Course Preview: UCI World Cup Round 3, Fort William

Jun 5, 2014
by Red Bull Bike  


It's that time of year again here at the UCI World Cup; the course builders have been out in force, the midges have been starving themselves and we've taped a microphone and a GoPro to our tame downhill rider, Claudio Caluori. The guys at Aonach Mor have been busy too - vast swathes of the top section have been filled in and the taping in the woods is incredibly tight. Anyway, enough from us, over to the master...

Be sure to keep in touch with all of Claudio's crazy goings on on Facebook and Twitter. Tune in to redbull.com/bike on Sunday 8 June to find out who comes out on top in Fort Bill.

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114 Comments

  • + 192
 Favourite thing about the world cup rounds! What a guy haha
  • + 76
 That guy makes every course preview very enjoyable to watch,Claudio is the best
  • + 50
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFmIxFhuWMo
Fun fact: Claudio is also an "Ice Cross Downhill Expert".
  • + 2
 he is pinned!
  • + 3
 What a legend
  • + 2
 That was sick! Made me shit my pants a lil even though Im just in front of my computer.
  • + 3
 These poor ice cross downhill fans... They can't enjoy 8 min of Claudio How lucky we are !
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flag mattDH18 (Jun 6, 2014 at 6:17) (Below Threshold)
 ohh my godddddd wtf is with those pedally sections!? Ive seen velodromes rougher than this track, get better tracks for world cups!!!
  • + 7
 MattDH: GoPro has an ability flatten stuff out rather. Fort Bill is pretty rough and chunky. To an extent they smooth it out ahead of the event because by race day it's rough as a sheep's dag
  • + 2
 "Well I guess my prototype was just too fast for him" HAHAHA Big Grin
  • + 1
 Fort bill is rough as fuck
  • + 72
 "So we can avoid any of Steve Peat's moon attacks" I really hope someone says that about me when I am 40!
  • + 1
 Moon attacks !! Legend !
  • + 1
 Hahaha thought he said "lunatics" at first......I assumed he meant Rat and the lot hahahaha either would apply!
  • + 38
 A couple of Claudio's lines were wild, how did he stay on ??? i know a GoPro kinda pulls it in a bit, but his descent through the roots ??? i thought treehugger for sure.... massive respect and as awesome as ever ! Sunday is booked :-)
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flag dfiler (Jun 5, 2014 at 13:25) (Below Threshold)
 Roots? There's no roots at Fort William, it's all open grass... hey what the? That part is cool!

