The Bikefex team

Here at Bikefex, we’re a colourful mix. Some of us have signed up full-time to the sport of mountainbiking, others still hold down a “civilian” job – including medical technicians, software developers, mountain guides and journalists. All bound by a common love of cycling and the natural world.

We’re all Austrian, mostly based in Styria (one of Austria’s nine federal states), and each of us speaks English fluently.

The perfect trail can only be the starting point of a successful MTB holiday. It’s also about really good local food, places to stay that have real character and charm … and most of all it’s about the people. Our team of guides and instructors are, first and foremost, our mates.

DI Rene Sendlhofer-Schag

  • Qualified MTB Instruktor
  • Trainer at Austrian Alpine Club
  • Photographer

rene@bikefex.at

Supported by Specialized and RoFa-Sport

Nowadays I live in Graz, but I’m originally from Weissenbach near Liezen in Styria’s Enns valley; I’ve been a mountain addict since birth. I enjoy all types of cycle touring, but above all shouldering my bike in the knowledge that I’m going to have to deal with some truly intense terrain on the way back down. As photographer and passionate bikefex and bergfex (English: “bike nutter” and “mountain nutter”), I’m also drawn to the peaks on foot and – in winter – on skis. The main thing for me is to be outside, up high and with good friends, my wife and young son, or my two dogs.

Maria Sendlhofer-Schag

  • Qualified MTB Instruktor
  • Trainer at Austrian Alpine Club

maria@bikefex.at

Supported by Specialized and RoFa-Sport

I grew up as a what Austrians call a “plains Indian” in the south-eastern part of Styria – in other words, a lowlander. Despite this, I developed a love for the mountains at an early age, inspired by my parents. When I was a child I said: “I’m definitely going to go and live in the mountains one day”. My mother’s prompt answer: “Then you’ll have expensive heating bills”. When I’m on a bike, I definitely prefer to be away from the main routes. Sections where I have to push or carry my bike are, in my opinion, as much a part of cycling as delighting over the 273rd edelweiss at the side of the path.

Enrico Radaelli

  • MTB-Guide
  • Outdoor Trainer, Outdoor Education Teacher, Communication Expert
  • Mountain and Nature Guard
  • Found of “PedalritterInnen”
  • Blogger at Bergwelten – Magazine

enrico@bikefex.at

Multiplikator bei Gigasport and Giant Bicycles und sehen!Wutscher

In my day job I work for Gebetsroither Camping Vans. I take a long break each summer, and hang out on a boat with my father in Marano Lagune on the Adriatic coast, just over the border into Italy. I live and love with wife and child in Weissenbach, Styria. At the top of any given summit I like to drink an espresso, otherwise I ride throughout Austria with the mission of inspiring people to get on a bike. At times when there really is too much snow, I grab my touring skis and join in!

Ing. Axel Berger

axel@bikefex.at

Multiplikator bei Specialized and RoFa-Sport

“Cycling is the nearest thing there is to the flight of a bird.” – Louis J. Halle, US naturalist and author, 1910-1998.
Cycling is one of the main constants in my life. Several days on end, through the mountains on my bike, from one guesthouse to the next, the route in my head and the trail in front of me – in terms of relaxation and quality of experience, for me there is nothing else that even comes close. To now be able to share this joy in nature and cycling with others – along with all the necessary skills – motivates and inspires me greatly. For what are all those fine experiences worth, if one cannot meet others within them?

Johannes Wrann

  • Mountainbike Guide
  • Engine Fitter
  • Radlager Mountainbiking Club

johannes@bikefex.at

Multiplikator bei Specialized and RoFa-Sport

Hi! I’m a total bike nutter! Seven years ago the love of my life put me on a bike and suddenly she had some competition. I quickly felt at home in the Graz bike scene and nowadays we live in a relaxed polyamorous relationship. Our constellation could be described as a trio (us two, plus our collection of bikes), or maybe a quad (if we include the bike scene as our fourth partner).

Out on the trail, no matter whether in dust or slime, that’s where I feel best. And because good relationships need to be nurtured, I love doing maintenance work on my bike.

[Cycling is far too important to be spoken about seriously …]

Mag. Martin Hofer

martin@bikefex.at

Originally a Grazer (= from Graz), and happiest on flow trails or in a bikepark. I enjoy serious noodling through tricky sections, always working on my riding technique – I dig tricks. Already as a kid, my style of riding meant that I was burning through one or two of those then very popular chopper bikes each year. At last, for my 13th birthday, I was given my first mountainbike. After that there was no stopping me. I was overcome by an obsession for mountainbiking and Graz was like El Dorado for me. As well as bike technique training, I also teach cross-country skiing, running technique, in-line skating and give skike courses (inline skates + mini bikestyle tyres = skikes). Being my own boss is very important to me, and running MTB courses for people who love the sport as much as I do gives me great pleasure.

