Mieke Kröger is a 22-year-old pro cyclist riding with Canyon//SRAM Racing, she’s also the German National Time Trial Champion and has claimed National Track titles in the Omnium and Individual Pursuit.
I met Kröger at Canyon//SRAM’s December training camp soon after the team was launched and the new kit unveiled. We had a lovely chat about track cycling over breakfast, indeed she advised me on what sort of handlebars to set my own bike up with and gave me an honest account of her journey through the ranks in cycling. Seemingly shy initially but incredibly friendly once comfortable, she struck me as a young woman with a lot of ambition and ideas in her head.
Like any pro cyclist, Kröger monitors her training carefully – logging mileage, wattage, recovery and nutrition. But her training programme also includes something a little different. Rather than embarking on a traditional spring training camp this month, she’s off on an adventure which began on Saturday. Kröger will be riding 1000km from Leipzig in Germany to Munich, via Prague – carrying everything she needs on her bike. As well as planning her training zones and recovery, she’s also factoring in searching for places to sleep and what sights to visit.