Claudio's Course Preview - Vallnord DH World Cup 2017

Jun 28, 2017
by Red Bull Bike  


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122 Comments

  • + 163
 Claudio course previews are the best thing we never knew we needed.
  • + 21
 Yea Brook !!!!!!! Good to see you on track preview !!
  • + 10
 and Boris has popped up in at least four videos this week... he's like Elvis, everywhere.
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 Question - I'm totally in the dark regarding racing so pardon my ignorance (I could probably end the comment right there considering what Im about to ask) - I saw a few opportunities where a couple turns and berms lined up perfectly to hop over the tape and land right back on the track. See around 3:09-3:11 theres a turn that goes to the right but the left side where the tape is had a small lip and lined up perfectly to just hop over and land into the turns transition - is it illegal to hop over the tape?
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 @NYShred: yes, you have to stay between the tape. If you leave the track through the tape you have to reenter in the same place that you left the track or its a dq. Hope that helps
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 @NYShred: can't cross tree tape, you'd get DQ'd. If you leave the tape you have to re-enter the track where you left it
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 Thanks for clearing that up for me guys. Although can't say it wouldn't make racing even more exciting than it already is if they did allow that type of shenanigans though. haha
  • + 2
 @NYShred: I don't have the real answer, but FUCI would probably penalize the rider if it was intentional.
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 @NYShred: Not sure about these responses, if you go through the tape then yes, you must re-enter the course at the same point you left the track at, but who is there to judge wether you went off course by jumping right over a small corner or section of the tape? Who knows...
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 @deadmeat25: The corner would have a pole, you can not miss or cut any poles.

The fans would see it, maybe a marshal. But what about honour and dignity. Could you honestly feel good with your win knowing you cheated and cut course?
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 @deadmeat25: The tape is only there to mark the lines between the POLES that you have to go around so jumping over is out.
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 The Hollywood Drop in Leogang, I am quite sure it was Bernard Kerr who went wide and jumped the tape on that drop, he still landed on course between tape but went over a tight section of tape, and he was DSQ for that so yeah jumping tape is illegal.
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 @WolfStoneD: Unless it's enduro, of course ;-)
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 He didn't mention wheel size once, did he? Too busy holding on for his life no doubt...
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 @NYShred: the real answer is there's no way you'd ever consider jumping between those two.. Raced there last week for the masters and that berm is pretty high and the landing would be almost dead flat ????
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 new brake pads?! you have balls @claudio
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flag deadmeat25 (Jun 30, 2017 at 16:45) (Below Threshold)
 @WolfStoneD: Oh right, because no one has ever jumped higher than a pole, f*cktard.
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 @deadmeat25: you can jump higher than them. As long as you stay between them.

Not sure how that makes me a f*cktard.
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flag deadmeat25 (Jul 2, 2017 at 0:11) (Below Threshold)
 @WolfStoneD: No, it's your lack of understanding that makes you a f*cktard.
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 @WolfStoneD: Don't bother replying to this deadmeat guy, if you check his usual comments you will see it's only aggressive/idiotic/angry comments and insults. @Pinkbike please warn or ban @deadmeat25
  • + 68
 Fuck yeeeeeeeah this is a proper track! Gonna be a good one boys.
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 if it rains, we will be in for a show.
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 Some parts are real walls... if muddy : Carnage !! Smile Big Grin
  • + 2
 Can't call this a bike park track.
  • + 65
 Exceptional French line there. Impressive.
  • + 37
 French wines lead to french lines.
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 Ain't that the Ed "The spirit of enduro" Master's line?
  • + 46
 Brand new pads on a WC DH course... you'd have to be hung over with minimal brain activity to pull that... I bet they wore in quick though Smile .

Amazing preview as always.... 180BPM talking normally, no idea how you pull that off each week!
  • + 2
 New pads on the rear brake must be ok in 2-3 corners but the front pads...
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 @homerjm: You know that you should use more front brake than rear, right?
  • + 5
 @mnorris122: unless you're Chris Kovarik
  • + 36
 Someone is gonna go flying thru the fence at the end
  • + 23
 Brook's call when Claudio stopped to let him past after the french line: "what are you doing Fabien?" Too funny!!
  • + 4
 Best bit of the whole thing.
  • + 23
 I'm still on my bike!!!!! .... .... .... I'm not anymore!!!!
  • + 2
 Line of the day.
  • + 21
 I can feel his hangover in the struggle to talk.
  • + 19
 That's a proper downhill track! Can't wait to watch it Big Grin
  • + 8
 Jesus, that's a proper track from start until the very finish. Kinda think someone is gonna eat it big on that finish line jump, seems easy to way over jump it and hit the berm at 90 degrees. Should make for some good watching!
  • + 14
 I think they should fix it, i don't want to see broken riders, i want to see close racing.
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 @deadmeat25: Fix it, just like Leogang?
  • + 3
 Is it any shorter than previous years? Maybe it is but unless it's crazy short the racers have the ability to land the bike where they want to. We may get to witness some big ol scrubs, who doesn't like a scrub?
  • + 9
 Claudio's course previews are almost more entertaining than the races themselves.
  • + 6
 Really looking forward to this race. Track has it all, flow, jumps, trees, rocks, roots, highspeed, low speed, off camber, big final jump into tight right hander. Curious how Loris handles it coming off his podium at Leogang.
  • + 9
 Yeooow - awesome track, can't wait - come on the brits!
  • + 72
 Do what to the Brits?!?!
  • + 30
 I think there's a site for that kind of stuff
  • + 6
 @mprosper: yeah pink summat or other.... Wink

