Christo Gallagher is a fast, talented elite enduro racer from Edinburgh.
Christo is just one of the dudes from Team Wideopenmag that will be repping Juice Lubes for us in 2018 – take it away Chrsto!
Thanks to Euan Camlin for the riding images.
Tell us a bit about yourself – who is Christo?
I’m someone who loves to ride all types of bikes, hang out with friends, go on the road and do a ton of racing.
Where did MTB start for you?
My first proper day mountain biking was at Glentress on a hire bike. It was a Ridgeback 24″ or something when I was about 12 or 13 and from then on I was completely obsessed.
I slowly got better bikes and better at riding them and spent all my time after school riding up Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh or getting the train to go riding at places.
There was two ways to hit this section… 1️⃣ – Smooth and controlled entrance speed with good exit speed – @christo_g 2️⃣ – Decide exit speed is irrelevant and it’s all about the send – @morgy_bear5 ~ @wideopenmag @nukeproofbikes @juicelubes @funnmtb @camelbak @alpinestars @bellbikehelmets @contityres @girocycling @fibraxuk #teamwideopenmag
What bike are you riding at the moment? How did that come about?
I had a really good year in 2017 and travelled about with Chris Hutchens a fair bit (who was on Wideopenmag last year and is on again this year) and Chris was kind enough to recommend for a spot on the team, so to speak.
Long story short, Wideopen offered me a spot on the team and I was stoked to be part of it, so of course I said aye and joined the team!
It looked like this less than a week ago! 😑 Here’s a little snippet of following @morgy_bear5 down the classic at Innerleithen. ~ @wideopenmag @nukeproofbikes @juicelubes @funnmtb @camelbak @alpinestars @bellbikehelmets @contityres @girocycling @fibraxuk #teamwideopenmag ~ #beastfromtheeast #sunshine #enduromtb #gopro #pov #chesty
And what do you do for a day job?
To pay the bills I work for Wigwam® Holidays in Digital Marketing and IT, which is pretty awesome because they allow me to be flexible with my hours, so I can train and race all Summer.
Where do you normally ride and what sort of trails do you love the most?
Being from Edinburgh, I ride mostly in the Tweed Valley, so up the Golfy, Glentress, Innerleithen, Yair etc. All the trails are pretty flipping sweet up there at the moment, but if I was to pick a favourite it’d be New Wolf up the Golfy probably.
What really gets you stoked when you’re riding your MTB?
I’m a big fan of the send and I love shredding turns. Give me some big jumps or some shreddable turns and I’ll hit them all day no qualms.
Got any tips for other riders on keeping your bike running smoothly through the winter?
Keep on top of your drivetrain cleaning is probably the one I see most neglected and can really take the fun out of a ride when your chain is dragging and clogging up with dirt and grime.
Make sure after every ride you clean your drivetrain properly (keep a separate brush for your drivetrain) and not only will your drivetrain last longer, but so will your legs on your next ride!
What were your highlights from 2017?
2017 was a flipping great year I have to say. I managed a few Scottish Enduro podiums in Elite and finished third in the overall. Managed my first top 30 stage at an EWS and finished top 50 in Ireland.
Can’t leave out the fact that a Velosolutions pumptrack got built a 2 minute ride from my flat, so it was a real treat getting to ride that all Summer.
And what are you most looking forward to in 2018?
2018 is gonna be great! I can’t wait to race with my Wideopenmag team mates and race a lot of new venues in the UK and abroad. It’s going to be a lot of fun.