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Wanderlust Bitten 

August 11, 2014
Wanderlust Bitten

Michael Multhaup was bitten by the wanderlust bug from a very early age. Founder of The Flying Kiwi, one of New Zealand's most recognised adventure travel companies, Michael sold the business and is now completing his Masters. But the travel bug within lies far from dormant, and Michael likes nothing more than getting out and exploring on two wheels.

I grew up in…
In Essen, Germany, which is a big industrial city in the Ruhr district

I am reading…
Doing a masters in counselling reading mainly psychology and philosophy

People tell me I am…
A kind and caring person who knows where he stands

My life is linked to the cycling world because…
I have been on bikes all my life. I have always been passionate about riding bicycles and love the idea of not using mineral oil

My favourite cycling story to tell around the dinner table is…
When I was 12 years old and rode with two of my mates from Essen (Germany) to Paris (France) via Ostende (Belgium) and Le Havre (France) along the river Seine - unforgettable 12 days

A typical working day for me involves…
Working in a school as a secondary teacher studying at University and getting around on my bike

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When I get spare time, I…
Go riding using my bike as a commuter to see friends and hang out

Over time, my list of injuries now includes…
The only serious injuries on two wheels have happened when I've been on motorcycles

If I could ride anywhere tomorrow, I'd go…
The Sognefjord (or Sognefjorden) largest fjord in Norway, and the third longest in the world. I'd ride there because it stretches 205 km along the most amazing landscape climaxing in a serious climb to the highest mountain pass north of the Alps, 6600 ft high, up a mountain called Jostedalsbreen, surrounded by continental Europe's largest glacier - it was the best ride I ever did!!!

If I could go out for a ride with anyone, it would be…
Lance Armstong to ask him if he needs some counselling - I would charge him plenty and give the dosh to all those people he did hurt. I like to support people and fix things