Max Gaertig has stood the test of time. One of the first German street riders to make it over in the USA, and maintain a spot on the prestigious Animal Bikes team, Max has been murdering it on a bike for nearly two decades and shows no signs of slowing down.
Words by Dave Paterson
Photos by Aaron Zwaal
Max and myself decided to take an impromptu trip to Rotterdam back in March to stack some footage for Max’s new Wethepeople Madmax 10.2” handlebar promo. Despite a sunny forecast of 13ºC the week before, when we finally arrived in Rotterdam we were greeted by an unpleasant barrage of snow, ice and –15ºC heavy winds, basically the coldest riding conditions I’ve ever encountered on a BMX trip and and creepy parallel to HBO’s ‘The Terror’ but with less giant man-eating polar bears and more Mushroom Croquet Bagels.
If that wasn’t bad enough we were introduced to the effectiveness and ruthlessness of the city’s parking officials and received a nice €180 parking fine within the first 15 mins of arriving in the city. Needless to say, not the best start to a trip. Despite it having been so cold that the ice on the street didn’t melt and having to stop every few hours or so for a mandatory coffee to return to a body temperature above zero, we ventured out into the streets of Rotterdam with the sole intention of getting at least one clip and some photos. The true professional Max Gaertig is, he really went in and came away with the goods, but not without a struggle and severe risk of frostbite…