When I finished Canazei my first
thought was: Les Orres next week. It was a race to forget. It wasn’t my best, at all. But I knew Les Orres
could be better… …there was another week
to find some answers. I just struggled start
to finish to be honest. I was coming back of an injury
and I’d only ridden at home… …the last few months. You kind of think you are
prepared, when you are at home. And that everything is perfect
and you’re ready to go… …and then you go
somewhere like Canazei… …which is a pretty
extreme venue. The tracks are really rough,
really steep, really loose. I struggled to find confidence and
be comfortable on those trails. There’s a famous
saying: win or learn. You learn a lot more from
your losses than your wins. When you’re winning,
everything seems easy. It’s just clicking,
it just happens. Almost automatically,
it feels like. When you lose, you really
start asking the questions… …and finding the answers. Every day you’re on a bike… …especially every day
you’re racing a bike… …you’re definitely
learning something. I’ve been riding for the Cube
Action Team for five years now. It’s quite a cool environment… …we have quite a family
feel now in the team. We’re all really close. Especially me and Zack… …we spend quite a lot
of time together… …even outside the races. We spend a lot of time in the
off season, or between races. Just riding, training
together, hanging out. I think it’s good
to have that… …someone that you can just be
comfortable around all the time. And then when you
come to the races… …you have a close friend that
you can bounce of, have fun with. Once I finished Canazei, my focus
was straight onto Les Orres. After one races,
before the next one… …as our team manager
Claus always says. We spent the Sunday testing in
Canazei, which was really good. We went back and
rode stage one… …tried bike setups and stuff. And on Monday we
left, hit the road. It’s just a big
traveling circus. All the teams, all the
riders, get on really well. It’s just this big group
of biking gypsies… …driving across Europe or
flying across the world. We all spend time in
between the races. It’s cool to see all
these people again. And it’s quite interesting to see
who’s where, when people travel. Do you get there before
another team, or after? A lot of the time you might end
up in the same place on the road. On the travels you see people
on the road or in airports. It’s cool to have that community no
matter where you go in the world. The first plan was to stop at
lake Garda, go for a swim. Which was needed, because
it was crazy hot. Sitting in the car with the air
conditioning on max, trying to cool down. It says on the dashboard
it’s 39 degrees in the sun. It’s hot. Big heatwave in Europe, so to
get in the water was nice. Although the water was
still pretty warm. That was nice, stopped
for lunch on the lake. Just enjoy. Totally disconnect from biking. Straight away when you drive into
France, especially in the Alps… …there’s just amazing scenery. We drove over the
Montgenèvre pass… …and once we crested
over the border… …it was just epic
scenery, epic light. It’s just such a
beautiful country. We left at 9AM and it’s now 8PM. Pretty long day, big shift. This one looks good, bathroom… Singles, no no no… …this is me, this is it. This is my bed. Back to back races are
hard in a lot of ways. Physically, Canazei
was a big weekend. And then you only have so many
days to travel, a big travel. You want to do some training
and riding in between. And then you need to be recovered for
another big weekend here in France. It’s pretty intense, yeah. But it’s cool. Especially when you have a bad
weekend, you finish one race… …and the first thing you want when you
finish a race and it’s not a good race… …is another chance. I’ve been racing the Enduro World
Series since the very start. I was in Punta Ala for
the first round… …and I’ve done every
series since then. This year is the first year I’ve
joined the rider advisory board. It’s been really cool. We act as a link between the riders
and the world Enduro organization… …which direction the
sport could go… …maybe some small changes here
and there, what can happen. Like in Tasmania… …I suggested that we
do something similar… …to the motocross press
days during the week. To give riders a chance to
feel out the terrain… …to give the media a chance to
talk about what riders maybe have… …new bikes, or who’s
riding well or not well. So here in Les Orres, we piloted
that with shakedown day, on Tuesday. This time between races is
pretty important really. Last weekend was the half
way point to the season… …and it’s pretty safe to say this
season hasn’t gone the way I wanted. The time between these two races I really
want to try and turn my season around. And finish with four strong
races that I’m proud of. The focus this week has really
been about how to turn it around. And a big part of that is
getting this new bike. Getting more comfortable. And just coming
into this race… …making sure that I’m not going to
have the same race like last weekend. I don’t want to be in
the thirties again… …I want to be at the
sharp end of the race… …where I feel I belong. The focus has really been on making
that step forward in a short time. Now with EWS the last couple of years,
we have only one run of practice. A race like this there’s a
lot of stages to cover. And we’re only going
to ride them once. A massive part will be
watching our head cams. We’ll film every stage. And then over the next few days we’ll
probably watch them five or six times. In training I like to stop,
push up, check lines… …make sure you are
on the best line. If you can find some lines that are
going to save you some energy… …and hold you some
speed, it’s huge. I think when I’m riding the
best it’s when I feel like… …you almost just
feel invincible. You feel like you can pull up of any
lip, brake late into any corner. Just put the bike wherever you want
and feel like you’re going to grip. That’s really the feeling I’m
getting, I’d like to get. When you have that comfort to
really just push the limits… …that’s something I’m feeling
right now on the new bike. So it’s something I want to
try to take to the race. I’m not huge on goals. I’d find whenever
I set a goal… …I focus on it too much and it kind
of distracts me from my own riding. For me a goal this weekend is to
leave happy, knowing I rode my best. Put down eight stages that I’m proud
of, I couldn’t have been better. I feel like if I do that, than the
result will look after itself. And it will put me towards
the sharp end of the race. I’m not saying I’m aiming for a top ten
or podium or anything like that… …but that is where I
want to be, really.

In Between The Races with Greg Callaghan | SHIMANO
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3 thoughts on “In Between The Races with Greg Callaghan | SHIMANO

  • September 21, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    Ilk yorum

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Great 🤙🤙🤙

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  • September 21, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    I really enjoyed this one and loved learning more about Greg

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