Roland Auferbauer

  • Qualified MTB Instruktor
  • Member of Bikespeak and Giant Statteg cycling clubs
  • Freelance journalist and photographer

roland@bikefex.at

As a child I was regularly dragged up into the mountains by my parents, and (perhaps despite this experience) I still love getting up to altitude. Whether it’s on foot doing alpine trekking, on skis cutting fresh tracks on untouched powder snow, or on my bike seeking out new routes, I feel totally at home in the high alpine environment.

I’m already too old for this enduro racing that’s all the rage nowadays, in particular far too slow, but I love puzzling my way through challenging trails. You’re never too old to develop your riding skills; I’m pleased to say that my technique continues to improve, year after year.

In summary I prefer trailriding to bikeparks, and sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with others gives me great joy.

David Koller

david@bikefex.at

I grew up in Windischgarsten in Upper Austria, and moved to Graz to study sport and geography. To my delight I soon found out that the area is fabulous for MTB riding and the city has become very close to my heart. At weekends I like to head over to the bikepark to refine my riding technique – which allows me to push the boundaries when I’m on a cycling holiday. My passion is enduro, with its combination of downhill speed together with allmountain riding’s emphasis on technique and connection with the natural environment. And I get a lot of enjoyment from sparking the joy of mountainbiking within other people.

Edgar Gritsch

  • Mountainbike Junior Instructor
  • Host of a mountain hut
  • Traveller
  • Social Worker

edgar@bikefex.at

Supported by Merida Bikes

I was raised in Gesäuse and Trieben in Styria, spending my childhood (yes, even I was a child once, starting in 1966) in the mountains. As soon as I was old enough, I began climbing the mountains of the world – my intense love of mountains remains unbroken to this day. Mountain sports, in all forms, are what gets my pulse going. Any kind of adventure, really, whether on the other side of the world or right outside my front door.

DI Klaus Fürnschuß

  • Mountainbike Junior Instructor
  • Engine Fitter

klaus@bikefex.at

Supported by Specialized and RoFa-Sport

Born in southern Styria; moved to Graz for my studies and stayed for love. I discovered a passion for cycling later in life compared to some people; I’d previously been running after a ball in a pack of 21 other people. On weekdays I ride the trails around Graz; at weekends I head out into the mountains. Out shredding trails with friends, stretching the boundaries of what’s possible, having fun, enjoying fine food afterwards – that’s what a good day out means to me. Whether flowing or technical, I know to stay relaxed in mind in body for maximum achievement, maximum fun. Locker bleiben!

Mag. Paul Mair

  • UIAGM Mountain Guide
  • Founder of “The Vertrider”
  • Communication Trainer
  • Trainer of UIAGM Mountain Guides
  • Coach for Self-Development

paul@bikefex.at

Multiplikator bei Specialized and RoFa-Sport

Grew up in Imst, Tyrol. I enjoy life. With Marisa, Luis and Theo, very happily. I get the biggest buzz from combining diverse skills. My aim is to never stand still. As a qualified NLP trainer and systemic coach I like to carry new ways of thinking between mountain activities and life coaching – in both directions. I’m a cofounder of an organisation called mc2alpin, where I am responsible for team training and personality development programmes. I use the opportunity to pass on my knowledge in those fields within the context of mountain safety; I also write for various magazines and teaching publications.

DI (FH) Hannes Kumpusch

  • Mountainbike Junior Instructor
  • Software Developer
  • Yogi

hannes@bikefex.at

My roots are in the in what’s known as “Styrian Tuscany”, so named because of its Mediterraneanstyle climate and substantial wine industry. That’s where, back in 2005, I first rolled some sexy Lycra onto my body, swung a leg over a mountainbike and tortured myself up and down through the region’s ferociously hilly winegrowing areas. Since then, both my riding technique and my sartorial awareness have changed greatly…

In Graz I have found my perfect cycling base-camp. Early-bird rides on the local trails during the week are just as precious as adventure trips at the weekend. Whether solitary summit moments, enduro frenzies, e-bike snow trips on plussize tyres, or whatever else is available or is going to become available in the future – my love for cycling is at the centre of my existence.