my comment about my wife has already been removed! Where is the sense of humour! :-(
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 @cunning-linguist: it was a good one
  • + 4
 Come on the tits!!!!
  • + 5
 Love the heart rate monitor on this! 190+bpm?! If anyone has actually reached 190bpm they'll know that you wouldn't be talking freely.
  • + 3
 I did 192 once and I thought I was going to die let alone try and talk. He is crazy.
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 Or that he's not wearing one and its made up....... 140bpm standing around, i dont think so
  • + 5
 How many team managers are there that can actually ride these courses like Claudio?
  • + 12
 I do believe Nigel Page is another one
  • + 4
 Off the top of my head, I'd guess Pivot, Canyon and CRC but not many more.
  • + 6
 @DHDH: Ben Reid from DIRT Propain
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 Propain Ben Reid and CRC Nigel Page come to mind.
  • + 5
 Don't forget Bernat Guardia from Intense!
  • + 5
 Fabien Cousine from Polygon?
  • + 1
 Joost Wichman from Radon may be able to pull it off. Not sure whether Kathy Sessler still rides that much.
  • + 1
 That new commencal video shows the team manager is just a racer. So add that on to the list.
  • + 8
 Canyon's Fabien Barel.
Also "The french line" was named after him, I've read.
  • + 7
 it'd be cool to see a 'team managers's only' race
  • + 5
 I'd prefer to see the Mechanics race the course . . . there's some, how do you say... 'larger' team mechanics out there.
  • + 1
 @ismasan: Yeah, I recall it was at one of the first EWS races. The course wasn't taped everywhere so he was a bit more creative with his line choice than the EWS organizers were willing to approve. I think he also took an uplift where he was supposed to ride up between stages, but I'm not sure whether that also qualifies as a French line.
  • + 1
 Will Longden from Madison Saracen?
  • + 5
 i just hope everyone has the same conditions come race day.
  • + 5
 Christ, that Red Bull video player is atrocious
  • + 4
 Yep and no Chromecast feature either. Watch on my 5" phone or 65" TV. Tough one.
  • + 1
 @mcozzy: I used Google Home to cast directly from the phone to the TV, but yes it's stupid, it would be a ton better to put it on youtube or on their app/channel.
  • + 1
 Man I hope we get a wildcard win. I'd absolutely lose my sh*t if Brook. Brendog, SikMik... literally anyone different (but preferably one of those three,) took the win this weekend.
  • + 2
 Is it just me, or do other people think the chest cam is just rubbish, I want to see the track not handlebars and a top tube!
  • + 3
 he doesn't know Boris (from Germany), Racers Fav photographer , i mean....c'mon man.. are u seriouse ??
  • + 1
 He was joking, that's why he called him Sven Martin. As a team manager of course he knows who he is.
  • + 5
 Talk about steep... jeez
  • + 4
 this track is AMAZING I can tell you
  • + 4
 They're called catch berms for a reason...
  • + 3
 "I should have slept a bit more and worked a bit less" . Amen, Claudio...
  • + 2
 Great track indeed. I love Claudios preview. Did they add the stats in the corner just now of was it there before?
  • + 3
 Actually felt sorry for him there. Damn impressive.
  • + 1
 Love how much fun Brook was having with that course, Legend! But "not talking that much"!!? LOL
  • + 2
 Best day of the week ????
  • + 1
 Love how much fun Brook was having down there, legend! And "not talking that much"!!? ????
  • + 1
 Would be awasome to see Claudio doing next preview with Wyn Masters, two "old" guys riding down and both commenting.
  • + 2
 29er butt rub 1min 16sec.
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 I could never talk and ride like this...props!
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 Man, that looks silly steep on camera!
  • + 1
 Sod the racing - Claudio's previews are better!
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 Please sort this video as would like to watch, what is the problem?
  • + 1
 39% average grade, nuff said
  • + 1
 Shit, that's steep
  • + 1
 I think Brooks' forearms are bigger than my calves.
  • + 1
 No wonder the Dirty Dans are coming out
  • + 1
 this is seriously the best stuff on Pinkbike
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flag deadmeat25 (Jun 28, 2017 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 That's not difficult...
  • + 2
 Give us more Boris!
  • + 1
 190 HR and barely breathing...I hate you Claudio
  • + 1
 He over jumped the over jump lol
  • + 1
 no mercy by the bulldog Big Grin
  • + 1
 Tape it wider through the woods
  • + 1
 Do you even drift bro?
  • + 0
 A proper dh track non of that bike park nonsense
  • + 0
 Claudio is amazing! I love his previews lol
  • + 0
 190+ HR and still speaking while riding...amazing Claudio!!
  • + 0
 Can we get a pool of $ together? This man needs a gimbal! Claudio rules
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