THE BICYCLE IS MY MEANS OF MOBILITY
Hi, I’m Johanna Jahnke, podcaster (Die Wundersame Fahrradwelt), sports mental trainer and mother of two from Hamburg. I’ve been cycling since I could – since I was 4, I think. My family never owned a car for ecological reasons, so the bicycle was our means of mobility.
FROM COMPETITIVE SPORTS TO THE FIXED SCENE
I got into cycling because I thought, instead of buying a car, I’ll buy a road bike and can cycle to the countryside very easily and quickly. It was a very pragmatic thought.
Soon I got feedback from all sides that I was very fast. No wonder, as a former competitive athlete. What was originally meant as a time-out turned into a new sporting passion. However, I didn’t feel so comfortable in the road bike scene at that time, I preferred to bomb along in the night rides, gold sprints and alley cats of the fixed-gear scene. I quickly (pun intended) won my first races and rode my first Red Hook Criterium.
FROM 40 MINUTES IN Loops TO 4000 KM THROUGH EUROPE
I really loved this colourful, international fixed gear family. After a few seasons and successes with international teams, I discovered the Transcontinental Race. I was hooked. I switched from 40 minutes in the circle to 4000 km across Europe. Together with my team partner Marion Dziwnik, we are the only women’s team so far to finish the most relevant self-support race in the world. This adventure shook up a lot of things in my life.
Physical strength, mental strength and solidarity are guiding themes that have accompanied me intensively ever since and which are always the subject of my podcasts.
These topics moved me to organise the “All Women Cycling” bar camp for women cyclists and cycling enthusiasts 2 years ago together with a small team. 70 women took part.
At that time, the desire for a common platform for networking and sharing information was expressed for the first time. However, none of us had the capacity for it at the time. Today, two years later, the idea is now becoming reality.
Spread over 8 strong women’s shoulders, this was possible and a small dream is coming true: “The Women All Ride” – collective.
In short: TWAR
Love goes out to all of you: Juliane, Jule, Marie, Eva, Sandra, Steffi and Wiebke!
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