When a young Martin Maes joined the ranks of Atherton Racing in 2013, few suspected that this unknown Belgian youth would be a future challenger to Sam Hill. His meteoric rise to becoming one of mountain biking’s best all-round talents reached a crescendo in 2018 when, after a season of enduro racing, Martin dusted off his DH bike and proceeded to claim a World Cup win and World Champs silver medal within the space of two weeks. Last year promised even bigger things, but fate dealt Martin a harsh blow when he sustained a leg injury at the Enduro World Series round in New Zealand. The drugs used to treat the infection resulted in a failed doping test and a suspension for much of the season. Martin returned to racing, and the top step of the podium, at the final EWS round in Zermatt, proving to everyone that he’s back and ready to do battle when eventually racing commences in 2020!
A man of many two-wheeled talents. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull
Who is Martin Maes?
A two- and four-wheel lover who likes to spend time with the people I love.
Staff Writer Ed is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He’s raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro and has spent several summers living in The Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirt bag lifestyle. He’s also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and he says that the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.