It’s go time for the 2019 Enduro World Series in New Zealand with Greg Callaghan, Kelan Grant, Dan Wolfe and Killian Callaghan ready to fly the flag for Ireland.
The winter wait is finally over and it’s time to knuckle down to racing. New Zealand’s Rotorua plays host to the EWS opener.
#6 – Greg Callaghan / Cube Action Team
Sixth in 2018, Greg Callaghan is once again Ireland’s leading hope for possible podium result.
He’s put in the hard yards this winter and also took in a mini bootcamp of sorts in Finale Ligure, Italy.
After a mixed bag last year, we can be sure the Cube Action Team rider will come out swinging this weekend.
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There’s something so different about riding between the tape that gets you fired up to drive her on, missed that feeling over winter. Day 1 practice done, more bike driving tomorrow – life’s good! 👌🏻 #yahhoooooo #hup #bikesareclass #racingsclass #driveheron #becube #gicesyouwings #ridefox 📸@kikeabelleira
Greg Callaghan – Red Bull Speed of Sound
#45 – Kelan Grant / Team CRC Mavic
Kelan Grant is another man fired up for Rotorua. Riding for Team CRC Mavic alongside Sam Hill and Elliott Heap, Grant holds his own in such fast company.
With a month in New Zealand already under his belt and riding injury free, we’re keen to see what he can do in his second season as a professional rider.
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Feeling good on the bike if tomorrows practise is as good as today’s il be a happy man. What’s your Thoughts on the new @mucoff custom painted helmet? I think it’s sick 🤘🔥 @kikeabelleira 📷📷 @nukeproofbikes @chainreactioncycles @teamchainreactioncycles @mavic_mtb @srammtb @rockshox @supremelabs @7protection @supremelabs @ride100percent @clifbar @mudhugger2 @mucoff @handupgloves @michelinbicycle
#95 – Dan Wolfe / Polygon Bikes
Switching to Polygon Bikes for 2019, Dan Wolfe may have a new look, but he carries the same level of determination into the new season.
Grafting hard in the gym all winter, he’s hungry to put behind him the injury that ruined his 2018. Also look out for him running the Pinkbike Instagram account this weekend!
#64 – Killian Callaghan / Specialized
When news broke that Killian Callaghan had signed with Specialized for 2019 we were only too delighted for him.
We felt he got robbed somewhat last year when a factory ride then didn’t materialise off the back of his 2017 Under 21 world title.
But the man’s back and will be out to prove he belongs in the EWS paddock, so watch this space.
Enduro World Series Info
Round one of the EWS at Rotorua will see competitors complete five stages in the single-day race.
Total distance is 48.8 kilometres, with 1725 metres of climbing to match the 1429 metres of descending across two mountains.
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