Blaž Jarc – From Chicken-Crasher To Pro-Cyclist

No worries, we didn’t turn into a sports-website and you’re still on bushwah! even if one could think this is procycling.com or eurosport.com. So what the heck is going on here? As you might know, we Wisenheimers are always interested in crossing borders and bringing things into relations that might be not the most obvious ones. So, when the pro-cycling season started a couple of weeks ago, I thought it could be a nice idea to talk to one of these daredevils on wheels to get to know more about their motivation, their philosophy and their lifes as pro sportsmen.

I contacted Team NetApp, an upcoming – and currently the most successful – German cycling team (UCI Professional Continental) which was established in 2010 and aims for the highest ranked Pro Tour licence within the next years and asked for an interview. One of their drivers, Blaž Jarc, who just joined the team, immediately agreed to answer some questions. Here we go:

Blaž, welcome to bushwah! Let’s talk about your personal background first: you were born in 1988 in Slowenia, started your professional career in 2007 and joined Team NetApp recently. Please tell us a little bit about yourself first: Where exactly are you from? What is your family background and do you remember your first time on a bike?

I come from a small village, Dolenji Podborst, which is in the south-east of Slovenia. My father is a tradesman and my mother is a hairdresser. Beside their jobs, they also work on the small farm we have. I have a 21-year-old sister and a 12 year-old-brother.

As a kid with a lot of energy, I spent a lot of time on the bike. And of course I also crashed a lot. Once I hit a chicken going full speed downhill and crashed really hard. Also I was building up some ramps and then measured the distance I flew afterwards. When I was twelve years old, I even fell into a river together with my bike. It was in January and I barely pulled myself and the bike out and then had to do two kilometers home at minus ten degrees celsius, wet from tip to toe.

Well, this sounds like a pretty hard and painful start … why did you stick to cycling anyway?

A friend and a former teammate of mine moved into our region. He was really succesfull, bringing trophies from winning races to school.

At the time I was a track runner and wanted to try something new. I asked for the phone number of his trainer and that’s how it all started.

Has there been a specific event or moment in your life which made it clear for you that you wanted to become a professional racing cyclist?

There never was a specific moment. The desire of being a pro-cyclist was always present since I started cycling.

Young and upcoming athletes often have heroes in their sport – other sportsmen they look up to and they admire. Who was your special cycling hero when you began?

My cycling hero was and still is Janez Brajkovič (author’s note: Janez Brajkovič Slovenian procyclist who started his career as a pro in 2005 when he joined the Discovery Channel Team). His approach to the sport is incredible. It motivates me to give my everything.

As an aspiring pro-cyclist, you needed to train a lot in your youth. How did these circumstances affect your youth in terms of meeting friends, hanging around in clubs, drinking, going to concerts and parties?

I feel that I didn’t miss out a lot because we always had fun during the season. The motivation to train hard came from the desire for good results, the success led to new motivation to train and be focused on the sport even more. And it’s possible to have a quality time with my friends without alcohol.

Dave Zabriskie just mentioned in an interview that he was a big fan of “Captain America” and even lend his nickname from him. Who were your non-cycling heroes and are they still your idols?

Well, I have my non-cycling heroes. They were comics from the Slovenian artist Miki Muster. There have been three animals as main characters. “Curly tail the fox”, “Hungry the wolf” and “Hard shell the turtle”. They have to go through various adventures, which are always very exiting to read. Once you start, it’s hard to put it away, because the content is very rich. If I will have kids one day, they will read it, too.

I also had a thing for birds from the age of 9-14. I knew a great deal about birdlife in Slovenia and was also a member of the Slovenian birdwatching asociation, visited symposiums, participated in migration counts, collected feathers, egg shells. I still find them fascinating. When I’m an old man I can picture myself going through bushes with a big lens camera trying to get the perfect picture.

To be a successful cyclist also means to be noticed by the media, to become well-known and maybe becoming a hero for others, too. How do you cope with this responsibility and how does it feel to give autographs and to be regarded as an idol?

I am honored to be a role model and give autographs to people. Especially to children. Its a rewarding feeling.

