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 30: The 2022 EWS-E and EWS race season cometh!
An old wooden door creeks open... nervously you peer into the darkness behind... look closer... what's that?! BANG! IT'S THE 2022 EWS-E AND EWS RACE SEASON!
After nearly eight months of waiting it is FINALLY here! The Vittoria EWS Tweed Valley 2021 was consigned to the history books as one of the most talked-about EWS races in history but all that is now itself history and Ruaridh Cunningham and Ric McLaughlin are back to talk all things '22.
What rounds are they most excited about? Who are they backing and, perhaps most importantly, how much action are they going to serve you up and where?! Ric talks us through the EWS' exciting new video model, Ruaridh pontificates on weird cockpit set ups and redesigning the EWS Tweed Valley course. There's also talk surrounding the new Santa Cruz Megatower V2, motorhome insulation foam and the motion picture film Deep Impact.
A video version of this podcast is available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/EnduroWorldSeries1
Episode 29: We relive EWS Crans-Montana and Ruaridh beats Travis Pastrana at something.
The Specialized EWS-E Crans-Montana and EWS Crans-Montana were full of drama from start to finish with big name racers crashing left, right and centre and their opponents lining up to take advantage. Ruaridh Cunningham and Ric McLaughlin are back together to relive a hectic week in Switzerland on what would be some of the years best stages.
Travis Pastrana is one of the most decorated extreme sports athletes of all-time and has blazed a trail through several different sports raising the bar ever higher for others to follow. And then he met Ruaridh, one fateful night in California...
Also in this episode; the Yeti 160E launch, surprise packages and vans not falling through ceilings.
You can re-watch all the action from EWS Crans-Montana, RIGHT HERE!
You can re-watch all the action from Specialized EWS-E Crans-Montana, RIGHT HERE!
Episode 28: Stateside Part 2: Sugarloaf - Cunningham returns!
This week it's the second part of our USA road trip as we get to know the people behind the 2022 Enduro World Series rounds. In Episode 28 it's the turn of Adam Craig (general all-round MTB legend) and John Tauses who is the Carrabassett Valley Trail Manager. Both of them are deeply rooted in mountain biking in Maine and have been driving forces behind bringing the 2022 series to Sugarloaf.
For those who complained that there wasn't enough Ruaridh last week then fear not! Cunningham returns for this one. He's partnered alongside our very own Finlay Anderson as the four discuss what promises to be a historic back-to-back East Coast block of racing next season.
If you want to find out more about the new venues then check out our EWS Destination Spotlight pieces, available here.
Or, if you fancy experiencing the Enduro World Series first hand and are good at waggling a camera, then why not apply to join us in our new Creator role which you can apply for here.
Episode 27: We sit down with Knight Ide, one of the driving forces behind EWS Burke 2022
In this weeks episode we're going on the road and beginning to look ahead to the 2022 race season. The EWS team are just back from a site visit to our two brand-new US rounds in Burke, VT and Sugarloaf, ME. Our very own Finlay Anderson sat down with one of the driving forces behind the first of those races, a man who has ran race teams, fostered some world-class young talent and pushed extremely hard to bring the Enduro World Series to his home trails - Knight Ide.
WE'RE HIRING! If you want to come and work for the Enduro World Series here's how you can apply for our new Creator position.
Also, as mentioned in the show, you can watch Steve Jones' assault on the Bluegrass EWS-E Finale Ligure here.
Episode 26: the ultimate Scottish riding holiday, Ruaridh goes Stateside and we look back on Michelin EWS Loudenvielle!
The (liquid) dust has now settled, the power washers have been put away and the riding kit is dripping in the garage... the 2021 EWS-E and Enduro World Series is in the books. After a failed attempt to broadcast from the road, Ruaridh and Ric are back however with plenty to discuss and debate.
Over the course of the next few episodes we're going to be looking at the second block of racing, the busiest in Enduro World Series history with nine races in just five weeks! Who were the big winners, who were the losers and what were the stories behind them?
Also, EWS Travel has just launched an all-new MTB trip that has been years in the making. For more details about our brand new H+I Adventures EWS Travel Scotland package, CLICK HERE.
Episode 25: the one in the brewery... PLUS we look ahead to a solid month of racing, disruptors and attempt to establish just what makes France so special.
It's happened. It's finally happened... someone has let us record the podcast in a brewery! This week, Ruaridh and Ric report in from Tempest Brewing Co. where the team are hard at work producing something special for the Vittoria EWS-E/EWS Tweed Valley.
An exciting block of racing lies ahead with six races taking place in just three weeks including the return of EWS-E and two brand-new venues! With the van (nearly) packed, the EWS team are off to France for the Michelin EWS Loudenvielle. We haven't raced in France since EWS Montagnes du Caroux back in 2019 and with French riders dominating the top-20's it feels like one of the most hotly-anticipated races in a long time. To add some spice to the mix, the boys take a look at the newly-crowned French national champions and how that changes things.
Also, who are we backing to be the big disruptors this season and where/how will they do it?! And seagulls. And beer.
A video version of this podcast will be available in a couple of days. For those who missed the video version of Episode 24, CHECK IT OUT HERE.
Loved the first episode - a great listen for fans of enduro and mountain biking in general.