Young Belgian star Martin Maes made his breakthrough by winning the 2010 European 4X Championships at the age of just 13. Two years later, he forced his way into the emerging Enduro scene with a fifth place overall at the Superenduro of Nations at Sauze d’Oulz and a fourth place in the sequel at Valloire, no mean feat for a 15-year-old boy who wasted some of the toughest adult riders on the circuit in the process. In 2013 Martin, riding a GT Force, has focussed on the inaugural Enduro World Series under the expert supervision of Dan Atherton. In round six at Val d’Isere he smashed the junior opposition with a massive 5 minutes 40 seconds of daylight between him and the rest of the field. He also firmly staked his place in the men’s series by posting a third place in the General Classification. Born in Liege on 27th January 1997, Martin has been honing his skills on the bike since the tender age of five, with the encouragement of brother Tom and father Patric, an ex-racer with no less than twenty three Belgian Championships to his credit. Martin won his first cross country competition at Nandrin in Belgium in 2003. A modest and highly motivated character, he has an apparently instinctive understanding of terrain and a talent for selecting the best lines that is the envy of many older riders. His abundant determination and skill has already been made clear, and he will no doubt succeed in combining his riding with another two years at school.
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