Your team, Team NetApp, got a wildcard for the 2012 Giro d’Italia. How does it feel like to participate in such a legendary race and be a part of it?  

To be given the opportunity to participate in the Giro d’Italia is a great honor and a big boost of motivation for all of us. It’s a big chance to prove ourselves. Those of us who still haven’t participate in a “grand tour” can take one step forward as riders. A three week race gives you endurance and a lot of experience.

I just talked to Calvin Wan, who is a well-known stunt- and race driver (i.e. he took part in Fast & Furious 3). For him, drifting with a race car is a kind of art which he compares to the traditional japanese art of brush-painting in terms of movement and beauty. He even made an iphone game about it. Do you think, cycling can be regarded as a kind of art, too? If so, what are the artistic parts of it?

Being a succesfull athlete and cyclist demands a lot of precision, listening to your body, concentration throughout the whole year. It’s is also a kind of art to control your bike at great speeds, dangerous corners, sometimes at a heartrate of almost 200 beats/minute, conserving energy, choosing the right moment to attack and make the best out of your effort. It demands the whole person.

The German band “Kraftwerk” released their single “Tour de France” in 1983 and sang about “Comrades and friendship” in the peloton. Is this view of the professional cycling scene still up to date?

An extreme sport like cycling brings out the best and the worst of people. Friendships made in extreme conditions are good, strong friendships.

Talking more about music: many athletes use music for motivational reasons. Which influence does music have on you in your daily routine and before or after competitions?

With music you can express all your feelings. Like those, it changes constantly. In the morning, I usually listen to chillout and lounge to get me started. On a training ride I like electronic music (liquid drum n’bass, tech house, techno) the most. It gives me the rythm to keep my pace high. In my free time I like jazz, dubstep, reggae, a bit of everything. When I’m away from home for a long time I listen a lot to Slovenian artists to ease my homesickness.

Well, Blaž, let’s disclose the secret and tell us your top-5 tracks on your ipod, please!

  • Touch & Go – Life’s a beach
  • The Pixies – Where is my mind
  • Awolnation – Sail
  • Kick bong – Something better
  • Freestylers feat. Belle Humble – Cracks (Flux Pavillion Remix)

What are your goals and plans for 2012?

I’m mainly focused on the spring races. I want to win a big race, be healthy and help my team to get good results.

Finally, please complete the following sentences:

  • If I could only participate in one last race … it should be in the rainbow jersey.
  • Cycling means to me … a lifestyle surrounded by great people.
  • My biggest fear … is to be 2nd in a really important race for a couple of centimetres.
  • Last night I dreamed … of walking up wooden stairs attached to nothing between clouds
  • Please, never ask me to … cook you anything else then rice or pasta.
  • If I wasn’t a pro cyclist … I would probably be an ornithologyst.

Blaž, thank you very much for participating in this interview and good luck for the season!

 

Website of Team NetApp

Team NetApp on facebook

 

photos: www.cyclefilm.com (3) & www.Roth-Foto.de (1)

 



Share
Leave A Comment

Captcha Captcha Reload

That’s what it’s all about …

bushwah! is home to the fabulous and formidable Wisenheimers.

Triplets Walter, Werner and Wilhelm - les dernier germes de la bourgeoisie - are teaming up to protect the world from bad taste and bad breath.

Nobody outgeschreys the Wisenheimers - or do you?

