A story that began with a five-year-old German girl's curiosity for cycling turned her into an indoor cycling world champion medalist nearly two decades later.
Viola Brand, 26, an artistic cyclist and prominent social media figure, won the national and European championships twice each and the silver medal three times at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, recalled how there was a cycling club back in the1990s in the village where her family used to live.
Looking back on her childhood, Brand said she used to train for over 20 hours per week, noting that thanks to her training, she mastered all her "tricks."
"You need a lot of patience and endurance to practice because some tricks need many years to master. For example, it took me seven years to learn the handstand on the [handlebars of the] bicycle," she said.
Brand recommended new-starters to keep in mind that they should be patient enough to insist on training for one trick for many years and never give up.
She emphasized that due to the dangerous side of this kind of sport, those interested in becoming a competitive athlete in artistic cycling should overcome their fears of injuring themselves.