Video: Not Your Typical Timo Pritzel Edit

Apr 13, 2019
by Timo Pritzel  
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Not your typical bike video, but it still has some flips in it!

I wanted to do what feels right, I wanted to show what I love the most at the moment. I mean, I am 42 years old and I have been a fighter all my life so it is a big step to admit that I love cross country riding in my local forest.

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Really, I mean as a cool BMXer I thought cross country (or call it enduro when you want to) was a bit boring.

For me, it's also a much needed recharge of my batteries to go into nature and not hear cars, feel the energy of the trees and sharing that with my daughter. That's the biggest ride of life, to see your own child growing up and being a mirror of yourself so often.

And this is what people do most of the time - grab their bike and have a ride in the nearby nature when they have a bit of time.

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Balance is key in life. We always say we don't have time and then we spend 2-4 hours on our phone / computer everyday often wasting time completely! That's 9 years of your life in front of the screen wasted!! Imagine that, lying in your death bed and thinking life was great but those 9 years looking at a phone were stupid.

80% of teenagers these days sleep with their phone under the pillow, sadly not turned off. Electro smog is a whole other subject but I won't get into it now. But yes, I talk about it because I waste time in front of the screen as well and I want to get better at it.

I see this as a yoga teacher. People are 'on the run' the whole time, are not feeling themselves, are in the fight or flight modus, pushed higher with sugar and caffeine. Running all the time and not feeling themselves, not being in the moment.

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This example makes it pretty clear. Imagine you have 2 batteries (your kidneys, your life energy) and it's ok to get one battery empty and use the reserve battery every once in a while! But if you overdo it you are always in the yang energy and if the reserve battery empties as well you have a 'burn out'. Its a long road and hard work to build those batteries back up!

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This is quite a personal video, it does not get more personal than showing your own child and, as a man, to show your feminine (yin) soft side. Oops I said that.

Showing myself is something that I learned on my journey as a yoga teacher and through lots of other self development workshops, weird, esoteric stuff. And I am fine with that I can't make everybody happy or I might trigger some people. It's so important to be authentic for myself. I started with yoga because of my body screaming and not getting help from the western medicine. As well started with self development programmes in my mid-20s because I was really successful in the outside world but often felt really unhappy have inside and alone and I wanted to understand why!

I can tell you that I struggle at the moment what my next big dreams will be after I lived my bike dream for so long and have accomplished much. Something that many athletes can relate to. Those big life questions, what is my purpose in life? What do I want to leave behind? What makes me happy? Who can I inspire and help? What is life about? What life do you want to live? What is really important to you? What dreams do you want to live? What would you do if you would not have fear of failure?

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Don't get me wrong, I love cycling and will continue my bike dream, it's just that I need more now and want to keep progressing as a human being.

I am lucky that I found another passion- yoga and that I can combine these 2 things together and that this is an awesome Job!! ( La Palma Bike & Yoga Camp)

Being a teacher, I learned a lot about myself as well and I believe that's what's really needed is that you feel yourself and look at what comes up and needs to be looked at. This was really important for me so I don’t pass on my old stuff to my child and for my own freedom.

As an athlete I have discipline, but with real life things like paperwork and deadlines, I struggle. Often I create stress just so I have the ass kick to get on with my to do list. When you don't have a deadline as a self employed Person its even harder. No lie, I wrote most of the text here when I pretended that I have a dead line from the bathtub water.

I blame it to the adrenaline years but now I am pretty much only fully awake when I jump in the cold water or I'm on my bike or yoga mat. Or when laugh with my daughter or meditate below a tree. I am tired when I waste time and don't do the right thing.

There are some prices to pay when you've acted like it's ok to jump out of a three story building onto hard clay for years, and that's a constant learning curve for me to see what my body needs at the moment and how I can heal those crashes. The good thing is that I can help my yoga students now quite often because I know how most injuries feel like - "turn shit into fertiliser".

I like that these days its more talked about that freeride pros have a lot of mental pressures as well. Just watching those guys shred events like Crankworx & Rampage season by season is not the easiest job for your system!

I had it a bit easier stepping over as a BMX Pro when a No Foot one hand was the shit in MTB and New World Dirsorder (BIG Thanks to Axel Fostfedt & Derek Westerlund/ freeride Entertainment & John Cowan & Ted Tempany) helped me have a name in the MTB Scene quickly when kids still knew what a DVD was!

So here a few memories for those who where not born when I already did my first Fflips. Time flies. I talked a lot about showing my soft side and getting older but it does not mean I can't throw down anymore. Here is some proof .

