This summer, the young sport scientist is entering her first big stage race and she is willing to attack in the mixed-team classification. Cause besides all the fun and adventure Marta also needs a bit of competition to get motivated and to reach top form. “By nature I am a very into sports”, says Marta, who grew up in Hannover (Germany), now living in Bocholt. Unfortunately the area misses some good mountains – “ it can easily happen, that you are on a 100-km-tour, collecting only 20 metres of altitude”, explains the cyclist, who quite likes fast and flat training-session. Still, “I love the mountains”, so when she goes travelling, she pretty often chooses the mountains, such as the Dolomite Alps – of course, always with her bike in the luggage.
Actually, Marta hasn`t always been an ambitious cyclist. In her youth, she used to be quite a good swimmer, training on a professional level. Later she switched to triathlon, investing lots of time for the sport during collage times. But she never really got warm with the running discipline and had to copy with several injuries. So one day, she decided only to continue cycling, took part in professional races, trained 25 hours a week. “Now, since I am working, time is rare”, so her main focus is not on competition any more, she rather takes place in Granfondos. “Still, I set myself ambitious goals, such as the TOUR Transalp this summer.”
By now, Marta has even made peace with running. To stay fit – „especially when I spend a lot of time at home working and training indoors” – she really enjoys jumping into her running shoes after work.
Photographer: Federico Damiani