I don't remember ever seeing that lower section. It would be awesome to see more coverage of the tree dodging gnar and jumps rather than the graveled switchbacks up top.
  • + 2
 the rooty wooded section is usually closed off unless its a race weekend, but most of the bottom half is forested even if the track is pretty much all gravel.
  • + 1
 not on Saturday??!
  • + 5
 Sunday man Smile
  • + 4
 "Oh no! That was wrong way! Watch out!!!"
I have that exact thought in my head at least twice per ride.
  • + 3
 lol, people down voted my joke about being surprised that there is a woods section. Next time i'll put a Wink to prevent confusion. Wink
  • + 36
 That guy following him got dropped...hard. :X
  • + 26
 I'm a trail builder, and I always think I have my trails more dialed than anyone. Then someone on that next level, like Claudio, shows up and humbles me.
  • + 5
 That dude is Mark Clark in the Dark. He'd drop you like Bane dropped Batman Wink
  • + 17
 but in the end, batman dropped bane...
  • + 27
 These previews are so enjoyable! Keep them up! Claudio - you rock!
  • + 20
 Hey PinkBike, if you ever need a fund-raiser get Claudio and Tippy together for a beers and bikes weekend somewhere cool for the chance to hang out with em and auction it off. I would buy a TON of those raffle tickets!!! These course previews rock!
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flag ryan-irvine (Jun 6, 2014 at 4:26) (Below Threshold)
 Tippy's a creep though, and makes people from outside of america cringe in the most uncomfortable manor. I mean seriously, imagine how irritating the guy must be to hang around with, he talks like he's speaking to a toddler, all the time.
  • + 2
 He is a super nice guy! Have you ever actualy talked to him or ridden with him??
  • + 1
 I have met Tippie on the way up for a ride, and he is super nice and down to earth. The super excitement you see on camera is just raw stoke for bikes and riding, never judge a book by it's cover!
  • + 24
 Really hope Sam Hill takes the win this time :-)
  • + 13
 Claudio's the best, no doubting it, but don't change the format! Don't bother with a longer and more factual intro, don't bother with over-analysis of your presentation and don't ask for viewer requests: Just ride and talk, Claudio, just ride and talk, you already got it nailed.
  • + 17
 he better damn sing next time!
  • + 15
 Wish I could ride like Claudio.
  • + 2
 Me too.
  • + 3
 No joke. He's super humble (in this one, Claudio says his riding buddy will be faster, then Claudio smokes him). But I wonder how much faster the pros are? I mean, he's not putting together a whole race run, but in some of those sections I think he's gotta be getting close to matching some of the best guys speeds. If the pros are still a lot faster than Claudio, then I have even more respect
  • + 1
 Question, What is Claudios job? I always see him for the previews, but no other times
  • + 15
 My wife wants to ride Claudio. Frown
  • + 2
 @TejasXC Gstaad SCOTT team manager
  • + 2
 Yellowdogx: tough luck!
Smile
  • + 10
 funny thing is if you take of those 27 sec he waited and add few sec for taking speed again - his time would be quite close to Emmeline Ragot's first place at BDS here about a month ago
  • + 7
 Awesome! really love this track, but I wish they would open up the woods, road gap and river jump to the public the rest of the time, they look so fun! looking forward to the weekend, rain is inevitable, but i hope it isnt a complete washout, will be there Saturday and Sunday.
  • + 2
 To many tourists, too much potential to go wrong I reckon. Anyone who can get down that in one piece has my respect!
  • + 1
 Someone correct me if i'm wrong but I'm pretty sure the river jump is open the rest of the time
  • + 2
 The river jump road gap and the woods are closed to the public due to the risks. Woods and river gap are open for races and the road gap is for the world cup only.
  • + 10
 A Foo Fighters song ??? Claudio is my hero !!!
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flag getrad24-7 (Jun 5, 2014 at 13:26) (Below Threshold)
 I believe he said "bull fighter song."
  • + 8
 riding that fast and talking at the same time is awesome. if that was me riding at that level, i would've drooled all over my helmet, haha.
  • + 6
 GoPro footage has never raised my heart rate before this. Those woods are crazy. To think the racers will go faster than that through there is positively alarming.
  • + 2
 First time I've seen properly stuttery gopro footage like that - Track is rough as hell!
  • + 6
 Claudio: "That was an almost crash." I love the grammar. Whadda guy.
  • + 9
 My grammar suffers when I is almost crash.
  • + 4
 You know a WC DH race is just around the corner when your riding buddies start texting you quotes from Claudio's course preview! Thanks Claudio. Awesome as usual.
  • + 1
 I'm not sure Mark is ready for an other run though... Awesome go pro footage !thank you !It's good to see what the track is really like, and detailing every thing the go pro flats !The rock section looks veryyyy tight by the way.
  • + 3
 Wouldn't you love to go for a lap with this dude? Always looking forward to Claudio, almost as much as race day, haha. almost....
  • + 1
 This guy is awesome!! What a laugh. His skill and fitness levels are amazing, to be able to commentate his own run whilst going that fast. Wow. And the foo fighters song should be hero! Obvious maybe but still cool. Keep these vids coming.
  • + 3
 Finally! I was wondering where the fort bill coverage was. The race is two days from now and there's been no news, no photos, no Claudio.
  • + 1
 @redbull tv -- cover the wood section!! Also there is a huge hill seen in the distance at the beginning of Claudio's video. Get a camera on there with some zoom so we don't have to see a 2 minute gap in coverage.

