BORN 22.09.87 HOMETOWN Bad Aibling, Munich YEARS RACING 7
TEAMS Giant NICKNAMES Andi
DISCIPLINES Dirt, Slopestyle, Freeride, Downhill
HONORS Winner Best Trick Vienna Air King 10, 1st T-Mobile Challange 10, 3rd Best Trick T-Mobile Playgrounds 10, 3rd KOD Riva 09 and more
FOX Racing Shox is there when “it” counts — what is “it” to you?
"IT" means to me when I stomp my tricks or race down a really flowy single trail.
Tell us about your bike setup.
Dirt: Giant STP with a FOX 36 FLOAT RC2 90 mm - perfect setup for big jumps Freeride/Slopestyle: Giant Reign SX with a FOX TALAS and FLOAT shock - best allround bike DH: Giant Glory0 - FOX RC4 shock and FOX 40 Fork - no limits!!
What else is in your garage?
Moto Vert Pitbiike, ice hockey stuff, cc bike and a few pairs of skis. So it's never getting boring for sure.
What's your training regimen?
A lot of skiing, ice hockey, cross country skiing and everything havin fun in doing it.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
Just some torn ligaments in my right ankle - really happy about that.
What's your typical pre-race meal? Guilty pleasure?
Pasta, pizza, "schweinsbraten", really bavarian food - like everything, I enjoy to eat ;)
How do you determine which races to enter each year?
First I check wich contests are important for me and than I decided where I rally want to go to. For me it's important to ride not too much contests for having enough time for shooting and filming and having as much fun as possible.
What are some of your best memories?
Photoshooting in Norway, Hafjell - I love Norway, it's such a nice place.
What motivated you to get started racing?
My friends and the good old MTB movies :)
What separates you from other professional athletes?
I love the versatility of Mountainbiking. So I love to have fun in dirtjumping and slopestyle riding but I also love to go on a mountain for freeride and downhill riding.
How does FOX Racing Shox contribute to your success?
With the best forks ever...I tried a lot but Fox forks are the first ones I ride all over the year without changing....that keeps me feeling safe when I am riding a contest.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
I would study Marketing or some creative stuff like media design.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Being free - you are your own chief and you can handle what you like to do and than just do it....
What other sports are you interested in?
Ice hockey, skiing, cross country skiing, climbing, hiking, football...
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Go out and have fun, do what you like to do and you will get what you want.
Are you a gamer? What are your favorite games?
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
pinkbike.com, mtbfreeride.tv, watch26.tv, Bikemag, Freeridemag, MTB-Ridermag, Decline, Dirtmag UK....
Who is your hero?
I love good food.
I want to have fun in riding my bike as much as possible.
Beach or mountains? Mountains.
High fives or knuckles? High fives.
Boom or done? Booom.
iPhone or Blackberry? iPhone.
Are you a Mac or PC? Mac.
Top 3 bands MGMT, Drunken masters, Trouble Andrew.
Greatest strength Taking it easy.
Most frustrating challenge Bad weather days.
My website www.andiwittmann.com
My blog andi.mtbfreeride.tv