What Mountain Biking Really Is About
Timo Pritzel presents: Not your typical bike video
Timo Pritzel has launched a very personal video, reflecting about where he stands now, what mountain biking means to him and how his life has changed over the years. Going from being this cool kid on a BMX to become a yoga-balanced father on a mountain bike… and still doing flips.
Text inspired by and from Timo Pritzel. Photos by Viktor Strasse
I. Don’t waste your time, go mountain biking
Timo wanted to do what feels right to him and wanted to show what he loves the most at the moment. When he was a cool BMXer he thought cross country MTB was a bit boring, but now at 42 he admits that he loves cross country riding through his local forest, especially with his daughter.
That’s the biggest ride of life
It’s a much needed recharge of his batteries to go into nature, feeling the energy of the trees, without any annoying car noises and to share this with his daughter. “That’s the biggest ride of life, to see your own child growing up and being a mirror of yourself so often”, states Timo.
And actually this is what most people often do when they have a bit of time: they grab their bike and have a ride in the nearby nature.
II. Timo’s most personal mountain bike video
“This is quite a personal video, it does not get more personal than showing your own child and, as a man, to show your feminine (yin) soft side. Oops I said that.”
Showing himself is something that Timo learned on his journey as a yoga teacher and through lots of other self development workshops. It’s important to him to be authentic: “I started with yoga because of my body screaming and not getting help from Western medicine. All I received were wrong diagnosis and pain killers that messed up my gut flora which is hugely important. In Chinese medicine they say that your body centre is your second brain!”
III. What comes after a pro career?
Don’t get me wrong, I love cycling and will continue my bike dream
After Timo lived his life and dream as a pro mountain biker for so long, more questions came into his mind. What’s coming after his career? What are his new goals and dreams? Just higher and bigger didn’t feel right anymore. These are questions that most pro athletes start asking themselves after reaching their peak in their professional career.
“Don’t get me wrong, I love cycling and will continue my bike dream! It’s just that I need more now and want to keep progressing as a human being.”
Timo found a second passion with yoga and is super happy that he can now combine both – mountain biking and yoga. Watch his La Palma Bike & Yoga Camp video.
If you want to read more about where Timo comes from and what he does today, you should definitely read the full report on Pinkbike. Click here.
Timo and his daughter enjoy riding with these TSG products through Berlin’s woods.