There’s news that Jan Ullrich is riding amateur events under a false name. He’s calling himself Max Kraft in order to ride smaller events, apparently to avoid the limelight… although obviously he’s been rumbled now and the Belgian media are all over it meaning an end to his privacy. Note Kraft is the German for power so his name is Max Power.
“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race“.
HG Wells, “A Modern Utopia” (1905)
Sometimes a career on the bike means many leave the sport tired and associate a bicycle with work. What was once done for fun become a chore thanks to the obligations of work and many gladly hang up their wheels for good. For me it’s heartening to see Jan Ullrich enjoying a ride. It shows that whilst some can ride their bike to earn millions, they can often find pleasure in a simple ride.
He’s not just out for a spin, Ullrich is aiming to ride the tough Ötztal Radmarathon cyclo event in Austria, 240km and 8,000 vertical metres. It’s not his only challenge this month, a doping case is still ongoing and he’s due before the Court of Arbitration for Sport this month.
He’s had weight problems and enjoys a beer or three so it’s good to see him enjoying a ride and even a semi-competitive event. He’s keeping fit too and often trains with near neighbour and friend Andreas Klöden, using the scenic roads around Lake Constance on the Swiss-German border and even joining the Radioshack rider to ride in Majorca.
Cycling’s good for the mind as well as the body, a topic I’ve covered before.