Course Preview: UCI World Cup Round 1, Pietermaritzburg

Apr 11, 2014 at 2:56
Apr 11, 2014
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The one and only Claudio Caluori is back and in full flow as he takes us down the glorious Pietermaritzburg course for Round 1 of the UCI DH World Cup in South Africa. Check out Claudio’s thoughts on the modified downhill course at Pietermaritzburg as we get sight of what the riders can come to expect when they take to the course over the next few days.

Tune into Redbull.com/bike from 14:15 CET this Saturday, April 12, to see how the riders fare for real on the Pietermaritzburg track for the first round of the UCI Downhill World Cup.
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102 Comments

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 Claudio's Course Previews are one of the main reasons I've been waiting for the world cup season to start!! Super sick.
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 I feel ya bro Smile
  • + 26
 some real comments, from a real rider, on a real track!!!
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 That was awesome!!!
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 "Ohhhhh, I need the physio!".

Hahahaha, this guy is HILARIOUS. How the hell he can talk through all that is beyond me.
  • + 18
 Couldn't agree more! He also rode it in 4mins 52secs in the video which is only 12 seconds off qualifying for elite finals, what a hero!
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 Dear Claudio,
we like your accent we like your comments
we like the course preview and we have
a lot of laugh too ... ha hah ah funny chap ! Razz
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  • + 92
 Today Pinkbike was good.
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 Agree! Best "Pinkbike" in a long time! And it is usually pretty good!
  • + 6
 For sure. Quali report + Claudio = pretty goodness.
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 +news from shimano/fox, real content today
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  • + 47
 If I was going any faster I would be traveling in time.
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 once you 80... Wink

back to the future is f*ckin amazing Razz this video is one of the best parts of WC!
  • + 11
 I remember in a preview last year he said "feels like i'm in a particle accelerator!"

At least one physics major on pinkbike appreciates the way he thinks.
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  • + 41
 Claudio + Tippie on a tandem DH bike on a course run. The internet world goes boom!
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 LMFAO!!!! i can just see it!!! the wig,the accents!!! hilarious!!!
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 That would tear a gaping hole in the time-space continuum.
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 and Lord Warner on the commentary
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 yep a triple shot of craziness !!
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 At LEAST have all three of them as the UCI commentators. I would even pay for that.
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  • + 42
 Claudio is the man!
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  • + 32
 And now we're going.. Sppppeeeeeaad!
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  • + 28
 cos im fuckin tired oh wait sorry i am not supposed to say that here
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  • + 22
 Arrives late... getting dark... riding the course blind... on a borrowed bike... and still having more fun and ripping harder than the vast majority of of ever could dream of! Awesome work Claudio!!!
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  • + 18
 I definately think I need a 06:36min break from work. Cheers Claudio, bring on the ´14 season!
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 Respect, on a 'break' in work myself!
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  • + 12
 Gotta love Claudio;

Sounds like Fozzy bear dipped in sticky rad and sprinkled in sweet gnar
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 ^^^^YES! LOL Fozzy Bear! Claudio Rules!
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  • + 11
 Just brilliant. I was smiling the whole way through.
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 same here mate!!
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 me too and it made me want to go ride my favorite DH trail while hooting and hollering all the way down!
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  • + 8
 I love how he says what us normal riders think and feel during a run hahaha so good.I could watch this guy all day reviewing tracks.
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 He gave like five good reasons not to ride the course before he even got on his bike, then says "oh well, let's go..." Courage. His commentary is highly entertaining. 'Don't want to do a Mitch RopelatoOOOOOHHH, OK..well that wasn't as hard as I thought..."
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 That was freakin funny! Here you realise how good pro riders are hitting this track with trail bikes. I've been waiting sooo long and it's tomorrow damn can't wait!
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 Somehow this week I didn't feel the world cup fever yet with all the world cup news (new gear, who is racing going 650b, etc). I thought something was missing keeping me from being excited. Then I realized! Claudio's track preview wasn't here yet! Now here it is! Got me all excited again!

