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Tanja Hendrysiak
26.02.1988
Attack 18 SL
Tanja is just 29, but her CV reads like an “old hand” of the cycling world. The Augsburg native started riding in BMX races in 2000 (so when she was 11) and, among other things, finished third in the 2005 German Championships. She then discovered mountain biking and is currently enjoying international success in the 4X field 9with first placed finishes in the Night Sprints in Riva and Großheppach, as well as the European Cup in Winterberg in 2011 and 2012). She organises freeriding camps, with the aim of sharing her passion for cycling with younger girls, as well as pursuing a career as a physiotherapist.

First bike:
Neon pink 16-inch children’s bike with no stabilisers.

Uphill or down?
Definitely downhill!

My favourite routes:
Wildkogel Trail, Augsburg Home Trails, the downhill track in Schladming

Why I’m on board:
Deuter is a company with an incredible amount of technical expertise. As a woman, the SL Women’s Series is particularly appealing for me, and after my experiences on the bike with Deuter packs, there is simply no longer any other option in my view. They fit perfectly on the bike, even on rough downhill descents. They are tough, stylish, practical, and light.
Gerhard Czerner
10.05.1976
Vorarlberg, Austria
Attack 20, Trans Alpine
Gerhard has been working closely alongside Deuter for over 15 years. The 36-year-old has completed a successful career as a trials rider and is now an all-round biker and outdoorsman through and through. He is a trainer for the national MTB team, a bike guide, gives courses in riding technique, an outdoors trainer and, in winter, a ski and snowboard teacher – as well a committed traveller. As an elite rider, he gets his strength both from the muscles he’s built by riding in the mountainous Vorarlberg region and from nature itself.

First bike:
The first I remember was a folding bike in about 1984.

What makes my current bike so special:
The fact that it’s a lot tougher than my old folding bike.

My favourite routes:
Trails in stunning countryside, which can be anywhere.

Uphill or down?
I prefer to ride uphill, if I know that there will be a stunning trail on the way down. I prefer to ride downhill if it’s not on forest roads or blacktop.

Why I’m on board:
I value the family atmosphere at Deuter more than anything. As an outsider, you often feel that the big company treats you impersonally: Deuter is the market leader in backpacks after all. Yet the team is so accessible and every individual is so enthusiastic. It’s all about creating a product that offers absolute reliability, that lasts for a long time, and which saves on natural resources as a result.
Annika Jeschke
14.04.1986
Hagen (Germany)
I’m a fan of the Attack 18 SL, which is light and spacious, fits well, and comes with a great back protector!
Hometrail, Reschensee, Finale Ligure
“I am an independent real estate broker. Since 2012, I have been utterly in love with cycling and enjoy every second of racing up and down the mountains with my two dogs in tow. But preferably downhill. There is no other place where I feel so at ease as when I’m out in nature on my bike. I love riding in races and sharing a moment with my friends. The Women’s Camps are also lots of fun, as a place where I can share my passion. I have been working with Deuter since 2016, and since 2018, I have even become part of the Deuter Family! I am insanely excited about working together in future.

My greatest successes were in the Megavalanche downhill marathon on La Réunion, with a third place in 2015 and second place in 2016.

It’s never too late to live your dream. Belief and passion can climb mountains."

What kind of sports do you do?
I cycle all year round, whether it’s enduro, downhill or E-MTB. Apart from that: running and rowing.

Which is your favourite?
I prefer to ride downhill :-) with beautiful, flowing trails, as well as rough downhill tracks.

What’s your personal sporting highlight?
Megavalanche on La Réunion.

What’s your full-time job?
Independent real estate broker

What makes a moment special for you, on the mountains or when competing?
When I can take a breath of nature, listen to the birds singing and enjoy the sun’s rays. In the Alps, sunrise is a particularly special moment. From a sporting perspective, I enjoy overcoming my limitations and fears. That makes me especially happy.

What is the motivation behind your sporting activities?
My dogs need to exercise daily. That means it’s fun for us all. Developing myself and, above all, the ability to have fun are the main motivations.

If I had loads of free time, I would choose to:
Explore the world by bike.

For me, Deuter means…
My companion on every ride. It gives me lots of confidence in what’s on my back.

I’m on board with Deuter because...
I’m a fan of the product and Deuter is very innovative. The team is great and they have really made me feel welcome.

