Getting to Know Johannes Fischbach

Oct 8, 2016
by Olly Forster  
Getting to Know Johannes Fischbach


Johannes Fischbach, or 'Fischi' as he is more affectionately known, is one of the fastest downhill racers to ever come out of Germany. A country which doesn't just like mountain biking, but loves it with an insatiable appetite that's hard to fathom without seeing it for yourself. Yet with one of the largest mountain bikes scenes in the world, it is, however, surprising that they're aren't more riders with the speed and pedigree of Fischi. With a career in mountain bike racing that has seen him compete at the highest level in a multitude of disciplines, Fischi's skill and determination are hard to fault, so much so that we'd put money on seeing more pinned Germans following in his footsteps very soon...

Johannes Fischbach
Cool as you like... Lenzerheide World Cup, 2016 // Photo credit: Nathan Hughes.

Who is Johannes Fischbach?
I'm a guy who started with cross country racing at the age of 6. From there I was racing nearly every weekend until I was 15. But then I had to start work because my parents didn't really have the money to travel with me all over Europe to all the races. But after half a year of working and training full time, it was all too much for me so I quit. But after half a year without biking, I really wanted to get back on the bike, so I bought a dirt jump bike on eBay. I was just jumping around in my village and having a lot of fun. From there, I entered a little dual slalom race and finished second in the elite class. So I started racing again, focussing on dual and 4X races in Germany. Then in 2005 I did my first 4X World Cup in Vigo, Spain. From there I tried to be as professional as possible and some years later, I had my first World Cup podium. I tried hard to become a rider who was constantly in the finals but the UCI just quit with the 4X Worldcup. From then on I have been trying my best in the Downhill World Cup.

Where are you from and where do you live?
I'm from Pleussen, which is a relatively big village with a population of about 500 and situated in the north of Bavaria close to the Czech border. I bought an old farm close by about three years ago where I now live and train.

Who do you ride for?
I ride for the Radon Magura Factory Team. I also have great support from Lifefood.

2016 iXS European Downhill Cup Round 1 - Kranjska Gora Slovenia - Finals Results
iXS European Downhill Cup, Kranjska Gora // Photo credit: Racement.

Where are you happiest?
When I'm with my best friends it can be everywhere. But I also really like to be at home.

What’s been your favourite race venue?
I think it was the Vigo (Spain) World Cup in 2007. The track was just awesome and I love it to be near to the sea.

Where are your favourite trails?
I don't have a favourite trails area. I just like mix things up and to ride everywhere.

Race Recap iXS European Downhill Cup - Kranjska Gora
iXS European Downhill Cup, Kranjska Gora // Photo credit: Racement.

What are your strengths?
I'm from a cross country racing background, so I'm not scared to train hard!

What are your weaknesses?
Sometimes I have problems in really steep section. Maybe it's because I'm scared about height, but I'm working on it...

What’s been your worst crash over the years?
It was on a photo shoot a while back and it was really early in the morning and really cold. I went down a fast and rocky trail and unbeknown to me, there was ice on the track and I couldn't do anything... I crashed hard on a rock and gashed my knee pretty badly. So bad that I had to stay in hospital, for 3 weeks...

Getting to Know Johannes Fischbach
iXS European Downhill Cup, Willingen, Germany // Photo credit: Racement.

What’s been your luckiest escape?
Wow... there's been so many and not just in biking. Maybe too many to talk about and mostly doing stupid things...

What bikes are you riding right now?
For downhill, I have the Radon Swoop 200, the Radon Slide 160 for enduro, a Radon Spire Carbon roadie and for riding to the Ice cream parlor bike, my Radon Skill, which is also my most used bike... haha!

Who’s your favourite rider?

I have always looked up to Jared Graves. I don't like Enduro too much, but he´s still an animal. I don't know anybody who works as hard as he does and could be as successful in all the disciplines he did (4X, BMX, Downhill) - he is one of the best if not the best, all round rider in the world. That's unreal!

iXS European Downhill Cup Round Two - Willingen Germany
iXS European Downhill Cup, Willingen, Germany // Photo credit: Racement.

What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?
Having a good party with friends, working on my farm and going to restaurants as I like good food!

What are you listening to right now?
Ha, that's hard to say... It depends on how I feel. I'm really enjoying lots of 80's rap and electronic stuff right now.

What’s your favourite movie/ TV show?
I don't like to watch that many movies, but Hangover is just so good, haha!

 DH World Cup Leogang 2016 gt gt Training Run
Leogang World Cup, 2016 // Photo credit: marple.

What’s your favourite non-bike website?
I quite like the Financial Times... It's not the most exciting but I think it's interesting.

What’s your favourite motto or saying?
"Life is hard!" But I always say it for fun or in a funny way...

What grinds your gears?
When a plan doesn't work out.

Your top 3 riders of the City Downhill World Tour in Chile. Credits Lars Scharl
City Downhill World Tour, Chile // Photo credit: Lars Scharl.

What makes you happy?
Having a good breakfast with good coffee. And for sure, warm and sunny weather too.

If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?
I would spend the millions that I won on the lottery on girls, parties, and travelling... but mountain biking is pretty good as well.

If you were in charge of the sport, what changes would you make?
I think it would be great to have bigger jumps on the race tracks. With the bikes we have now, it's possible to jump 25-30 meters. They wouldn't have to be steep or tricky jumps, just big doubles or tables... It would look so good. Or what would be great too is to have something like short supercross sections in our tracks where you can jump different rhythm sections. On the motorway section in Fort William or Leogang, you could build so much great stuff...

Qualifying iXS EDC Round 1 Results - Kranjska Gora
iXS European Downhill Cup, Kranjska Gora // Photo credit: Racement.

When you hang up your racing/ riding shoes, how do you want to be remembered?
Just as a nice guy who always had fun!

What does the future hold for Johannes Fischbach?
The Lottery thing would be great, haha, But I think there will be many good times on the bikes in the next few years... I'm looking forward to what the future brings!

MENTIONS: @RADON-BIKES / @Magura / @iXSsports / @schwalbe


  • + 47
 Rhythm sections in the motorway sections!! How good would that be! This man needs to have a word with the track builders for next year...
  • + 15
 Financial Times, that's what i told my family too.
  • + 12
 Great guy, nice to see the great support he gets from Radon! Cheers Fischi!
  • + 10
 Kind of fischy here.....
  • + 4
 interesting to see that, if you follow the "geek stats" over at the Dirt-Magazine site, Fischi puts in some impressive split times at almost all WC races. He's almost always in the top 15 until he has either a mechanical or hits the ground....
  • - 3
 ja, der fischi muss es nur mal bis zum ende durchhalten. in leogang war er quali-achter.
  • + 6
 Shared a gondola with him in Ft Bill this year, super chill guy!
  • + 4
 Wow real down to earth rider and super humble. This guy represents cyclists in a great light.
  • + 3
 Better luck next season, and I really liked this interview. Go Fischy!
  • + 3
 4cross is missing you!
  • + 2
 If he really won the lottery, I'm jealous.
  • + 4
 Read the answer to the last question.
"The Lottery thing would be great"
So probably not.
  • + 2
 Met him once, just a cool and chilled guy! All the best for the future!
  • + 2
 Nice dude and good rider. Hope he'll have more luck next year...
  • + 1
 Wallah,in this interview he seems really cool,in some others not so much..
  • + 1

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