Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Noga Korem – Performing in the Face of the Odds

December 11, 2023

Today, I’m excited to have Noga Korem with us. Now, you’re likely aware of the unexpected turn of events earlier this year when Noga was released from her contract with GT Factory Racing. In the spirit of transparency, I want to address that this episode initially included a few more details from Noga’s perspective regarding the contract termination. However, due to the legal sensitivity of the matter and the challenge of reconciling differing accounts between both parties, I’ve made some slight edits. This was done to ensure that only factual information is presented, respecting the complexities of the situation.

In this episode we delve into Noga’s 2023 season and navigate through the challenges of losing her ride mid-season. Noga shares the inside scoop on crafting her own race program, aptly named ‘Team Improvise.’ Hear about the incredible moment when Commencal stepped in with a bike, right between practice and race at Pietra Ligure. We also explore the friendship between Noga and the downhill sensation, Vali Höll. Tune in for an inspiring conversation filled with resilience, quick thinking, and the camaraderie that makes the mountain biking community truly special. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Noga Korem.

You can follow Noga on Instagram @nogakorem.

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