Heinrich Haussler is now taking steps to race professionally as an Australian rider. Haussler has an Australian mother and German father and moved to Germany at the age of 14 to pursue his sporting career. As a cyclist he has raced under the German flag though has shown a strong interest as racing as an Australian as he feels “more Australian”.
In order to change his nationality on his racing license he has to give up his German citizenship. “It was not an easy decision to give up my German citizenship, but I came to a point in my life where I decided to follow my feelings. I had the lucky situation that I was the owner of two passports, but I feel more Australian and therefore I made the final decision to ride in the future for the country where I grew up,” said Haussler. “It was definitely a hard choice. Germany is still really important to me and I have many friends here. I would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the people who have supported me along the way so far, especially the German national cycling federation.”
The German Cycling Federation have commented; “We were aware of his decision. In the end we couldn’t influence it,” said Udo Sprenger, vice president of the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer. “It is naturally bad that he is leaving. He started his cycling career in Germany and enjoyed all the advantages that we as a cycling federation could offer him.”
Haussler still retains his German residency and has his training based in Freiburg, Germany.
If all goes to plan, Haussler will be able to race with the Australian colours in UCI World Cup in Melbourne in October 2010.