Todos los miembros del equipo de Edelweiss comparten su entusiasmo por el motociclismo y los viajes, su amor por los detalles y la experiencia común de conducción y trabajo. Los 27 miembros del equipo ubicados en la sede en Austria, los 17 agentes de servicio al cliente en Australia, Argentina, Brasil, China, Canadá, República Checa, Francia, Alemania, Italia, Japón, México, España, Corea del Sur, Suiza, Ucrania y Emiratos Árabes Unidos, Estados Unidos de América, junto con más de 50 guías turísticos en todo el mundo, forman un equipo de tamaño perfecto, donde todos se conocen y trabajan juntos.
Que Werner Wachter, fundador y propietario de Edelweiss: Tobi, como lo llaman sus amigos, es el hijo de Werner. Y si se pregunta si Tobi gozó de un favoritismo mientras realizaba un recorrido, simplemente porque es el hijo de Werner, entonces podemos decirle que la respuesta es no. Tenía que preparar comidas campestres, llevar bolsas pesadas y reparar neumáticos pinchados como todos los demás. Ahora, como miembro del equipo de la oficina y jefe del personal del garaje, todavía no recibe favoritismo, solo alimentos más saludables que la mayoría de las personas allí.
Ahora que aclaramos esto, echemos un vistazo a los hechos: Tobi nació en 1986 en Tirol, la provincia más montañosa de Austria, y todavía vive allí hoy. Mientras viajaba en Nueva Zelanda en 2008, recibió la orden de ayudar a guiar a un grupo de taiwaneses en este hermoso país; Esta fue su primera misión como guía turístico. Más tarde estudió gestión deportiva en Innsbruck, Austria, pero durante las vacaciones guió tantos recorridos como pudo. Un trabajo en mercadeo de una gran empresa le enseñó mucho, pero no trajo felicidad completa, por lo que decidió volver a casa y trabajar en la empresa familiar. ¡Buena decisión!
A diferencia de la mayoría de los miembros de la oficina de Edelweiss, Rainer no piensa en el Tirol como el lugar más hermoso del mundo. Para él, Suabia, su hogar ancestral en el suroeste de Alemania, ocupa el primer lugar, de hecho, lo encontró tan insoportablemente hermoso que tuvo que dejarlo atrás, en 1995, para que sus sentidos descansaran. Se mudó, adivinó, al Tirol, donde todavía intenta, después de todos estos años, dominar el dialecto local. Una vez reubicado, Rainer, nacido en 1969 y un ingeniero económico capacitado, tomó un trabajo con una empresa que vende equipos gigantes de movimiento de tierras. Manejó el marketing mundial de una línea de productos, pero cuando la compañía quería que él ascendiera en la carrera profesional enviándolo a un país lejano, Rainer se resistió. Después de todo, Tyrol era demasiado agradable para quedarse atrás.
En 2005, un compañero de su club de Voleibol se le acercó con una oferta de trabajo: Werner, fundador y propietario de Edelweiss, estaba buscando a alguien para reforzar su departamento de marketing y ventas, por lo que Rainer cambió los juguetes grandes por los pequeños que todos amamos. tanto: motocicletas. Dos años más tarde, Werner comenzó a planificar su gira por el mundo y allanó el camino hacia la jubilación. Él nombró a Rainer como Gerente General, sabiendo muy bien que los suevos son más adecuados que nadie cuando se trata de mantener el dinero en un solo lugar ... Rodeado de adictos a las motocicletas, Rainer se infectó rápidamente y adquirió su licencia. Le gusta cualquier tipo de motocicleta, siempre y cuando se adapte al propósito del viaje, incluso usa una motocicleta de empuje a veces para ir al trabajo. Hacer ejercicio al aire libre es uno de sus pasatiempos favoritos, pero también le gusta viajar y experimentar culturas extranjeras. Su destino favorito es siempre el siguiente, dice, pero su corazón late especialmente fuerte por África. Rainer mismo no dirige ninguna gira, lo que probablemente sea algo bueno. Pero no puede resistirse a hacer una visita de vez en cuando, solo para sentir la atmósfera en la gira. Si todo va bien, le gusta celebrar viendo la puesta de sol, con una copa de vino tinto en una mano y un cigarro en la otra.
