Name: Thomas „the Professor“ Schmitt
Place of origin: Betzdorf
Current residence: Tübingen
Education: Diploma in sports science
Current job: Mountainbiker (also known as a „cyclist“)
Operational fields: MountainBIKE magazine Testrider and photobiker, bikeride driving instructor and guide, bikemodel in general, etc.
Rides MTB since: 1989 – Racing since 1994
Discipline: Initially CrossCountry, then more downhill, now Freeride, Downhill, BigMountain, Street & Dirt for fun
Sponsors: Cosmic Sports, Zimtstern, Norco, Formula, e * thirteen, Osprey, Fiveten, Smith, Met, Crankbrothers, 661 Sixsixone, Lake, Smartwool
Contest results: 1. DM DH Mastersclass 2009, 3. DM DH Mastersclass 2010, 3. SchlaflosImSattel 2010, 1. DürrbachtalClassics 2009, 2010 and 2012, 3.Team Rating NordkettenDownhill.PRO 2011 (and fastest wildcard driver) and 2.Teamwertung 2012
… some interview questions …
What gives mountain biking you that you will not get in any other sport?
Nature, endurance, speed, action, recreation, relaxation and tension in one.
And why is it more than „just“ sports?
Well, because I am alive …
What do you have to have as a mountain biker?
Fun at mountain biking!
Your favorite spot / trail?
Slovenia Bovec, Vinschgau Latsch, Saalbach, Final Ligure, Portes du Soleil.
The best experience on the bike so far and why?
Actually, whenever the flow goes through with one, either during trail biking or downhill races.
What is the perfect mountain bike day?
Waking up in a sleeping bag in the openair, smell of fresh coffee – look at the peaks.
After an hour Uphill biking, then 2000 altimeters riding my bike – beautiful trails with many Natural obstacles.
Afterwards having a party at a river with a camp fire and barbeque and little bit of Dirt Biking – again in the sleeping bag and with shooting stars in the sky.
The best contest so far?
In 2009 to get the German championship in the Mastersclass without any training and preparation. Very flashy!
And what are you particularly proud of?
On all the success without training
How important is the ecological aspect of biking?
A lot. People should protect and preserve the space in which the most important part of one’s life takes place – which is clearly nature.
Zimtstern // Rule the train