One thing you guys are doing well --- Claudio racetrack previews.
  • + 1
 World cups are my next favourite thing after riding my bike myself, and the football World Cup of corse *jokes*, but these course previews make them so much more fun. Although Claudio's words echo in my head when watching the live feed on certain sections, so i miss Rob Warner's classic comparisons. It's a hard life...
  • + 1
 Dear Mr. Claudio I think you should sing The Spirit of Radio by Rush on the next course preview. But you have to sing high as you can like Geddy lee does. Between watching you ride down the track and hearing your attempt at that would make my day.
  • + 4
 CLAUDIO!!!
  • + 3
 It's like a perfect track. Its got everything.
  • + 2
 How does he talk at that speed and remain so calm when he almost crashes............
  • + 2
 Claudio for President! This guy is so cool...and so fast ! Track is awesome...looking forward for Sunday race... Yo!
  • + 3
 Qualtiy, what a great guy!
  • + 2
 Track looks soo much smoother, stoked for Sunday!
  • + 2
 a nice properly gnarly dh track Smile
  • + 1
 CLAUDIO!! He is such a beast! His commentaries are priceless and it makes me look forward to the next one! Moon Attacks!!
  • + 1
 You know it's steep and rough when the go pro makes it look steep and rough
  • + 1
 We never got to hear why it is so hard to setup the suspension for this track! Wink
  • + 1
 I could watch this all day long. Top respect Claudio. Great commentary and awesome riding.
  • + 2
 What time is this on redbull on sat/sun?
  • + 2
 2.15pm mate
  • + 1
 Claudio: The reason why I love watching course previews! Dude nailed this track!
  • + 2
 As always Fort Bill looks epic!
  • + 2
 Damn Claudio is quite fast Smile
  • + 3
 Yeah! He raced World Cups at Fort William back in the day so has some previous on this track. He managed a top 20 in '04....

www.rootsandrain.com/rider4775/claudio-caluori/results
  • + 2
 track looks in awesome condition, love Claudio's go pro runs
  • + 1
 he's like "i almost broke my phone here" . not his ribs, not his wrist, but his freakin phone. what a pro.
  • + 2
 More about this prototype please. It looks the same.
  • + 5
 I'm pretty sure he was going to sing "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters. He starts singing "If everything was gonna..." so I'm pretty sure its Everlong...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq0rZ3IiyWw (See 1:35 for the spot in the song)
Great track! Love this guy Big Grin
  • + 4
 you're right, Pukki!
  • + 1
 Who's the Colin @ 3:39?? Or is it Derek?? Just milling about with a tesco bag at fort bill,,, as you do!!! Weird!!
  • + 0
 Finally, the First real DH track of the season. Let's see who will be The Fastest.
  • + 1
 I was actually kinda scared watching this!
  • + 1
 What was that word after 'dropping in'?! Love this guy Razz
  • + 1
 BTW - film the qualifications! WTF!
  • + 1
 Is it just me or does he sound like Fozzy Bear?!?
  • + 1
 i liked the follow cam :p
  • + 2
 Good ol' Claudio!
  • + 1
 I love that guy! Where is he from?
  • + 2
 And we are JUMPING!!
  • + 1
 Those fans at the top were sponsor-bombing him and were from Zerode bikes!
  • + 1
 is there anything claudio can't do?!
  • + 1
 I think that was my favorite track I've never ridden! Thank you, Claudio!
  • + 2
 MORE WC!!!!
  • + 1
 Proper mans track. Looking forward to the race.
  • + 1
 The John Motson of biking
  • + 1
 Soo excited for Sunday!!!! Got no plans yeeeeeeaaaaahhh
  • + 1
 Damn....that tree section!!!!!
  • + 1
 Claudio tu eres el mejor Claudio for President , Love this guy
  • + 1
 This guy is Awesome!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Awesome!
  • + 1
 Moon attacks haha
  • + 1
 Mark clack
  • - 1
 WOW !!! .... pb finally gives Fort Bill a mention 2 days away from the event !! ....poor show pb !!!
  • + 1
 claudio can ride!
  • + 1
 Them shoes tho!
  • + 1
 what a legend!
  • - 3
 this guy will fall anytime
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