Short Portrait | Andreas Beseler
Bike instead of wheel chair – Andreas Beseler “Besi” was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1992. He already had a prescription for a wheel chair and was able to walk only with a cane anymore. With the help of a friend he discovered his passion that was to become a therapy as well: biking. Since then, he has regularly been participating in biking competitions and initiated the Besi & Friends movement. His events raise funds for the Nathalie Todenhöfer Foundation and inspire thousands of ill and healthy people alike with courage.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live and ride my bike based on the motto: ´BIKE INSTEAD OF WHEELCHAIR´. The bike has been helping me stay mobile and agile, and having had relatively good control of my illness up to now.
What fascinates you about your STORCK equipment?
Top bikes, absolutely top class. Superb cycling gear, incredibly durable and comfortable. I can really tell a thing or two about the quality of all the material. And the Storck Bicycle team: super-professional and really friendly.
What are your major sporting aims for the future?
Many! Deutschland Tour, team participation in Triathlon 70.3, Ötztaler, and other projects billed as 'bike instead of wheelchair.'
What has been your greatest moment in sports so far?
I've had a lot of greatest moments on the bike. Sitting on my bike for the first time again after being diagnosed with MS was an outstanding moment. Plus, the major projects through Canada and Besi & friends.
What was your worst moment in sports?
When I was no longer able to do sports.
Your favorite competition, and why?
I don't have any special preferences. It all depends on the people that are involved.
Your toughest competition, and why?
My ride through Canada in 2013 was tough. In addition to my illness, I was battling against the wind, road conditions,bugs, the climate, loneliness, etc.
Your biking tip for hobby athletes?
Never stop having fun and dont' take things too seriously!