It's Ruaridh and Ric's last podcast from Scotland as they get ready to hit the road and head out to MET EWS Val di Fassa Trentino next week, but there's still much to discuss! First up it's a flotilla of new machinery headed up by Santa Cruz's new Bronson and a mountain bike that may need an air intake.
Last week the Enduro World Series announced the all-new, bigger than ever 2022 race calendar so the boys take a wander through it picking out some of the most exciting parts. For more...
The UK's Bex Baraona is officially on a winning streak taking pre-season victories (by big margins) both in home soil and in Italy. We talk to Bex before she gets ready to hit the road taking her run of form to the opening round at MET EWS Val di Fassa in a couple of weeks. Is she set to be a title contender in 2021?!
And in other news, Greg Callaghan and Kelan Grant hit the road, Ruaridh has a haircut and Ric contemplates a bike build!
Zakarias Johansen is one of the most chilled out pro's in the Enduro World Series pits and has the speed and style between the tapes to back it up. He joins us this week to talk about starting life as a Norwegian downhiller before he was briefly coached by Ruaridh which was enough to turn him into a Swedish enduro racer!
Zak re-joined his first pro team, Ibis Cycles Enduro Team, this off-season and has just returned from his first race of the season where he finished second in Finale...
To stand on the top step of an Enduro World Series podium confirms that you are one of the very best mountain bike racers on earth. When looked at as a group of people who have managed it, there is a fascinating collection of riders who have managed it 'only' once. Some are now retired, others are still in the pro ranks and may yet have more victories in them.
In this episode, Ruaridh Cunningham and Ric McLaughlin dive into the details and stories behind those wins and try and work out what...
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...
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'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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In the fifth episode Spring is threatening to spring and thoughts are turning to bike racing... We report from the Intense Cycles Capital Kamikaze from Mount Stromlo down under as the EWS Qualifiers continue to roll out.
Ruaridh and Ric also debate whether or not we've reached the ceiling of big enduro bike tech developments and what elements of them designers have yet to crack.
There's more team news too with Giant Factory Racing Off-Road and Sunn French Connexion Racing announcing their...
In the fourth episode of the podcast Ric McLaughlin and Ruaridh Cunningham discuss some news about the EWS calendar, the first EWS Qualifier of the year in Falls Creek and our NEW BIKES! Well, Ric's new bike...
It's another whistle stop tour of Planet EWS with the guys discussing topics including Lapierre Zipp Collective's new young gun, how important comfort on an enduro bike is and whether or not it's better to be best mates with your teammate or your mechanic.
Plus, we answer your...
This week Ruaridh Cunningham and Ric McLaughlin discuss Devinci's announcement that they are committing to enduro and if they can be a factor in the overall Teams championship. We also discuss Forbidden's new Dreadnought as the latest long-limbed enduro frame breaks cover alongside the future of EWS and EWS-E courses. Will we see the first 6000m of vertical course by the end of the year?!
Also, we answer your questions! And there's everything from dream destinations to bear fights involved!
It's a funny old time of year with many Enduro World Series pro's making announcements, upping sticks and moving teams. Ric McLaughlin and Ruaridh Cunningham set about the mammoth task of attempting to untangle which EWS pro's will be riding for what teams this season. The watering hole is shrinking and there are some big names still to announce!
Plus they shed some light on how the dark art of rider contracts work, who needs to hurry up and find a seat and, on paper at least, which teams...
Join Ric McLaughlin and Ruaridh Cunningham as they discuss Enduro World Series race bikes getting ever more suspension travel on the day that Nukeproof launch their new 180mm travel Giga. How much is too much and on which 2021 EWS courses will added bounce come in handy?!
They also discuss the rise of the mixed wheel size 'mullet' bikes, Sam Hill turning troll on social media, lockdown hair care and the worst mud that Ruaridh has ever raced in.