“Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine and valleys of frustration and failure. (Bill Watterson)”
Bainbridge Island, WA
What inspired you to ride?
My dad! He has accomplished more on a bicycle than anyone I know. Not with jerseys or results, but by simply getting back on a bike after life-changing injuries.
Racing obstacle you overcame?
Regaining confidence after several consecutive crashes, and learning to trust myself to come back smarter and a better bike-handler for it.
Favorite cheat meal?
Chocolate + anything I can put chocolate in.
Favorite healthy meal or snack?
Favorite snack would definitely be sauerkraut or kimchi. Also cranberry sauce. And rainbow carrots. Color is a theme here...
Tip for staying healthy?
Unplug from your phone or computer for at least a few hours a day and explore. Go on a walk, ride a new road, or try out a new trail. It’s good to refresh the routine every once in awhile.
What motivates you to ride?
The satisfaction of tackling a new obstacle is addictive! I’m a life-long learner and explorer, and right now there’s no better way for me to keep going than by doing it on two wheels.
Stories with Heidi
Koppenburg rockets up GC, wins Most Combative in Burgos finale
Franz bags mountains jersey at Burgos
Doebel-Hickok snatches QOM in Valenciana finale, Franz wins Points
Franz attacks in Valenciana, takes Points jersey
Rally Cycling partners with sports nutrition company First Endurance
Listen in: Bassett, Franz and Carpenter
The pinnacle of bike racing – a Tour of Flanders preview
Franz soars to Ardéche podium
White, Poidevin deliver as Ardèche hits the high mountains
From zero to La Course