Claudio's Course Preview: Windham DH World Cup 6

Aug 7, 2014
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136 Comments

  • + 292
 I think I look forward to these as much as the races themselves
  • + 63
 Wild how much faster it looks from the chest cam vs. the helmet cam!
  • + 4
 And steeper!
  • + 65
 these course previews always make me smile, Claudio is a HERO.
  • + 31
 I wish he could preview everything, this guys the man
  • + 7
 It'd be awesome if my local bike parks (CO) hired him to do trail previews.
  • + 6
 Claudio.......your my hero
  • + 32
 "Some moons here, going into the wood"
Better that way than the other way around!
  • + 42
 I'd really like to see Claudio review normal things--like shampoo or vacuums.
  • + 39
 Like commentating on brushing his teeth? "Going into the back molar section now.... This is where I brushed too hard last time.... Come on concentrate... Need to maintain momentum... And I made it!!! Woooooo!"
  • + 1
 check the clock he had a 3:00 min flat run the pros are shaving 30 seconds off of that !!!!
  • + 5
 A lot different when you are managing a team vs racing for times to keep your spot on the team. He rides pretty damn hard for one of the old boysSmile
  • + 136
 Please never change Claudio.
  • + 17
 When rob Warner did them, they were pretty much just swear words xD they were the best previews so funny!
  • + 69
 I never get tired of the "Waooooooooooo oh, that was good"!
  • + 17
 Awesome as ever! Claudio King of track previews!!! it just wouldnt be the same from another rider, another race weekend, and other track preview NAILED!!!
  • + 9
 Dear Cluadio,
Can I please adopt you as my father?
Thanks
  • + 18
 I remember the one Rob Warner did for the World Champs in Champery a few years back. It was just about 7 minutes of swearing.
  • - 7
flag JP199 (Aug 7, 2014 at 14:48) (Below Threshold)
 I didnt know Tippie had an accent and rode for Trek
  • + 2
 He rides for Scott
  • + 7
 holy shit im dumb
  • + 118
 If claudio can ride that course that fast while semi-hungover and tired, as well as giving a detailed commentary in his non-native language then frankly why the hell isnt he racing invthe worldcup!!! Give the guy a medal Big Grin
  • + 3
 Claudio WAS a pro DH racer back in the years.
  • + 3
 He also built the legendary Champery race track!
  • + 63
 Never mind supercross, those are for kids! hahahaha
  • - 13
flag ManuGi (Aug 7, 2014 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 I don't really get why he said that...

Im defently a mountainbiker but supercross/motocross is so f*cking exciting, even a litte bit more that downhill because of the man on man duels.

Or maybe its just because i can cheer for Roczen and we don't have a rider of that class in downhill Big Grin

Loved the course prieview like always
  • + 11
 MX may not be as technical, but it is definitely just as exciting and enjoyable to ride and race as downhill. And the professional coverage is twice as good as any WC. Neg prop me if you want but its the truth.
  • + 13
 Comparing the two is stupid! Both take massive nutz! Especially in the professional realm.
  • - 1
 AMA SX is a different league and not comparable. DH racing is more like ralley racing and SX is manly with a shitload of balls needed! I just can't forget Barcia showing some super attitude to Roczen this year at the beginning of the season. Say what you want but SX is right up there.
  • + 3
 I'm sure he meant it as a joke BUT Supercross is a whole other beast the triple and quads they are hitting right into hard breaking corners? Heck the wall Jump that James launched of in Daytona this year during the heats was insane.

