A friendly young man comes out through a door halfway up the former car workshop: tall, slim and lean, with a hipster beard. “May I introduce you? This is Theo,” he says, pointing to the classic Mercedes-Benz. With a smile he runs down the nine steps of the concrete stairs, holding out his right hand: “And I’m Christian Grasmann.” Christian Grasmann. Cyclist, collector of vintage vehicles, Mercedes-Benz enthusiast, chairperson of two sports clubs and boss of a cycling race team. The Maloja Pushbikers, as his team is called, are different and want to be different.
The two cars that not only accompany the riders during training rides but also transport them to the races are two estates. But these are not E-Class models of the current S 213 model generation – they are an S 123 built in 1981 and an S 124 ten years its junior. Why those two? “I’ve always valued the Mercedes brand,” replies the professional cyclist. “That has a lot to do with the thriftiness that my parents instilled in me.” Their motto was, “Before you buy something, think about whether you really need it. And if you do buy something, buy something decent.”