Video: GT's Spoke Tales - Martin Maes

Oct 31, 2018
by GT Bicycles  


In a matter of 6 years, Martin Maes has gone from being a rookie teenager with abundant potential to one of the best mountain bikers in the world.

After starting the year with a series of second place finishes and a dislocated shoulder, 2018 would see Martin finally take the coveted top step at Enduro World Series in Whistler. Weeks later, he would stun the mountain biking world by taking gold at UCI Downhill World Cup in La Bresse. An achievement that elevated him to an elite group of athletes that have claimed victory in multiple disciplines.

This is a story that begins two decades ago in the rolling hills of Belgium and brings us to the world stage of mountain biking today.

This is the story of Martin Maes. This is Spoke Tales.

Martin Maes Spoke Tales S3 E4
Martin's father Patrick raced for GT back in the day...
and inspired Martin to do the same.

Martin Maes Spoke Tales S3 E4
The Maes family today.

Martin Maes Spoke Tales S3 E4
Time off the bike is important for Martin.
Martin Maes Spoke Tales S3 E4

And so is having some fun.

Martin Maes Spoke Tales S3 E4
Martin Maes Spoke Tales S3 E4

Martin Maes Spoke Tales S3 E4


Filmed and edited by Last Light Cinema.
Watch all of the Spoke Tales Season 3 episodes here.


MENTIONS: @GTBicycles




24 Comments

  • + 20
 Filmed and edited by Last Light Cinema, very good bunch of guys ! Well done, well made !
  • + 16
 Very nice, great rider and an awesome all around dude. We're lucky to have people like Martin and Sam in our sport.
  • + 3
 I really got a feel of how rad he is watching him on the WC circuit this year. So cool how nice mountain bikers are, I don't know of any other sport with pros as down to earth and supportive as mountain biking
  • + 12
 Dang I think GT Bikes is now a credible purchase choice thanks pretty much entirely to MM
  • + 10
 Deep respect for Martin, his family, and the filmmakers.
  • + 4
 Martin, I met you a Killington a couple days before the US Open this year. You were at the base of Ramshed getting your new trail bike dialed in with the GT boys. You came over to say hi, I gave you shit, "Are you going to beat Sam Hill this season, OR WHAT?!" Your next 2 races were Whistler and La Bresse. Atta babe.
  • + 3
 Young dad - showing his boys how it's done....take note if you want you and yours to enjoy the fruits of your own labor...it means not copping out the I'm too old and I'm a dad now so I don't ride my bike bullshit....no we ride....we roll...we take hits and we get back up so that our sons after us are stronger and better than we will ever be...teachem young....teachem young
  • + 2
 legendary rider...keeping the spirit of those great 90ies gt family like nico vouilloz, hans rey, mike king, juli furtado and those awesome bikes like zaskar, xizang and lts alive! martin rock on
  • + 1
 Ahhemm ......Steve Peat.
  • + 1
 Martin what a gentleman, wears gloves on MTB (VTT) and rides a 2-stroke. Please do more world cups! If there isn't enough riding for you, then do more practice runs than anyone else. Think about it.....
  • + 2
 My bets are on for Martin to take BOTH World Championship jerseys in 2019. Sam and Loic, look out.
  • + 3
 Love watching him ride. Puts it all out, every single time.
  • + 2
 I started to ride bikes on January 19, 1997... And he was born some days later... And he is better rider than me Frown
  • + 2
 Dirt Bikes are the key to being fast
  • + 3
 letting off the brakes even more
  • - 2
 I thought it was the BMX racing Wink One thing is sure, if you just ride a DH or Enduro bike, you are not getting far unless you are a freak. As an amateur that can't hammer 30+ lift days a year, If you want to increase your chances at getting good at handling a mountain bike you need to spend considerable amount of time off that bike and off your trails somewhere else. And that somewhere else does not mean hours on a road bike. Nobody wins Enduro comps are not won by liaisons and DH comps are not won with pedaling at even pace.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You are right. BMX (or dual even better) is the base to go fast, and it hurts to me to recogn this cause I discovered now I am adult and I found my limitations... I hope I had done it when I was child I might not be a frustrated regional champion now...
Also there is some good BMX guys which are really bad at MTB... but if you have the chance to mix both... Dual and 4X was a good school...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Just live at a bike park, bro. Wink
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: snillen spekulerar.
  • + 1
 I've always wondered why Martin was always a threat on dual slalom. It turns out it's actually genetic.
  • + 1
 Killed it boys!
  • + 1
 Allez Martin!
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