Markus enjoyed his first taste of bikepacking when he took a trip around the Scottish Highlands and Islands. However, it was in New Zealand that he really got hooked on off-road touring. With the seed of a circumnavigation of the world planted in his mind, Markus started to cycle further and longer. He finished the Highland Trail 550 twice and designed his own bikepacking route, the Capital Trail, before setting off to become the first person to cycle around the world on a single speed bike.
Since returning to Scotland, Markus has been working to develop bikepacking and make riding more accessible for everyone. He founded Bikepacking Scotland to provide a resource hub for the bikepacking community in the country.