Video: POV with Martin Maes

Oct 22, 2013 at 0:06
Oct 22, 2013
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Ride along with 2013 Enduro World Series Junior World Champion, Martin Maes, as he gets on the gas to take the win at EWS Round 5, in Whistler, BC.

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55 Comments

  • + 26
 I love hearing the noises rubber makes on dirt, rock and air.
  • + 2
 Pervert!!!
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  • + 16
 What a pleasure to Watch this kind of Enduro video ! Good quality of image, great tracks & amazing rider Smile
  • + 2
 feel so bad for the dude who got passed
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 He is a junior too, so not that badWink
  • + 2
 @JonGales, in Holland the junior category is 17 and 18 years old, isn't he even too young to be a junior!? :O
  • + 4
 It's unbelievable how good Maes is at 17. So fit...he wasn't even breathing hard after the long pedaling section, and so fast already. He is only going to get better and his real power output hasn't come in yet. Scary good.
  • + 1
 @Rien, yes you are right, in Belgium Martin started as a Cadet this season
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  • + 3
 I don't see why people think the pass was rude, it's rude to slow someone down, it's not unsafe at all to bump when you pass if both of you have experience bumping shoulders, although there seem to be alot of riders that are nervous doing that for some reason
  • + 8
 Not a rude pass, but it helps everyone to shout 'On your left/ right' or 'Pass' or something.
  • + 1
 They were from different european countries, how are they supposed to communicate?
  • + 3
 I prefer crow shrieks for this purpose
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  • + 1
 the rude part was not the pass itself but rather the lack of vocal warning. At that speed both parties can be seriously injured by this lack of common courtesy. He also could have gain half a second by warning the guy in front instead of tapping the brakes to avoid a serious impact.
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  • + 5
 He should've yelled Strava as he passed the other racer.
  • + 1
 "Strava!" LOL!
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  • + 4
 The top would favor a downhiller, but once you get down a bit there's a ton of pedaling, and that's where the time is made.
  • + 1
 I actually think I can go faster on a trail bike than a DH bike on Top of the World. It's really hard to carry momentum and you need to pedal for quite a bit of it. A lot of it is flat too.
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  • + 0
 A downhill racer would win that stage any day against a cross country racer. I dont know much about Enduro but I thought it was supposed to be a mix of the two disciplines allowing equal chance for a rider from either side to take the win? Props to Martin though he tore that up.
  • + 6
 well remember that they often have to pedal up to the start of the race - and there is more pedaling in some timed sections than you might think
  • + 4
 There was definitely a pedally section in there though, maybe not enough for an xc racer to get a big advantage but enough that a downhill racer who hasn't worked on there fitness would struggle to hold good pace
  • - 11
 Still i think disciplines like enduro or xc are making mistake by trying to be more "cool" and "extreme", there are even some jumps on xc races nowadays lol.

And speaking of enduro. In my opinion enduro is really bad discipline for races, why ? Because it is about exploring that undiscovered areas, riding rough terain, both uphill and downhill, playing with terrain, finding new paths. And racing for best time just kills that in my opinion. But it's just me.
  • + 9
 Well, Adam Craig improved about 10 places in the overall standings after this stage, and he's an XC guy.
  • + 6
 The fitness level required to ride that fast, for that long is pretty crazy. Not to mention how much more the trails are beating up the riders on shorter travel bikes. XC endurance is required to do really well at these races. Enduro seems to be the best mixed test of fitness and bike skills.
  • + 3
 I think Whistler had more of a DH inspired course than others in the EWS. Martin Maes is amazing whether he's 17 or 25, he is an amazing rider. He inspires me to become a better rider at the age of 15. Anybody else love the sound that his bike made? It sounded perfectly dialed!!!
  • + 2
 Enduro races are a lot different than DH races. Having raced both, you need a different mentality and different aspects of fitness must be covered to compete in both disciplines. This video didn't show even a third of the whole stage. Pro times were around 25 minutes. Tell me how that favours a DH rider? Apart from the obvious technical aspect of it, which limits XC rider participation. It really is about the midpoint between the two disciplines.
  • + 1
 I think the 25 minutes was all the stages added together. I could be wrong though but 25 minutes of that stage seems a bit crazy
  • + 2
 no, it was 25 for that stage. The whole race took about 6 hours. I was in it, really brutal.
  • + 1
 congrats mate Big Grin I would seriously struggle doing that!
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  • + 1
 I rode this trail this summer, could not imagine racing it as a stage.... VOMITORIUM! Dude is so fit and his GT is pretty rad
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  • + 1
 That bike must be a Hoovercraft, the way he makes it float over every obstacle
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  • + 1
 For the actual racing stage I fail to see how a DH bike wouldn't be more beneficial?
  • + 1
 you can't switch bikes in an enduro, the bike that takes you up has to be the bike that gets you back down
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  • + 1
 QUE BUENA RUTA.
SE VE GENIAL Smile
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  • + 1
 why do people still mount their go pros on top of their helmet? JOEY!
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  • + 1
 Made in Belgium !
  • + 1
 @akozz I don't think that it's getting more downhill, I think that websites get more coverage on the downhill portions because that's what people like to watch. I don't want to watch a guy go 5mph up a hill for 10 minutes. Or 9kph(I know that isn't exact but I'm American and I'm trying to get into using metrics)
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  • + 0
 I bet he'd be faster on a 26er
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  • - 1
 Crazy ride but how rude was that
  • + 6
 not at all.. they guy in front of him was racing too but if hes at the point where he is being passed then he is not in the hunt for the win anymore and its fair play to pass someone like that
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  • - 2
 It's just me or enduro is getting more and more downhill every year ?
  • + 4
 it's just you Wink

Look at the Enduro stages in France (where all started). There are several Enduro series, and they have been descent-oriented for a long time (note that eg lifts are part of the transition stages in France)
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