Pero por mucho que le guste ser responsable del producto más grande del mundo y torturar a los guías durante una de sus frecuentes visitas, lo que más le gusta es pasar tiempo con su esposa Gaby (que también trabaja para Edelweiss) y sus dos hijas. Un verdadero chico de familia, como la mayoría de los suevos.
Cornelia was born in 1970 in the famous ski resort town of Lech am Arlberg in Austria. Obviously, her favourite pastime during the winter is skiing, in summer she loves to mountainbike or goes hiking, but her main hobby, her family, is keeping her busy all year.
Cornelia is part oft he Finance and bookkeeping department for over 10 years. Starting as a one person bookkeeping department, she now gets support from 2 collegues. She work at big projects, controlling and the balance sheet preparation.
She loves to travel, so far she made it to most European countries, to north Africa, she was all over the US, Canada and Mexico as well as to Singapore and the Maldives.
Her motto: The pessimist is usually right, the optimist however has the better life!
Erik was born in 1976 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Soccer became his passion and Erik even proved to be a talent, but due to illness and injury, he sadly had to find another hobby. He found it pretty quickly.
In 2002, freshly equipped with his motorcycle license, he got himself a Suzuki GSX 750 ES, built in 1983. As a student, you don't have much money and the Suzi cost little but offered a lot, especially lots of problems and defects. During this time Erik learned a lot about motorcycles. Next came a Yamaha FZR600 from 1991, he kept it for exactly 363 days and still rode 14,000 km with it. And then it was finally time for his dream bike, the Yamaha R6 (2000 model), and Erik was happy.
But as it always happens, the family grew and there was less time to ride the motorcycle. He traded the R6 for a 600cc Fazer, which he mainly rode to work. Relaxing afternoon laps are hard to do in the flat, congestion-plagued countryside around Rotterdam, only the dikes are nice to ride. Now, in Tyrol, it's completely different, the desire to ride has returned. Erik now rides a BMW F800GS, which was once part of the Edelweiss fleet.
Erik has always been a staunch Dutchman, he liked living there, studying (management, business, and law) and working (in a large, international company), starting his family... and one day he went on vacation to Tyrol. Afterwards, unable to get the mountains out of their minds, the young family made a decision, put all their eggs in one basket, and moved to Tyrol.
Immediately after arriving, he applied for a vacancy at Edelweiss, was interviewed there several times, put through his paces, and finally hired. This process had kept him on his toes for a good 1 ½ months (Edelweiss selects its employees very carefully) until the redeeming call finally came. He had also found a house in the meantime, friends and family in the Netherlands could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
At Edelweiss Bike Travel, Erik is in charge of the warehouse, making sure that the specifications of all motorcycles in the system are up to date, installing routes on the navigation systems used for "Self Guided Tours", and taking care of a thousand other things. In his free time, Erik likes to go out mountain biking, motorcycling, snowboarding with (or without) his wife and now three children and enjoy the beautiful Tyrolean nature, which feels like a big playground for a Dutchman. Today Erik is a convinced Tyrolean!
In spite of her not very typical Bavarian first name, Florence is a native of the foothills of the Alps who has been admiring the mountains right before her eyes ever since she was a child. She felt magically drawn to them, but first, she went in the other direction, to Passau in Lower Bavaria for school and to the Upper Palatinate to train as a photographer.
At the age of 21, she decided to spend a few months in India and Nepal and obtained a motorcycle license in order to be able to travel around the country legally and in style. As a means of transport, apart from her feet, only a motorcycle qualified, of course. Back in Regensburg, she started studying geography and English but soon realized that the region wasn't mountainous enough for her, so she finally packed her bags and migrated to Innsbruck in beautiful Tyrol to get her diploma. A job at the university in research and one as a GIS expert with wonderful satellite views of the earth from above followed but were not quite enough to satisfy her still simmering wanderlust. So, Florence began working as a tour guide. She toured Central America and all of Europe by cruise ship, showing passengers around by bicycle during shore excursions, then also led trekking trips by foot, falling in love with the beauty of the Lipari Islands, the authenticity of Rhodes, and the fantastic nature of the Norwegian fjord country.
