Martin Maes has been called “The Revelation of 2012” and “The One to Watch”. He has been riding bikes since he was five years old with the encouragement of his older brother Tom and his father Patric Maes, an ex-racer with no less than twenty three Belgian Championships to his credit (in BMX, Downhill, Dual Slalom and Trial) as well as the 1991 European Dual Slalom Championship.
Martin learnt his skills at a very tender age, hanging around his dad’s free-riding school. He won his first cross country competition at Nandrin in Belgium in 2003, he was riding as part of a team with Tom and his friend Thomas Genome and was just six years old. Martin looks back on those early races with tremendous affection and gratitude for the lessons that he learnt there but he considers his real breakthrough to be winning the European 4X Championships at Winterberg in 2010.
In 2012 he smashed his way onto the emerging Enduro scene most notably with a 5th place overall at the Superenduro of Nations at Sauze d’Oulz, (just one place behind Dan Atherton) and 4th in the sequel event at Valloire. This was no mean feat for a 15 year old boy who laid waste to some of the toughest and most experienced adult riders on the circuit.
For 2013 Martin will be riding a GT Force and focusing on the Enduro World Series under the expert supervision of Dan Atherton. Young Maes has already demonstrated his determination and his skill, he seems to have an instinctive understanding of terrain and a talent for selecting the best lines that is the envy of many older riders.
Martin is modest and highly motivated, he will have to work hard to combine his riding with another three years of school but he is more than ready for the challenge. He makes no secret of his admiration for his new team-mates and describes this opportunity as “a dream come true”. When he isn’t riding his bike Martin is hanging out with his girlfriend, skiing, snowboarding or quad-biking.
- 2012 Enduro “Hautes Vosges” – La Bresse 6th
- 2012 Mountain of Hell, Les Deux Alpes 13th
- 2012 Enduro of Nations, Saulx d’Oulx 5th
- 2012 Enduro of Nations, Valloire 4th
- 2012 Roc Enduro (Roc d’Azur) 3rd
- 4X European Race (15/17 years), Winterberg 1st