The STAPS team

Our experts help you achieve your personal goals

Our expert team for your sports goals

We are a young and ambitious team consisting of sports scientists and trainers from different disciplines of endurance sports. All STAPS trainers are graduates or students of the fields of performance physiology and sport science. Together, our team stands out through its broad range of expertise. Hence, we are able to provide ideal coaching with regard to the topics of exercise, dietary questions, and bike fitting. We combine the newest findings in sports science with our long experience in professional and amateur sports.

We have achieved our own goal already: we were able to make our hobby a profession and can live our passion for endurance sports. This enables us to accompany you on your way to your goals!

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Björn GeesmannBjörn Geesmann

Björn is the managing director of STAPS and an expert in ultra endurance performances and aero optimization in cycling and triathlon. From an amateur athlete to the world’s elite – the passionate cyclist has accompanied countless athletes on their way to success.

Björn finished his studies (Master of Science “Exercise Science and Coaching”) in 2012 at the German Sport University of Cologne (GPA: 1.5) and wrote his master thesis about physiological effects of ultra endurance performances. Since 2013, he is a doctoral candidate researching about “Energetics in ultra endurance performances”. He has been part of the STAPS team since 2008 and has mentored more than 250 athletes of various performance levels.

His greatest successes as a coach: German champion road (2015) and time trial (2016) with Trixi Worrack, 5th & 10th in solo class at the RAAM 2014 (Stefan Schlegel & Guido Löhr), winner and track record in double team at the Race Across America 2014 (Heinemann XP-Team), Ironman European Champion and Ironman World Champion (AK 30-34) in 2013 as well as professional wins at Ironman Kalmar 2015 and Ironman Barcelona 2016 with Astrid Stienen. More than 15 world championship qualifications over the Ironman and 70.3. distance, countless successes with the Tirol Cycling Team and the athletic development towards the World Tour athletes of e.g. Gregor Mühlberger and Lukas Pöstlberger.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Hosea Frick

Hosea Frick

Since 2014, Hosea is a sports scientist in our team and mentors athletes from different performances classifications. The leader of the Cologne institute worked on muscular regeneration after extreme performances in his master thesis making him the expert for the area of regeneration.

Hosea finished his Bachelor of Science in “Sport and Performance” at the German Sports University of Cologne with a GPA of 1.7 and wrote his bachelor thesis about the influence of vibrations to wheel strain. He wrote his master thesis about muscular regeneration after extreme performances and finished his master’s degree “Exercise Science and Coaching” successfully with a GPA of 1.7. Since 2014, Hosea is part of the STAPS team and working with countless athletes from various disciplines. Besides the mentoring of our STAPS athletes, he is also the head of the Cologne institute.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Marc Sauer

Marc Sauer

Marc is a passionate marathon athlete and is in the transformation process to become a triathlete. During studies, the leader of our Hamburg institute worked on physical stress in the space exploration and incorporates his expertise into our training concepts.

Marc’s current marathon best time stands at 3:00:38h. After his studies of sports science at the University of Konstanz, Marc studied until 2015 in a Master of Science programme in “Exercise Science & Coaching” (GPA: 1.5) at the German Sports University of Cologne. He gained first experiences during his studies in the field of space physiology and worked for the German Center for Aerospace. Since 2014, he is part of the STAPS team and mentored e.g. the Norwegian RYE XP-Team on their way to an impressive win at the cycling race Trondheim-Oslo in 2015 and 2016. With the opening of our institute in Hamburg, Marc moved here in 2015 and is the head of this location since then.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Jonas Kraienhorst

Jonas Kraienhorst

Jonas has been part of the STAPS team since 2011 and, beside athlete mentoring, he is responsible for the field of aero and bike fittings. Countless athletes of the world’s elite of cycling and triathlon were coached by him with respect to aerodynamics within the last months.

Jonas finished his Bachelor of Science in “Sports and Performance” in 2013 an the German Sports University of Cologne and wrote his bachelor thesis about the “Monitoring of parameters of energy and liquidity during an ultra endurance performance” (grade: 1.3). Since 2013, he studied for his master’s degree in “Exercise Science & Coaching” at said university and writes his master thesis about the physiological effects of the “Race Across America”. At STAPS, he is mainly responsible for the sector of aero fittings; athletes of the teams Katusha Alpecin and Movistar as well as the triathletes Boris Stein, Patrick Lange, Andi Böcherer & Co trust his aero expertise. Furthermore, he is an expert in ultra endurance. In 2011, he supervised the Heinemann XP Team at the Paris-Brest-Paris, in 2014, he won the Race Across America with said team and set the current track record for dual team.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Martin Benthack

Martin Benthack

Martin is graduate at the German Sports University of Cologne and since 2016 part of the Hamburg-based STAPS team. The hobby mountain cyclist completed an exchange semester in New Zealand and wrote his bachelor thesis at the institute for cellular and molecular sports medicine at the German University of Sports.

Martin has graduated from the German Sports University Cologne with his bachelor’s degree “Sports and Performance” in 2015. His thesis studied the influence of a liver receptor on the development of specific muscles in mice. Since April 2016, Martin is part of the STAPS team. He is based at our Hamburg location and from there he is mentoring several triathletes, cyclists and runners who he mentors their path to success.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Lukas Naegele

Lukas Naegele

Born in Freiburg, he studied sport sciences in Cologne and Freiburg and supports our team since 2016. Besides his academic expertise, Lukas brings his great running experiences to the table. Lukas’ current marathon best time stands at 2:26:34h.