"I better not do this... I might kill myself!" hahaha epic Claudio!!!!
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 Gotta luv a bit of 'Claudio'.... some epic one liners in there, loved the admission of not even choosing a line 'cos i don't know one' hahahahaha classic... big day tomorrow.. is Warner still on the mic ?
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  • + 6
 Too much cardio for Claudio... get that man an oxygen mask, stat!
  • + 7
 Heheheh imagine him high on oxygen
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 Internet would blow up
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  • + 3
 In 50 yrs from know when Claudio is doing these preview rides in a wheelchair, I'll crank up my hearing aids and be as excited as ever.
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  • + 4
 Within the first 10 seconds of him I was already laughing, got to love Claudio!
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 My lung doesn't feel that good right now. Heck, I couldn't ride that with TWO lungs. Nice work CC.
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  • + 4
 Finally the wait was over! This made my day Smile
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  • + 3
 Love it!! The first 10 secs of riding was like having Bobcat Goldthwaite doing the commentary!
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 thumbs up if you want Claudio to do all course previews on dual rock-razors this year. THAT WAS AWESOME!
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  • + 3
 Yeah Claudio, your track reviews are classic! Glad you had a good time (even if your lungs didn't).
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  • + 1
 RED BULL PLAYER IS RUUUBBISH. but when I eventually managed to watch the whole thing, it was pretty good. Love this guy's track previews!
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 Claudio!!!! It's ok...I think you earned the right to say you're tired as fuck after that run. lol
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 "SPPRRRRRRIIIINNNNNTTTTT!!!!" hahahahaha Claudio is such a rad bastard.
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  • + 1
 best. preview. EVAH. looks like a lot of fun on that track. maybe not pure DH but those jumps are HUUUUUGE
  • + 9
 Just because you have to pedal a bit doesn't mean it's not "full DH". If we start thinking like that, we could say that Leogang or even Fort Bill aren't "full DH". As Steve Smith said: "we can't really call ourselves athletes if we're not pedaling."
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 that's not what i meant. it's not pedalling that makes this track a bit less DH-ish. It's less steep and has less technical sections than, for example, Andorra or Val Di Sole, those of course are on the opposite side under the point of view of the features. That doesn't mean that PMB is not worth the DH World cup or whatever, just that here the focus is definitively on speed and air, and less on the rough stuff. I'm more than sure that i will enjoy the race (i will enjoy ALL the races) i love DH and i'm in withdrawal syndrome right now. But it's a fact that PMB is not as tachnical as some of the others / older tracks are
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 If worldcup riders are faster on none downhill bikes, its not a worthy downhill track for a worldcup. Its definitely a downhill track but worldcup worthy in my opinion no. Looks so fun though.
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 "That was not as hard as I thought...ARRRGH!" lol Razz
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 wa wa waaa wooooo woooo hahaha this guy is THE guy, loved it
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 So what time is the race on Saturday? If you mean CET (not CEST) then im still confused...
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 Can't see anything in China...
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 My wife even liked that. Sweet video.
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 Imagine the whips that Danny Hart and Brendog will have over that gap jump @ around 3:20
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  • + 3
 Can he narrate my life?
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  • + 1
 "I need a physio."

True story!

Technical sections, fast sections, pedaling and hit the cardio.
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  • + 3
 GIVE THAT MAN A COOKIE
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  • + 2
 That just made my day, The world cup season has officially begun Smile
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  • + 1
 Sponsoring claudio might be better marketing than sponsoring an athlete
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 Claudio!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazing!!!! Hahahahaahah i love it
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 still dont know why everybody hates this Track !? Looks good to me
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 Makes me laugh every time. Legend
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 today pinkbike, you win the internet
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 VOD for Claudio...total legend!
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 Claudio's back! Woooot! Most entertaining part of World Cup season XD
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 Yeeeaa Claudio! Absolutely Killing It!
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  • + 1
 someone give this man a medal!
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  • + 1
 The beat previews Rock on Claudio....
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  • + 1
 What an absolute legend! Love his course previews!...
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  • + 1
 Oh Claudio, we love you.

Don't leave it so long next year okay?
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 BEST ONE YET!
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  • + 1
 Awesome! Claudio is having way too much fun!
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 This guy's a chiller! The running commentary is killer!
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  • + 1
 that was so good, awesome commentary! FUCKEN TIRED haha
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 That was fun to watch.
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 to jest dh a nie to polskie ciulstwo
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  • + 1
 Claudio. You da man.
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 What. A. Legend.
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 imagine him and tipe together?
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 Tandem helmet cam
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 OMG!... i would gladly pay to watch footage of Claudio and Tippie preview a DH course together. Man that would be to good!.
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 hahaha amazing!
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 Legend.....made my day
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 thanks claudio!!
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