The mountain bike is strapped to his back, provisions are packed and the anticipation is high – Austrian Stefan Müller has been intensively involved in bike mountaineering for several years now and the discipline has become his main activity in biking. «The special thing about it is clearly the freedom and adventure», enthuses Stefan.
The sports freak has been an enthusiastic biker since he was a little boy and has turned his hobby into his profession. Every day he is out and about with his mountain bike and occasionally he takes part in competitions. Fortunately, Stefan Müller can pursue his passion directly in his home country: the bike routes and downhill runs in Carinthia are among his favourite tours. However, such tours in the high alpine mountains should not be underestimated, as they usually last several days and are often very strenuous. Good preparation is therefore crucial.
Preparation always starts in winter at the beginning of the year. Stefan mainly focuses on his riding techniques and on balance. Keeping your balance can be practiced easily anytime and anywhere either on one or both wheels. It is one of Stefan’s favourite exercises: «In itself it is a basic exercise, but at the same time it is one of the most important elements for all other bike tricks», explains Stefan. Carrying the bike must also be practiced constantly. For this purpose, Stefan uses a special backpack with an integrated bike carrying system. And of course, the right bike wear shouldn’t be missing either!
The Qloom Ambassador's favourite item from the 2020 summer collection is clearly the colourful Bramston Bike Shirt sleeveless. Being a bike mountaineer is a year-round job. Stefan Müller trains any time of the year and preferably directly at his local mountain at Lake Millstatt.
The area around Carinthia offers everything to prepare for his bike mountaineering adventures: technical downhill runs, long distances as well as climbing units. In addition, ski and hiking tours in winter help to improve his physical condition.
In 2017 the first film about bike mountaineering was released and now a sequel with Way over the mountains 2 has just been filmed. Together with two other bikers, three cameramen and a logistician, Stefan Müller was once again on Austria's highest mountain. Within three days, the crew covered 68 kilometres and 6’000 metres in altitude. «Climbing in the high alpine terrain in particular was very challenging», said Müller. The efforts, however, were worth it. The film will be presented at various outdoor film festivals and is expected to be uploaded on YouTube in October 2020.
The next adventures are already set. In autumn 2020, a tour over an Italian mountain range is planned in which Stefan will be travelling solo for the first time. If you want to check out his bike tours as well as everday bike life, then head over to Stefan’s Instagram or Facebook account where almost daily he gives his followers biking insights.