CUBE Action Team

Greg Callaghan

2016 was quite a successful year for Greg!

In his first season as pilot of the CUBE Action Team, he was often under the best 20 in the world in various races. The young Irishman has a special flowing riding style, that allows him to almost always achieve fast stage times. Through his extremely likeable personality, Greg is, and will for sure, remain an important component of the team, ensuring various successes throughout the 2016 season.

About Greg

What motto describes you best?

"Sure, if nothing else, it's a day out" & "you're better looking at it than looking for it." - Irish sayings.

How would your best friends describe you – 3 words?

Hard working, easy going, positive.

Why do you ride DH/4x/Enduro?

There are so many reasons but it would be because I've always loved the speed of downhill and the toughness of XC, so when enduro came along it was the perfect fit for me. I love where an enduro bike can take you and what modern bikes are capable of. You can do it all on one bike!

What is your favorite spot?

My local trails in Threerock. It's really technical there and no matter where you have been, you will always come home and scare yourself in Threerock. It's also right beside my house and has an awesome view of Dublin City.

What is your biggest spleen?

Untill this year I always had to work long hours during winter to fund my racing and then do the season on a tight budget. It was tough at times but it's worth it in the end to travel the world riding your bike.

What is your favorite music/song during training?

I usually don't train with music but if I do just something upbeat that can get you moving works for me.

Sport is hard work and needs a lot discipline. What is the hardest exercise in your fitness program?

Probably going out in really bad weather and having to do a hard interval session on the road bike.

What is your motivation?

I love riding my bike fast and enjoy my training, so it's easy to go out and train to be better at what I love. And winning, who doesn't love winning?

Interview with Greg

The 2016 season... What was your best race?

That would have to be the Irish EWS. To get a second win there in front of my home crowd was amazing. It still makes me smile when I think about it!.

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

My main focus for 2017 is the EWS. I really want to get a podium outside of the Irish race and want to be in the top 10 all season. I think if I can do that I can have a really good overall ranking at the end of the season. But most importantly, I want to have fun on my bike!.

4 riders in the team in 2017 – can you tell us something about the team spirit?

Funny! We have 4 riders and 4 jokers. Time with the team is usually time spent laughing. It's a fun group. The spirit in the team is great!

What does racing mean to you?

As Steve McQueen said "Racing is life, anything that happens before or after is just waiting". 

I think that sums it up pretty well. I just love going fast and pushing to my maximum. That's living!

Training with CUBE's Hybrid during the winter time is a great alternative way to get fit. Why you use this new toy for your performance?

The main reason is that they're so much fun to ride. The bonus is that is great training too. It allows me to get more time descending for the same amount of energy. So more time to practice my skills. It's perfect.

What will be your race highlight in 2017?

It's hard to choose just one race as they're all so good in their own way. I'm really looking forward to the race in Madeira. We were there last year and I really love the island. But as a whole I'm just looking forward to riding my bike as fast as possible all over the world. That's the dream.

The Stereo 29" Action Team Edition is your choice for the 2017 season – how is it different to last year's race bike and what do you like so much about it?

Yeah, we have fully committed to the 29er now. I knew when I first rode it that this was the bike for me. My bike has stayed pretty much the same compared to the 29er I raced for the second half of last season. I felt really good on the bike, so there was no need to change much!

Travelling and racing with the A TEAM is for you...?

An experience! Everywhere we go, we always leave with some great stories. Good times, all the time!

Milestones

2016

Rank 1 - Wicklow (IRL), Enduro World Series

Rank 6 - Valberg-Guillaumes (FRA), Enduro World Series

2015

Rank 7 - Finale Ligure (ITA), Enduro World Series

Rank 3 - Peebles (SCO), Enduro World Series

Rank 1 - Wicklow (IRL), Enduro World Series

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