Class of 2023 member Max comes to Development Team DSM after a strong two seasons in the junior ranks, with his 2022 campaign particularly impressive – including nine wins and several other jerseys to go along with his burgeoning palmares.
Yet, Max’s chatty and sociable nature reveal a teenager who isn’t too big for his own boots and one that seems to be fully switched on to who he is as a person and an athlete.
“Because I mess around and have fun sometimes, most people tend to forget that I’m extremely motivated. My will to win is…I don’t think I’m more talented than anyone, but I want to win more than other guys and I’m willing to do what it takes to do that.”
Finding that balance well has seen Max take those wins in 2022 but also play a key part in multiple wins for his teammates; and he’s always willing to help others. A great example of this was at the World Championships in Australia where Max found a course that suited him, and he was the name on many people’s lips as a potential champion until disaster struck on the opening lap – crashing at high speed and suffering injuries. Undeterred, Max gave it his all to return to the bunch and help his teammates before he eventually had to drop later, but he soldiered on to finish the race. It would have been easy for someone to mope around and dwell on what could have been, but Max’s attitude won’t allow him to do that.