www.motocrossplanet.com/articleimages/13263.jpg
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyRFmhbRggk
  • + 17
 The comment is probably based on the fact that Unadilla is only 90 minutes away, and they are hosting their annual Motocross event this weekend with all the big boys. If Finals were still on Sunday I was going to make a weekend out of it. Bummer they both run on the same day.
  • + 9
 Sure, he meant it as a joke and comparing the two is pointless but well, the noise, smell, coverage/market and prevalence of sheer mechanical power over riding skills put supercross in another league, one I don't mind missing... I'd rather get lost in a mountain ;-)
  • + 33
 Great run as always from Claudio but that track is way too easy.
  • + 6
 Stark contrast between other courses, easiest and shortest?
  • + 7
 Claudio jumped the shit out of that jump, on other tracks he doesn't do some of them.. he was, as Rob would say, ON FIRE!
  • + 18
 I'd like to see you be able to ride that at their pace, it might be easy to skid down on your brakes, but I'm sure it'll be a whole different story at race pace.
  • - 6
flag LCW1 (Aug 7, 2014 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 That track is a joke for a WORLD CUP event. Not saying it doesn't look fun and challenging in its own way, but tracks like this don't belong on a World Cup DH circuit.
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flag ccolagio (Aug 7, 2014 at 11:17) (Below Threshold)
 although id be riding very slow, id have no qualms about running that track on my SS 80mm travel hardtail. sure, going 35mph+ on type of track makes things difficult but i agree...this track is not a proper representation of the sport or even what the riders are looking for in a track as evident of the favorites being MSA and Ft
  • + 4
 Windham reminds me a bit of what Nevegal was back in the day. Track was not hard to ride, but it was hard to ride fast.
  • + 11
 Guys, it's way steeper than you think, you'd get slaughtered if you were to ride your hardtail on it
  • + 25
 @ccolagio, how is it not a proper represent the sport? Are all race tracks for motorsport super technically challenging and slow? Are all the WC DH ski races are hard as Kitzbuhl? No they're not. You need a variety of different types of tracks, that favor different skills and abilities. This track it going to be blistering fast the whole way down, it's going to require you to not make mistakes and keep it pinned the whole way down. Is it different than Ft. Bill and MSA? Yep. Is it any lesser of a test....no.
  • + 2
 Probably not so easy on the wheels though with those stones! But I don't get that they made all the jumps too short! I mean if he's overshooting, what are the top guns gonna do?!
  • + 6
 I raced this exact course two weeks ago and I can personally say that all of these vids and pics do not do any of it justice... It may be more tame than some of the recent courses but it's nothing to be laughed at... DH rig would be highly recommended
  • + 16
 @ccolagio

Please, bring said SS 80mm travel hardtail to the track and give us a course preview like Claudio! I look forward to your commentary haha!
  • + 0
 Im also game to see some carnage from riding a hard tail down this at even half a race speed. I do wanna say, when Claudio said his tire size helped him through the rock garden. That was some BS. Pick your line right and a 26in wheel is just fine through there.
  • - 2
 looks to easy
  • + 1
 yes i understand having different tracks throughout a season - it adds variety and tests all levels of skill (tech vs speed and such). im just saying when you have racers saying they wish there were more turns at the top of the hill because it's just straight through...it doesnt seem like this is anyone on the circuits favorite race or even something that they look forward to unless it happens to be closer to their home. racers have been commenting all season about the groomed berms and manicured rock gardens and sections that have been "smoothed" out to years past. i keep wondering who is making these course decision/modifications b/c it seems that all the riders have been against them...and this course seems to fall within that category. just like in DJs...having to grab a handful of brake before a jump b/c you are going to massively over clear the landing is bad course design.
  • - 1
 half race speed...i never mentioned that! i meant i could literally get through the track. like at rock crawler speeds but still...
  • + 2
 I think someone famous once said "It doesn't get easier, you just go faster." Whatever the racers may or may not be saying about the track, the main reason they ride it is to win, and winning is going to be as hard as ever. Agree about the jumps, though. That just seems strange. I'm curious to see what some of these folks do at race speed.
  • + 2
 Seems like you'd have trouble with those jumps at "rock crawler speeds", and most of the rocky sections, sice speed is often your friend in the chunk.