NWD3 john Gibson
John Gibson Picture 2003 New World Disorder 3

Alexanderplatz 2005 NWD 5 Shooting
NWD 5 Berlin Shooting

My foot does remind me quite often about this Crankworx Stunt!
My foot does remind me quite often about this Crankworx Stunt!

My Favorite pic 2008 Anti Days of Thunder Pic by Mattias Fredriksson
Norway Anti Days of Thunder 2008( the first "Fest Series Style Event I would say)

Pic by Mattias Fredriksson
AUDININES 2018
Audi Nines 2018.

Home Traills Pic by Viktor Strasse


Home Traills Pic by Viktor Strasse

Home Traills Pic by Viktor Strasse No I did not paint that tree
No I did not paint that tree blue! Guess why and win a free Eco Friendly Triple2 Clothing T -Shirt ! Smile

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my meditation tree.
My favourite Tree


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48 Comments

  • + 28
 Very inspirational man. I have a daughter due in two months and can fully relate. I can't wait to share this bike life with her. Keep living the good life. All the best.
  • + 5
 Yeah man, it was one of the things I've been looking forwards to. It is so cozy having your kid right in front of you, chatting about everything, singing, enjoying speed and corners. The kid needs to be able to sit upright unsupported (which typically is somewhere between 6months and 9months) though you need to be prepared that very often your kid will just fall asleep too. My kids are already 7 and 8 years now though I still have a saddle on the top tube of my commuter and can carry a seat at the back for those longer trips or when there are heavy winds. You may also want to consider a Follow Me trailer at some point. Allow your kid to ride by herself when she can and pull her when she's tired or when there is too much traffic. It works until she has a 20" front wheel. I only just removed mine (and that of my girlfriend) but it has been a great tool for the past five years. You may want to check this article too:

enduro-mtb.com/en/multi-dayer-with-daughter
  • + 13
 So awesome to see Timo share his perspective, as a rider, a dad, and a mindful person striving to be in the now! We love this "It use to be, bigger is better", but now it's also about the simple trails, nature, and being connected. That is how we find many Mac Riding parents are feeling. Thanks Timo!
  • + 8
 I bought your saddle just recently. I'm riding with my daughter on Intence Tracer. So the bike I otherwise ride mostly park Smile . She's mountain biker herself even though she's 3 year and 3 months old (check out vpace bike people). She loves to ride her bike, but the emotions she expresses when she's riding with me on our Isar trail in Munich are telling me she loves it just as much. I am taking it off when we reach the jump site, I show off a bit to impress her and we're going further.

The bottom line is. I love your product. It's amazingly simple, elegant and just works. I a planning to install the steerer spacer on 3 other bikes Big Grin .

This is not a commercial. This is unique thing. If you are a mountain biker and have kids there is NO excuse not to buy it.
  • + 5
 The only problem with my mac-ride is my two boys are always fighting over who gets to ride it. Now I have to buy another for my wives bike.
  • + 3
 @goroncy: Thank you so much. Very special words to hear as we work away to get Mac Ride out in the biking community. Much appreciated.
  • + 3
 @jackross: ha - love it! Maybe by three or four...just in case Wink
  • + 3
 Big fan of your saddle, got one for Christmas last year and my 3 year old twins are loving it.
  • + 7
 riding a mac-ride seat on my '18 meta v4.2 world cup, I'm fully satisfied with it! especially compared to a standard rear seat:
-able to discuss proprely with my son
-able to show him things, and ability for him to show me things back, well really more interactive than before !
-full ability to be set on a modern full suspensin rig with nothing left on the bike when the seat is removed (except the little grooved bushing under the stem)
-possibility to protect my son in case of a crash by getting my arms around him
-possibility to have a backpack without slapping his face with it (and to strap his 12" commencal ramones push bike on it
-and so on
my second son is due in 2 weeks now and I think I gonna start to ride with him in a "true" front fitting seat like the thule yepp nexxt, then swap to good ol' mac-ride when he turns 18month.

I live in a small town near paris, and each times I go thru the center town with the mac ride and my son on it, I ve got eyes on me just like as if I was driving a pink hummer...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=M70P3H8ZG48
  • + 3
 I live in Squamish an yes the amount of people who ask where you bought it is funny
  • + 2
 @jackross:Same. I got the first front-seat I ever saw at in ~2007 (I think it was a wee ride?) and the number of people who stopped to ask where I got it was insane... I probably sold 50 for them over the years.

