Riders - The Gehrig Twins

Jun 26, 2012
by Matt Wragg  

Just about a straigh face...

At the Lake Garda festival Specialized were running "Ride with the pros" tours this year. Two young, smiling Swiss girls would take whoever came along up into the mountains above the festival and show them some trails. It didn't go down too well with all the men who signed up. As soon as the descents started, the girls would open the gas and smoke most of the guys. They left more than a few bruised egos over the three days of the festival. Those two girls were Anita and Caro Gehrig.

Coming from Flims in Switzerland, the twin sisters have raced everything from World Cup downhill and 4X, through to big mountain enduro. They have done seasons in Europe and Whistler, and will spend most of this summer living together in their converted van, while they tour round racing and riding. More than that, they don't seem to stop smiling, laughing and joking - you don't meet many people who seem to have as much fun as these two do on their bikes. We caught up with them at the Pogno round of Italy's Superenduro series to have a chat (Anita is the blonde one, Caro is the brunette).

Sisterly love.
Twins.

The Basics

Name: Anita and Caro Gehrig

Age: 25

How long have you been riding: Our first contact with downhill was in 2003 at the World Champs in Lugano, Switzerland. Our brother was selected to race the junior XC race. Watching the DH, we were fascinated about the speed and action. We definitely wanted to try it, but it took several years until we could afford our first bike, so we started riding in 2007.

Best results:

Anita
1. Specialized Enduro Series Winterberg 2012
2. IXS Swiss Downhill Cup, Morgins, 2012
1. Dakine Trailfox, Flims 2011
2. Maxiavalanche Andorra, 2010

Caro
5. Super Enduro, Pogno, 2012
5. Maxiavalanche Flims, 2011
3. Swiss Nationals 4X, 2011

Career highlight: Neither of us could mention just one highlight - it’s the whole thing. Travelling, getting to know new people and beautiful places. Standing on the podium is the cream on top.

Caro in the sunshine at Scopello.
Chasing each other at Scopello.
Anita in the sunshine at Scopello.

The Details

So you race mountain bikes, how did it start?

When we were in Whistler for our first time in 2008, the boys told us we were fast and should race. So we started racing and it was fun. At the beginning, I guess, we were just fearless, which took us both down with serious injuries.


Why do you race?

We always liked the competition. When you race you can improve faster and push your limits even higher.


What made you choose DH/enduro instead of XC?

We were not into riding uphill and liked the adrenaline and speed of the downhill. At the moment we are focusing more on enduro races, it gives you the opportunity to ride more, even though you have to climb to the trailhead, just the downhill counts, which is our best discipline. “You gotta earn your turn.” We're doing a few of the Italian Superenduro series this year, as it's a really fun series and they seem to love their enduro in Italy.

Practicing for the Pogno Superenduro.
Dropping into the final curves practicing for the Pogno Superenduro.
Practicing for the Pogno Superenduro.

Scariest moment on a bike?

As we are twins we break the same bones - so we both have had broken femurs. The moment before a big impact scares you the most, you just know it's going to hurt big time.


Favorite place to ride?

Definitely Whistler. It's the most versatile place for mountain bikes, it’s like Disney World for outdoor sports. Flims is also great, it’s good to be back home and ride with friends.


What influences you in racing, who do you look up to?

People who live their dream and follow it through the lows and highs.


Are you inspired by any pro women DH racers, which ones?

Rachel Atherton, because she’s so fast and has a good style too.

Anita at Scopello.
Pushing up at Scopello.
Caro at Scopello.

As women, how does it feel in a sport that's predominantly male?

We don't know that much about reparing bikes, so we’re glad that there are so many helpful men around to do it. So thanks a lot to all those who helped! In exchange we cook for them, it’s the easiest way, do what you can do best. Still, it would be great to see more girls get into gravity mountain biking. It would help to grow the scene.


Do you do any other sports? Cross training?

We live in a big ski area, so in winter we spend a lot of time on snowboards or skis. For the endurance training, we also do a bit of cross country skiing, for strength the gym and yoga. In our area there is too much snow during the winter to ride, so we have no choice and the cross trainer also plays a role, preferably accompanied by a good movie...

Caro pushing up at Scopello.
Anita at the top of Scopello.

More Personal Stuff

Girly or Tomboy?

More tomboy than girly…


Dresses or Jeans?

Scars and bruises don't look glamorous with dresses, so we go for jeans.


Favorite riding clothes?

Zimtstern, our favourite brand from Switzerland.


Tea or Coffee?

We love coffee, both of us used to be baristas, we can prepare cappuccinos with a heart or even a flower.

