At the tender age of just 20 Marco Bühler is the youngster in the Canyon Factory Enduro Team. In his relatively short career he has already achieved several successes and we are very happy to be accompanying him on his career path in the enduro pro scene. One thing is certain – we are sure to hear a lot more from this young man this season, because Marco is very highly motivated and just can’t wait to start competing!
Name: Marco Bühler
Date of birth: 10. June 1992
Domicile: Gunzesried / Allgäu, Germany
Trek Bike Attack Lenzerheide 2012: 14th place
Milka Wheels of Speed Amateur Willingen 2012: 5th place
Specialized Enduro Series Sammerberg 2012: 13th place
Specialized Enduro Series Kirchberg 2012: 15th place
Specialized Enduro Series 2012: 14th place
Crema Cycle Short Track Willingen 2012: 3rd place
CaiDom Brixen 2011: 9th place
Congratulations. We are happy that you are part of the new Canyon Factory Enduro Team.
Just a few years ago enduro was one of the rather more exotic disciplines. This year the first Enduro World Series gets underway and this is great development. How did you get into cycling and above all enduro sport? Do you have a particular role model who inspired you?
Thank you very much. I am really looking forward to the new team and the coming season with the new Enduro World Series.
When I was 15 years old I initially got into mountain biking through my dad. Therefore, at the start I didn’t have the fitness and experience in competitive cross country events, which most of my rivals have. My first race proper was the Trek Bike Attack in the Lenzerheide region, which is still one of the highlights in my racing season. In the following season I began riding events for the Mountain Heroes and then became involved in enduro sport.
One of my greatest role models is Rene Wildhaber, one of the fastest riders in enduro sport. However, this isn’t the only reason I admire him. I also think he is a very interesting personality. He is very down-to-earth and also lives and breathes for the sport and the mountains. Mario Thoma is also another of my role models. He was my former team manager on the Mountain Heroes squad and a very good friend. Mario was himself a very successful downhill racer in the past.
You already know Canyon bikes from your time with the Mountain Heroes. Tell us a little about your experiences with the team bike Strive.
For me the Strive is the perfect bike for almost every type of racing. It is a great bike for fast pedaling, suppresses squat and is a great climber as well. On the downhill the rider will appreciate the true strengths of the Strive. The somewhat shorter wheel base and the lower bottom bracket combine to make the bike lively, agile and the rider feels at home in any type of terrain. Whether you’re riding at extremely high speeds or in blocked terrain, the Strive is top notch.
2013 will be your first season as a pro rider. What are you looking forward to most and what are your major aims for the season?
“The term pro sounds strange to me, because for me my role models or riders I look up to are the pros.
Most of all I’m looking forward to the new team, my new teammates and above all to riding races again. This year I’ll be concentrating on the German Enduro Series and a few other races as well, including events that are part of the World Series. For me the most important thing is to improve my results and performances and to continue enjoy riding my bike. ”
How are you preparing for the start of the season?
It is important for me in winter to take my mind of cycling for a while, so I do a lot of cross country skiing, training in the gym or in the indoor climbing centre. In the middle of February I’m back on the bike and off to Sospel in France for the training camp. At the start of April the first races get underway in France.
What do you do when you’re not riding your bike?
That’s a tough question. In winter my biggest passion is the snow and skiing. I’m currently in the process of becoming a state certified Ski Instructor. In the summer I would like to do some more climbing and touring in the mountains since the mountains mean everything to me. I’m also currently studying business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten.
Thank you for your time and have a great start into the new season!