Photo Story: Sven Martin's Favourite Shots of Martin Maes

Jul 23, 2020
by GT Bicycles  


GT Factory Racing photographer, Sven Martin, has captured some incredible moments in his time with the team, so we asked him to dig through his treasure chest of images to come up with his favorite moments with the team. Check out the first installment of the GTFRchives featuring Martin Maes.



bigquotesI got my start as a race photographer thanks to GT back in 2008, and I’ve been part of the family ever since.

Somebody else who has spent his whole career with one brand, almost unheard of in today’s sports arena is Martin Maes. How does one even begin to document this young man’s career trajectory? While I have thousands of photographs of him, I thought it best to begin with a timeline of photos. From my earliest to my last including some career highlights in between.
Sven Martin

2013 to 2019. My first photo of a very young 16 yr old Martin is also from the very first Enduro World Series event. Punta Ala, Italy, May 2013. He would take a convincing win in the Juniors and finish 4th overall. Fast forward seven years to Zermatt, Switzerland, September 2019. Countless stage and race wins, medals and titles later, we now have an icon of the sport and one of the best all-round bike riders on the planet. At 22 years-old, the future is bright for Martin.

during the final stop of the EWS Finale Italy.
More wins follow in 2013 and he’s crowned the first-ever EWS Junior World Champion, capping off an already successful year with a top three overall in the general classification. Not bad for a 16 year-old. He had truly arrived. Finale, Italy 2013.

 during round 1 of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala Italy.
 during round 1 of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala Italy.

at the third round of the Enduro World Series Les 2 Alps France
at the third round of the Enduro World Series Les 2 Alps France

during the Ft William MTB World Cup Scotland.
Experimenting with a DH bike. Back to back junior World Cup DH wins in Fort William 2014 and 2015 followed up with a silver medal at World Champs in Andorra.



 during the Ft William MTB World Cup Scotland.

 during the Ft William MTB World Cup Scotland.

during the EWS Finale
 during the EWS Finale
No better place to take his first elite EWS win, only 19 years-old, Finale, Italy 2016.

 during the EWS Finale

bigquotesSomebody else who has spent his whole career with one brand, almost unheard of in today’s sports arena is Martin Maes.Sven Martin

during the 2018 Labresse UCI MTB World Cup finals.
Maes realizes a childhood dream and wins his first DH World Cup while focussing on EWS full-time. Labresse, France, 2018.
during the 2018 Labresse UCI MTB World Cup finals.



during the 2018 Labresse UCI MTB World Cup finals.

during the 2018 Labresse UCI MTB World Cup finals.

During the 2018 UCI MTB World Championships Lenzerheide Switzerland.
Proving La Bresse was no fluke, he backs it up in the dry with a stunning 2nd place at World Champs in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, 2018

During the 2018 UCI MTB World Championships Lenzerheide Switzerland.

During the 3rd round of the 2019 Enduro World Series Machico Madeira.
Another win on the world's most scenic stage. Madeira, Portugal, 2019.

During the 3rd round of the 2019 Enduro World Series Machico Madeira.

Martin finishes the year much like he started, with a convincing win at the season-ender in Zermatt Switzerland, 2019.


Words & Photos: Sven Martin



37 Comments

  • 75 11
 I liked it so much when he got 2nd at WC in Lenzerheide, pissed off so many DH pro riders that are too cool to ride Enduro.
  • 5 5
 Or maybe it's too hard to be focused on so many (some very long) stages, to be fit enough (endurance vs 5 min blast), to balance speed vs use of energy and equipment, on trails you don't know every inch... Specially to take top spots like Martin does in DH (being way back on finish line probably isn't cool). But the man Sam does it...
  • 23 1
 No need to bring negativity into this. Hate breeds hate. Much respect to all the enduro and DH racers out there!
  • 31 0
 2nd last pic...pretty legendary enduro squad right there
  • 6 2
 3 fastest guys in the world right now along with Hart, Bruni, and Pierron.
  • 7 14
flag wilbersk (Jul 23, 2020 at 14:22) (Below Threshold)
 @hyroller80: Brosnan is faster than Hart. Greg probably still is too.
  • 1 0
 My thought as well. Podium of GOATs right there
  • 19 0
 Having a Duvel with Peaty in the van, what could go wrong?
  • 8 0
 love how peaty has nothing to do with GT, but he still got in on the beers
  • 5 0
 @JakinM: I think he ride for GT way back in the day
  • 10 1
 Dude plays the game of bike very well indeed. Also after a brief chat with him at snowshoe last year a fucking rad dude.
  • 8 0
 Maes is awesome, I love it when it good humans are great riders! Our sport seems endowed with a better ratio of these types than most others Smile
  • 5 0
 Set to be the dominant rider in EWS over the next few years
  • 4 0
 A team van with a keg fridge... is a team worthy of Martin Maes!
  • 4 0
 That wood.
  • 2 0
 The sound of chainsaw in La Bresse, my favourite!
  • 2 1
 Was hoping to see the shot of him with one leg off the bike in a berm at Lebresse.
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