Current City: Koln
Education: Graduated nursing school in 2011, Graduated medical school 2017
Strengths: Sprinter, short prologues
3rd National Road Championships Germany 2020
3rd La Périgord (1.2) 2020
6th UCI WWT Tour of Guangxi 2019
5th GC BeNe Ladies Tour 2019
2x4th Stage Colorado Classic WE
About Tanja: The 2021 season is going to be my 4th season as a pro. I came into pro cycling through winning the Zwift Academy 2017. For over 15 years I used to be a triathlete and I raced fixed gear for one. Next to triathlon I first finished nursing school in 2011 and afterwards graduated med school in 2017 as a doctor. In my offseason I still love to go swimming and I can call myself more than lucky that I made my hobby my job.
// Q&A with Tanja
I started with Triathlon when I was 11 yo and cycling was always my strongest discipline. When an injury forced me to quit running, I transitioned to cycling and felt like I found my purpose.
I love riding the hills around Adelaide. It was my first trip, when I turned pro and the dry heat, the eucalyptus trees and the chance of koalas and kangaroos crossing is just amazing.
Favorite Cycling Moment (so far):
That is a hard choice between my bronze medal in the national road championships 2020 and finishing in 6th place in the WWT race Tour of Guangxi in China.
Winning bike races with my new team :)
When not riding,
I like to...: spend time with friends and family, especially with my two little nephews. Furthermore I love to draw and do other sorts of handcrafting, while listening to podcasts.
Favorite warmup song:
St.Anger - Metallica
Favorite post-ride food:
See above —> Pancakes :)
Any advice to future // aspiring cyclists?
First find your love for the sport and the training before you focus on structured training and results.
I like to read forensic medicine books „for fun"