule Wagner
Photos: Charlotte Gamus