Once your kids have outgrown it you can sell it for almost as much as you paid. Combined with 3 spawn kids bikes over the years it's the best cycle-related "investment " I've ever made...
  • + 1
 A pink hummer. That is awesome!!!
  • + 5
 The blue trees are a part of a path and show how many trees are needed to compensate the carbondioxid produced by one human... beautiful vid, as inspiring as at disorder times
  • + 4
 you won a shirt ! Smile send me your address.
  • + 2
 Stark!
  • + 2
 Thats so cool, thank you!!!
  • + 1
 @PritzelTimo: du bist und bleibst ein Pioneer. Danke!
  • + 4
 Yeah, always good to see some more Pritzel on here. Such a great character. Wouldn't mind to see a bit of hardcore Pritzel yoga on here to prepare us for and recover from whatever we subject our bodies to this season. Being able to ride the way he does at that age doesn't come for granted. Yet that's what we probably all want.
  • + 8
 Macride rules!
  • + 3
 Why thank you!Smile
  • + 3
 @Mac-Ride: Of course you do! We will provide you more content this summer!
Audric and Fanny
  • + 2
 Approaching upper 30s myself with 3yo twin girls and a 4mo son. What a great video, and something I’ve been doing more myself too. It’s working well to keep that balance and it’s just as fun if not more so seeing their huge smiles on their striders as I wheelie alongside.
  • + 2
 Please buy your kids properly fitting helmets!
Most kids helmets are either too fragile, or they don’t fit and have zero adjustments, or wouldn’t pass half the testing we want our adult helmets to pass.
The industry could do much better in this area.
  • + 1
 I agree the helmet in the video was probably too small as it needed to be tilted to far rearwards for it to fit. Awkward because this is described in nearly every helmet manual I've seen.
  • + 1
 I think the fitting of kids helmets is a bigger problem than the actual construction. I'd promote:

1. If you can afford it, get your kid a new helmet, not the grotty old, banged-up hand-me-down from their bigger sibling, A new Bell from Walmart is better than a 5-yr-old giro that's been dropped on cement a hundred times;


2. Make them wear it correctly; don't let them tip it way back with their big, brittle foreheads bare and ready to take all the impact.
  • + 1
 I can definitely relate to the telephone thing. I never liked phones but now that these smartphones completely seem to swallow people up, I kind of started to hate them. Yes I have a phone because I have to (no smartphone) but weird enough it triggers me and makes me aggressive when someone calls me. Like someone rudely pulls me out of the now (which, having ADHD, I put a lot of effort in). Back at a younger age a mental coach once told me the most wise lesson that I always took with me, which people now call mindfulness. He said "when you've got a race coming up but you're doing the dishes, don't think about the race but be 100% occupied with doing the dishes. Because if you don't then by the time you're actually racing that race, in your mind you'll be doing the dishes." Best lesson ever.
  • + 2
 Great vid. Currently have my 1 year old son in a Thule Yepp but can't wait to get him in a Mac Ride. I already have to sneak out to ride with the big boys. If he sees the bike shed open it's on!
  • + 3
 The Mac-Ride is just the best seat ever. I have a 2-year old daughter, we go on a lot of rides together and we both absolutely love it!
  • + 4
 What's a good kids seat like as shown in this video. Available in the UK ideally.
  • + 6
 Hiya! Timo is using a Mac Ride with his daughter. We are www.mac-ride.com. We have only one website, in USD, BUT we ship from Kendal, England to all of the EU. So, there are no import fees for you, and shipping is swift! We'd love to have you and your crew jump on!
  • + 4
 @Mac-Ride: Cool thanks. Will have a look.
  • + 2
 Good to see TimoSmile I remember meeting him during Bike Festival in Szklarska Poręba back in the early 2000's. What a guy!
  • + 4
 Absolutely Beautiful!!!
  • + 2
 Oha, was eine G-Wood-Hymne :-) Wenn nur die Anfahrten nicht wären...
Well done, Timo.
  • + 3
 Love. The forties are the best.
  • + 1
 Good video. Mountain biking is a great gift to share with your family. Everyone at any age can be together on the trail. Thanks for sharing.
  • + 3
 it is so important to have a favorite tree!
  • + 3
 That was lovely! Thanks
  • + 1
 So the blue lighting gel makes the blue decals and stuff "pop" for the photo
  • + 2
 Wow, this is not video edit for sure, awesome story behind. Keep it up!
  • + 1
 Hey Timo, to turn the true blue. You used a blue lighting gel right? Did I win?
  • + 2
 bone1999 got the answer right already! ... hard one and only Berliners know this I guess. The blue trees are a part of a path and show how many trees are needed to compensate the carbondioxid produced by one human...
  • + 2
 @PritzelTimo:

Hmmm... I considered to come to visit Berlin once also as a Mountainbiker and not just business... Wink
  • + 2
 You didn't paint the tree blue because paint is bad for trees
  • + 3
 Heart warming
  • + 2
 Super cool!
  • + 2
 So nice

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