In between the trips she enjoyed the advantages (=mountains) of her adopted homeland and made the most of all the climbing routes, hiking trails, slopes, and cross-country trails in beautiful Tyrol. Motorcycling fell into oblivion again, until one fine day in 2019 when Edelweiss advertised the job of a tour manager for the whole of Europe again. A "key position," it was said, requiring a "structured way of working" and "a lot of communication skills." That appealed to her, and because she also felt that it was time for a steadier lifestyle, she applied for this challenging job. And she didn't regret it (or only very rarely...), also her motorcycle license was reactivated and after a few test rides, she has now chosen the BMW F750GS as her motorcycle. She would like to ride it through Namibia, Alaska, or Tibet. Or simply tackle the surrounding mountain passes. She especially likes the Timmelsjoch, as we hear...
Florence is a very cheerful person. She loves life but she refuses to take it too seriously.
1965, 27 de abril, 6:41 am: Gerhard ve la luz del día por primera vez. 47 años después: Gerhard se une a Edelweiss como guía turístico. Otros dos años después: la expedición "Descubra nuestra Tierra" de Edelweiss gana impulso y una vez que resulta que el personal de la oficina no puede manejar toda la nueva carga de trabajo asociada con ella, Gerhard viene al rescate. Cambia el asiento de la motocicleta por una silla de oficina y trabaja 70 horas por semana para que este recorrido se encamine. ¿Qué necesitamos para que una motocicleta brasileña cruce la frontera de Tayikistán a Uzbekistán? Gerhard lo sabe. ¿Cómo conseguimos una nueva tapa de válvula en el sur de Honduras rápidamente? Pregúntale a Gerhard. ¿Y quién puede decirme si mi motocicleta llegará a Chile a tiempo para la sección de Sudamérica? Exactamente, "Sr. La vuelta al mundo "puede. Gerhard extraña su asiento de motocicleta a veces, pero de nuevo, su mente está viajando por el mundo todo el tiempo de todos modos.
One thing is certain: Christiane definitely has the gift of the gab. Born and raised with younger twin brothers in beautiful Tyrol, she learnt to get her own way from an early age. Today, she is a communicative and open-minded woman that never fails to have a big smile and kind words for everyone. Although she loves her home Tyrol, her heart beats for traveling. Going to the USA at the age of 16 started her wanderlust. Since then, there hasn’t been a year without a plan for a small (or big) trip. No matter if cold or warm climate, European city trip or overseas backpacking trip, hotel or couch surfing – there’s only one thing that counts: discovering the world. Nothing makes her happier than adding another little flag to her cork world map as soon as she gets home. The flags for the Azores, Iran, the city of Nazaré in Portugal and Japan are still missing, and also her plan of taking the Trans-Siberian railroad is pending, but Christiane is certain: One day these dreams will for sure become reality as well. One of the things she loves most when traveling is strolling through supermarkets. She could spend hours there, wondering about what food other countries have to offer.
Christiane studied conference interpreting for English and Russian and media studies, she loves different cultures and languages and even speaks some of them – some more fluent than others. Apart from that she loves plants and animals, singing and cooking (preferably at the same time) as well as outdoor activities of all kinds – especially paragliding. Currently, Christiane has no time to get her motorcycling driving license, but she desperately wants a nice, colorful Vespa to get to the Edelweiss office in proper style to take care of all marketing matters. After all, riding on two wheels makes creative!
Nicolas was born in Tyrol in 1997 and also grew up there, so he can confidently describe himself as a true Tyrolean.
Despite his young age, he is a big fan of the 80s, both in music and in clothing style, and movies, especially "Top Gun" has impressed him. When Kenny Logins sings "Danger Zone," Nicolas puts on his Tom Cruise leather jacket, grabs his electric guitar, and rocks as hard as he can. He can't fulfill his dream of owning his own drums at the moment due to a lack of understanding neighbors, but instead, he likes to go to concerts and movies to celebrate the 80s.
