Join Ric McLaughlin and Ruaridh Cunningham from the Enduro World Series as they talk racing, riders and tech from inside the world's most-exciting mountain bike race series!
Episode 16: What went on at team camp?! Chain Reaction Cycles, problems with shoulders and looking ahead to some Epic Hope PMBA action
Team camps can be tricky things - melting pots of egos, injuries and new equipment. The last thing anyone needs is two podcasters turning up to ask inane questions... With that in mind, Ruaridh and Ric went for a behind-the-scenes look at the Chain Reaction Cycles team's annual set-up straightener.
They also look ahead to a pro-packed first big UK enduro - the Epic Hope PMBA Enduro (which carries EWS Qualifier status) at the end of the month. Anticipation builds ahead of New Van (better title pending) arriving, Ruaridh opens up about opening up shoulders, Ric retells one of his more spectacular racing disasters and the sporting career of Take That's Mark Owen comes up for debate.
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Episode 15: Do Aussies really have the best race kits? Plus looking ahead to racing in Israel, some app time and Ruaridh says farewell to a faithful companion...
This week we have some racing to report in on from the impressively-titled Fox Superflow sealed by Stan’s gravity enduro event down under which has raised a burning question; are Australian racers simply better at race kit than any other nation?!
We look ahead to the next round of the Israel Enduro Series, discuss how fast Greg Callaghan's father is on an e-bike and lament the sale of Ruaridh's trusty old van. There's also talk of new vans, Shimano's revolutionary E-TUBE app and how tough it is to make the jump from U21 to Pro class racing. All this whilst trying not to get distracted by a small bird who seems determined to make it on to the podcast.
Episode 14: The BIG ONE... Discovery, Inc invest in the EWS and EWS-E plus first thoughts on our new Santa Cruz Bullit MX's
It's been a long time coming but Ruaridh and Ric FINALLY get to talk about one of the biggest deals in the history of mountain bike racing coverage - Discovery, Inc's investment in the Enduro World Series and EWS-E. More racing, more coverage and more exposure for the riders and teams!
Also, the boys have spent their first day on their new Santa Cruz Bullit MX e-bikes. How do the bikes differ from their old Heckler's and what were their initial impressions, how did Shimano's EP8 drive unit perform and what bits on their bikes could they not talk about?!
Episode 13: Jared Graves and Kasper Woolley's new team, Forbidden Synthesis launch and asymmetrically legged upside down suspension forks!
It's been another busy week at the Enduro World Series and EWS-E office! But it probably wasn't as busy as Kasper Woolley should be preparing to be... Ruaridh and Ric catch up to discuss the young Canadian's upcoming mentorship under Jared Graves, one of the most complete bike racers ever, on the newly-announced Yeti / OneUp Components Pro Team.
Forbidden Synthesis - another all-Canadian super squad has arrived as the Battle for Squamish heats up!
We also take a look at the uniquely suspended race machines of the new Juliana Free Agents team. Plus how to embarrass yourself outside of an ice cream parlour, stuffing/preloading Medjool dates, rappers in space and a whole lot more...
Episode 12: Au revoir Cecile! We look back on the three-time EWS Champs greatest moments, talk about the new Specialized Racing Enduro and the march of the motorcycle manufacturers
Cecile Ravanel announced her official retirement from racing last week so this week we're looking back at what made the three-time EWS Champ such a formidable competitor. Will her influence continue to be felt and has anyone got any chance of replicating her dominance?!
We also talk about Kevin Miquel's latest Specialized Racing S-Works Enduro race bike, carbon fibre versus alloy handlebars, enduro race bike hacks and Ric buys not one but (potentially) two bikes...
Episode 11: Charlie Murray tells us about his shiny new Specialized Racing deal!
After weeks of poking around the proverbial bushes, Ric and Ruaridh have finally solved the mystery of just who New Zealand’s Charles Murray will be riding for this year and it is Specialized Racing! The sixth place rider from the 2020 Bluegrass EWS Finale Ligure joins us on the line from the sunny Southern Hemisphere to talk about his new team, quitting his day job and just how confusing a mixed wheel bike can be when it comes to buying tyres!
Also, we talk about the Dirt Fund Project - a new charity set up to help fund privateer racers, discuss what is next for Katy Winton and Ruaridh falls off a patio.