Video: The story of Martin Maes

An incredible career to look back on - and he's only 21 years old

Video


Jump to 6:12 of the video to view the training/riding sequence and experience the brilliant riding of Martin Maes.

Martin Maes – when he first popped up in the Enduro World Series scene as a 16-year old, he looked like a kid among men. But then he placed 7th in the Open division of the EWS #4 in Winter Park, CO in 2013. He simply had no competition in his age group brackets so he dabbled in the Open division on his rookie year. Then on the final race in Finale Ligure, he placed 3rd.

This is the story of a son that looked up to the riding prowess of his father.

In a matter of 6 years, Martin Maes has gone from being a rookie teenager with an abundant potential to be one of the best mountain bikers in the world. This is what’s at stake for Martin Maes a he’s already had a great career as he reaches 21 years of age. What is at stake is greatness and the potential to be one of the best mountain bikers to have ever competed.

Martin Maes may be from Belgium but he really is made of almost pure biking DNA.

After starting 2018 with an EWS Chile finish of second place, he dislocated his shoulder early in the season. Maes persevered and finally took the coveted first place at Enduro World Series in Whistler. Weeks later, he stunned the mountain biking world by taking gold at UCI Downhill World Cup in La Bresse. This achievement elevated him to an elite group of athletes that have claimed victory in multiple disciplines.

He has retooled his body to be completely ready for the Enduro World Series and World Cup Downhill.

2018 Results

30th Sep 2018 – 2018 Enduro World Series #8 – Open – 131 / 224
23rd Sep 2018 – 2018 Enduro World Series #7 – Open – 2 / 259
9th Sep 2018 – UCI – World Championships ’18 – Elite – 2 / 106
25th Aug 2018 – 2018 Mercedes-Benz UCI World Cup #7 – Elite – 1 / 138
12th Aug 2018 – Crankworx – Camelbak Canadian Open Enduro – Elite – 1 / 202
5th Aug 2018 – US Open – 2018 US Open Enduro – Pro – 2 / 44
21st Jul 2018 – 2018 Enduro World Series #5 – Open – 2 / 244
1st Jul 2018 – 2018 Enduro World Series #4 – Elite – 2 / 208
3rd Jun 2018 – 2018 Mercedes-Benz UCI World Cup #2 – Elite – 10 / 132
20th May 2018 – 2018 Cannondale Enduro Tour #2 – 19-39 – 1 / 212
13th May 2018 – 2018 Enduro World Series #3 – Open – 3 / 307
25th Mar 2018 – 2018 Enduro World Series #1 – Open – 2 / 322

Yes, he learned to send it very early on.

2017 Results

1st Oct 2017 – 2017 Enduro World Series #8 – 21-39 – 2 / 240
13th Aug 2017 – Crankworx – SRAM Canadian Open Enduro – Open – – / 147
30th Jul 2017 – 2017 Enduro World Series #6 – Open – 2 / 111
9th Jul 2017 – Megavalanche – Megavlanche ’17 – Priority – 3 / 27
2nd Jul 2017 – 2017 Enduro World Series #5 – Open – – / 201
28th May 2017 – 2017 Enduro World Series #4 – Open – 3 / 248
14th May 2017 – 2017 Enduro World Series #3 – Open – 2 / 200
20th Apr 2017 – Sea Otter – 2017 Sea Otter Classic (Enduro) – Pro – 9 / 37
9th Apr 2017 – 2017 Enduro World Series #2 – Open – 7 / 152
26th Mar 2017 – 2017 Enduro World Series #1 – Open – 13 / 160

He loves riding. But he knows how to surround himself with other activities to keep his fire for riding from burning out.