Maybe you're just talking out of your ass though, don'tcha think?
  • + 5
 sorry but our track was the best urs sucks
  • - 1
 The riders tend to say "it's the same for everybody else" after mentioning how they straightened things up. While it may not be the perfect WC track, it will favor those that get on with their run right out of the gate as opposed to those that build up their runs.
  • + 1
 Muricans getting butthurt. Lmao
  • + 21
 Claudio and Rob Warner should guest commentate for next year's Tour de France.....hahaha!
  • + 7
 Or worldcup football that would be something else lol!
  • + 15
 Claudio is the Stig.
  • + 10
 We need a contest of some sort where we win Claudio previewing our local tracks for us.
  • + 12
 Where's my english?
  • + 8
 Might be too easy for a WC level race ? After Mont St Anne, that's gona feel like the A-line !
  • + 29
 No such thing as too easy....if it's too easy you're not riding fast enough!
  • + 1
 I don't think A line is easy.... If u clear it all with flow.. You gain my respect for sure...
  • + 5
 gotta agree with you... maybe the only world cup track that i would'nt be scared to ride
  • + 3
 23% grade on the track - very steep. A line is roughly 6 %.
  • - 3
 a-line isnt a downhill track... why care to compare
  • - 3
 a-line isnt a ''downhill'' track... why care to compare
  • + 2
 It's to establish a point of reference, is all. A trail that many have ridden...
  • + 5
 Different kind of track. MSA required a balance of speed, stamina and precision. Windham is all about coming out firing and keeping it on the whole way down, but reel it in just enough in the right places and have pin-point accuracy to have a chance to win. You will see racers pedaling in spots us mere mortals would never dare turn a crank.
  • + 4
 I was at windham for 2013. The course is much steeper then video portrays. I took some still shots and uploaded them which gives a better perspective of what the riders will be dealing with.
  • + 0
 Champery and Val Di Sol are steep. Windham is not.
  • + 1
 EVERY trail is much steeper than what you see in a video. Leogang course has much steeper sections than this course and people were only complaining about it because of a few pedal sections. I don't get it.
  • + 6
 Is Claudio a werewolf as there's always a full moon when he does his runs..?
  • + 2
 Any of us could RIDE this track. RACING it is a whole different creature. IFO am very looking forward to watching this one. The times are going to be so close that there are too many riders to name with a legitimate chance for the win. You can get away with the odd bobble here-and-there on the longer tracks but, on this track, even the tiniest hiccup can cost you 5 places in the results. It will only take them 2 1/4 minutes to get down the track, but it will be a very intense 2 1/4 minutes. To those that find watching this track boring, please don't watch...those that DO want to watch it prefer a faster stream on the broadcast. Thanks! Wink
  • + 5
 Thought for sure he was going to wash out in the last few corners! That was insane!
  • + 5
 Ok, now the Windham weekend has officially started
  • + 4
 I'd be even stoked for football aka soccer(for our american friends) if was commented live by Claudio.
  • + 0
 I know right? Football commentators are utter shit.
  • + 11
 Claudio is like the Morgan Freeman of MTB. He needs to narrate and commentate for EVERYTHING.
  • + 1
 Really looking forward to this event. Say what you like about being short, but it's entertaining, clearly dodgy-as (looking at Troy's OTB, as well as Brook's last year), and definitely a good reason to get up in the middle of the night (here) to watch it unfold live. Edge of the seat stuff!
  • + 3
 don't change claudio ! your way to comment the course preview don't have his equal.
  • + 3
 We''''ve got double moons! Haha Fu suprcross that's fOR kids! Hear that boys...DH for men!!!!!! haha awesome! GO GWINDHAM
  • + 2
 Worst part about Windham being a short track is the race preview from Claudio being shorter than usual