  • safe for kids
  • ibs dose
  • can you have grapefruit juice with
  • recall fda
  • black stools
  • appetite
  • do you need prescription for in australia
  • cr uses
  • and
  • side effects increase milk supply
  • thur coupon
  • otc safe long term use
  • time to take effect
  • and together
  • is used to treat
  • amount hormones
  • 4mg capsules
  • many milligrams does come
  • e outros
  • sinusitis treatment
  • sirve para bajar de peso
  • face twitching
  • 5mg once day
  • controversy
  • 120 mg prescription drugs
  • mode of action
  • stop taking cold turkey
  • does contain a diuretic
  • sr skutki uboczne
  • 1 mg
  • lab results
  • taking in pregnancy
  • dry eyes while on
  • can you take benadryl
  • can treat trichomoniasis
  • cabaser
  • buy online
  • can get yeast infection taking
  • wellbutrin combo side effects
  • pregnancy
  • online no prescription uk
  • lp sevrage
  • elixir
  • $4 list
  • pictures
  • withdrawal webmd
  • uncomplicated uti treatment
  • fungsi obat
  • safe for infants
  • drug interactions digoxin
  • naturalnews
  • converting from to zoloft
  • 50 mg
  • prescribed together
  • for 2 yr old
  • not working
  • durante l'allattamento
  • fda prostate
  • and blood pressure pills
  • dose too high
  • fluoxetina y
  • cream price australia
  • vs percocet
  • rate credit on bge bill
  • missed dose
  • if i take days 3-7 when should i ovulate
  • interaction
  • hydrocodone
  • 8 mg kaufen
  • alternatives
  • high
  • dose for 6 month old
  • na alergie
  • can i take when i am pregnant
  • long term side effects
  • iv dose
  • treatment pid
  • d vs advil cold and sinus
  • drug profile
  • children's cvs
  • stop breakthrough bleeding
  • safe take generic
  • is a new drug
  • asthma control
  • best places to buy online
  • fda maximum dose
  • benefits of drug
  • pms symptoms while
  • reviews
  • 5mg
  • and wellbutrin interaction
  • planet 1 2
  • tab 10mg
  • pfizer v teva
  • and interactions
  • bad for heart
  • for abcessed tooth
  • alcohol interaction
  • dosing information
  • side effects lower back pain
  • can you just stop taking
  • switch
  • interaction between
  • how does work for women
  • ed side effects
  • 5 mg tabletta
  • medsafe
  • dosing for mania
  • can a toddler take and tylenol together
  • women taking
  • sepeda motor
  • daily side effects
  • starting after a miscarriage
  • can you take and ritalin
  • usage
  • can make me sleepy
  • cancer stomach
  • 5 mg lilly fta 28 st
  • a yaz
  • during breastfeeding
  • medication bipolar
  • jarabe cachorros
  • side effects nightmares
  • will interfere birth control
  • buy walmart
  • buy online
  • que es la yahoo
  • yeast infection pregnancy
  • and ritalin
  • incidence serotonin syndrome
  • withdrawal symptoms insomnia
  • t 100
  • do you have to take daily
  • has my stopped working
  • dosage 7 month old
  • consta 12 5
  • price
  • and coq10 benefits
  • high blood pressure
  • muscle pain from treatment
  • how to use bodybuilding
  • epocrates
  • side effects children
  • throwing up after
  • will make you sleepy
  • commercial mountain location
  • e
  • best skin care while on
  • what are the side effects of going off
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome-treatment with
  • drug dose
  • why not use cream on nails
  • iv dosing nausea
  • online sverige
  • side effects aggression
  • oral uses
  • beads
  • information use
  • safe dose
  • unterschied
  • to treat uti
  • bipolar
  • keburukan
  • on drug testing
  • vs
  • hydrocodone
  • user experiences
  • efecto
  • std treatment
  • 5 mg\/5 ml solution
  • difference between
  • and
  • is 1 mg effective
  • order online
  • lack motivation
  • cephalosporin generation
  • sa same
  • zinc
  • hives
  • rb 80
  • order online no prescription
  • canine medication
  • ok with breastfeeding
  • 20mg a day
  • can take after expiration date
  • for 3 yr old
  • can you wear nail polish when taking
  • cost vs.
  • makes me hungry
  • patient ratings
  • dosage post cycle
  • price comparison
  • que es mejor o redotex
  • use in infants
  • pfizer losing patent
  • is proventil and the same
  • 30 mg cpr 28
  • og albyl-e
  • low dose side effects
