Tanja got her BMX start in her early teens, after losing a bet with a BMX racer. She had to mount the thing and ride… and it’s been her love ever since. Motivated by her parents’ cycling passion from when she was a kid, Tanja saddled onto mountain biking six years ago and lives by her motto, “Have fun cycling and enjoy it – for yourself! “ No role models though; “I do it my way,” she says. “Freedom’s my addiction – that’s what I yearn for every day I’m on my bike.”
Tanja is out for the thrill of the ride... and winning is an intoxicating side effect. Delighting in Down Hill, She’s a North Shore specialist, and a successful trainer in technique. Her pride and joy is Purple TaSte, a Free Ride training camp for girls (and women 18 to 40+) who love the thrill and challenge of the sport. Tanja’s best competitor is also her best friend, Steffi eTeltscher, trainer and MTB enthusiast herself, and co-founder of Purple TaSte.
Tanja’s favorite saddle, for her types of riding (MTB and free riding), is the Senso Miles WI (VL 4170), a special configuration of the Miles 1200 Competition saddle, custom-made for feminine frames. It’s firm yet elastic, light, comfortable, and strong, providing the combination to keep up with her performance needs. Since there are a lot of falls and tumbles in this sport, it is important that the saddle is durable, hardwearing and waterproof.
Sometimes Tanja’s off her bike. Then, her sports are skiing, snowboarding, swimming and volleyball… after which she relaxes in the sauna, knits crazy caps and scarves, or cooks for friends. Her music is hip hop and rock, and favorite bands Rise Against and H-Blockx. Her reading taste is bloodthirsty: Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. And she likes action in her choice of films: Bad Boys II with Will Smith.
|2nd SR Suntour Night Sprint (2011)|
|2nd German National 4X Championships, Wolfach (2013)||2nd Pump Club Race Munich (2011)|
|8th Pro Tour, Val di Sole, Italy (2013)||2nd Southern German Cup Wolfach (2010)|
|3rd European 4X Race - Dirt Masters Festival, Winterberg, Germany (2013)||12th European Championships Willingen (2010)|
|1st Southern German Cup Koppl (2012)||3rd Southern German Cup Winnenden (2010)|
|3rd European Cup Winterberg (2012)||2nd Southern German Cup Koppl (2010)|
|1st European Cup Winterberg (2011)||2nd Scott Nightsprint, Riva (2010)|