  • + 3
 This guy needs to be a full time commentator!
  • + 1
 No jet lag excuse but sorry for partying too much at mont ste anne. It was a pleasure to talk with you at msa great ambassador of the dh scene.
  • + 1
 I didn't saw claudio partying harder then the kiwis. The masters bros were completely wasted i think they appreciated the canadian beer a lot
  • + 2
 Safe to say claudios go pro audio it a billion times more entertaining than mine!!!
  • + 3
 He almost certainly uses a lapel mic or similar - you can pick one up from Amazon or similar for about £30 (so...$40-ish?) so it's not too tricky to get decent audio if you want it. Smile
  • + 2
 He makes some of the best vids! I like this more than the race itself half the time!
  • + 3
 Straight down the mountain! Waaayaayayayay!!!!
  • + 1
 I wish I knew Swiss so I could figure out what that means!
  • + 3
 Where's Lord Warner been?
  • + 3
 smooth like cheese whiz in a hot-dog
  • + 1
 Very nice!! Although you should really take that comment about SX back bro!! This is not even close!!
  • + 1
 Ah man what a course! Sick run Claudio absolutely pinned! Cannot wait for this race Smile
  • + 1
 We need Claudio in the booth during the races, his commentary would be golden!
  • + 1
 Why is his chest cam so steady???...is it stabilized with a software or something???
  • + 1
 388m (1280 feet) of descent in ~2 1/2 minutes of track, I think this is a lot steeper than it looks on camera.
  • + 1
 It's roughly 23%, on average - very steep. For reference, a line is about 6% average.
  • + 0
 For reference, Schladming is said to have an average 35% grade. Parts of Champery are 75% grade.
  • + 1
 "Is said to"... I'm sure parts of windham are steeper than 23% too. Make no mistake about it though - an average grade of 23% is pretty darn steep. Not saying it's more difficult than another track or not, but only pointing out that it's not your every day ride in the park, so to speak.
  • + 2
 "Can't get even to the pedals, I'm so tired." This guy cracks me up!
  • + 2
 there are going to be some serious crashes on this course Smile
  • - 1
 Kind of annoying that people complain about this course being "easy". Pre-madonnas.. It looks fun but certainly not easy.. And can we also stop complaining about 27.5 wheels.. Geez.. Claudio's the man! Love these things!
  • + 2
 primadonna. seriously..
  • + 1
 Even if you got primadonna correct it wouldn't make sense in the context of your comment.
  • + 3
 Ouwaysahh!!
  • + 2
 So enduro...................
  • + 2
 Was that Steve Peat showing his ass ?
  • + 3
 hahaha might have been ratboy.
  • + 1
 In my opinion 27,5 wheels are bad a compulsion and an invention factories to buy new things ;(
  • + 2
 where is my english man?
so scary Smile haha
greets
  • + 1
 i'd love to see some of you haters ride that track
  • + 1
 Claudio for priminister! I love these previews
  • + 0
 I could smash that track on my pacific cruiser. This track has always been boring to watch.
  • + 1
 Yet the comment below posted by deemax1 says it's so fun to watch.

I'm very confused.

I'm also very proud of your cruiser-bike-shredding prowess. Wink
  • + 1
 Nu samlas hela familjen, bandåka med Claudio
  • + 1
 Damn that go pro looked soo clear
  • + 1
 italians do it better Wink !!!!!
  • + 1
 love this guy. he is too funny
  • + 1
 allways super nice to watch your preview.................
  • + 1
 Very funny, This guy is quite mad...
  • + 1
 Is that Estrada in the truck with him?
  • + 2
 Orange paint much?
  • + 2
 Times will be tight.
  • + 1
 I LOVE Claudio! So fast for his age
  • + 1
 Uu aa that was scary haha!
  • + 2
 Claudio we love you man!
  • + 1
 Claudiooooo! Best course previews out there by far!
  • + 1
 claudio and warner should do the previews
  • + 1
 Claudio is the SHIT!
  • + 1
 ME SMILE LOTS, YES!
  • + 1
 what a guy
  • + 1
 Claudio is the MAN!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Best
  • + 1
 so fun to watch!!!!!!!!!
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