Great news coming out of the blue this week is that Killian Callaghan will form part of the Specialized Enduro team for the 2019 Enduro World Series.
Both Killian and Specialized confirmed the signing in what will be a new-look for the team as Callaghan joins team-mates Maxime Chapuis and Francescu-Maria Camion of Switzerland and France respectively.
Unveiling his 2019 colours, Killian was pumped to break the news on Instagram…
“So happy to finally announce that I’m on the Specialized enduro team for the coming season with Max Chapuis and Cecce Camoin,” wrote Killian.
“Getting to work with some great people this year and be full time at the biking is a dream come true!! Massive thanks to everyone who’s helped me get here. Really excited to get racing!!”
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So happy to finally announce that I'm on the Specialized enduro team for the coming season with @maxchapuis and @cecce_camoin . Getting to work with some great people this year and be full time at the biking is a dream come true!! Massive thanks to everyone who's helped me get here. Really excited to get racing!! @iamspecialized_mtb @ohlinsmtb @renthal_cycling @magura_official @cushcore @htcomponents @supacaz @rovalcomponents 📷@avdlphoto
The team restructure will see Curtis Keane move to a new role within Specialized, while Jared Graves takes time away from racing due to illness.
After winning the 2017 Under 21 EWS title, Killian was left notably high and dry for a ride during 2018.
A ‘curtailed’ year of sorts saw him work part-time before heading to Europe to live and race out of his van.
Our sponsored athlete & World Enduro champ Killian Callaghan Racing popped into us before he catches his boat for an amazing trip biking around Europe. Best of luck dude & enjoy yourself.
Posted by Mooney's Garage, Longmile Rd on Monday, 11 June 2018
Killian lived and raced out of his van during 2018
That commitment and desire to compete on a shoe-string budget saw the privateer place an incredible 17th overall at round four in Austria.
While crashes and mechanicals at the three other rounds he contested prevented repeat performances, it looks like his talent and speed has been clearly recognised with a factory ride this year.
Killian now joins cousin Greg, Kelan Grant and Dan Wolfe as four full-time Irish riders on the EWS trail for 2019.
The opening round of the 2019 Enduro World Series begins in Rotorua, New Zealand on March 24.
Photo Credit: ADVL Photo