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Greg Callaghan Reveals 2024 Racing Plans

Mar 8, 2024 at 5:52
by Ed Spratt  
Video by Brendan Conroy // Photos by Paul Humbert

Greg Callaghan has announced his new independent race program for the 2024 season with the goal of "chasing performance over finances."

After the news last September of the shutdown of the Devinci Global Racing team Greg Callaghan was left without a team heading into the off-season. Greg says: "With the landscape in enduro racing looking a bit different this year," he has decided to build his own program of sponsors for the 2024 race season.

In his approach to building a race program, Greg's target was a package allowing him "to perform to my full potential in 2024." Greg also states he has chosen bands and products he believes in by "chasing performance over finances." Ahead of the upcoming race season, Greg has switched to riding an Ibis HD6 enduro bike and will now be riding RockShox suspension.

bigquotesIt’s really exciting to have full accountability for my own racing, it’s completely on me to perform on and off the bike now and that’s something I’ve been relishing. Having the freedom and flexibility of a smaller programme is really exciting and something that fits well with enduro racing. I think it’s going to be a really fun year, and as we know, fun is fast.

The term privateer gets thrown around quite loosely these days and I definitely wouldn’t consider myself one this year, that would be an injustice to the true privateers out there grafting behind the scenes to get to the races and make things work. While this might not be an official team, I will have a mechanic with me at the races and have the same level of support that I’ve been lucky enough to come accustomed to over the past 10 years, it will just look a bit different this time around.
Greg Callaghan

Alongside his new Ibis race bike and RockShox suspension, Greg has chosen Hayes brakes, SDG saddles, SRAM drivetrain, Silt wheels, a Cast cockpit and Wolftooth components for his race bike build. Continuing from his time on the Devinci team. Greg will still be running Leatt clothing and protection.

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Greg's 2024 race bike.

Greg has also shared a list of events he is targetting this year, with his first being this weekend at the Spanish DH Cup in Barcelona.

Spanish DH Cup 10/03 – Barcelona, Spain
Epic Enduro 31/03 – Olargue, France
Jura Sick Race 6-7/04 – Jura, France
EDR World Cup 10-12/05 - Finale Ligure, Italy
EDR World Cup 17-19/05 – Bielsko Biala, Poland
EDR World Cup 7-9/06 – Leogang, Austria
EDR World Cup 28-30/06 – Haute Savoie, France
EDR World Cup 12-14/07 – Valais, Switzerland
Irish Enduro National Championships 4/07 - Ravensdale, Ireland
EDR World Cup 6-8/09 – Loudenvielle, France



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Original Press Release:

With the landscape in enduro racing looking a bit different this year, I’ve gone down the route of building my own race programme 2024 and to say I’m excited about it would be an understatement.

GC RACING LAUNCH

My main target has been to build a package that will allow me to perform to my full potential in 2024. Chasing performance over finances you could say. With that in mind, I’ve hand chosen brands and products that I believe are the best around and I’m super stoked with how it’s turned out! While this is a 1 year setup right now, I’m excited to build long lasting relationships with these brands into the future and build my programme year on year.

TEAM STRUCTURE

It’s really exciting to have full accountability for my own racing, it’s completely on me to perform on and off the bike now and that’s something I’ve been relishing. Having the freedom and flexibility of a smaller programme is really exciting and something that fits well with enduro racing. I think it’s going to be a really fun year, and as we know, fun is fast.

The term privateer gets thrown around quite loosely these days and I definitely wouldn’t consider myself one this year, that would be an injustice to the true privateers out there grafting behind the scenes to get to the races and make things work. While this might not be an official team, I will have a mechanic with me at the races and have the same level of support that I’ve been lucky enough to come accustomed to over the past 10 years, it will just look a bit different this time around.

BIKE AND PARTS

I’ve been riding the Ibis HD6 for the past couple of months and from the first run I knew I’d made a good choice. It’s been really easy to get on with straight away and combined with the Rockshox suspension, I think I’ve got a really good platform to go racing with this year.

In terms of what I’ll be running, I’ve got some familiar components and kit with Hayes brakes, SDG saddles, SRAM drivetrain and Leatt clothing and protection, but there are also quite a few changes too. The biggest of course being the frame with the Ibis HD6 and then the RockShox suspension. I’m stoked to be working with an Irish brand in Silt wheels and welcome Wolftooth components as my finishing kit and tool sponsor. I’ve got Cast looking after the cockpit, Rapid Racer Products keeping the mud out of my eyes, Precision fuel and Hydration keeping me fuelled, Crank brothers for shoes and pedals and of course Red Bull, Timbertrove and Flood Precast supporting me and helping to make this all possible.

