Bad news for Irish MTB fans this week with Greg Callaghan announcing that he’ll be unable to race round three of the Enduro World Series in Madeira, Portugal due to a foot injury.
In an Instagram post, Greg revealed that he’s been battling an injury to his foot sustained two weeks ago in an awkward crash.
He said he broke a couple of bones in his foot and ruptured ligaments in his foot.
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This should be the generic "cant wait to race this weekend, feeling great on my bike etc" post but unfortunately it's not. No Madeira @world_enduro for me this weekend! I had an awkward crash two weeks ago, breaking a couple of bones and rupturing some ligaments in my foot. There was a small chance that I could be able to race this week so I've been doing everything possible to give my body the best chance to heal but unfortunately there just wasn't enough time. Seriously gutted as after a rough start to the year I was looking forward to getting things back on track at one of my favourite places to race, @ewsmadeira. After 7 years of racing EWS this is only the second race I've missed through injury and it could have been much worse, I was really lucky not to do more damage considering how I fell, so I cant complain too much. I'll still be there to watch the @cubeactionteam smash it and I'm actually excited to see one of these races from the other side of the tape for the first time! Huge thanks to all my sponsors and everyone around me for being so supportive the last few weeks! #brb #bikesarestillclass 📸@kikeabelleira
Unfortunately time wasn’t on his side for recovery so the only wise option left to take is sit this one out. After seven years on the world stage, it’s only the second race he’s missed.
Annoyingly the injury comes just before a round of the championship he was looking forward to the most.
Greg won here the last time the EWS visited in 2017, and when speaking to him at the Gravity Enduro Series race in Ballinastoe he was naturally fired up for this one. Get well soon lad and come back stronger.
We caught up with Greg at Ballinastoe to chat about the EWS and his winning riders at home. Here’s what he had to say…
Kelan Grant Aiming For Top 30 Again
While Greg won’t be on track, round three of the EWS will see a big Irish crew in contention. Team Mavic CRC’s Kelan Grant leads the way, looking to build on his top 30 result from round two in Tasmania.
Have a listen to Kelan chat about his recent result in Tasmania…
Killian Callaghan Settling Into Factory Life
Specialized’s Killian Callaghan – 47th in Tasmania – will be pushing hard to improve and so too with Polygon’s Dan Wolfe.
We caught up with Killian to find out how he’s adjusting to life as a factory rider…
Leah Maunsell Ready To Open 2019 EWS Account
Third overall in the 2018 Under 21 Women’s EWS, Leah Maunsell has her sights set on the top step of the podium.
Absolutely flying at home – unbeaten so far in 2019 – Leah will look to transfer that speed onto the world stage.
So too will Vitus First Tracks Race Division Drew Armstrong. The 16-year-old just won the Under 21 British National while finishing second out of over 500 in that race too.
Drew is joined by teammate Jack Devlin who will also be out in force keen to put himself up the sharp end of the results.
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