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!
ALL RIDE WITH... Franziska Evers
Franziska Evers originally comes from Bremen. The freelance photographer has now been living in Hamburg for 12 years. She can be found mainly on the dyke when Hamburg is just waking up, when she is not training with the FCSP or riding her racing bike for long distances.
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We meet you on your bike - where are you off to?
Early morning on the dyke, a bit of low-hanging fog and the morning sun making its way through the dawning day. I’ve been in the saddle for a little while now. I like to roll through the sleeping city to the dyke in the morning, already having a few kilometres in my legs before the city wakes up. Fresh air, clear thoughts and a little ride through the nature reserve “Die Reit”. Then coffee at home or in a café in the Hafen-City. Depending on what my day brings. I’m a freelance photographer, so my days are always different, but I try to incorporate an “early bird” into my weeks as often as I can.
How did you get into cycling?
I started speed skating in 2014. Surprisingly, there are several speed skating clubs in Hamburg and they are allowed to use the outdoor ice rink in Planten un Blomen for training. Unfortunately, this results in a training period from November to March. Depending on the weather – but it is definitely a seasonal sport. In the summer, I always tried to establish inline skating as a summer training in my everyday life, but that didn’t work out very well. I didn’t enjoy the fact that you first have to drive somewhere for reasonable asphalt, then put on the skates and get going.
So in 2017, the road bike came into play. Road cycling trains almost the same muscle groups and I could “get going” right outside my front door. You can get to the dyke or the countryside relatively quickly, which is what attracted me to road cycling.
I was able to buy an old steel frame cheaply from a friend of a friend. Just to try it out. It turned out that a few speed skaters from my club also get on their bikes in the summer, so I got connected right away and my plan not to use a tight jersey or even clip-less pedals didn’t turn out to be much.
Cycling quickly “got me”, that feeling of rolling back into Hamburg in the evening sun, completely exhausted from a tour with a view of the city, always puts a grin on my face. Head empty, legs tired – that’s complete satisfaction for me.
In my new “cycling infatuation” I came across the film “Brevet” by Michael Reis-Müller quite quickly. It’s a documentary film that follows three riders on the very famous Paris-Brest-Paris cycling marathon. From Paris to Brest and back again – in one go. I think I’m starting to be able to talk along with the film. 🙂
This feeling of rolling back into Hamburg in the evening sun, completely exhausted from a tour with a view of the city, always puts a grin on my face.
A year later, in 2019, I rode my first cycling marathon with three friends. The Maurice Brocco 400 24-hour race starting in Leipzig. Since that race, I’ve been fascinated by long-distance cycling. Long distances in the saddle, having a good day on the bike, gladly with friends, getting to know yourself and everyone else better and rolling to the finish line empty-handed.
I could ride long distances straight ahead in a group very well now, what I was missing was some training on the bike, riding corners safely, some theory and tactics in cycling. I joined the FCSP and since late summer I’ve been a regular participant in the women’s training. I have learned a lot, not only technique, but also many great riders, and I wouldn’t want to miss a Wednesday evening!
Who inspires you on the bike?
All riders who ride for themselves and don’t pay much attention to the performance of others.
What event will we meet you at next?
Hopefully the “Große Weserrunde” in Rintern. That’s where I’ll be competing in the 300 km bike marathon.
What was your most important experience on the bike?
Good question. I think there are many important moments that I have experienced on the bike. A particularly great moment was the first dawn on the course of the 400 km brevet. The night was short, fog lying like cotton wool on the fields and we rode through a village called “Morgenrot” at dawn. 🙂
What is your vision for the future of the cycling industry/scene?
I think it’s more of a wish that is not directly directed at the cycling industry/scene. I would be happy if cycling was safer in road traffic. It’s so much easier and faster to take the bike in a city like Hamburg to get from A to B. Unfortunately, it is often associated with bad cycle paths or stupid traffic management. More acceptance for cyclists in road and city traffic, that would be great!
For me, cycling is ...
… to disconnect.
Your best life hack for cycling?
Chamois cream. It makes so many things more pleasant!
What should you never miss on a tour?
I think ferry rides are great, you can definitely tempt me with that ;-).
Your favourite snack?
Classic: banana and cheese sandwich.
I would like to ride with this person very much...
… Claus Czycholl. A randonneur from Hamburg who has ridden Paris-Brest-Paris 7 times. He rode his seventh Paris-Brest-Paris at the age of 72.
Many thanks to Franziska for the interview and the answers! And if you want to learn more about Franziska’s cycling life, check out her social media profiles!
Titlepic-Credits: Christian Schmid
Edit / Layout: Stefanie Fritzen
Edit/ Translation: Johanna Jahnke