Andreas Trautwein, age-group 1971, was born in Freising, Germany, grew up in Moosburg a.d. Isar and lives in Poing, near Munich. In his spare time, he is a passionate road cyclist and invests a lot of time in his hobby. So far, he has competed the »Glocknerkoenig« (King of Grossglockner) race (a race for everybody) 15 times himself. That's why he knows what he's talking about. His second passion is listening to music, mainly in the landscape of Britpop, indie, as well as alternative. A passionate reader himself, he loves a wide variety of stories and biographies and has remained curious.
How did I get into writing?
For years I have noted down what happened to me on training rides. Only bullet points were noted on a wisp of paper without further thought. Not only the fight with other road users, but also the beautiful sides of cycling. Nature, the landscapes, the smells - it was a long list in the end. Then a sports injury during the pandemic came along and I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. I'm not one to bury my head in the sand, but rather to gather new strength from forced breaks, so I made use of the free space. Out of sheer curiosity, I simply started writing. The fact that I enjoyed it very much surprised me myself. But anyone who knows me realises that I finish something when I set my mind to it. So another hobby has been added. A second book is on the way.
How did I get the idea for the story?
The list was in front of me, but somehow no story wanted to emerge from it. Nevertheless, I just started to put it all into a text for myself, as a memory, just for myself, I thought one day. At first, I had a hard time finding a beginning for the story, because I didn't know how to write. Then suddenly the point came that I felt similar to Willy when I started cycling again. In large parts of the book, I am Willy. The training, the music, the passion and even the competition with a colleague happened to me comparatively like that. The honest feedback from the first test readers was very important for me to see how it should be. The learning curve went steadily upwards. The number of pages grew. In the end, I was surprised at myself, what I came up with while writing and that it actually became a book.