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Industry Insider: Jordan Roessingh

Meet Jordan Roessingh, technical director for the Trek Factory Racing team. While talented riders put on a show, men and women like Jordan are behind the scenes making it happen.

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Born in Canada, raised in Wisconsin, live in Luxembourg. Engineer by trade, cyclist by heart. Trek-y since 2008. Now Technical Director at Trek Factory Racing.

What’s the most rewarding part about your job?

Helping our riders go faster.

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled and why?

It’s tough to name one favorite, but Siena, Italy would rank high. It combines Tuscany and the Strade Bianche–one of the most beautiful places in the world and one the best bike races to spectate in the world. The race finish in the Piazza del Campo is amazing.

If you were a trip designer at Trek Travel, where would you design a trip?

I would design a monuments trip. I would challenge guests to complete the full distance of all five one-day monuments (Milan San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix, Liege Bastogne Liege, Tour of Lombardia). You’d have to train a bit for that trip, though.

Tell us about your best day on a bicycle.

Tough to choose a best day, but the best road I’ve ever ridden? Gotthard Pass in Switzerland. A 13km cobbled climb, closed to traffic.

Favorite post-ride beverage?

Apfelshoerle. It’s a German drink made with sparkling water and apple juice.

What and where was the best meal you’ve ever enjoyed?

Casa Gala Restaurant in Montecatini Alto, Italy. Marginal hotel, but amazing restaurant. The meal? Steak with porcinis and a bottle of Chianti. Incredible setting, even better food.

What’s the best advice you’ve never followed?

“Stay close to home.”

Outside of your family, who inspires you the most?

Markel Irizar. He is a cancer survivor on the Trek Factory Racing team who embodies his personal motto: Bizipoz (Basque for “Joy for Life”).

What is your favorite travel song?

“Goin’ Home” – Dan Auerbach

Favorite hotel you’ve ever stayed in and why?

Pax Montana, near Sarnen, Switzerland. Located in the foothills of the Alps, overlooking an alpine lake. The hotel is from the 1800’s and recently renovated. Decidedly old-tech (no, there are not TV’s in the rooms), but the setting and views more than make up for it.

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Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

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Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

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Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

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