Like every Tyrolean, he loves to make the mountains unsafe in winter, preferably by snowboard, and he also rides a skateboard, BMX and mountain bike, jet skis from time to time, and windsurfing is also on his list of hobbies. In addition, he enjoys dancing, loves photography - and, of course, motorcycles of all kinds. He would have liked to get his driver's license at the age of 12. He currently rides a 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300 KRT edition, which he loves dearly and will probably keep forever, even if he would like a little more horsepower here and there.
After school, Nicolas went through a phase of self-discovery that ends abruptly when he sees the job ad from Edelweiss. Suddenly he knows where his place is and since then he has been strengthening the team in both product management and marketing.
Thomas, or Tom if you prefer, is a native of Munich who has turned his back on his hometown after 44 years. His wife, who was once a participant on one of his tours and then hooked the guide, took him to the countryside in 2016.
But let's start right at the beginning. After high school graduation and an apprenticeship in Munich, Tom also studied tourism there. On the side, he worked for an event agency, at the trade fair, as a cab and truck driver, and even with the postal service, but none of this was really fulfilling. In 2002 he discovered an ad in a motorcycle magazine, applied for a job as a tour guide, and started guiding the following spring. And soon it became apparent: this was exactly the right job for him.
Afterwards he led tours on all continents for 17 years, whereby especially Tibet, the Kilimanjaro tour, and of course New Zealand became unforgettable for him. More than 200 tours accumulated, then it was time for a more settled lifestyle and Tom joined the office team. As of 2020, he is in charge of the computerized tour information system, writes texts and tour books, plans tours, and takes care of projects of all kinds. The training of new tour guides is also one of his tasks. So, there is still the opportunity to be on the road on 2 wheels. Because "steady" does not mean "boring"!
Sarah nació y creció en las montañas en Tirol. Sin embargo, después de sus estudios de turismo en Innsbruck, Austria, tuvo la sensación de simplemente "salir" y ver el mundo, por lo tanto, se mudó a Londres para trabajar allí. Después de un año, el anhelo por la buena comida era demasiado grande, por lo que regresó a casa. Ella fue a buscar trabajo y finalmente comenzó su carrera en gestión de productos en Edelweiss. A Sarah le encanta viajar y se considera muy afortunada de haber visto la aurora boreal e incluso haber sido invitada a la casa de Santa Claus. Cuando viaja, prefiere salir de los caminos trillados, por lo que la naturaleza, la cultura y la muy buena comida son extremadamente importantes para ella. A pesar de los muchos países en los que ya ha estado, su corazón todavía late por Escandinavia, a pesar de que Islandia y Noruega aún no figuran en su lista. Cada vez que Sarah no viaja, le encanta cocinar y caminar en la naturaleza tiroliana. Bueno, ¿y qué hay del motociclismo? A pesar de que casi todos los miembros de su familia manejan motocicletas, ella no tiene una licencia de conducir. Sin embargo, ella tampoco se opone a eso. "Quién sabe", dice ella. Quizás pronto cambie de opinión y ya no pueda resistir los encantos de conducir una motocicleta.
As a born and genuine Ötztaler Rebecca still lives in the immediate vicinity of this beautiful valley even after almost 30 years. She is very attached to her homeland and yet traveling is her great passion, which seems to be a contradiction, but only at first glance. She has visited New Zealand, Malaysia and Borneo, Nicaragua, the Bahamas, Miami and New York, South Africa and China.
She graduated from school with a degree in natural sciences, but she could not decide on a field of study and started to work - in a travel agency. There she reached the position of team leader, but then she wanted to try out new things and completed an online studies program in management. Afterwards she worked as an office manager and in human resources as an assistant to the Managing Director, but neither of these positions suited her very well, because the essential thing was missing: travel.
