Young Gun Profile & Interview - Adam Hansen
The 25 year old Aussie from Cairns, Queensland answers a few questions... Adam
is currently riding for Aposport Krone Linz cycling team in the Hervis Tour of
Austria and is in 21rst place after Stage 3. Interview, vital statistics and
What is your favourite cycling race? And why? To ride of
course, and dream to race or win in the future etc.?
It has to be the Tour De France. Just for the experience, the amount
people watching, the WOW affect, excitement, I think everything
in that race would be like stepping into another world. But for me
and do well, maybe Paris-Roubaix. I think that suits me better. I
could handle the course well, thinking of Croc Trophy. But I must
the competition too right?!?!
Who are your best friends (training partners? etc.), in the
My closest friend would be Markus Eibegger, more like family. I lived
him and his family when I first came to Europe. Markus is great value!
What is the worst, craziest and most interesting thing or
situation which you have ever experienced so far in your career as a
I think this would have to be the Crocodile Trophy race. Some Mad
Euro guy (my manager!) decides to create a race in the worst
the outback of Australia. Then he convinces European's to come from
climates and race in this grueling super hot desert race, day after
after day for two weeks! Some days have 140km of corrugations! Only
in Australia's Outback! And the riders COME BACK! There is no race
it, nothing even close.
What are your best and worst characteristics on the bike,
Best, never give up. Race until I drop. Give it 111%. I just love
But this is also a worse thing too. I'm smart enough to know that
should wait for final moves, but I love to mix it up and be where
action is, when I should be sitting in, resting and waiting. Its
I didn't know better, but just love to race! I get bored sitting in
What are your best and worst characteristics (Off the bike)?
Maybe I'm too focused, too serious, but this is good also?
Who are your role models?
Jens Voigt and Vino. - I love their racing style! Dr. Lothar Heinrich,
had his brain. I love to research, learn things, find new training
methods. I'm very serious about training and doing it the perfect
Heinrich coaches me, he is a man full of knowledge and experience.
What do you like to do in your free time, when you are not on
I'm renovating my place at the moment, installing wooden floors, rendering
walls, painting, installed our kitchen the other day. This is
most of my time. Love the internet! Started to play around with
Fiber a while back. Going out having coffee (comes with the job!)
How did you first get in touch with cycling, and found out
that this was to be your sport?
I did running, then Tri's then cycling. I think I'm a better
But its not as exciting as cycling, so my heart is with cycling.
Tell us a bit about your team and team mates.
Team is great, very understanding SD, Enjoys having Australians on the team.
We have riders from Czech Republic, Slovakia, myself (Australian living in
Czech) and the rest are Austrian's. A few of them are funny as hell, got your
quite ones also (like myself). Age range from our team is from 18-32. So there
plenty of experience to learn from, they love throwing advice to you, which is
always good to learn something new.
Any advise for other riders in Australia that would like to follow in your
footsteps and race in Europe?
Think the most important thing would be is not to give up. Keep trying and
give yourself enough time to achieve your goals, start small and achieve high.
Find a coach you can trust. Finding a good manager to sell you is very
Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge for helping and supporting
you to achieve your goals?
My number 1 fan, my mother. When I was at school she supported me so much,
drove me to races, paid entry fees and gave me all her time. No athlete could do
it without there parents and I couldn’t do anything without my mother, Thanks
Thanks Adam and good luck in tour of Austria.
Age: 25 years
Date of birth: May 11, 1981
Place of birth: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
2003: Arboe Merida/Graz (Austria)
2004: Corratec Austria/Arbö (Austria)
2005: ELK Haus/Simplon (Austria)
2006: Aposport Krone Linz (Austria)
2003: 2º in Sankt Peter am Wallersberg (Austria)
2004: 1º in Burgenland Rundfahrt (Austria)
2004: 2º in Flachgauer Radsporttage (AUT)
2004: 1º in Grosser Preis um den Deutschlandsberg (AUT)
2004: 1º in Purgstall, Rundstreckenrennen b) (Austria)
2004: 1º in Sankt Peter am Wallersberg (Austria)
2004: 3º in Voitsberg b) (Austria)
2004: 2º in Kirschblütenrennen (Austria)
2004: 2º in Lavanttaler Radsporttage b) (Austria)
2004: 2º in Fohnsdorf (Austria)
2005: 1º in Wien - Lassnitzhöhe (Austria)
2006: 2º in NK op de weg, Elite, Australië, Mount Torrens (Australia)
2006: 2º in
Giro del Mendrisiotto, Mendrisio (Switzerland)
2006: 2º in Salzkammergut-Giro (AUT)
2006: 1º in Lavanttaler Radsporttage (Austria)
2006: 3º in Stage 4 Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Cividale del
2006: 19 G.C
36th Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda