Levy pumped for return to ‘special’ home track
29 November 2018
Max Levy has conquered the world in velodromes across the planet – but there is a special place in his heart for Berlin.
Levy’s home city has been the sight of countless victories for the powerhouse German, who has accumulated seven Six Day Berlin sprinting crowns on the spin.
And, in the past, he hasn’t let little things like a broken collarbone get in his way.
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Eager to keep up his winning streak, Levy insisted on competing over the Berlin Six in 2017, despite fracturing the bone in a fall just days before the competition.
He proved himself every inch the superstar when, taped up shoulder and all, he stormed to success.
“I was looking forward to it so much and after the crash I didn’t want to quit!” recalls Levy. “It was a great goal to keep up and keep my mind on it and it turned out pretty great with the win, which was incredible.
“But I prefer not to break my collarbone before a race!
“Since the European title in Berlin [in 2017], I feel a bit like I’m on a wave.”
Levy, a three-time Olympic medallist and four-time World Champion, won the 2017 European keirin crown – his fourth European title of his career.
More evidence to suggest that, despite his vast wealth of experience in the saddle, Levy is still very much one of the men to beat on the world stage.
He came out on top of a titanic tussle with compatriot Robert Foerstemann at this year’s Phynova Six Day London, and will feature for Germany in this week’s Track World Cup in Berlin.
Levy, now 31, was delighted to seal a maiden Six Day London crown, which was one of few titles which eluded him before October.
“London was a great adventure once again and I finally got the victory I was looking for,” said Levy. “If I watch it back, it was a nice week of racing and I’m happy with my condition.
“I think during that week my condition got even better and so I will take this through to the next one.”
And with the chance to shine on Berlin’s boards in front of the Six Day crowds in January, Levy is itching to get the fervent support powering him to record-breaking speeds once more.
Levy believes the knowledgeable, passionate diplomacy of the German crowds make them unique from the world’s cycling faithful.
“For me personally it’s nice to come back as well – I was born in Berlin and it’s the first track I had ever ridden on,” he added.
“The German fans, and the Berlin fans especially, they enjoy cycling and racing a lot. They cheer for all the winners, it doesn’t matter which country you are from. It’s a little bit different to other countries where they may only cheer for their own.
“But in Berlin they respect the athletes and the racing and so it’s special.
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