Curtains up for Edelweiss: at the end of 2019, she couldn't resist a job ad and joined the team in March 2020. Not the best of times, because this very month saw the start of the first Corona lockdown in Austria. Nevertheless, she quickly found herself in her new field of activity as a tour manager. She loves being in touch with her international clientele and has the perfect prerequisites for this, because in addition to being communicative she is also bilingual, her English is even good enough to act as a juror at language competitions and turn English textbooks into audio books. Very handy! But English is not her only hobby, she is very creative, both on paper (acrylic painting, charcoal/pencil drawings) and with regard to handicrafts (making decorations, crochet/embroidery), and in the kitchen (cooking and baking). She also loves to hike or - if Austria is in lockdown again - to indulge in yoga.
Rebecca can't (yet) look back on a motorcycle career, but she feels comfortable as a pillion rider, which is especially important when the company goes on a staff excursion. And when a tour visit is scheduled, because then she can take a seat on the back of the tour guide's motorcycle. Among the destinations at the top of her bucket list are Patagonia, Alaska, the Philippines, Costa Rica and Botswana. She loves the mix of nature, culture, city and relaxation, an all inclusive vacation would not be for her. That fits well, because Edelweiss doesn't offer something like that anyway.
Dutch people - and especially Dutch women - are considered to be extremely fond of traveling, tech-savvy, linguistically talented, and reliable. They also have a sense of humor and are always up for a good time. Suzanne has been living in Tyrol for a long time, but she can't (and won't) deny her Dutch roots.
Like many of her compatriots, she succumbed to the charm of the Tyrolean mountains early on and traveled to the heart of the Alps every chance she got. While still studying outdoor and sports management in the Netherlands, she worked in Tyrol as a ski and snowboard instructor. She gained experience as a waitress and service manager, as a teacher in Nepal, and on a farm in Switzerland. She has worked as a marketing manager, as a consultant to business managers, and has also gained leadership experience herself. Finally, she could no longer put her love of motorcycling and traveling aside - and joined Edelweiss in 2021.
Suzanne started riding motorcycles at an early age. As a child, she was already riding little "mud hoppers" in the surrounding potato fields, and even before she had her driver's license in her pocket at the age of 18, her first "real" motorcycle was ready and waiting. With her enthusiasm, she even infected her father and older brother and soon weekend trips together were part of the family routine. Suzanne took her faithful Honda CBR600 from Holland with her to Austria; it sits in the garage waiting to be used. After two pregnancies, the longing is great - how lucky that the Edelweiss fleet has to be taken for regular rides...
Besides motorcycles, Suzanne loves sports in the snow and on the water, and she also enjoys dancing. How she balances all these hobbies with her full-time job and family is impressive and shows great organizational skills. She will be able to put this to good use at Edelweiss!
Marc was born in 1969 in the beautiful region of Baden and was interested in computers from an early age. He didn't get his motorcycle license until he was 25, so this passion came a little later, but with force.
For the time being, he remained true to his hard drives and circuit boards, studied business informatics, and went to Frankfurt to work in the field of business intelligence. An interesting job, but soon the small, winding roads in the Taunus and the Odenwald turned out to be much more interesting, hardly a day went by without him roaming around on his KLE500 and then a TDM900. Soon the forays became longer, he went to the Black Forest, Switzerland, Italy, and Croatia, and it wasn't long before almost all of Europe was covered. During a tour in Namibia, Marc realized that "the world out there" was so much bigger and so he decided to break out of the constraints of everyday life. Quickly, his job and apartment were quit and his 1200GS was shipped to Chile, a year-long journey through all of South America began.
Marc didn't want to go back to a "normal" life after that, he applied to Edelweiss in late 2015, was accepted, and promptly sent back to South America to lead the world tour. Since then, he already guided six world tour stages in America and Asia, as well as a whole bunch of classic Edelweiss tours all over the world. An exciting, interesting life, which Marc wanted to tame a bit in January 2022. He moved to Tyrol, became part of the Edelweiss office team, and has been taking care of many of our overseas tours ever since. He will still go on tour from time to time, life should not be too tamed after all!
Alena, who joined the Edelweiss team in 2022, was born and raised in the beautiful Czech capital of Prague. Already in her youth, she was interested in film and photography and consequently attended the technical college for image and sound technology, which she successfully completed. She then worked for a company that produced special effects for film studios.
