Roadbike and Vespa riding Software-developer
from Traunstein in South Bavaria, Germany.
Welcome to the cyclepunks collective.

Tell us who you are Ilja

sWhats your Name?

Where are you from ?
→ Traunstein in South Bavaria, near the lake Chiemsee and the mountains, Germany

What is the Skill you want to tell the people they could ask you for help with?
→ I work as a software developer in Munich. I am a father of two daughters who always stays calm.

What are your social accounts?
→ Instagram: Ilja_Fr and Strava: Ilja Frank.

What type of Bike Rider are you, what bikes are you Riding?
→ I ride everything that has two wheels. Especially my road bike, but i like also mountain bike or e-Bike. I also have a very old road bike (silver Peugeot from late 60s) that I converted to a one-gear bike

What other things you want to tell the world?
 I founded a bike club ( with two friends in my hometown. It’s about doing more for cyclists in the city. We organize a slow roll across the city every month to attract more attention to cyclists. Like the Detroit Slow Roll.

Blessed to live in the Mountains

The Interview

Is cycling your Passion or just a good way to commute?
→ I started cycling very early. When I was 7 I joined a racing club and also participated in small races. But was not very successful. Later it became more of a hobby, but I really enjoy my time on the bike. It helps me to have a balance to my daily work.
And I love to discover new routes in my home area.

I saw you’re also a big Fan of riding you Vespa, nice Machine, please tell us about it?
→ I already had a Vespa as a teenager and unfortunately I had to sell it for a car at the time. After over 20 years I have fulfilled a long dream and bought an old Vespa again. The feeling of freedom on it is unique. I prefer to take my wife to the lake in the evening and enjoy the sunset.

What’s your goal for this season?
→ I would like to buy a new road bike and am already busy looking. Otherwise cycle more than last year (2500 km).

What are you doing besides cycling?
→ Spend as much time as possible with my family. We go to the lake a lot to SUP or go hiking. In winter I go to the gym to stay fit. 

What’s the best Moment you ever had while riding your bike?
→ I got off my road bike last year with no specific goal. I found a beautiful lonely road near Salzburg. I then took my arms off the handlebars and stretched them out and just screamed the joy out. When it gets too stressful at work, I think of that moment.

Thanks a lot Ilja for telling us your cycling story and for being part of the cyclepunks collective, we would love to hear more stories of your adventures soon!

Ride On

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Grumpy Guy who likes pedaling all kinds of fast Bikes, networking and punk rock. Also good in digital media and social networks.