Juliana Bicycles

Raphaela Richter

Bio

Where do you call home?

I live with my family in the heart of beautiful Franconia (Germany).

What’s your day job? What’s your favorite part of your day job? What’s your least favorite part of your day job?

At the moment I’m doing vocational training as an optician and will finish it in summer 2020. I think I can handle most of the customers quite well and the subject of optics is really interesting. So I guess I can give good advice for lenses.

I don’t like the work schedule because it’s really diverse and sometimes in the middle of the day so I can’t do a proper workout before or after work.

Who’s your favorite riding buddy and why?

There are a few: I like riding with my older brothers because we can push each other and it’s cool to sometimes set challenges. And it’s even better for me when I do something technical first and see my brothers get grumpy because they have to do it as well.

When did you start mountain biking? Why did you start? What made you a lifer (was it a moment, a ride, a trip, etc.?)?

I started mountain biking in 2003 at the age of 5. When I was a little girl I wanted to do all the boy stuff and always imitated my brothers. So I was racing XC until 2013 and somehow slipped into the enduro-scene – and I love it! I’ll never forget my first enduro race when I was 14. I nearly quit mountain biking in general and just did the race for fun. Probably that’s why I won it then. I was so overwhelmed by the whole day. The friendly people, the stoke for riding bikes and the great time with friends while doing a race.

What’s the thing you love second to cycling and why?

Ride – Eat – Sleep – Repeat

But I also like to spend time with my family and friends because it makes me think of something else other than training and work. It can be really good for the soul sometimes.

Do you feel that you have a good balance in your life? If yes, how do you achieve that? If no, what's off balance and why? 

I think most of the time I do have a good balance with work, training and friends. It takes a bit of management (and I’m not good at managing). But sometimes there are also those days where I feel a bit overwhelmed with everything and need some off-time. But I guess everyone knows those days and I don’t want to complain and just pull back into normality as fast as possible.

What’s your favorite ride snack?

Basically, a fruity bar is what I take for a ride. For a longer tour, I also like some nuts.

If you left for a big mountain bike trip tomorrow, what're the top 3 things you couldn’t live without?

Well… my bike, of course, some food and someone I can share the experience with would be nice.

What’s your favorite local trail and why?

Depends on the day. But in general, I love natural technical trails. The Reschenpass Area is pretty cool.

What’s one other thing in your life that is as good as this trail?

Pizza. Just Pizza.

 

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