All in all, I’ve got some really cool brands behind me and I owe a huge thanks to them for their support in these trying times. My main focus will continue to be the Enduro World Cups and I’m really stoked to get things started when the EDR World Cup season kicks off in a couple of months! Winter training has been going really well and I’ll be sure to be firing on all cylinders when the time comes!

RACE CALENDAR

Spanish DH Cup 10/03 – Barcelona, Spain
Epic Enduro 31/03 – Olargue, France
Jura Sick Race 6-7/04 – Jura, France
EDR World Cup 10-12/05 - Finale Ligure, Italy
EDR World Cup 17-19/05 – Bielsko Biala, Poland
EDR World Cup 7-9/06 – Leogang, Austria
EDR World Cup 28-30/06 – Haute Savoie, France
EDR World Cup 12-14/07 – Valais, Switzerland
Irish Enduro National Championships 4/07 - Ravensdale, Ireland
EDR World Cup 6-8/09 – Loudenvielle, France

These are some key races in my season but be sure to follow me on socials to keep up to date with what’s happening, with my first race of the season being the Spanish DH Cup in Barcelona this weekend.




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35 Comments
  • 47 0
 I think these types of setup are more interesting than factory teams - Greg has had a degree of choice and these are the products that he rates, as opposed to being paid/forced to use because he is part of X team.. Obviously there will be a degree of Ibis are going to pay/support but he must have chosen to approach them rather than an alternative brand. Similarly with brakes - running Hayes when he could have un a full SRAM setup is also interesting.
  • 14 4
 Maybe he just didn't have that many options ???
  • 45 0
 Wild to see a RB athlete not on a major team. Good luck GC, always seemed like a real cool dude.
  • 5 0
 thought the same thing. Go get em Greg!
  • 13 0
 so... from privateer to pro on a few big teams, back to privateer. is that good or bad?! maybe now he makes enough he doesn't have to live out of a van and still focus on full-time training? hope it works out for him, I like seeing his positive attitude and outlook on the recap vids...
  • 9 1
 I remember him having some vision thing where he has no depth perception or something? I think that kind of handicap you could get away with in the 2015-2019 era but nowadays people are just too fast...
  • 19 2
 @wolftwenty1: I don’t know why you’re getting downvoted. He’s legally blind in one eye and runs his bars out of alignment to compensate. Mad Lad.
  • 2 1
 @thenotoriousmic: Mad respect for GC...no doubt. Just hard to imagine that kind of handicap wouldn't slow you down
  • 1 0
 It isn't uncommon for athletes to alternate between the two. Actually a good few great athletes have taken what they've learned from being in different big teams to setting up their own program. Neko Mulally and the Athertons even going as far as developing their own frames.
  • 9 1
 Wish him best of luck, he always seems like a likeable person with a professional approach to riding. The bike looks very cools as well. Sad to see the current state of enduro racing, where the "world" championship takes place in EU venues exclusively.
  • 9 0
 Super interesting.. if all riders/racers could pick their own bike I wonder bikes we’d see being ridden the most
  • 4 0
 That is a superb questions for PB survey to the riders, anonymously of course.
  • 7 0
 Rig looks mega…..

All the best for 2024.
  • 2 0
 Best of luck to GC, sucks seeing good people having to make a go at it on their own without factory support. (I don't know Greg but he does seem like good people, like a lot of the good riders trying to get through 2024 on minimal support)
  • 2 9
flag MattQEkBp1 (Mar 8, 2024 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 Why? Nobody is owed anything past whatever contracts they have, the industry is shrinking.
  • 6 0
 Best looking Ibis I've seen .
  • 4 0
 Happy to have you at / on Leatt, still. Thank you for the great support the last years. Way more years to follow, Basti / marketing dude at Leatt.
  • 5 0
 Go on GC! Glad to hear this!
  • 1 0
 Good shout on the Hayes brakes. Having always been a massive Shimano fan I recently got a bike with Hayes Dominion A4’s and was blown away at just how good they are. It will be good to see how a pro gets on with them compared to my complete amateur riding input but personally I love them.
  • 1 0
 Crazy to me that he's not on a factory team for 2024 and probably says quite a lot about the state of elite level enduro racing right now.
  • 2 0
 Good luck this year Greg! Top fella
  • 1 0
 Would be great to see Him smash it this season and smear it in the face of Devinci and Ibis!
  • 2 0
 take look at Rollerblading:
  • 1 0
 you have to realize at some point that mountain biking was Cool and now is taking over by young twatts
  • 2 0
 Best of luck!
  • 5 8
 He has no chance of winning riding a bike that doesn't have size specific chainstays.
  • 1 1
 I understand that. Show me which part of the press release that I missed which specifically states he is doing it for no pay, and I will eat my hat Wink
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