9 January 1989
German, English, and French
Kathrin Hammes began her professional career with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, racing for the American squad from 2015-2017. After four seasons with various teams, she calls her second go-round with the team a return to her roots.
She started riding at age 17 thanks to a family friend. Riding soon led to racing and racing led to a stage win at Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche while competing on a composite team. This win, which happened shortly after Kathrin submitted her master’s degree thesis in sociology, was the catalyst for signing with the team.
On the bike, Kathrin is a hard working domestique who never hesitates to support and protect her teammates. She loves a long climb and frequently rides up Schauinsland, a mountain in the Black Forest.
The German favors her home roads in and around Freiburg for training, climbing and racing. While many of her teammates prefer the warmer climates of Spain and the south of France as their in-season residence, Kathrin remains in Germany throughout the year. Her favorite races are the Ardennes Classics and tough stage races like the Giro d’Italia Donne, a race she has started five times.
In 2023, Kathrin has continued to be not only a loyal rider, shepherding her teammates through the peloton, she also earned her best result in the German road race national championships when she claimed the silver medal.
Get to know Kathrin
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would plan a bikepacking trip through South America
What's your favorite food?
What's the last book you read?
The last book I read that really got stuck in my head is "The History of Bees" by Maja Lunde
What's one of your top travel tips?
To wear compression socks
When the race gets tough, what do you tell yourself?
The faster you ride, the sooner it's over