But her love of travel, foreign cultures and languages went unanswered in that job, so she enrolled in college and focused on international relations and public relations. While in college, she worked in radio in marketing and post-production, and she began traveling. She immediately fell in love with Spain, so much so that she even spent an entire summer there in 2008, in Barcelona, where she took care of Czech tourists, among other things.
Alena prefers to travel only with a backpack, because it allows her to get to know the country and its people up close, and to immerse herself deeply in the culture and language. This worked out great in the USA, as well as in Argentina, Mexico, and Kenya, and also in Georgia.
In 2013, Alena wanted to spend a few months in Austria with her boyfriend, because in addition to photography and filming, swimming, and traveling, her hobbies include snowboarding, and in Austria the mountains are higher than in the Czech Republic. They immediately fell in love with these mountains and the surroundings were so appealing that they decided to stay permanently. Their children were both born here, and the family feels at home and welcome. Now, as product manager at Edelweiss, Alena is responsible for tours all over the world and can live out her interest in foreign cultures and languages and in traveling in general. And the interest in motorcycling will also awaken, of that we are sure...
Among the employees in the Edelweiss office, the genuine Tyrolians have become a minority. Melanie was born in Stams in 2004 and is therefore not only as genuine as any Tyrolean can be but is also currently the youngest member of the team, of which she has been a member since 2022.
After school, Melanie completed an apprenticeship as a beautician, but she soon sensed that this profession would not suit her, so she decided to pursue a completely different path. The crucial element was the job ad from Edelweiss because Melanie loves traveling and since she is also an organizational talent, she feels very much at home in the product management team. Where the girls now like to have their makeup done by her, as the rumor goes. But that's just a side note.
Like everyone in Tyrol, Melanie loves skiing, she also enjoys reading (when there's no snow) and spending time with her family. She hasn't had much opportunity to travel yet, but her bucket list includes many, many countries, like Iceland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Canada because she loves great, monumental landscapes. Also on her list is getting her motorcycle license, ever since she tasted blood on a 50cc Rieju. Then nothing stands in the way of the big, wide world, dear Melanie, because after all, you have to accompany the tours that you supervise for Edelweiss, of course.
Christoph nació en 1977 en Leins, Arzl, en el valle de Pitztal, Austria, y es un esquiador entusiasta. No sorprende que después de la escuela primaria asistiera a una escuela comercial de esquí en Stams, Austria. Después de dos años, sin embargo, tenía el gran deseo de hacer de su pasión por los automóviles su profesión, por lo que abandonó la escuela y comenzó su aprendizaje como mecánico de automóviles. Terminó su carrera como corredor de esquí activo solo tres años después para dedicarse plenamente a su trabajo. Desde entonces, ha estado reparando principalmente automóviles, camiones y máquinas de construcción y hasta el último trabajó como conductor de camiones en la industria de la madera, antes de convertirse en miembro de la familia Edelweiss como mecánico en 2018. Cuando no pasaba su tiempo libre con sus dos hijos, verás a Christoph principalmente en una pista de esquí, una vez esquiador, siempre esquiador. En verano, le encanta ir de excursión y visitar los campos de fútbol, no quería decirnos si va allí para jugar o simplemente para ver fútbol.
Edelweiss estaba bastante asombrado cuando Lucian envió una solicitud especulativa a Edelweiss en 2016 y honró a la empresa con su presencia en el taller para ayudarlo con la carga de trabajo, ¡incluso antes de conseguir el trabajo! Sí, Lucian definitivamente ES persistente. Pero comencemos desde cero: Lucian nació y creció en Rumania, donde también asistió y se graduó de la escuela con enfoque en informática y matemáticas. En 2014, decidió mudarse a Austria, donde había trabajado primero como cajero antes de cambiar sus planes y seguir su pasión: reparar (y montar) bicicletas. Desde 2016, ha estado trabajando en el taller de Edelweiss como aprendiz de mecánico y, como él dice, todavía está muy contento con su decisión. Cuando Lucian no está trabajando, le encanta pintar la ciudad de rojo con su motocicleta, hacer snowboard o viajar. Lucian puede no ser la persona más habladora, sin embargo, esto no es un problema en absoluto, porque como se sabe generalmente: las aguas tranquilas son profundas. No solo es increíblemente preciso y perfeccionista, sino que también está siempre allí cuando y donde se necesita ayuda. Su ambición y su diligencia son lo que lo caracteriza y lo que lo convierte en un verdadero "guardián" en la familia Edelweiss.