What is your favourite Deuter product?
The Attack 18 SL. It fits well, has plenty of space, and also offers lots of protection.
Jakob Breitwieser
28.01.1991
Lindau/Lacke Constanze und Freiburg
Attack Enduro 16
Freiburg and western Alps
Jakob came to Freiburg for his teacher training and, despite the lack of Alpine terrain, was quickly able to settle in the Black Forest. Since then, it’s developed into a love of the region and, when he’s not teaching a class, Jakob enjoys riding the trails around Germany’s MTB capital with brio. For three years now, Deuter rucksacks have been his constant companion and ensure that Jakob won’t go hungry, won’t freeze, and won’t injure his back in a fall. The Liteville team rider has already raced in a wide variety of enduro races all over Europe, providing entertaining reports of his experiences at mtb-news.de. For him, fun is clearly more important than performance, as his true love is (as you would expect from his profession) sharing his passion for bike sports, firstly as a teacher at the MTB academy, and secondly as the youth development offer of the MTB Freiburg Association.

First bike:
A Puky, what else?

Uphill or down?
Downhill – and the high is part of that.
Karen eller
14.04.1968
I live in Garmisch Partenkirchen [in the extreme south of Bavaria] but I grew up in Munich. I actually started riding in Hamburg, where I was a student. I spend most of my summer travelling through the events or at our camps. In the autumn and winter, I also travel further afield on an adventure trip, cycling and taking photos, for example to India.
Mostly the Attack SL, with plenty of room, because I always have a lot with me and it offers a perfect fit.
My favourites are high Alpine trails in the Alps, especially the sunsets on the trails in the Aosta Valley.
As a professional rider, Karen Eller has won the Transalp Challenge and the Canadian Trans Rockies event three times. Her training, technique and tactics have helped her to master the 650km event, with 21,000 metres of ascent, time and time again. Karen’s demanding requirements in terms of bike technology, her many years of racing experience and her love of nature also make her a talented trainer. Even early on in the career, Karen was engaged with the topic of women on bikes – from product development of bikes and clothing through to the role of women in the mountain biking scene. Since her active career has ended, she shares her knowledge and experience through mountain bike workshop sand camps. Meanwhile, Karen and her partner, Holger, have established one of the most successful enduro events in Germany, the Schnitzeljagd Single Trail. Karen is also the author of a German-language book, “Mountain Biking for Women.” She has lived in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with her partner, Holger, for the last few years and has two children.

What makes my current bike so special:
I have been riding carbon bikes and fullies for as long as I can remember. They are light, fast, and safe downhill, which was always very important on my long-distance races. Marin was my first team sponsor. At the time, I was still riding aluminium bikes, but after switching to Cannondale, the Raven was my first carbon bike, and that is what I won the Transalp on. Since 2001, I have been riding for Scott, which is a carbon bike specialist. The new 2018 Genius is my favourite trail bike.

Uphill or down?
I like them both the same. In my camps, I ride downhill a lot – and I often take the mountain railway to get back up, because our aim is to train riding technique. During my private rides, I like the challenge of pedalling uphill, so I like a good mix of both. However, I do find gravel trails downhill completely pointless.

Why I’m on board:
It’s fun to work with a company that likes to get feedback about its products and incorporates this feedback into its products. It’s an all-round good company with a long history and high-quality, well-thought-out products.
Marcus Klausmann
08.08.1977
Attack Enduro 16
Leogang und Südtirol
Anyone who doesn’t know who Marcus is should simply let the figures speak for themselves: at the age of 34, he has three children and 15 years’ experience as a downhill pro. A 14-times German champion (a record that no one can match), the runner-up in the world championships, a 1996 World Cup winner, and a two-time junior trials world champion. Marcus is a popular rider on film and TV – and, of course, a popular member of the Deuter family of riders. Marcus has been riding in enduro races since 2015 and, once again, he aims to repeat his past successes.

My first bike:
Was a Cat4 in 1990.

Uphill or down?
Clearly, I prefer to ride downhill – and to do so quickly, thank you very much!

Why I’m on board:
Deuter has partnered with me for many years and I am very proud to be part of their story. With them, I’ve found the best backpacks for riding – and apart from that, Deuter always has the right equipment ready to go, which is important when I travel.
Antje kramer
31.03.1969
The Attack 18 SL, which has fulfilled its protective role for me admirably, doing its duty when I had a massive fall.
Antje is a seven-time winner of the German Downhill Championships, came third in the Alpe d’Huez Megavalanche and enjoys the feeling of being “pleasantly worn out.” A nurse by profession, she has been racing in enduro and free ride races since 2012 and trains hard for that alongside her work. However, discipline only works if accompanied by fun “and that, I can tell you, is something I have all the time!”

