Conor Scallion BC Enduro Interview

You might imagine that someone who spends their time putting out fires might want to wind down and relax when not at work. You know, curl up with a good book and maybe a latte and enjoy a restful weekend. Maybe brunch?
 
Well, there’s another direction you could go. And that’s what Conor Scallion is doing this July. He’ll be competing at Trans BC Enduro, a 5 day adventure through the forests of British Columbia; a race called by some, “the hardest enduro race in the world” on his Pivot Mach 6.
 
We thought it might be fun to try to get inside Conor’s head for this upcoming adventure and we wanted to share it with you here.
Given the massive difference in topography between Nova Scotia and Squamish, BC where the BC Bike Race is held, what it is going to take for you to feel ready?
Elevation training. I live in the Wentworth area, and will take good advantage of the biggest steep climbs I can find.
02 deprivation mask if I can find. Will wear and train.
Gotta make good time and feel good going up on the social climbs in order to make good time on the downhills. Being too tired, you lose control and things get messy fast.
 
In a race like this, what’s your biggest fear?
  • Crashing out
  • Getting Hurt
  • Not Being able to finish
 
When you’re halfway done a race like this, is the glass half full or half empty?
It will depend how I am doing. If I’m half way and having a great ride, I’ll be saddened it’s winding down. It'll be a long and difficult ride. By the end, I’ll be waiting for it.
 
For training - Top 5 In your Ear:
I do not train with music, but these bands get me pumped:
  1. Backstreet Boys
  2. NSync
  3. Raffi
  4. Weird Al
  5. Britney Spears
 
For training - Top 5 foods before / during:
  1. Anything but Tim Horton’s
  2. Gu Shots
  3. Electrolyte Substitutes
  4. Doritos
  5. Water
 
If you could have either a personal best or a win, which one would you take an why?
PB. I’m just riding to have a good time. 
 

Good luck Conor. It sounds like it’s going to be a hell of a ride.

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