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 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.
Episode 10: TALK RUBBER TO ME! How important is tyre choice in enduro racing? We talk with Ken Avery from Vittoria Tyres.
Do you know your progressive siping from your ETRTO?! Tyres divide opinion like no other bike component and their performance can dramatically affect not just how your bike feels on the trail but where you end up at your next enduro race.
Rather than just battle through Ruaridh and Ric's own (often non-sensical) opinions, we enlisted the help of Ken Avery from Vittoria Tyres. Senior Vice President of Product, Ken is first and foremost a mountain biker and has moved from racing at UCI-level to designing some of mountain biking's best known rubber. Enduro racing is a brand-new challenge however and represents a very delicate balancing act for tyre designers.
In this episode, we talk about our own tyre-based misfortunes, how we got on with our Vittoria tyres last season, what we all should be looking for and thinking about when it comes to tyre choice. Also, what does the future hold for e-bike tyres and how does a bike handle with 65psi in the front tyre?!
Episode 9: Celebrating a brand-new partner, Shimano's century and further leads as to The Mystery of Charles Murray!
On episode 9 of the Enduro World Series podcast we have a brand-new partner announcement in the form of sporting event logistics giants, Ship To Cycle. We help to celebrate 100 years of one of the most trusted bike industry brands in the world, Shimano, with a ride down Memory Lane whilst taking a look at some of their more curious creations and the groupsets that shaped us as riders. We also talk about Specialized’s brand-new Turbo Levo, the name that has become a byword for hard-hitting e-bike fun and get an update on the The Mystery of Charles Murray and Ruaridh’s quest for Project 85. Or should that be Project 87.5?
Episode 8: EWS Qualifier racing from NZ and the USA, Yeti/Fox Race Team team announcement and the importance of bike colour
Another hectic week at the Enduro World Series office has passed under the teams front wheel so there's plenty for Ruaridh Cunningham and Ric McLaughlin to discuss. There's been racing action from the EWS Qualifiers in Dunedin, NZ and Windrock, USA, the mystery of who Charles Murray will be riding for in 2021 rumbles on (for now) and Yeti/Fox Race Team have announced their 2021 line-up.
Where does the two-time EWS Champ, Richie Rude, stack up as we head towards the new season getting underway? Or will it be his teammate and one of the form riders of 2019, Shawn Neer, who will be top turquoise rider this time out?
We also answer YOUR QUESTIONS, discuss the dark art of bike colour and whether or not trials has any place in an enduro race...
Episode 7: racing from Endurofest at Maydena Bike Park, a new Husky and an update on Trek's Florian Nicolai
With all the Enduro World Series and EWS-E entries now live and all but a few being accounted for it definitely feels like we've been asked to stow the tray tables in preparation for final descent into the 2021 race season!
This week Ruaridh Cunningham and Ric McLaughlin discuss the official launch of (nearly) all of the official teams with some notable names having quietly traded pit spaces. There's also discussion about the new Husqvarna E-Bicycles Racing team and their headline signing of Alexandre Fayolle.
We report on Trek Factory Racing's injured Florian Nicolai, attempt a video round-up and debate what it means to be a 'season' rider...
Episode 6: PAGEY! Our first ever guest is Chain Reaction Cycles team manager and all-round living legend, Nigel Page.
The sixth episode of The Enduro World Series Podcast is a bit of a milestone in that we've got our first guest on the show!
The term 'mountain bike legend' is thrown around pretty liberally but if it fits anyone properly it's Chain Reaction Cycles' Nigel Page. Nigel has lived a life on two wheels from motorbikes, to BMX, to racing at the very top level of professional downhill during the sports late 1990's golden age. Since then, Nigel has been pivotal in first setting up Chain Reaction Cycles as one of the most professional teams in mountain biking and then recruiting Sam Hill and helping him to his three consecutive EWS overall titles. He still races too and is a Masters podium regular.
In the show Nigel talks about everything from his early days right up to helping Nukeproof develop their latest race bikes and working intimately with one of the sports most mercurial, talented and humble talents... Ruaridh Cunningham. Oh, and Sam Hill too...