Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I will find out soon …
Favorite destination: Central and Southern Europe, Latin America
What I like: Discovering new places and talking to the locals while riding on two wheels (motorised or not), breakfast, slow food and red wine
What I dislike: Traffic jams, bad weather and fast food
Hobbies: Riding my bicycles and motorcycles on curvy mountain roads, XC skating, working out in the gym, travelling, languages
My favorite bike: BMW R1200GS – the most versatile motorbike I’ve ever ridden … from the Alps to Ushuaia, there’s no road it won’t master.
Markus grew up in one of the most beautiful places of the World – upper Bavaria. After graduating as physics engineer in Munich, his plan A was to stay there, find a job and found a family as many of his friends did. But destiny played it all differently for him … at the age of 25 he moved to south-eastern France, close to Geneva/Switzerland to start his first and only job he ever had: operating the biggest machines in the World that collide subatomic particles at CERN, the World’s leading laboratory to conduct fundamental research in the field of high energy particle physics and also the birthplace of the World Wide Web, which was invented there 30 years ago. In this truly international organisation Markus is in daily contact with people from all over the World. His motorbike career started at the age of 16 on the iconic Italian Vespa scooter. He rode various scooters (Vespa PX80/PX200/GTS300) and motorbikes (Honda Transalp/Africa Twin) over the years, and only recently bought his dream bike – a BMW R1200GS. Markus continues to use a scooter (Yamaha TMAX DX), mainly to commute to work and for smaller trips in the Jura mountains and Alps close to his hometown. Markus is married to a Mexican wife and has three children. After riding the Patagonia Adventure Tour with Edelweiss Bike Travel as a guest, he decided to become a Tour Guide for Edelweiss to live his three passions: Traveling and meeting people while riding on a motorcycle.