On Track with Greg Callaghan: Season 5 / Episodes 1 – 8

☢️ The Elements of Enduro | On Track with Greg Callaghan at EWS S5E1

Irish rider Greg Callaghan has journeyed from privateer to top contender of the Enduro World Series – an ever-growing discipline of Mountain Biking. From technical rock gardens to dusty singletrack, the MTB riders of the EWS are some of the most skilled athletes in the world!

As the 2019 season begins, Greg finds himself on the starting line in Rotorua, New Zealand, 10,000km from home. Kicking off two-days of racing, icons of the sport like Sam Hill, Curtis Keene, Isabeau Courdurier, Miranda Miller and Martin Maes battle it out for the top spot!

☣️ Making It To The Top In Enduro | On Track with Greg Callaghan at EWS S5E2

When can a racer actually say, ‘I’ve made it?’ Take a look at where Irish rider Greg Callaghan has come from, meet the people who have shaped him, brought him to this point in his career and helped him compete as a top contender of the Enduro World Series – an ever-growing discipline of Mountain Biking. From technical rock gardens to dusty singletrack, the MTB riders of the EWS are some of the most skilled athletes in the world!

As the 2019 season continues, Greg finds himself at the next stage in the ever growing mountain bike locale of Derby in Tasmania, Australia, for the second round of the 2019 Enduro World Series. It’s one of Greg’s favourite locations and hosts two-days of racing, where icons of the sport like Sam Hill, Curtis Keene, Isabeau Courdurier, Miranda Miller, Remi Gauvin, Yoann Barelli and Martin Maes battle it out for the top spot!

☢️ The Trials and Tribulations of Enduro Racing | On Track S5E3 with Greg Callaghan

Successes, setbacks, injury and some good ol’ Irish humble pie, Greg Callaghan is back ON TRACK in episode three. With two challenging rounds behind him, an injured Greg sets off to Maderia, as the third round of the Enduro World Series gets underway.

Having won here in 2017, Greg can only look on and support fellow racers Sam Hill, Curtis Keene, Isabeau Courdurier, Miranda Miller, Remi Gauvin, Yoann Barelli and Martin Maes as they go head-to-head on the dusty loam of the Portuguese trails.

☣️ The Honest Truth about Competitive Bans in Enduro MTB | On Track w/ Greg Callaghan at EWS 2019

Recovered from injury, Greg Callaghan is back between the race tapes just in time for the 4th round of the EWS in Val Di Fassa, Italy.

Joining him is Richie Rude who returns to racing after an 8-month competitive ban, just as the multi-talented master of trails, Martin Maes begins his 90-day race ban. The world’s best Enduro MTB riders look at the consequences of taking time out from competition, their race winning edge and the mental + physical strength required to be one of the best mountain bikers.

☢️ Becoming a Privateer Enduro MTB Racer | On Track w/ Greg Callaghan at EWS 2019

The path to becoming a sponsored rider isn’t paved in gold. It often requires self-funding, travelling on a shoe-string, living in a van and a bucket load of determination. That’s a privateer’s way of life and for many professional racers, like Greg Callaghan, this is exactly where their careers started out.

It’s been an action-packed summer for the Enduro World Series and racers headed to the French Alps, known to mountain bikers as the Field of Dreams for round 5 of the EWS 2019. There was less than a second in it between the stage winner Ed Masters and Richie Rude in France, further fuelling their head-to-head battle as they went into round 6 in Whistler, Canada.

Irish rider Greg Callaghan has journeyed from privateer to top contender of the Enduro World Series – an ever-growing discipline of Mountain Biking. From technical rock gardens to dusty singletrack, the MTB riders of the EWS are some of the most skilled athletes in the world!

☣️ What Makes a Great Enduro Racer | On Track w/ Greg Callaghan at EWS 2019

The Enduro World Series reaches its sixth stop, Whistler. A mountain bike Mecca, Whistler is a Disneyland for adults, attracting tens of thousands of riders every year, it’s arguably the most anticipated round of the EWS.

To achieve a podium position at an EWS stage, you have to give it your all, but it’s not just about what happens during the race, the run-up and preparation are equally important as Greg Callaghan finds out during a pre-race session with friends in Squamish, BC. Returning to racing after an injury isn’t easy, as the Irish athlete pieces the puzzle back together to make the cut, but will he have the luck of the Irish on his side in Canada?

Richie Rude, Ed Masters and Sam Hill battle for the podium in a wet and wild Whistler but after five demanding stages through high alpine and slick forests, Richie Rude came out on top giving him a surge of points to boost him up the overall ranking.

☢️ What Determines an EWS Racer’s Worth? | On Track w/ Greg Callaghan at Enduro World Series 2019

In the penultimate round of the Enduro World Series, the tour heads to Northstar, California – a new venue with new challenges for athletes to overcome.

As riders gear up for high-altitude riding and surfing the loose dust of Northstar, the discussion moves towards the nature of worth. Is it their talent on the bike, their attitude towards riding, or their social media following? When it comes to being a professional enduro mountain biker, the risk and demands are high on the mind and body, but how do you value your worth to brands and a broader audience?

In this episode of On Track, Greg Callaghan is joined by the likes of Richie Rude, Martin Maes, Miranda Miller, Sam Hill and Isabeau Courdurier on the steep mountainside of Northstar, California for round 7 of the Enduro World Series.

☣️ The EWS Final Showdown in Zermatt | On Track w/ Greg Callaghan at Enduro World Series 2019

The EWS has come a long way since its inception in 2013. Bikes are stronger, equipment more suitable and the athletes continue to push the limits of their physical and mental state. It’s the 8th and final round of the Enduro World Series and athletes flock to Zermatt, Switzerland for the final showdown. With high-alpine lines, vast wilderness and technical forestry, Zermatt brings some new flavour to the season finale.

Battling it out throughout the season, Florian Nicolai heads into the final round with a mere 60-point lead over reigning champion, Sam Hill. With such little between them, the two leading men lay it all out between the tapes to take the overall EWS 2019 series win.

With Sam Hill taking the win in Zermatt, the final overall rankings for the Enduro World Series 2019 are as follows…

EWS 2019 Elite Men’s Results:

1. Sam Hill = 3230 points
2. Florian Nicolai = 3190
3. Kevin Miquel = 2870

EWS 2019 Elite Women’s Results:
1. Isabeau Courdurier = 4240

2. Noga Korem = 2890
3. Andreanne Lanthier Nadeau = 2670



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