My first bike: Was an Intense M1.

Uphill or down? I prefer to travel downhill, as quickly as possible. However the climb is also part of that, and if the ascents are not too long, that’s also a plus for me.

Why I’m on board:
Holger Meyer
30.06.1968
I call Garmisch-Partenkirchen my home but I grew up in the beautiful Ruhr district, in Dortmund. In the summer, however, I often travel to the Alps for events or our camps. Love being in Italy due to the great coffee, or you might find me on one of our trails.
For shorter enduro races, the Attack 18; for longer adventures, the Attack 28
High Alpine trails in the Alps; and I have grown very fond of the Ötztal Valley with my Bike Republic. However, Arosa Lenzerheide, the Dolomites and Liguria are also at the top of my list of favourites.
As a pro cyclist, Holger Meyer has competed in many downhill races, German championships, downhill national league events and world cup races in exotic destinations like Hawaii and Australia. He was one of the first German riders to take part in the legendary Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze downhill race in California. Since then, he has been a firm fixture on the biking scene as well as enjoying domestic bliss with his partner, Karen Eller. The couple also share their knowledge through their bike camps, while he is also the creator of the Schintzeljagd Single Trail in Sölden, the fun enduro event that enjoys a cult following among those with a similar outlook to his own. Since 2017, there has also been the Hörnlijagd Trail in Arosa and the Knödeljagd in Val Gardena. The principle is always the same: to attack as many super trails as possible in teams of two, thereby completing fun missions. Holger is also hard at work writing books in his remaining time, and travels the world on behalf of his sponsors, visiting the world’s best trails. He has also been a brand ambassador for Scott for over 15 years and, for the last few years, has served as a brand ambassador for Deuter as well.

My first bike:
1988 Kettler Alu Rad (aluminium bike). I think it was the first aluminium mountain bike in Germany, though perhaps Cannondale was also available...

What makes my current bike so special:
It is light, strong, and stable: carbon makes it all possible and it goes incredibly well downhill. Scott is far ahead of the competition and the new Genius is my absolute favourite trail bike.

Uphill or down?
Downhill is the reward for pedalling up: earn your turn. I always take a holistic approach, except that there is a cable car that goes directly over my place, which means I don’t need to be asked twice. E-MTB is also getting a lot more exciting.

Why I’m on board:
For me, Deuter stands for German quality and functionality. It’s fun to work with a company that likes to receive feedback about its products and incorporates that into its production. An all-round good company with a long history.
Katrin neumann
01.03.1982
Attack 18 SL
In 2011, Katrin and her partner, Martina Sageder, won the Bike Transalp Challenge. As a sports science graduate, she is a business sports trainer, a sports psychology adviser for a variety of athletes, and does marketing and PR work for Mountain Heroes. However, Katrin is not just a hard worker: she is also an outstanding connoisseur, as long as she gets the opportunity to go faster and faster.

My first bike: It was a Cube LTD in 2001

My favourite route: The Bildstöckle in the Allgäu is definitely up there.

Uphill or down? I prefer to work my own way up to my descent.

Why I’m on board:For me, Deuter means quality, functionality and reliability. I was just on a “Volcano Biking Tour” in Ecuador. We stayed in huts at an altitude of 4,600 – 5,000 m; the Trans Alpine 30 was super reliable and practical, with all its features. And in the Exosphere sleeping bag, with outside temperatures of -4 on cold and windy nights, it was more than comfortable.
hans rey
04.06.1966
For short rides the Compact EXP 12, or the Trans Alpine 30 for my adventures.
In Livigno (Italy): Mottolino - Flow Country Trail - Val delle Mine - Carosello 3000 - Val Federia - Livigno (which can all be made easier by a couple of lift rides).
A man whose name is well-known to most riders and a list that seems endless: a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, a pro rider and adventurer, trials world champion and initiator of the “Wheels 4 Life” aid organisation, a stuntman and movie rider, German, Swiss, Californian and a world traveller. Hans is one of the pioneers of the free riding scene and, today, he is mainly involved in expedition riding. He has lived in Laguna Beach with his wife, Carmen, for 25 years.

