A World Cup event is much more than just three or four minutes of racing. The preparations have to be absolutely on point: Start times to be checked, final bike set-up to be tweaked, eating together with the whole team – it all runs like clockwork and rituals like these create the perfect conditions for concentration and relaxation. Sometimes there‘s even time for a couple of wheelies on the e-bike. World Cup days are long, so having a great team is at least as important as getting the right shock set-up.
Max has already notched up several Downhill World Cup top-10s in the junior category with the CUBE Global Squad, which he joined in autumn 2016. Now, with his university entrance qualifications safely under his belt, Max plans to throw himself into training with his TWO15 and ignite the turbo. Riding bikes is 100% in his DNA: He started jumping at BMX races as a youngster, before catching the downhill virus from his dad.
Walking the track before a race is essential. Today, it‘s Lourdes, the first stop of the UCI Downhill World Cup. Braking points, corners, jumps, treacherous rock gardens – each individual piece of the puzzle melds together in your head, ready to be called up at a moment‘s notice. And if the heavens open, a plan B is essential. That‘s where three pairs of eyes are better than one. And handy tips from team colleagues who have already raced on the track can be the trump card that makes all the difference.
Tightening up the last bolts, checking the tyre pressure, warming up the muscles: It‘s all about getting bodies and bikes ready to race. Great when you‘ve got a professional team behind you: „Having a mechanic to double-check crucial bolts beforehand and a team manager who looks after all the organisation saves loads of time and energy that you can put into racing.“
Nailing the big jumps of the World Cup circus requires some tough training with the best riders. In addition to essential downhill and enduro sessions, Max regularly makes time for base miles and core training. The important thing is variety to keep it fun.