|1974||DOB: november 7, 1974.|
Place of Birth: Goettingen Germany
|early years||Markus: The first thing we'd do was just ride around with our friends in the woods, kinda like racing ! We'd build jumps and berms and stuff. They were really small, just a hump of dirt to fly over. Then all my friends stopped riding. I had to ride by myself so I came more into contact with american magazines, saw flatland and started riding flat.
|1993||Street world champion @ 1993 Worlds, Limoges, France.|
|1994||Interview: FAT #29 july 1994
4th place pro street @ 1994 Worlds, Koln, Germany.
King of Concrete
|1996||Cover: Freedom #12|
|1998||Video Ride Generation.|
Interview: Ride BMX UK august september 1998.
Interview in the Frame Premiere video.
|1999||Interview: BMXup #18 fevrier 1999|
|2000||Silver medal finish in Park at X Games 2000
Markus pulls all his tricks when it matters. Two solid street oriented runs, using the obstacles all over the course, resulted in a second place finish and a whole lot of cash in the pocket of a stoked German.
Markus Left Dragonfly and joined the Mosh team.
Markus, Transworld BMX march 2004: I was still going to school when I got the call from Mosh. I had met Sam Arellano (Mosh Product Manager) and Mike Ardelean at the 2000 X Games and chatted with them for a little, but never would I have thought that they wanted me on the team. The offer was very goodin fact, too good to pass up. It was like a life-long dream of mine had come true. Here was the perfect opportunity to live in the U.S. and get paid to do what I did anyway: ride my bicycle.
The downfalls struck me pretty much right away, once I stepped off the airplane at LAX. I missed my girl, my family, and my usual environment. I figured those were sacrifices I had to make, but it turned out that I could not function right for months. The ramps felt weird, the bike was different, the air more polluted. I was not used to sitting in traffic when I wanted to go ride. I did not have to deal with security guards before, let alone magazine deadlines or flight delays. I started to stress out!
All I was back home was just another kid on a BMX, but now I was in the spotlight. Riding became more than just a pastime to meit became a job. Autograph-signings, contests, and photo shoots became my daily routine. That's probably the biggest compromise I had to make; in my mind, it took away the innocence that riding once possessed for me. It really made my head spin!
Interview: Cream september october 2000.
Cover: Ride BMX UK #49
Interview: Ride BMX US december 2000
Props Road Fools Europe
|2001||10th place pro park @ X-Games 2001|
Mosh UK road trip. Ride BMX UK december 2001.
|2002||Interview: Ride BMX UK #57 february march 2002.
Cover: Ride BMX US july 2002
Video Ride Momentum october 2002
Markus Wilke is a great pegless rider who takes sub box/back rail tricks to a new level.
|2003||Interview: 20/20 issue 9|