Born in East Germany, Markus has lived in various places around the world before calling Edinburgh home. He is an endurance cyclist and singlespeed enthusiast, and keen bikepacker, and recently founded Bikepacking Scotland. He has created and published a number of long-distance bikepacking routes in Scotland, amongst them the award-winning Capital Trail, the Reiver Raid and the Central Belter. He is a two-time finisher of the Highland Trail 550, cycled in one day from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and has cycled home for Christmas from Edinburgh to Germany a number of times. He works freelance as marketing consultant, content creator and mountainbike guide.