First and most importantly how are you and your loved ones doing?
We are doing well. Thank you very much. We are fortunate to live in a small town so we get to go out into nature as we please even in these times.
Do you think the lock-down rules have worked in Europe and what do you hope for the future?
Only the future will tell. I do hope it worked, and we will be able to get on with our lives soon.
You make some very good natural energy bars, how did Chimpanzee come about and where do you see it going?
We had an idea for an energy bar made from natural ingredients back in 2008. We developed three flavors and haded with it to Eurobike. It seems very silly today, but we have survived. We now make protein bars and gels, chews, and isotonic drinks as well. We are not a global player, but it is not our goal. We want to keep making good products our customers will enjoy eating – sustainably. With no aggressive/selfish focus on neverending growth.
Do you think the commercialisation of gravel and bike-packing has taken anything away from simple exploration?
No. I think it only brings more people to this wonderful sport. Taking up cycling can have a profound – life-changing effect on people. More cyclists out there do not stop me from going on adventures in my backyard or further away.
You have been on various adventures until lock-down, could you tell us more about them?
The Atlas Mountain Race is still on my mind. The long days in the saddle, stopping shortly just to eat something and to sleep for a few hours. The beautiful scenery, delicious food. I miss those days. I miss the simplicity. Paddle – eat – sleep – repeat. I completed it in 5 and a half days which I was very pleased about. I was able to say to myself “You do not suck.” 🙂
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on an unsupported, single-stage ultra-endurance on & off-road race with a code name “Bohemian Border Bash Project Next” :-). 1300km long cycling adventure with 22000 climbing meters. It will be officially announced at this year’s Bohemian Border Bash in September and it will start in the spring of 2021.
If you were able to explore one country by bike where would it be?
It would be Japan without hesitation. I was planning to ride the Japanese Odyssey this year.
How many cups of tea or coffee have you drunk today?
Two. Going to make a third one right now before I finish writing this. And, I like medium to dark roast. 🙂
Have you been able to get out and ride much?
Not as much as I would like but as much as my work and family allows 🙂
2019 was the first Bohemian Border Bash, what do you have planned this year and do you still hope to go ahead?
2020 Bohemian Border Bash is happening this September, and we are not pulling any brakes. I am confident that most restrictions will be over by summer’s end. The concept “It is not a race” is staying the same. So we will ride throughout the beautiful Bohemian – Saxony Switzerland National Park during the day, drink some beer and chat by a fire at night. We have some fun challenges for the Friday ride up the sleeve as well. If you would like to learn how the 2019 Bash went, and you speak German, look for the new Gravel Bike magazine in the newsstands. The twelve-page story will intrigue you.
Do you think with the amount of events being cancelled the gravel/bike-packing scene is going to change?
No, I do not think so. We go solo riding or with our friends all the time. The events are just providing a platform for similar minded people with the love for the same sport to “feed off” each other. Get inspired, meet new friends to see new places. And we will do that again as soon as the conditions allow it. We will enjoy it and cherish it even more than before.
What is the one positive thing you have been able to take from the current lock down?
It is hard to say. I always make sure to make time for my family and myself. It is important to snap out of the rat race. So I can not say this situation created something special for me. I hate it to be honest.
What are you looking forward to doing first when life returns to normal after lock down?
I am looking forward to traveling and seeing all my friends from all over.
Have you learnt any new skills or started any new hobbies/activities?
I am trying to catch up on my German and Spanish. I still suck in a bunny hop :-)))
Additional Photos by Dan Zoubek