Stefan was born and grew up in Dresden, Germany, where he started road and track cycling in 1992 as a 11-year old after watching the cycling events of the Barcelona Summer Olympics that year. Under the guidance of his former coaches, Stefan developed quickly into a solid road racer. As a Junior rider he competed in multiple Junior World Cup races around Europe. Once in the U23 category, he got to experience the Dutch and Belgian cobbles, climbed the mountains in the Austrian and Switzer Alps, and visited exotic places like Bulgaria, Dominican Republic and Tunesia to compete in various UCI races. After a year of studying Sports Science and Latin America Studies at the University of Bielefeld, Stefan accepted a cycling scholarship from Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, TX, in order to continue his education and race on the collegiate level. Just two years later, in 2005, he received a B.S. in Exercise Physiology.
Stefan brings a lot of international race experience with him, having competed in more than 15 countries on 4 continents around the world including UCI races in China, Malaysia, Ireland, North Africa, Central America and others. He has won multiple one-day and stage races in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Utah. A two-time Texas State Time Trial Champion, he excels at time trialing and hard road races. In 2006 he finished 5th at the Collegiate Cycling World Championships in Belgium and won the Most Aggressive Rider Jersey at the Vuelta a El Salvador (UCI 2.2), respectively. In 2013, he won his first US Elite National Championship in the Team Pursuit (Track) in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2015 he scored his biggest win since arriving in the US by winning the Stage 2 of the North Star Grand Prix – a National Race Calendar (NRC) stage race in Minnesota. And in May 2016 he won both the USA Cycling Division 1 National Collegiate Championships Road Race and Individual Time Trial in Marshall, North Carolina!
Most recently Stefan graduated in 2016 with a Masters of Education in Sport Administration from Midwestern State University.