Martin Maes to Race with GT for Three More Years

Oct 16, 2018 at 13:22
by GT Bicycles  


Belgian phenom Martin Maes will keep the good times rolling with his GT family for the next three years. Now that the dust has settled on a stellar year, Maes can focus on preparing for more Enduro World Series (EWS) wins and more World Cup downhill victories in the 2019 season and beyond.

Martin Maes.
Martin celebrates making history in LaBresse. Sven Martin photo.

Since joining GT in 2013, Martin Maes has taken the EWS scene by storm, racing on some of the toughest courses and against fierce competitors globally. “I’ve grown up on GT bikes, and I can’t thank them enough for their support over the years,” said Maes. “I’m pumped to continue with GT and my goal of winning a World Championship. I look forward to riding all over the world on the EWS circuit and at other races with a team who believes in me and the sport of mountain biking.”

During the 2018 UCI MTB World Championships Lenzerheide Switzerland.
Martin takes 2nd at the 2018 UCI MTB World Championships, Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Sven Martin photo.

“Martin is a very gifted rider, and he has also always been both humble and professional. At the young age of 21, he brings a lot of experience to the team,” commented GTFR team manager Mark Maurissen. “I couldn’t be prouder of Martin and GTFR. We are going through this adventure together, and I can’t wait to keep watching Martin chase down medals all over the world.”

In 2018, Maes made history with a massive win at the World Cup Downhill Finals in La Bresse, France after taking the EWS Enduro win at Whistler Crankworx the week before. He followed up both wins with a silver medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Martin Maes and Wyn Masters. Sven Martin Photo
Martin Maes and Wyn Masters celebrate in La Bresse. Sven Martin Photo

Over the years, Maes has climbed the ranks of the Enduro World Series, including EWS Junior Overall winner (2013), EWS Finale Winner (2016), and of course EWS Whistler Winner. Although Enduro is his passion, fans may see Maes continue to dabble in downhill. His primary discipline for the 2019 season is yet to be confirmed. According to Maurissen, “Martin wants to be world champion. Whether he will focus on downhill or enduro is still to be determined, and GT will support whatever decision he makes.”

During the Ainsa Spain EWS. Sven Martin Photo.
More good times to come for Martin with the GTFR family. Sven Martin Photo.

To celebrate Martin's announcement we are giving away five GT Factory Racing jerseys, so you too can gear up for some good times. Click here for full contest rules, and to learn how to enter!

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  • + 52
 Since Maes adapted to DH so well this year, rumor has it that his new contract has options for more cycling disciplines, including BMX, Brompton world champs, and the TDF (riding his Force, natch). Maes is said to be stoked to bring the spirit of enduro to penny farthing racing.
  • + 30
 Yesss! GT making smart moves!
  • + 20
 Maes the force be with you.
  • + 3
 I seaM what you did there.
  • + 14
 Nice to see some loyalty and a true partnership. How can you not root for Maes!
  • + 8
 As an old GT Fanboy: Yes!
  • + 4
 GT's making some seriously good moves that'll pay dividends for them - From moving on from iDrive to retaining Martin Maes.
  • + 2
 GT seems to have a knack for picking talent - I remember when the Athertons were winning left and right with GT then they got lured away by the big Trek $. Nice to see Maes representing.
  • + 6
 ... WHAT? By the time they got to GT Gee and Rach were both world Cup overall winners and world champions, and Gee had won silver at Rampage. GT took them at their peak.
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flag thesharkman (Oct 17, 2018 at 6:59) (Below Threshold)
 Except for brook McDonald. All he could do was blame the bikes yet Maes is doing just fine on GT while Brook hasn't accomplished anything with mondraker.
  • + 9
 @thesharkman: undoubtedly brook went faster this season. And the current GT downhill bike isn’t even close to what brook was racing on
  • + 0
 I'm wondering which riders have the best return for investment for their brands?

No doubt Maes (and Wyn) are great ambassadors for GT. But it feels like GT has a lot of work to do to pull their brand identity up again.

For me the influential riders are less obvious.. Jeff Kendall Weed, Matt Hunter.
  • + 1
 Outside of a few serious fans very few people know who either of them are
  • + 4
 Thank Martin for making my Fury cool again!!
  • + 3
 When great riders ride great products, results in great success. Martin good job.
  • + 4
 what mint pics...good lad...get after it dude
  • + 3
 Amaesing for GT! All the attention since the Atherton's left.
  • + 1
 1. I heard whispers of a new sanction 29er on the way. True?

2. Good Times... isn't that YT's catchphrase?

3. Keep doing it Maesdog.
  • + 4
 Allez Martin!
  • + 1
 Smart move for MM, smart move for GT. Stick with it when things are going so well...
  • + 1
 I'm sure he'll do well in MSA so I hope he races there next season and snags the stripes.
  • + 1
 Saw him in Winter Park circa 2012. Everyone just knew this kid was gonna be great. I love how humble he's always been.
  • + 2
 This post needs pics from the DH rounds Martin raced !
  • + 1
 Awesome news congrats Martin, Mark and the whole GT team.
  • + 1
 If you don't love Maes then you'd best be checking your pulse!
  • + 2
 Beers are on Martin.
  • - 1
 He must be enjoying the new bikes after being stuck on the I-drives for so long.
  • - 1
 Just pay the man what he wants!!!
Oh baby ????????
  • - 1
 Illuminati confirmed Oh... Wait...
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