Being a professional mountain bike racer is a full time job. We might only get to see what’s happening during the season, but the biggest part of the job happens when there are no cameras to be seen.

Pursuing such a career is a massive life commitment. It needs to be driven by a strong passion for the sport to justify so many sacrifices. Every athlete faces a challenge when results don’t match expectations. And sometimes… Taking a step back from racing becomes a necessity.

Take a look back as Martin Maes re-shapes his perspective on racing after entering a new phase of his life, fatherhood. Martin’s 2021 Enduro World Series season would start on immense high with the birth of his daughter, Clementine. A disappointing low would soon follow, when a tough crash in his season opener at La Thuile resulted in a concussion. Things not aways go as planned, but Martin would begin to find his flow and re-build confidence in Crans Montana with a return to the podium, and the flat out race pace he’s known for.

Film/Edit: Jules Bellot

Thu 18th Nov, 2021 @ 12:30 am

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