A coffee with Matt Trautman

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fecha7th March 2022

A short bio of who you are and your career so far

I’m Matt Trautman a South African professional triathlete. A former yacht racing skipper, I started the sport of triathlon late in life at the age of 27. I raced for a year as an age group triathlete and then turned pro. I have since gone on to 20 Half and Full Distance professional race wins.

Three greatest achievements

  • 5 x Ironman 70.3 South Africa Champion
  • European long-distance champion at Challenge Almere in 2019 in course record time
  • Overcoming multiple level spinal fusion in 2017 after getting hit by a car and returning to top level racing

To know more about you:

How did you start cycling / triathlon ?

I started in 2012 after watching the London Olympic triathlon and looking for a new challenge.

Why do you continue with triathlon now?

There are still goals that I’ve yet to achieve and I don’t feel I’ve reached my full potential.

What was the most important race you’ve done to date? 

70.3 South Africa 2018 – The comeback race. One year after the bike accident and my spinal injury.

What is your pre-race ritual? 

Write some reminders on my hand to enjoy the experience and of my support at home.

What do you think about while cycling? 

Best days are when you’re in the zone focusing on the effort and not thinking about much.

What is your go-to training meal? 

Peanut Butter Sandwich.

How do you recover after a tough cycling ?

I used to sleep, now I have a toddler haha.

What song is your go-to for the cycling? 

Most Imagine Dragons songs.

Who is your favor cycling “team”?

I don’t really have a favorite team; I just enjoy the spectacle.

Apart from endurance sports, what is your passion?

Being on, in or near the sea.

What was the best piece of cycling advice you ever received?

Grip it and rip it.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Learn what works best for you as an individual.


They make the best oval chainrings.

What’s your favorite ROTOR component and why? 

Q-Rings because they make me ride more efficiently.