Max
Poole

Residency
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Age
18
Nickname
Max
Hobbies
Xbox, NFL
Favourite food
Pizza
Favourite TV show
Inbetweeners
Favourite holiday destination
Somewhere sunny!
Favourite race
Ronde van Vlaanderen

New to the team in 2022, young-British rider Max makes the step up to the U23 level with the Development program after two successful years in the junior category.

2021 saw him take several wins in the UK racing scene, including the national championships road race, before going on to take wins in Europe at the GP Rüebliland and Philippe Gilbert Juniors stage races. Yet, despite the results, Max carries himself in a way that he can always take something from the races.

“Junior races are pretty chaotic. If you win or do well then, it’s good, but if you don’t then it’s also good because you can take away things about the process. I try to be quite level-headed and not get too carried away and beaten up about it; always focus on something that can be worked on.”

Not from a cycling family and originally a footballer, Max has an interesting back story as how he got into the sport.

“My dad is a window cleaner and he cleaned someone’s windows who took their children to Quibell Park in Scunthorpe, for some training sessions and I went along one time too.”

From there he was hooked, taking up track, road and cyclocross alongside juggling his football commitments. He eventually stopped with the latter and fully focused on cycling, before narrowing it down further to purely road cycling, something he doesn’t regret at all.

Finding the right match with a team was important in making the step-up for Max and he found that with Team DSM, not feeling out of place and “at ease here.”

“The vision of the team matches what I want. All the staff and the system around it will bring the best out of me. It will let me get on with the bike riding; I can just focus on racing and training.”

As a first year U23 he wants to learn as much as possible from everyone around him, and help the team to some wins, before hopefully racing his arms in the air in the future.

Talkative and relaxed, you can find Max spending his free time chatting to his mates while playing the Xbox, with mostly FIFA and COD the games in cycle. If not, he’s spending time with his family or watching American Football which he is “mad keen on”.

Results

2022
2 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc
3 Giro d'Italia Giovani Under 23 Youth classification
4 Arctic Race of Norway Stage 4
4 Sazka Tour Youth classification
5 Arctic Race of Norway Youth classification
5 Sazka Tour Stage 4
6 CRO Race Mountains classification
6 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc
6 CRO Race Youth classification
7 Arctic Race of Norway
2021
1 La Philippe Gilbert juniors Stage 2
1 Grand Prix Rüebliland Stage 1
1 Grand Prix Rüebliland Points classification
1 La Philippe Gilbert juniors Mountains classification
2 La Philippe Gilbert juniors
5 Grand Prix Rüebliland Stage 3
5 La Philippe Gilbert juniors Stage 1
5 Grand Prix Rüebliland Stage 2b (ITT)
7 Paris Roubaix Juniors
9 World Championships MJ Road Race
2020
2 Grand Prix Rüebliland Stage 2b (ITT)
3 La Philippe Gilbert juniors Stage 2
4 La Philippe Gilbert juniors
5 Grand Prix Rüebliland
8 La Philippe Gilbert juniors Stage 1
8 Grand Prix Rüebliland Points classification
8 Grand Prix Rüebliland Mountains classification
10 La Philippe Gilbert juniors Mountains classification
14 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne Juniors
14 Grand Prix Rüebliland Stage 3