In 2013, Lukas wrote his bachelor thesis at German Sports University Cologne about metabolic and hormonal effects after specific types of performances on the bicycle. Afterwards, he moved back to Freiburg, mainly because of better training opportunities, where he successfully completed his master studies. His studies did not hold him back from pursuing his athletic goals. In 2014, 2015 & 2017, he won the Freiburg marathon. In the meantime, he has started engaging in trailrunning and won the Zugspitz trail run in 2016.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Caro Schneider

Caroline Schneider

Before Caroline joined the Cologne STAPS team in 2016, she completed her master’s studies at John Moores University in Liverpool, UK. There, the former athlete tested the performance potential of players of the FC Liverpool.

During her bachelor studies in Saarbrücken, the sports scientist from Trier gained experience at the institute for sports and preventive medicine. At the Olympic Center Saarbrücken, she supervised endurance athletes as well as soccer teams of varying performance levels and conducted sports medicine examinations. Her bachelor thesis dealt with the effects of high-intensity interval training for cyclists and tested the body reaction during 25-fold 30 second sprints. During her master’s in “Sports and Exercise Physiology”, she was awarded for academic excellence.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Yannick Nodler

Yannick Nodler

Since the beginning of 2017, Yannick supports the STAPS Team Hamburg. His own athletic experiences were not gained in endurance sports, but he looks back on a successful athletic career.

Yannick has been part of the STAPS team in 2013/2014, during his bachelor studies. In 2014, he completed his bachelor studies at the German University of Sports. His bachelor thesis deals with the effects of squats and the application of electro stimulation on endurance performance. Yannick is holder of a C-license for track athletics and has achieved several trophies in pole vault, hurdles, and decathlon. Working in performance diagnostics and training supervision has been learned at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center in Basel and the Olympic Center Rheinland. He also graduated at German Sports University of Cologne for his master’s degree. There, he worked at the institute for movement and neurological science with athletes such as the basketball team of Cologne Rheinstars. His master thesis was about the effects of eccentric weight lifting on power and sprint parameters.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Yannick SchwarzYannick Schwarz

Since 2017, Yannick has been part of the coach team of the Cologne STAPS institute. The Bavarian sports scientist is currently studying at the German Sports University of Cologne and has been a passionate medium- and long-distance runner for many years.

Before joining the STAPS-Team in Cologne, he worked at the Institute for Movement and Neurosciences (German Sports University Cologne) and primarily dealt with topics regarding isokinetic strength testing, as well as 3D-kinematic analysis’ with sprinters. As part of the universities scholarship program, Yannick also studied abroad at the “College for Exercise & Sport Science” at Victoria University in Melbourne. Yannick has a lot of experience in medium- to long-distance running and has participated in the US National Cross Country Championships three times. As part of his bachelor’s degree in “Sports and Performance”, he obtained the coaching license in professional sport for the German Triathlon Union and has gained first race experience in triathlon himself.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Sebastian Weber

Sebastian Weber

Sebastian founded STAPS in 2006 and is still part of the family. He has been head coach for many years in manifold World-Tour teams and received an award at the Germany Sports University Cologne for the best graduation grade within the shortest period of time.

After his degree in sports science, Sebastian began his career in professional cycling as part of the newly formed “Team Telekom” in 2007. Since then, he mentored the Team HTC-Highroad from 2008-2011; in 2012 & 2013, he mentored Team Katusha, and from 2014-2016, he was responsible for Team Cannondale. Besides his team coach activities, Sebastian coaches professional cyclists such as Tony Martin and achieved several international trophies during his career. He developed the STAPS method at the German Sports University of Cologne and founded the STAPS institute in 2006, which he is still consulting to this day.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Benjamin SchwanBenjamin Schwan

Benjamin is a master student at the University of Saarland and supports the Cologne team since January 2017. He is specialised entirely on cycling and started his career as a professional mountain bike cyclist when he was 7.

Benjamin’s vita shows that he has never parted from his passion cycling. He is a licensed professional coach for cyclists and a federal mountain biking coach in Saarland. He is not only part of the German mountain biking elite himself, but also trains with them. His bachelor thesis covered the topic of the influence of time trial in 40 km distances on the performance on 30 second sprints and vice versa. His master thesis also dealt with a topic related to cycling – individual fatigue diagnostics.

Die Trainingsexperten im Radsport und Triathlon - Anne Schlüchtermann

Anne Schlüchtermann

Anne is a freelancer at the Cologne STAPS location since November 2016. The graduate from University of Applied Science Groningen has previously worked with professional athletes from the rowing and field hockey league.

During her bachelor studies in Groningen, Anne specialised in the testing of team and endurance athletes and was head of the institute’s internal laboratory for performance diagnostics. She graduated with the Dutch bachelor’s degree in “Sports, Health, and Management” with a GPA of 1.3. Since the completion of her career in the rowing league, she focusses on triathlon. Anne is holder of a trainer’s license in mountain biking, rowing, spinning, fitness, pilates, and triathlon. Her bachelor thesis covered the topic “GPS, Acceleration, and Heart Frequency based on stress analyses of Field Hockey Players” and was part of her engagement in the German National Field Hockey League.