His entry into the world of cycling was unusual: Max raced on the road for the first time in the U17 age category. Beforehand, he excelled at track and field meets and discovered cycling by entering mountain bike races.
After two successful years as a U19 rider, Max switched to the Team Raiko-Stölting in 2012; he remained at the team – then Team Stölting – until the end of 2014.
The almost gigantic man – 199 cm and 90 kg – is not only convincing due to his athletic attributes: before and after the races, Max Walscheid’s strong personality makes him very likeable.
The image of an upcoming and promising road racer is augmented by traits such as humility, determination, the constant ability to analyze and a desire to perform for his teammates.
Since 2015 Max races as a pro for the UCI WorldTour-Team Team Sunweb, former Team Giant-Alpecin.
What has changed in your life since you signed with a pro-team?
The time, effort and concentration that I dedicate to cycling have increased significantly. And cycling is now my profession. The aim of my working day is to train as effectively as possible. I do not have to squeeze the training sessions in between other things; training is the priority. However, in addition to training, being an athlete has become more complicated: training documentation, equipment, planning and communication now control and enrich my life much more.
Since when have you wanted to be a professional cyclist? Have you ever wanted to be anything else?
I have certainly been looking up to the pros and admiring their skills since my first days in cycling. Although the actual desire to become a professional first developed recently. Maybe this is also because I was a late starter. Basically, I want to be a doctor after my athletic career. That is and remains my goal. I interrupted my medical studies for the dream of a career as a professional cyclist. As my performance increased continuously from year to year in the U23, I then realized that it might work out with a contract. I worked hard to be able to invest the time I needed to reach my potential, in addition to studying. With one goal: becoming a professional cyclist.
What's your biggest dream for the future?
Athletically: to win on the Champs-Elysees.
Do you have another passion besides cycling?
Music. I play two instruments. Our dog, or a lot of small things, like my fixie or good food.
What do you appreciate most about your team?
Team Giant-Alpecin’s openness, professionalism and modern understanding of cycling has been a conscious change for cycling.
What are your strengths?
In terms of athletics, and probably personally: my strong will. Physically: my sprinting ability and strong pace.
What does family mean to you?
It is the most important thing.
What do you feel after a win? After a defeat?
In victories – a triumphant feeling. If I win a race, then usually in a mass sprint. There are enormous emotions if the tremendous effort that is bundled in the last minute was enough to win against the competitors abruptly drops when passing the finish line. Especially if the team worked for you and has confidence in you.
Winning feels great, you can’t stop wanting more. However, defeats motivate me more. After the races I have lost, I don’t bury my head in the sand. I continue to work on deficits in order to do better the next time.
What do you think about the past of cycling and about its future?
I think that cycling has an enormous potential. The number of amateur athletes is huge. It is up to us, the professionals and our environment, as the head of this sports community, to lead by example. Many amateur athletes want to ride like pros; many of them wear famous team kits. If we perform cleanly, the entire field of cycling will become strong again.
What do you do to relax?
I like to spend time with my friends. I live in beautiful Heidelberg; I especially enjoy the river Neckar in the summer.
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