Mike Kluge has won cyclocross world championships and MTB World Cup titles but he stopped competing a few years after establishing the Focus bike brand. We talk to Kluge about his cycling, his business and a few other topics along the way…
Mike Kluge is a three-time cyclocross world champion, winner of an early edition of the MTB World Cup, and a rider who also competed on the road and track. In 1992, aged 27, the charismatic German established his own bike brand: Focus. He sold out in 2000 but has since returned to become the ‘Brand Developer’ for Focus, which is now one of the major players in the cycling market.
Kluge has been a cycling enthusiast all his life and his latest passion is e-bikes.
RIDE Media caught up with Kluge while he was in Australia for the launch of the 2018 Focus range.
This is a long discussion that covers a range of topics: his history with cyclocross, his introduction to MTB, the influence of doping on his career (as an athlete and business owner), and what he enjoys about cycling.
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Kluge enjoys his visits to Australia. He raced here in the 1990s when he was a mountain biker, competing against the likes of Cadel Evans. But now his visits are thanks to his role as ‘Brand Developer’ for Focus.