Simon Deleest, born in 1982 in the Netherlands and also grown up there, is known for his green thumbs. As the offspring of a family of gardeners and a trained horticulturist, he became enthusiastic about plants of all kinds at an early age and loved to smooth out the earth in freshly planted flowerbeds. What he loved even more was digging up the earth with the studded tires of various motocross bikes.
In 2013, he moved his residence to Tyrol, for love, as he says, but it wasn't just a woman who bewitched him, but also the many mountains. If you want to pursue hobbies such as climbing, skiing and paragliding, you are simply better off in Tyrol than in Holland. Not to mention motorcycling! Simon loves life in the middle of the Alps, because many of the best motorcycle roads in Europe are on his doorstep. He already spooled over 100,000 km on the speedometers of his two boxers (first RT, then GS) and probably knows his way around Tyrol better than many a local. Considering his hobbies, you will rarely see Simon without a helmet on his head.
His job at Edelweiss, on the other hand, was rather coincidental. He discovered the company garage in Mieming in 2019 during a joyride, then found the EBT homepage on the Internet, read a job advertisement and applied for a job as a transporter the very same day - and was hired. Since then he loads and transports motorcycles, keeps the garage tidy, takes care of vans and trailers and tour guides who are overwhelmed by so much tidiness and do not know where to find their tour equipment. He just loves diversion, so Edelweiss is just the right place for him.
Coral, la esposa de Werner, es originaria de Londres. Juntos fundaron Edelweiss en 1980, lo operaron con éxito durante más de 30 años y luego se retiraron juntos en 2011. Al principio, ella fue quien condujo la camioneta de soporte y manejó el equipaje, luego centró su atención en tareas de oficina de todo tipo. Además de eso, había varios niños que cuidar y un hogar que manejar, y ella se las arregló, siendo una mujer multitarea, para mantener todo bajo control.
A Coral y Werner les gusta andar en motocicleta, bicicleta y conducir automóviles. También les gusta nadar, esquiar, leer y pasar tiempo con la familia. Y, lo creas o no, incluso viajar puede ser divertido. Pero es difícil salir de casa. Mieming, dice ella, es el lugar más hermoso para vivir.
Werner tenía 35 años cuando decidió que no quería pasar el resto de su vida tratando con equipos médicos. Entonces, en 1980, él y su esposa Coral fundaron el primer operador turístico de motocicletas de Europa, le dieron un nombre llamativo, organizaron una pequeña flota de BMW y un año después dieron la bienvenida a los primeros cinco clientes pagados en los Alpes. Parece que todo fue muy fácil, pero puedes estar seguro, no lo fue.
Según él mismo, Werner nunca fue un guía turístico particularmente capaz, pero debe haberlo hecho bien, porque ¿de dónde vendría todo ese éxito de su compañía? ¿O fue Coral, quien condujo la camioneta de apoyo y manejó el equipaje durante los primeros días? Puede que nunca sepamos a ciencia cierta. Lo que sí sabemos es que la compañía creció gradualmente, se agregaron destinos, motocicletas, guías turísticos y personal de oficina cada año para asegurar la posición de Edelweiss como el número uno en recorridos guiados en motocicleta en todo el mundo.
30 años después, Werner comenzó a pensar en la jubilación. Pero, por supuesto, un hombre como él no solo renunciaría e iría a casa, sino que tomaría el camino más largo. Trabajó durante dos años para organizar una gira de nueve meses alrededor del mundo, la visita guiada más larga que se haya hecho. Debía ser parte de eso, por supuesto, y después de regresar a casa en julio de 2011, después de 64,000 km en su BMW color naranja brillante, ya no volvió a la oficina. Bueno, de vez en cuando lo hace. Para un café ... ¡Disfruta tu tiempo libre, Werner!
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