Cycling runs in the family for Niklas Märkl with his grandfather, parents and sister all pushing the pedals. His passion for the sport built quickly, as soon as he started racing. He played football for a while, but by the age of 14, cycling had won that battle. As well as family around him to support his cycling ambitions, Niklas also had a mentor in Udo Bölts, an ex-professional that lives near his home town.
Now he simply loves the sport: “I love the lifestyle of cycling. It’s a job but you don’t have to be in an office at 8am. I can choose 10am, or 11am, and racing – I love it. That is the main factor for me.
A sprinter and classics rider, Niklas is aiming to develop further next season, hoping to take chances when he gets them and prove what he is capable of after a second place in a stage of the 2018 Olympia’s Tour.
“In this professional environment – from the riders, to the staff, the trainers and the coaches, everything is on point and that for me is the best way for me to develop. The spirit of this team motivates everyone and if you believe in it, you can grow in this philosophy.”
Niklas counts himself as a loyal team member, who can at once be focused and serious, but also crack jokes and make people laugh when the moment is right.
Away from cycling, Niklas enjoys spending time with his friends, family and girlfriend.