Anita racing in the rain at the Pogno Superenduro.
Caro racing in the rain at the Pogno Superenduro.
Chasing each other into the sunset at Scopello.

Makeup?

A bit is fine, it depends on the occasion.


Pink or Black?

Pink grips and a black handlebar, maybe?!


In 5 years…?

Still riding bikes that’s for sure. As we are both into hospitality we might have our own business and run a bike hotel or something.

www.twinsmtbracing.com
You can follow the twins on Facebook

Caro.
Anita.
Twins.


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44 Comments

  • 28 1
 I admire girls that love riding, as for my wife, even if I will buy here MTB she would't appreciate cycling..well that's why I'm trying my daughter to get involved to cycling instead of watching soaps and being a fan of Mr. Beiber! Mad respect for the both of you! keep shreddin!
  • 2 0
 I feel the same way, but to be where these girls are there has to be a passion for it from the start. AS much as I wish my little girl wanted to ride a bike all the time... all she wants to do is dance, so ballet class it is, but maybe someday a bike.
  • 1 0
 Mates, we're in the sale league.
  • 29 1
 (Biking Girl + Attractive) X 2 = I think you know what
  • 17 1
 Biking makes girls fitter than they really are.
  • 5 1
 I agree. That's one of the reasons I started riding trails with my boyfriend this year. I was riding paved trails on my hybrid for a few years but just this year I decided to venture out and try something more physically challenging. It's incredibly fun riding downhill, but climbing is what's going to get my butt in great shape!! haha
  • 14 1
 You might want to look up the British English use of "fit".
  • 3 1
 Well, I'm getting there! I can't come into a new activity like an all-star, that's why I keep riding... To build up to the challenging climbs.
  • 5 2
 Besides, I joined this site to learn more about riding and be inspired, not to be criticized about my ability!
  • 7 0
 No, "fit" in England refers to how attractive a woman is. He meant that beacause a girl rides she is more attractive than she would otherwise be. it was sort of semi-sexist
  • 7 1
 Oh geez.... I'm so embarrassed!! I understand now. Our definition of "fit" is in terms of fitness ability, so I completely took that out of context! My apologies!
  • 5 0
 Look on the bright side. You achieved your goal and learned something today. Wink
  • 3 1
 "Well, I'm getting there!" bahahahah
  • 3 0
 Yep, sure did!
  • 3 0
 Lol found that all very funny. But good on you N1K26 well done. Did not mean it to be sexist i really like the other sex as in female. Should be more women biking
  • 2 0
 Absolutely.
  • 3 0
 This is one inspiring post! So motivating to see girls my age out there killing it!!
  • 3 1
 I take it that you didn't ask if they had ever tried anti-depressants Matt? Smile
  • 2 1
 Anybody looks fast in proper taken still shots . Video or fail .

And a "ok "looking 6 always get bumped to a 8 because of the bike . It's science
  • 4 0
 o ya they are slow when they got 1st in Winterberg 2012 and then got 2nd in then downhill cup in Morgins, 2012.

though videos are alot cooler Smile
  • 2 4
 The fastest woman with a 4:49 at Mont saint Anne woul of placed 79th right inform of matti . Only bc he recieved a dnf .
  • 2 0
 yup I'd follow them girls anywhere LOL! something about a woman in body armour that can pinn it!! yahoo
  • 3 1
 Come and start a bike hotel in Aus, yo can ride all year round. Smile
  • 3 0
 A bike hotel? Australia sucks for riding mtb... The worst part is there is potential for good trail, but the greenies won't allow anything but golf courses!
  • 1 0
 Yeah what really pisses me off is that there is 25 or something legal propper maintained trails in south east queensland but cross the border where I live there is notheing at all and you get fined if found riding near something green, yet there is so much potential.
  • 5 3
 In our country, women are deprived of the joy of cycling.
  • 1 0
 yeah, that sucks man...
  • 2 0
 we need more of you girls in our sport bring your friends
  • 2 0
 Just move to Canada, half the girls there ride mtb...
  • 1 0
 My twins need someone to look up to so these girls make me super happy. They rock
  • 1 2
 they could be a better bike tech then monk....just remove the stove and fridge and put in a bike stand and a full park tools kit....hahahahah good to see females giving it to her!
  • 2 1
 How many dreams just came true?
  • 2 2
 Chicks shred.

But I like my women jiggling some eggs in the kitchen . What are women? They are egg jigglers !!
  • 1 0
 The thing is: they could beat most of us any day.
  • 1 0
 Awesome story! Great to see a story about two successful women!
  • 3 2
 Looking good Smile
  • 1 0
 I second that notion- Hott.
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