Mateo tells us in this interview what bikepacking means to him and what his upcoming season looks like. 

If a stranger asked you to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I am a passionate outdoor athlete who values ​​adventure over competition but is motivated to do my best every day.

What does bikepacking mean to you?

For me, bikepacking is a metaphor for life. It's like the daily climb in life, full of challenges and tasks. You carry luggage, sometimes necessary, sometimes not. But you have to reach the summit, even if it takes all day. Bikepacking is hard, but it teaches me a lot about myself.

What type of bikepacking do you like the most?

My favorite is cycling to new places with no plans and hopefully with tailwind.

How do you train for races and events?

It depends on the race, but I usually go outside 4–5 days a week and go to the gym the other days. Does skiing count as training?

How do you manage your time?

Since I work 40 hours a week, training is almost my full-time job outside of work. It gives me focus and helps me accomplish tasks.

How do you plan your races?

I like combining travel with new cultures and testing myself in new places. The race gives me a reason to go.

What does your preparation look like?

Preparation is different every time, but it often involves testing equipment and rest. I make easy days easy and hard days hard.

How did your season go?

Long and fulfilling, with 7 countries and 5 ultra-endurance events. Challenging and a real test of my skills.

What have you learned from this season?

Many valuable lessons. Always thinking that something could be done better. I learned a lot about myself and my efficiency.

What are your plans for next year?

I'm planning two races, one of which is very long, which scares me:
Atlas Mountain Race in Morocco and Tour Divide in Canada.

What is your superpower?

Positive self-talk – you can do anything!

If you'd like to join Mateo on his next adventures, follow him on Instagram Mateo.

(C) 1. Nils Laengner // Sean Greene //  Stephen Shelesky