Greg Callaghan Earns Some Wings

Sep 27, 2017 at 11:35
by Pinkbike Staff  
For the first time this year Greg Callaghan got to race enduro with a national champion s sleeve.

Greg Callaghan has grown from strength to strength over the last few years on the EWS. The once considered hometown lucky race winner has since gone on to place at the top of the results sheets around the globe, with a win in Madiera, a second in Tasmania, a fifth in Rotorua, and is currently in third for the 2017 season overall.

It shouldn't be a total surprise to see the Irish pinner added to the Red Bull athlete roster, given that he's shown he is deserving of the kind of support that comes with it.


Will the wings give him the edge, the extra confidence going into the final EWS of the season to pull another win in what has been his strongest season to date? We'll have to wait and see but his position in the top five makes it tight in either direction, with the possibility that he could take Dailly and even Hill (if something were to happen to him) to move up a slot or two, while Clementz is nipping at his heels. Melamed's recent injury means he will no longer be a threat to Callaghan's current position.


66 Comments

  • + 51
 Big weekend for Nr Callaghan! Sick new bike and a fresh top drawer sponsor...things are lookin' UP!!! Send it Greg!!
  • + 2
 Happy for Greg. Anyway looks like Red Bull wants the first big W in EWS badly.
  • + 21
 During a transfer at the ews in whistler, Greg and Sam passed by myself and 2 of my friends. As they rode by we gave them some yahoo cheering and fist pumping as idiot mtb fans do. Sam Hill gave us a grimace and a head nod, Greg?? Well he gave us a full on smile! A SMILE!!!!! He's alright in my books.
  • + 128
 Pretty sure "grimace and head nod" is Sam Hill's version of a full on smile
  • + 8
 @fabdemaere: we actually joked about that lol
  • + 34
 @fabdemaere:
I got the chance to speak to the Sam Hill this year in Derby. Knowing he is a man of few words I chose mine carefully:
Me: "So you like the trails here?"
Sam: "Yeah"
I was delighted and left it at that.
  • + 17
 Happy for his wings. Just wished there are better options for pro riders for sponsorship that are cleaner options then a drink that filled with nothing but BS in a can.
  • + 8
 Yeah. Imagine how cool GoPro paint jobs would look! Action sports need more sponsors than just energy drinks...
  • + 18
 CLIF bars wouldn't be too bad of a sponsor
  • + 13
 @AMuss: True, I love rheeder and casey's lids! Best looking helmets of the year
  • + 4
 This is why we need more beer sponsers.
  • + 18
 Cha-ching
  • + 15
 Proud day for the Parish.
  • + 4
 First the Sam and now this! All that's needed now is for the lads from Skibb to bring home the bacon and it's golden.
  • + 13
 Great guy! Always friendly, fast and not a bad frizbee player too!!
  • + 5
 Obviously it great for Greg to get some more support but remember kids, athletes don't drink this gut rot, so if you want to make it, DRINK WATER!
  • + 6
 Drink Water.
  • + 5
 Awesome! One of my favorite riders, top bloke. Stoked for him.
  • + 2
 Great to see him getting this level of support. I was chatting with him on course in Derby and he really is one of the friendliest guys out there.
  • + 5
 Erin Go "Brah"!
  • + 1
 Brilliant!
  • + 4
 the flying irish
  • + 3
 Wonder if I could get on lol
  • + 4
 Congratulations!
  • + 4
 well earned
  • + 2
 amazon has drones, ups has drivers with wings
  • + 3
 Katy Winton is next
  • + 2
 So what is the "support that comes with it"?
  • + 8
 Training, money, facility use, Red Bull, etc.
  • + 8
 @SavageDonut: plus some next level media exposure
  • + 1
 How do you get to be a Red Bull athlete? Any certain milestones you have to hit before they pick you?
  • + 13
 From my own observations they seem to offer a lot for an athlete with access to coaches, facilities, physios and doctors and for competition athletes they don't seem to ask for much more than a social media presence. For the creative athletes i.e. Danny MacAskill they seem to offer all the support they need to get projects done.
From a sports perspective I don't see anything wrong with them in fact I'd go as far as to say theyre a progressive company as far as action sports is concerned. Maybe you don't like they're drink. So what? Everybody loves Danny Mac and everyone loves Greg Callaghan
  • + 4
 *Their drink
  • - 3
 @renio: Why don't you send that to Apple and tell them 'their' predictive text is destroying your life because someone typed a contraction instead of a determiner?

Or...

You could just f*ck off
  • + 23
 Hold you're horses
  • + 1
 @mikeyspaff: I didn't say I don't like their drink (I've never had it). I'm honestly curious what kind of support they get because I've heard they don't get a salary.
  • + 1
 All the free Taurine you can consume! Congrats to this guy, though.
  • + 1
 @jwrendenver: yeah, I heard Gwin actually lives in a box...
Money's on the table. Period.
  • + 2
 Special Red Bull livery lid
  • + 1
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: so you don't know shit...
  • + 2
 Front brake on the left is the only way!!
  • + 1
 Wait a second, don't you brits run it backwards too?
  • + 3
 goood !!!
  • + 3
 Front brake on right?..
  • + 5
 The way us British people do it!
  • + 7
 Yes, Irish people and Brit's have their brakes reverse to Europeans and Americans. I'm just trying to figure out how you realised that from this article?
  • + 3
 And us down here (and the sheep rooters)
  • + 1
 @Cashman39: Ohhhh he throws down the sheep rooter gauntlet. Keen to see who responds from across the ditch. Best shirt I bought in New Zealand said "Caution, sheep next 1,536 km," the length of NZ.
  • + 4
 @humoroususername: Top picture and just follow the hose routing. Wink
  • + 6
 @ka81 It's the same on a motorbike so I always found it the right place to be?
  • + 5
 @weedoot: correct. It is the right place.
  • + 5
 Front brake and front shifter on the left, back brake and back shifter on the right... Common sense!
  • + 9
 @Cashman39: I'll have you know, mate, that in 1802, Aussies invented the condom, using sheep lower intestines. In 1822, Kiwi's refined the process by taking the intestines out of the sheep first.
  • + 2
 Well earned
  • + 1
 Next up, big bike sponsor deal. Would be good to see him on a Santa Cruz!!
  • + 1
 More power to him
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