At the age of 14, Ruben first began riding his bike. After his best friend got a new bike for his birthday, the two went out riding, with Ruben borrowing his friends dad’s bike. His weekends were quickly consumed by riding with his best friend and immediately he loved it. The speed, the suffering and everything around the bike made him fall in love with cycling. After he had enough money saved, Ruben bought his is own bike. This was the beginning of his journey.
9 years on and Ruben has progressed into a career as a professional cyclist and spent three years riding with Cannondale-Drapac at WorldTour level. In 2015 he rode Ronde van Vlaanderen with Cannondale and finished 8 minutes after the winner. “It was the hardest race I had done so far, but I loved it. To compete in this race again would be a dream come true.
Ruben looks forward to a new year and a new team: “Team Sunweb is like a big family to me. The whole team, management, staff, coaches and riders are really suited to me. Everybody is equal and gets the biggest support with the whole team behind them. This is the environment I need to be in to reach the highest level.”
Although Ruben has come a long way from a 14 year old riding on a borrowed bike, 2016 was a tough year for the young German. “I broke my elbow in February, it was a really complex break. I couldn’t ride my bike for three months, it was tough. Luckily I was able to heal well both as a person and physically. I want to use this experience to continue improving through 2017. I want to show the team that they can count on me in every race situation.”
Off the bike, Ruben is a down to earth guy. He likes to spend time with his girlfriend, friends and family. He also enjoys hiking, climbing, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. When asked about his idol Ruben said: “I don’t really have an idol, but all kinds of ‘extreme sportsmen’ are really inspiring for me. They always push their limits to reach success and as a cyclist I have to do the same.”