Heidelberg, Germany
Mad Max
Fixies, dogs, skiing, cars, music
Favourite food
Favourite TV show
Breaking Bad
Favourite holiday destination
Skiing in the Alps
Favourite race
Münsterland Giro


A pure sprinter, for Max Walscheid bike racing is about speed and what he can do in the last 200 metres. In 2018, he won a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, completed his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España, finished second in a stage of the Tour of California and won Sparkassen Müsterland Giro, to add to a stage win at the Tour of Denmark in 2017.

The 25-year-old originally did athletics, before his father and best friend got him into cycling. What was initially mountain biking for fun, became road racing for victories.

“When I did my first road race, it was the purest form of racing and speed. Mountain biking was about technique and bike handling, road racing is like F1 – it’s about speed for me.”

He joined the team as a stagiare in 2015, after seeing the number of German riders who have developed from their structure. Now, four seasons later, he is an integral part of Team Sunweb’s sprinting prowess, despite joking teammates would describe him simply as “tall and heavy”.

“This team has developed German talents and was the team I wanted to be part of. Initially a super sprint team, it is now a team targeting Grand Tours, but the knowledge of sprinting and talent development is still here. It is a really well-organised team which focuses on the whole person as a rider. I am not just a sprinter, I work for the team in positioning and climbing too.”


Max Walscheid | Team Sunweb
Max Walscheid | Team Sunweb
Max Walscheid | Team Sunweb
Max Walscheid | Team Sunweb

Competitive, ambitious and sociable, with an eagerness to improve, Max can put the sport in perspective, using defeats and bad days on the bike as motivation to be better.

Off the bike, he enjoys spending time with his supportive girlfriend and family who feel most acutely the sacrifices a bike rider makes, and also see first-hand how dangerous the life of a sprinter can be: “For my girlfriend and my family, it is very hard. They wish me all the best but also see me pushing 100 percent into a sprint. They are good at that balance.”

Max, who played violin and trumpet when he was younger, is studying medicine in his home city Heidelberg, putting it on hold for now until after his cycling career. Off the bike, he enjoys spending time with his family dog, drinking coffee in city centre cafes, listening to music, and is a big part of the fixie bike riding scene.


1 Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde
2 Scheldeprijs
2 ZLM Tour Stage 4
2 Hammer Stavanger
2 UAE Tour Team Time Trial
2 Hammer Stavanger Stage 2
2 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1
3 La Vuelta ciclista a España Team Time Trial
3 Amgen Tour of California Stage 1
3 Hammer Stavanger Stage 3
1 Sparkassen Münsterland Giro
1 Tour de Yorkshire Stage 3
1 Hammer Hong Kong Stage 2
2 Amgen Tour of California Stage 7
2 Gree-Tour of Guangxi Stage 1
3 Gree-Tour of Guangxi Stage 3
3 National Championships Germany Road Race
4 Hammer Hong Kong
4 Tour de Yorkshire Points Classification
5 Tour of Oman Stage 1
1 PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark Stage 5
1 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 3
2 Gree - Tour of Guangxi Stage 2
2 Gree - Tour of Guangxi Stage 3
2 Hammer Sportzone Limburg
2 Ster ZLM Stage 2
2 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 1
3 Tour de Pologne Stage 2
4 Gree - Tour of Guangxi Stage 1
4 PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark Points Classification