Lewis Buchanan exploded onto the Enduro World Series in 2016. The relatively unknown rider signed with BMC and got people talking when he came 13th at his first ever EWS race in Corral, Chile. Fast forward a week to Round 2 in Bariloche, Argentina and the Scots rider
Congratulations on your new team – how does it feel to sign with Trek? Thanks! Yeah signing with Trek is something I could not pass up on. The company is super professional and the equipment we are running is top notch so I feel super confident in our set up. Its really a dream to become a racer for Trek.
2. What bike will you be running this year and do you know what your set up will be yet? I have been on the Slash 29 for a wee bit now and I am super confident in saying that I will be racing on that for the 2017 season. The bike is incredible on the descents and each time I get out on it I get more and more comfortable on it. I have some suspension stuff being sent over from Fox that I will do some testing on which is exciting that should make the bike even faster.
3. You seemed to come from nowhere last year to do really well at the first two rounds, only to then have to sit out the rest of the season with injury – how did you cope with that, it must have been incredibly frustrating? Yeah I came in to 2016 super prepared and in the best shape of my life. The injury was disappointing and the first few weeks after surgery was tough but I am on a good program with my coach and was confident that I can come back to great form. I am actually in a super good place right now and my fitness and riding is going to plan which is awesome.
4. One of your team mates will be your neighbour Katy Winton (both Lewis and Katy live in the Tweed Valley, Scotland) have you guys been doing a lot of training together in the off season? Its super cool to be team mates with Katy. Both of us being from the tweed valley area means that riding together is made much easier. We have actually not done any riding or training together yet. Its a super busy time of the year and we are all on our separate training programs so its sometimes tough to meet up. I am sure we will get in some good rides prior to EWS 1 which I look forward to!
5. What are your goals for the upcoming season? I am super focused on making it through my first EWS season. But taking each race by race but being as consistent as I can also is key. I train super hard and put in a lot of effort to be as ready as I can so for me I look to be floating around that top 10. I broke in to the top 10 last year at my second ever EWS so there is no reason why I should not be there again.