Home Town: George
Road Cycling - I would have to say the London Olympics 2012
But funnily enough the mountain biking has given me the biggest highlights along the way - I think because my first priority is really loving to ride my bike.
On the mountain bike, Winning the national title 2013 & 2014
Mountain Biking - that would be my dad. I was a roadie and he had discovered mountain biking a few years before that …. it was through him I ventured onto the road less travelled, and I too, never looked back.
First bike ever - Cactus
First MTB - Santa Cruz Highball
The small things, the beauty, the suffering…. I love the nature of MTB’ing how one needs to adapt to whatever gets thrown at you and be able to overcome. It keeps it interesting and exciting.
Coffee lover, anything near salt water and sea sand, reading, surfing, photography, Scuba diving which I hope to do sometime again in the near future…
Sabine is a fantastic team mate, we race well together and have developed a really good understanding for one another. I wouldn’t want to tackle stage races without her by my side…
she shares a lot of knowledge and useful advice with me, she pushes me to grow, to strive to be better…. there is still so much I can learn from her and for this I am grateful to both her and Lange sports who made our partnership a reality.
I am not really one for counting… instead I tend to really focus on the here and now - being in the moment, taking in the surroundings. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many countries through cycling… be it road or MTB and each destination has provided a unique and memorable journey. I would like to return to Toscana sometime again, I did a road race there once and knew that I need to return there some day again…
The fact that you stick together through thick and thin - through the good times and bad times out on the trail. To have one anothers’ company even if we are riding in silence making progress on the trail is a great feeling.
To be able to ride together using the teams strengths, ensuring not to break one another down - so to read the race and ones partner well, to know when to push hard and when to back down. If I were to make a list:
The dynamic scenarios provide growth, not just as an athlete but as a human being… Given the innumerable situations it offers and the corresponding emotional significance, it is simply an equation that cannot be solved. In essence “Learning the limits of your control”
Just ride your bike and have fun - passion carries you a long way ;)
I have many dreams in various aspects of life… it’s really hard to pinpoint one. In the context of this article I suppose my biggest cycling dream is to be one of the best Marathon Mountain bikers in the world…
Believe it or not…. I’m actually a very quiet person, I live a very simple life and reflect a lot ;)
Everything clicks…. the stars align… and things feel effortless! It’s a wonderful feeling, one works very hard to achieve and its often a motivating factor that keeps you striving to be better… especially on the days that don’t go according to plan.
Home Town: Herrischried
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Who or what inspired you to start cycling?
I always enjoyed to be out in the nature and the mountain bike gave me the opportunity to to explore more and a wider area of my home region.
Was a Kuwahara... ;-)
Being in nature, having a nice activity radius and if I'm riding my mountain bike...discover places where you don't get that easy.
Def the win of the olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008
I guess the biggest benefit is over 20 years racing expirience....I always analyse my races and be honest to my self - what was good but also what did I wrong. I try to guide in the right way and watch my partner closely. The team counts and you have to look after each other...
Coffee, coffee ....- spending time on the beach, Golf could be something I really enjoy
A lot but always to short to see more. SA is def my favorite country.
Enjoy to be on your bike and take in the nature
If you are in top form...you will know cos everthing goes easy- you feel your strengh. Training with a powermeter gives you the number in Watts you are able to push and if you already on a high level you try to push even more because you wanna beat your personal best...
One of the most illustrious careers in South African sport came to an end in March 2011 when Malcolm Lange, the most prolific road cycling race winner of the modern era, will hang up his racing bike for good. The 37-year-old Lange, who lives in Fairland, Johannesburg, has decided that the 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour will be his final race as a professional athlete.
Lange, who is the owner of Team Bonitas, a South African-based, internationally registered professional team, has shifted his focus to building his team and sports management business, Lange Sports, which he co-owns with his wife Jackie.
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