Another year is in the books for Trek's four women team of lady-shredders; Steffi Marth, Katja Rupf, Kathi Kuypers and Birgit Braumann. The season kicked off in Europe with the Riva Bike Festival at Lago di Garda in Italy with the girls taking the chance and get out for a little photo shoot. There's always some breathtaking scenery to be found.
Enjoying the amazing views, riding bikes and eating gelato...all part of the dolce vita at Lago di Garda. What more do you want to start your season?
Bikes & Beats Festival, Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
Bikes & Beats Festival was the next stop for Kathi, Birigt and Katja. Time to hang out at the Trek Booth and put the laps in on the mobile pumptrack.
A look back with Katja: TGG's Swiss All-mountain Extraordinaire.
My first highlight this year was the trip to the Italian Dolomites together with Steffi and Kathi. The Dolomites are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges I've been to so far. Great scenery, awesome trails and Italian dolce vita thanks to the Bike Hotels South Tyrol who took care of us. The second one was my first race since I quit XC racing over 10 years ago. Together with my boyfriend, Rene Wildhaber I took part in the 6 day stage race Swiss Epic Flow.in the beautiful Valais part of Switzerland. Six days of racing and riding on some sweet singletracks in epic scenery - Katja Rupf - Trek Gravity Girls
Shooting at Lago di Garda with Ale Di Lullo for IXS Sport Division
Growing up in the mountains around Flumserberg, Katja is a real mountain girl, enjoying every minute playing outside
Swiss Epic Flow was the first race in years for Katja and more importantly a chance to holiday with her boyfriend, Rene Wildhaber. In Katja´s words "It’s true that we haven’t had much time together this year. And we do usually take a break together in September, so I suppose the event is kind of like our holiday for this year – in a different context, of course."
A look back with Birgit: TGG's Austrian Enduro Racer.
For me, 2014 was an even more successful year than I was hoping for. The main focus when planning my race schedule in winter 2013 was riding the SSES - Specialized Sram Enduro Series, a well established series in the German speaking countries. Finishing consistently in the top 5 and aiming for a top 3 podium in the overall ranking, in the end I managed the 3rd place overall - Birgit Braumann - Trek Gravity Girls
Birgit riding above Lago di Garda
Birgit on track at European Enduro Series - Treuchtlingen
At the beginning of 2014 another new Enduro series - the European Enduro Series EES, showed up in the race calendar with interesting stops in Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Apart from the race in Flims, which collided with one I wanted to do in Saalbach I managed to take part in all the others. And with a little luck on my side and a win at the last stop of the series in Treuchtlingen I even took first in the overall ranking of the European Series. - Birgit
Race modus for Birgit during European Enduro Series race at Punta Alta
Aside from these two Enduro Series I was racing a handful of other events. First of all the (as for me by now almost legendary) Trek Bike Attack in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. After winning this race in the past two years, I could only finish in second place both in qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday. New game, new luck! - Birgit
Birgit on the race track during Trek Bike Attack in Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Then there were the Austrian National Championships in Kirchberg, Tirol with a silver medal and the Bikes and Beats Festival in Saalbach with a second place in the Gang Battle - a mass start downhill and a third at the Dual Slalom the night before. I'm looking forward to the 2015 season with similar stops and similar plans, hopefully accomplishing similar results on my beloved Slash and the new Session! - Birgit
A look back with Kathi: TGG's German Dirt Specialist.
After a chill season last year, the new year couldn't start any better for me. As a new member of the Fox Head family and on a Bontrager wheeled Trek bike, I'm ready to shred this season. Here is what I got up to in 2014. - Kathi Kuypers - Trek Gravity Girls
I started the season, as always, at La Poma Bikepark near Barcelona. The season had ended, there were bad weather conditions everywhere and well there I go again, heading towards Spain for another off season riding at One, without a doubt, the best dirt jumping spot in Europe. All different ages and levels of dirt jumpers encouraged by each other, amongst World class riders having a good time. And so did I, that's why I jumped on the plane three times! Some German dirt jump dudes came along with me as well as Oszkar Nagy. It was amazing to have them on board helping me to get confident on the jumps. - Kathi
Kathi enjoying some Mediterranean pumptrack action
Besides my life as a full time student in sport, event and media management, a Trek Gravity Girl and a guide at camps, I try to find some time to coach kids in mountain biking. Every Tuesday I go on a mountain bike tour with kids aged 6 to 13. They improve so much and I love shredding with them, because they are so motivated and they love being on their bikes. It's pure passion and that's what makes it so much fun and they are actually pretty successful at XC races as well! In the summer time I attended some Jam Contests in Germany. It usually takes a few tries to make me confident on new lines, but those events are so much fun! It feels like a nice jam session with friends but it's still a contest where in the end the best one wins - Kathi
I'm gonna continue that series, because my new favourites are tuck-no-handers and 360s - Kathi
A look back with Steffi: TGG's German Downhill Racer and Freerider.
For 2014 I wanted to give myself a go in the DH World Cup. A clean cut with my 4X career was followed by competing at six out of seven DH World Cups and just as I expected, it's a hell of a rough road to ride on; the stage of the World's best downhillers. To be picked for the German National Team at the DH World Champs in Hafjell, Norway, was of course a big honour for me as a newcomer both nationally and internationally. After BMX and 4X this was the third cycling discipline I've been able to compete in at the highest level - Steffi Marth - Trek Gravity Girls
Bronze medals at the 4X World champs at Leogang and at the German DH Championships at Albstadt.
Although I quit my 4X career, people convinced me last minute to give it another go for World Champs in Leogang. Downhill was my main focus so I wanted to do both, making it by far the most challenging weekend of the season. In the end I won bronze, my first World Champs medal and a big dream that came true - Steffi Marth - Trek Gravity Girls
Riding out the year with the Adidas Eyewear Evil Eye Pro launch in Apt, South France, November 2014.
Last season had me satisfied but hungry for more! I did well at the German DH champs, but I want to get gold to be able to call myself German National Champion in the three disciplines BMX, 4X and Downhill. So 2015 is gonna be a very competitive year for me! - Steffi Marth - Trek Gravity Girls