MTB Enduro pro rider Noga Korem @nogakorem is on track to set a new personal record and score a fabulous second season on the GT Factory Team. She is a long time SOURCE Hydration friend and she has been working with our developers on the Hipster Hydration Belt and a new MTB pack we’re launching in 2020. We had a chat with her between races.
Hi Noga, at the beginning of the year, you set the aim at the top 3 of the Enduro World Series (EWS) – and you aimed as usual sky-high. Now, after the last race in France, you’re ranked at number 2 in the world. First of all: congrats to that!
Thanks SOURCE it’s been great indeed…!
How can it get any better in the second half of the season?
Well, I am in Livigno (Italy) for 3 weeks of training camp, my goal here is to improve my speed further in the downhill sections and to improve my fitness – hopefully it will get better 👊
Of course you’re not kicking back! Winning one of the races would be a nice touch..?
Winning is always a goal, but for the moment Isabeau is on fire – she has won all the EWS races so far and I don’t think it will be possible to overtake her, but for sure it’s a goal for the future! Meanwhile my goal is to get closer to her times on the stages.
What are the key ingredients to your secret sauce in 2019?
It’s a little bit of everything: I know how to suffer more, i improved my anaerobic shape, speed downhill is better, I’m more comfortable with the bike and setup – and all that put together makes the difference…
What SOURCE products are you using this year?
This season I have a new prototype pack with me that will be out in 2020. I was helping to design and I really like it. I use it a lot in training. In Israel I use mainly the hipster for my rides…
Where do you feel you most improved compared to last season?
I have a more organized training plan, that i set up with my coach Nathalie Schneitter (@natuzzchen), and I’m more on my Enduro Bike than in previous years, during practice.
What are you aiming for until the EWS finals in Zermatt, Switzerland?
I’m now in Livigno preparing for EWS in Whistler and Crankworx where I’m looking to possibly try an entirely new race category. It will be a first and I’m not ready to announce it yet – but I’m excited and looking forward to it. You’ll be first to know details.
End of August we are heading to Northstar for the 7th round of EWS, a new stop in the EWS. And then in September, it’s going to be the final round of EWS Zermatt in Switzerland.
My last big international event of the season will be the Trophy of Nations in Italy, Liguria. I’m planning to bring 2 young rider from Israel that I coach for the national team. That they can get some experience on the Enduro bike, meet the EWS gang – and to have some fun …