2016 Results

2nd Oct 2016 – 2016 Enduro World Series #8 – Open – 1 / 207
18th Sep 2016 – 2016 Enduro World Series #7 – 21-39 – 5 / 179
11th Sep 2016 – UCI – World Championships ’16 – Elite – 22 / 113
21st Aug 2016 – Crankworx – Canadian Open ’16 – Pro – DNS / 104
17th Aug 2016 – Crankworx – AirDH ’16 – Pro – 58 / 137
14th Aug 2016 – Crankworx – SRAM Canadian Open Enduro – Pro – 5 / 110
31st Jul 2016 – 2016 Enduro World Series #5 – Pro – 4 / 124
5th Jun 2016 – 2016 UCI World Cup #3 – Elite – 78 / 141
15th May 2016 – 2016 Enduro World Series #3 – Open – 151 / 215
17th Apr 2016 – Sea Otter – 2016 Sea Otter Classic – Pro – 24 / 105
3rd Apr 2016 – 2016 Enduro World Series #2 – Open – 2 / 130
27th Mar 2016 – 2016 Enduro World Series #1 – Open – 2 / 161

Send it Martin!!!

2015 Results

4th Oct 2015 – 2015 Enduro World Series #8 – Open – 6 / 294
27th Sep 2015 – 2015 Enduro World Series #7 – Open – 3 / 262
13th Sep 2015 – Red Bull – Hardline 2015 – Open – DNS / 15
6th Sep 2015 – UCI – World Championships ’15 – 17-18 – 2 / 57
12th Aug 2015 – Crankworx – AirDH ’15 – Pro – DNS / 132
9th Aug 2015 – 2015 Enduro World Series #6 – Pro – 4 / 122
19th Jul 2015 – 2015 Enduro World Series #4 – Open – 14 / 194
7th Jun 2015 – 2015 UCI World Cup #2 – 17-18 – 1 / 51
31st May 2015 – 2015 Enduro World Series #3 – E1 – 12 / 269
24th May 2015 – 2015 Enduro World Series #2 – Open – 4 / 237
19th Apr 2015 – Sea Otter – 2015 Sea Otter Classic – Pro – 7 / 121
28th Mar 2015 – Crankworx – Enduro – Open – 20 / 127

5th Oct 2014 – 2014 Enduro World Series #7 – Elite – 13 / 344
7th Sep 2014 – UCI – World Championships ’14 – 17-18 – 59 / 70
10th Aug 2014 – 2014 Enduro World Series #6 – Open – 10 / 133
27th Jul 2014 – 2014 Enduro World Series #5 – Open – 6 / 121
13th Jul 2014 – 2014 Enduro World Series #4 – Men – 8 / 312
22nd Jun 2014 – 2014 Enduro World Series #3 – Men – 128 / 203
8th Jun 2014 – 2014 UCI World Cup #3 – 17-18 – 1 / 41
1st Jun 2014 – 2014 Enduro World Series #2 – E1 – 7 / 222
20th Apr 2014 – 2014 Enduro World Series #1 – Men – 4 / 85
13th Apr 2014 – Sea Otter – 2014 Sea Otter Classic – Pro – DNF / 109

2013 Results

20th Oct 2013 – 2013 Enduro World Series #7 – Open – 3 / 293
25th Aug 2013 – 2013 Enduro World Series #6 – Junior – 1 / 25
11th Aug 2013 – 2013 Enduro World Series #5 – 16-18 – 1 / 7
28th Jul 2013 – 2013 Enduro World Series #4 – Open – 7 / 121
7th Jul 2013 – 2013 Enduro World Series #3 – Junior – 2 / 15
30th Jun 2013 – 2013 Enduro World Series #2 – Junior – 1 / 17
19th May 2013 – 2013 Enduro World Series #1 – 15-16 – 1 / 5

2012 Results

30th Sep 2012 – 2012 Nissan Belgium Downhill Cup #5 – Cadet – 1 / 24
8th Sep 2012 – 2012 Nissan Belgium Downhill Cup #4 – Cadet – 1 / 24
22nd Jul 2012 – X-Free – Belgian National Champs ’12 – Cadet – 1 / 25
17th Jun 2012 – 2012 Nissan European Downhill Cup #2 – Cadet – 1 / 22
8th Apr 2012 – 2012 Nissan Belgium Downhill Cup #1 – Cadet – 1 / 36


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