Greg Barr BC Enduro Interview

When you’re an electrician, it’s all about safety first. It’s about making connections that work, without too many hair raising experiences. In his day job as a construction electrician, Greg Barr follows a set of strict guidelines. There’s a level of creativity in finding solutions, especially when you’re working with a big team. 
This summer, Greg will get to figure out some creative solutions for how to navigate a very big team of riders, all focused on one goal; the finish line. 
We wanted to get an idea of what gets Greg’s heart pumping when he thinks about this race on his 2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70.
In a race like this, what’s your biggest fear?
I have a few. First is the bike actually showing up off the plane.
Stay Healthy and not get hurt.
It’s a blind course for me. Never having ridden it, I won’t know what’s up around the corners etc. I'll be pushing hard. Will be important to stay on the bike, and not get hurt.
If you could have either a personal best or a win, which one would you take an why?
Realistically, a solid ride, and a solid finish. I’ve got no result to compare with. I want to be happy with my effort and can’t expect to win. There are some high level professionals riding who get to train at that elevation. A couple of years ago, I think Remi Gauvin competed. He's a pro.
When you’re halfway done a race like this, is the glass half full or half empty?
It will be pretty full. I’d be pretty excited at this point. Energy systems will be empty but mental game should be on full stoke. I'll have to pedal through the pain. The great thing is that It’s better than being at work!
Given the massive difference in topography between Nova Scotia and BC where the race is held, what it is going to take for you to feel ready?
I don’t know if there is a way to prepare without that actual elevation. I can’t really prepare for the altitude without being in it. I'll spend as much time on the bike, and pushing weights but try not to get too beefcake.
For training - Top 5 In your Ear:
  1. Slipknot
  2. Deadmaus
  3. Sevendust
  4. Snoop Dogg
  5. Queens of the Stone Age
For training - Top 5 foods before / during:
  1. Eggs
  2. Whole Wheat Toast
  3. Clif Bars - White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
  4. Bananas
  5. On really cold rides, a flask of Fireball to keep me warm inside

Greg’s energy? His excitement about this race? It’s electric.


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