What’s Inside A Pro Cyclist’s Suitcase? With Simon Geschke Of Team Sunweb

What’s Inside A Pro Cyclist’s Suitcase? With Simon Geschke Of Team Sunweb


– I’m here, in an Italian hotel, about to rifle through the suitcase of Simon Geschke of Team Sunweb. Looks like there’s some washing outside. Don’t know who’s that is. Probably his, don’t know whether he’s dropping it off or picking it up. (knocking) Hopefully he’s in. Here’s the man himself, with one of the best
beards in the World Tour forward slash Peloton. – Hey man. – Simon Geschke.
– Hi. – So how are you? You good? – So far so good, yeah. One of the nicest days
of the week, I guess. – Good stuff, well can I come in and have a look in your room? Well, primarily in your suitcase. So, one things for sure, Simon. This suitcase has character. – Yeah. – Let’s put it that way. So you want to show us
around as best you can? – I try, yeah. I don’t know where to start, actually. Some spare clothes, definitely, always new jerseys. TT suit, shoes, at the moment
I just wear my slippers. – Okay. – Like a german on vacation. (laughing) Always in style. Also warmer stuff, tomorrow
on top of the Stelvio it’s maximum seven degrees I heard, so. – Okay, that’s gonna be a cold day so. – And sometimes you have to go down from the mountain to finish so– – You need something like this. – It’s always good to have
a bigger jacket with you. – Okay, so a nice, big,
thick winter jacket basically, isn’t it? – Yeah, yeah. – All your kit is marked, isn’t it? Like, your name on the
back of the collar there. – Yeah, Exactly, very handy. – And also inside the shorts, because it can be a bit of a nightmare, there’s a little bit of
labelling in the shorts. – [Simon] You don’t want to wear someone else’s shorts for sure. – No you don’t, sir, that’s
a big no-no, there we go. What, I’m interested in this green bag. What have we got in here? – It’s because (laughing) it’s always easy, because
it’s so well organised, usually I don’t need it,
but if it’s really messy, now it looks alright, but
if it gets really messy, it’s always easy to find my small things. – Ah, so you’ve got your passport– – If you have all your
small things flying around in the suitcase it really sucks. – So it’s like a nice sort of organising–
– There’s charging cables. – My keys of my house and passport. – So basically all of your important stuff are in the green bag. – Yeah, exactly. – By the way, who are
you sharing with in this, who are you sharing with? – I’m with a other German on the team and in the whole Giro. We are the only two Germans here, so it’s Phil Bauhaus. – Phil Bauhaus a great young sprinter
– He didn’t mind. – He’s a great guy. – Exactly. – Is he messy or is he clean? – We are, when you look at his suitcase– – [Matt] It’s not much
better than yours, really. – [Simon] Just as messy as me, yeah. – Clearly, because it’s Phil’s
first Grand Tour isn’t it? – Exactly. – Obviously your style
is rubbing off on him in terms of the disorganised element. – I teach him all the bad things. (laughing) – So this is mostly, like,
it’s all your under jerseys. – Undershirts, yeah, also
didn’t need them that much. I also didn’t need my beanie that much, ’cause that’s pretty warm. – It’s an open top Etxeondo,
so it’s a team-issued beanie. – [Simon] Yeah, it’s nice. – Open top, look at that,
with a little pull on it. – Yeah, you can have it as a scarf also. – Very nice, very nice. – Private shoe bag. – Private shoe bag. – The guys will love it, guilty. – Guilty 76 of Frankfurt, very nice. – Nice little present. – Oh, it looks like we have a guest. Phil Bauhaus, hi Phil, I’m Matt. – Hello, hi. – This was not t’d up. I’m Matt, just hang
around we’re just filming. – [Simon] A surprise. – This is normal behaviour. Okay, so what about in this
second compartment there. – Here is also stuff I don’t always need. So there is a little bit you might not see it at the first view, but there is a little bit of organisation in here. So, some spare socks, to always look nice. My heart rate belt that I
didn’t use so far at the Giro. I don’t like watching it, my heart rate. Spare race gloves. A book which I do not read so much. – Peter James, nice time. – Peter James, yeah, it’s in English so it’s quite rough for me to read. – Fair enough. – I’ve had it since two
years and I’m halfway now. – A very steady reader.
– So sometimes I read. – It’s good to see that
you’re reading though. Just take your time. – One of my big hobbies. – So what are these, I’m intrigued. – This is interesting, isn’t it? – It is. – It’s shoe dryers. – Shoe dryers? – Wet shoes? It’s perfect. You just– – This is the best thing I
think I might have ever seen. Yeah. – Phil, what do you say, shoe dryers. – [Phil] Yeah. – They are unbelievable. It’s even, it’s UV light,
so it’s antibacterial so they also don’t smell that bad. – Wow. – So whenever you race in the rain, you just put them overnight in your shoes, it gets warm after a while, doesn’t make a sound or anything. – Well, I’ll tell you
what, I didn’t even know those existed, let alone on a bike race. But that, we could end the tour here and it would be the best suitcase tour. – Seriously, never leaving the house to a race without them. Chocolate. – Oh, a bit of chocolate. Is that dark chocolate? – For rest day. – Oh yeah, 70 percent
cocoa, real nice, bitter. – Vegan, because I don’t like cow milk. – Oh, okay, so you’re a
bit of a chocolate fan. – Yeah, yeah. – Good stuff. Good for the morale as well. Definitely good for the morale. – Sure, this will stay
here for later today. – And you’ve got a little
speaker system as well. – Yeah, speakers, because I really like it to have music and a
massage, just chilling. – [Matt] Does Phil get a say about the music that you listen to in the room? – No, no, because he’s a
neo, and I’m way older. (laughing) – I love it, the hierarchy is just genius. I love it, I love it. Now as well as your cycling prowess, how do you keep your beard in such good order on a Grand Tour? Do you have any other equipment with you, maybe in the bathroom? – In the bathroom, yeah. – Should we go have a quick
look, just a quick look. – We’ll go over to the barbershop. This is where the magic happens. This, very easy, and I have handmade beard balm from Belgium. – Okay. – I got that from a lady from
Belgium, she produces it. – That runs off the tongue, doesn’t it? Beard Balm from Belgium. – Yeah. (Crosstalk) – Can I have a little smell? – Yeah.
– Is that alright? – It quite smells good. – Yeah, it’s good. – It’s quite masculine. – So it’s basically these two things and when the beard gets
a little bit longer or also for trimming I use this. – Okay.
– That’s it. – So how long do you spend
on your beard every day? Or do you just do it every few days? – Once per week. – Once per week, okay. It’s looking a bit wispy,
might need a bit of work. There’s a couple little long ones. – Yeah, it’s a rest
day for the beard also. (laughing) – Well I hope you enjoyed that tour of Simon Geschke’s suitcase. Now, if you don’t want to miss another Global Cycle Network video, you can click on the globe
to subscribe for free. Now, for another suitcase tour from this year’s Giro
d’Italia, click just down here for Manuel Quinziato’s suitcase and click just down here for a tour of the Mini Cooper S, team car of Sunweb. – Alright, can you leave now,
because Phil and me need rest. – Cheers, mate. – Thanks.