Pure focus and living on the road while balancing her life on one wheel with a remote job, Stephanie Dietze is rather unique
Navigating remote highlands and unexplored paths is a daunting challenge for most adventurers, a single lapse of concentration or a wrong stumble to uneven terrain could instantly put your life in jeopardy. The scenario becomes even more extreme when on a unicycle. This free spirit sport is what makes Stephanie Dietze push her body to new strengths and extremes.
Dietze uses all her vacation time to travel the world and explore new trails. From Germany to Iceland to South Korea, Dietze is chasing for ever more remote places to challenge her endurance
Balancing her thrillseeking desire alongside technical skills and relentless levels of focus, Dietze is discovering more about her abilities after every foreign exploit. She was born into an athletic and competitive family, both her parents have represented Germany at the Olympic Games. Her father was a gymnast at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and her mother was a physical therapist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Stephanie Dietze, Jesper Andersen, Giulia Tessari and Lutz Eichholz in Iceland. Video: Lutz Eichholz.
Born in Dudenhofen, Germany, Dietze started unicycling at the age of eight. She joined a local unicycling club and performed award-winning choreography routines with her teammates. As friends fell out of love with the sport in their teenage years or pursued other interests, Dietze stayed true to unicycling, practicing more and more until she went on her first off-road unicycling trip. She was studying in Vienna at the time and explored the mountainous area around the city. Immediately hooked, she traveled to the Unicycle World Championships in New Zealand at the age of 23.
“We had everything we needed, but at the same time, my parents never cared for any classic status symbols. They would wear their sports clothes all the time, our house was old and renovated step-by-step, and our family vacations always meant wild camping in our Volkswagen T3 camper van somewhere in Europe”
This experience cemented her desire to undertake more unicycling adventures. Unicycling has become a defining part of her personality now, Dietze uses all her vacation time to travel the world and explore new trails. From Germany to Iceland to South Korea, Dietze is chasing for ever more remote places to challenge her endurance. Her adventure driven story was featured in our The New Outsiders book, so we wanted to find out more about her personality, balancing work with her mountain-top feats, and what runs through her mind when charging down a trail on a unicycle.