One of Ireland's fastest enduro racers, 23-year-old Greg Callaghan was the local favorite this weekend, and put on quite a show for the cheering fans as he pedaled his way to a win after seven tricky stages. An 8th place finish at the Scotland stop of the EWS last year showed that Callaghan has the pace to be a contender, and an 11th place finish at the first round in Rotorua likely gave him even more motivation to find the extra speed required to take that top spot.
Riding for the Cube Action Team, a 140mm Stereo outfitted with a 160mm FOX 36 will be Greg's bike of choice for this event. Like a number of other racers, he's chosen to go with a shorter travel option due to the rolling nature of the course, and will likely stick with the 140mm bike for the next stop in Scotland as well. On courses with rowdier terrain he'll be switching to a bike with 160 or even 180mm of travel depending on the nature of the track.
This weekend's course is one that requires a rider to be very active on their bike, full of quick direction changes and instances where split-second decisions about line choice will be crucial. For that reason, Greg has chosen to go with a stiffer suspension setup than what he would typically run on a steeper, more rugged course. In addition to the higher air pressure, volume spacers have been installed in the fork and shock to create more ramp up at the end of the travel. There are 2 orange and two blue spacers in the FOX 36, and a .752” air volume spacer in the Float X EVOL rear shock. A remote on the right side of the handlebar allows for on-the-fly adjustment of the rear shock's compression, with three available options.