  • is zoloft better than for anxiety
  • plus 80 nebenwirkungen
  • super von der firma ajanta pharma
  • off label uses
  • can stop taking suddenly
  • is safe for breastfeeding women
  • buy cheap uk
  • withdrawal time
  • what does snorting do
  • 10 mg price walmart
  • safety during pregnancy
  • hair loss side effects
  • high blood sugar
  • reditabs dosage for children
  • generic for sale
  • and testicular pain
  • not effective
  • drug interaction
  • side effects children
  • taking 120 mg
  • chibro libido
  • antidepressant side effects
  • muscle pain
  • online
  • free trial
  • difference between and cream
  • adhd children
  • mixing and
  • start day 4
  • high
  • time to start working
  • healthy man
  • can treat ringworm
  • reach steady state
  • why give for hypertension
  • entero 500mg
  • young adults
  • hrt
  • ssri inhibitor
  • what are the long term effects of taking
  • after
  • 3008108201
  • cholesterol levels
  • 1 wc sitz
  • adverse effects
  • warnings alcohol
  • and trying to conceive
  • carbonate vs
  • long after stopping can you drink alcohol
  • fda
  • lek
  • is 20mg a high dose
  • for gastric
  • same otc
  • antybiotyk dla dzieci
  • does cause hand tremors
  • canada facebook
  • kids
  • relenza better than
  • dosage for hot flashes
  • panadol
  • watery eyes
  • overdose effects
  • mode d'action
  • high cholesterol
  • jarabe infantil
  • early miscarriage on
  • .mercedes ci 55 motorhome
  • suspension
  • do need prescription buy
  • cancer prostate
  • asthma
  • buy 2 online
  • side effects
  • lowest dosage
  • generic vs
  • para que serve o 300mg
  • can my child take and together
  • urine color
  • can you drink beer while
  • and xanax
  • v
  • schweiz
  • yaz
  • and interaction
  • generico farmacia italia
  • creme 15 g
  • prescription cost
  • posologia
  • patient reviews
  • women
  • cause restless leg syndrome
  • does hct have a diuretic in it
  • reviews
  • side effects alcohol
  • can i take if i am allergic to penicillin
  • 1 g iv
  • dosis pastillas
  • efeitos colaterais d
  • vs
  • how much is at walgreens
  • ostelli nicosia
  • vs levoxyl
  • hsg success
  • e epilessia
  • 100mg pink pills for women
  • b12 deficiency
  • and nitroglycerin
  • acne
  • helps anxiety
  • birth defects does cause
  • canada prescription
  • ds and xanax
  • medication for seizures
  • or
  • strengths does come
  • dose of for otitis media
  • interaction between niacin
  • during cycle for gyno
  • vs which is better
  • oily skin reviews
  • pulmonary embolism while
  • medication pediatric
  • lekarstwo
  • buy cream
  • acne relapse after
  • side effects children
  • influenza
  • effects kidney function
  • 750 mg dosage
  • buy generic online overnight
  • vit d
  • bula cr
  • tablets for scalp ringworm
  • amp 40 mg
  • libido problems
  • rash reaction
  • warning
  • can a child take and benadryl together
  • tablets drug interactions
  • cena
  • does cause autism
  • difference
  • medicine opposite
  • dose for c diff colitis
  • patient assistance
  • no prescription needed
  • glaxo
  • smoking while
  • antibiotics used
  • first week side effects
  • cost for 40 mg
  • 20 mg not working
  • wellbutrin versus
  • delirium
  • vitamin d
  • class action lawsuit canada
  • spotting
  • cream diaper rash
  • for a child
  • how does work
  • for dilated cardiomyopathy
  • milk
  • helps
  • can get high
  • patient information leaflet
  • contre indications du
  • allergy
  • y es lo mismo
  • sperm morphology
  • 1mg ml pediatrie
  • common side effects
  • can i take while breastfeeding
  • price
  • urine retention
  • low progesterone while taking
  • okay take
  • side effects hallucinations
  • buy no prescription
  • y gota
  • taking allegra d together
  • per ng tube
  • can you use for uti
  • consolato a roma
  • uses off-label
  • take morning or night
  • toxicity in children
  • il funziona
  • while pregnant
  • can you take and together
  • agranulocytosis
  • difference between
  • expired pregnancy
  • when do i take a pregnancy test after taking
  • not covered by insurance
  • safe
  • walgreens
  • klonopin anxiety
  • grossesse jumeaux
  • 8960428537
  • withdrawal symptoms of