Nickname: No Way Rey

My first bike: I got it in 1974, but my first trial bike was a converted Bonanza Bike (a Schwinn Stingray) in 1979.

What makes my current bike so special: The fact that it has so many siblings – I’m lucky to have many bikes.

Location: In the spring, if I’m not travelling, then I always come back home to Laguna Beach, California. I often spend my summers travelling in Europe in my camper; I can mostly be found on the trails around Livigno. In the autumn, I tour around the bike exhibitions or I’m at home in California.

Uphill or down? I prefer to ride downhill, but riding up is all part of the game.

Why I’m on board: For me, Deuter means quality, functionality and reliability. I was just on a “Volcano Biking Tour” in Ecuador. We stayed in huts at an altitude of 4,600 – 5,000 m; the Trans Alpine 30 was super reliable and practical, with all its features. And in the Exosphere sleeping bag, with outside temperatures of -4 on cold and windy nights, it was more than comfortable.
ANdy rieger
27.06.1977
Attack Tour 28

There are so many... Livigno, Kaltern, Chiemgau, Barcelona...
Andy was the kind of child you couldn’t ever persuade to get off his bike – and that hasn’t changed as he's grown older! Thankfully, he also found a career in his passion, as part of the DIMB national mountain bike coaching team and the founder of the MTB and travel agency, Bikeguide-Chiemgau.de. As a child, the bike was his “favourite toy” and that remains the case today. So what can Andy do best? Play bikes!

My first bike: Was a Specialized Hard Rock in 1992.

Uphill or down? I prefer riding downhill, but to get to the point where you go downhill, you have to go up first.

Why I’m on board: With Deuter I can combine a sense of coming home with closeness to the people. Deuter is more than just a brand. The people behind it embody and convey feelings of outdoor living and quality that you can trust. That’s exactly what we want to extend to our course delegates and tour participants.
sonja granzow
1979
A lovely ascent up to 1,000 metres of altitude, then a flow trail downhill with a break in beautiful surroundings like Monte Faudo In Liguria or the Bernina Trail in Engadin.
She started as a road racer, then switched to MTB cross-country and after that it all went downhill… with a focus on downhill racing, 4-cross, free riding, enduro, and dirt jumping. In the meantime, she’s managed to become German downhill and 4-cross champion. What does she like best? Flying through the air on the back of a bike!

My Deuter backpacks: Attack 18 SL, Compact EXP 10 SL, Freerider 24 SL, Walker 24. No matter which Deuter backpack it is, I particularly enjoy the perfect fit, which is an absolute must on longer rides! The new designs and colours also satisfy my sense of aesthetics for my outdoor equipment!

My first bike: A Specialized Rockhopper in 1987.

My favourite route: Scuol - S-Charl- Alp Astras - Fuorcla Funtana - Tschierv - St. Maria - Umbrail - Pedenollo - Arnoga - Val Viola - Poschiavo – up the Berninabahn then along the Bernian Tail to Pontresina.
Uphill or down? I enjoy riding uphill followed by a very flowing descent.

Why I’m on board: I’ve been part of the Deuter SL team since 2007 and am very proud to be involved in the development of SL products. All feminine “facets” are represented in the team. What I love about Deuter is the passion to keep improving the products, as well as the social and ecological commitment, that isn’t something created for marketing but rather flows from an internal conviction.
Andrea Hahn
20.09.1965
Trans Alpine Pro 24 SL
a nice climb of 1000 altitude meters, a flow trail down and a nice spot to rest.
My Deuter backpacks: Attack 18 SL, Compact EXP 10 SL, Freerider 24 SL, Walker 24. No matter which Deuter backpack it is, I particularly enjoy the perfect fit, which is an absolute must on longer rides! The new designs and colours also satisfy my sense of aesthetics for my outdoor equipment!

My first bike: A Specialized Rockhopper in 1987.

My favourite route: Scuol - S-Charl- Alp Astras - Fuorcla Funtana - Tschierv - St. Maria - Umbrail - Pedenollo - Arnoga - Val Viola - Poschiavo – up the Berninabahn then along the Bernian Tail to Pontresina.
Uphill or down? I enjoy riding uphill followed by a very flowing descent.

Why I’m on board: I’ve been part of the Deuter SL team since 2007 and am very proud to be involved in the development of SL products. All feminine “facets” are represented in the team. What I love about Deuter is the passion to keep improving the products, as well as the social and ecological commitment, that isn’t something created for marketing but rather flows from an internal conviction.