Meet Nina Schwab
MTB rider, Van Adventurer and Mountain Bike Skills Coach
I started riding bikes around age three, I guess. My parents are avid bikers, therefore it was always part of our daily life and vacations. I have been a bit off the bike during university and when I started working full time. I was focused on my career and biking was just one of the things I did on weekends with my friends, but it wasn’t a routine at all. I always challenged myself in different sports. I enjoyed the thrill of outdoor climbing, via ferrata, as well as kayaking, skiing, snowboarding and surfing. I also participated in half-marathons, trail running events and loved outdoorsy stuff like camping and bikepacking trips.
But I started with mountain biking quite late. And it was a little unexpected - I fell in love with the sport on a surf trip to Bali. I stayed at the Chillhouse in Canggu at that time and went on a mountain bike ride with the crew that later became the Bali Bike Park Team. It was my first experience with a full suspension bike and I was immediately hooked.
After the trip, I scanned the local MTB community for opportunities to learn more skills and maybe find some other like-minded people to hit the local trails. I was surprised to discover the Velochicks - a women’s bike club that also had a group in Vienna. I joined them and got myself a ‘proper’ mountain bike. Since then, I have been enjoying this wonderful sport to the fullest - always on the search for nice MTB areas and little adventures. I think (with a bike) it’s one of the most brilliant ways to get to know a destination.
I am very grateful for having been able to bike in some impressive locations in Bali, Canada, Scotland, England, Spain and other European countries. And there is more to come.