Video: Claudio Caluori Tries to Keep up With Nino Schurter on his Home Trails

May 24, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
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bigquotesLet's ride together with the world champion on his home trail! - Hmmmmmmm, but what do you do if he says that he actually wants to get some proper training and you're not exactly a XCO world champion yourself? Well, I found a solution. It was the first time ever that I was able to talk to Nino on the way up and he didn't have to wait for me at the top!Claudio Caluori

@Iamspecialized, @NinoSchurter, #Kenevo @Velosolutions #pumpforpeace @claudiocaluori


119 Comments

  • 277 1
 Trying to keep up with Nino on a climb seems like an acceptable use for an ebike
  • 6 1
 dont wanna lose a friend like him eh.
  • 260 1
 That’s how it’s done kids, even the world champ slows down and is respectful of other trail users Wink
  • 15 0
 Best example of respect!
  • 35 0
 The very best often are the most respectful because they don't feel the urge to show off against the average Joe/Jane. I can imagine Greg Minnaar is just like this.
  • 16 0
 @vinay: i do the same, yet i sucks. lol.
  • 11 41
flag mtb-scotland (May 24, 2020 at 4:22) (Below Threshold)
 not very respectful of the trails with all that skidding though
  • 134 0
 Imagine going on your regular Sunday morning ride and then Nino flying by in his World Championship stripes...
  • 137 0
 You'd be like "who's that twat wearing rainbow stripes like he's world champ...wait a minute..."
  • 23 0
 @alexhyland: I did that around the corner from my house... “What dork is wearing a RedBull helm.... oh wait, that’s Richie Rude.” (Lives the town over).
  • 4 0
 Thought the same last year in Pontresina: "oh, that Scalpel looks exactly like...
...oh, and there he's coming out of the bakery in rainbow stripes..." Big Grin
(Henrique Avancini)
  • 6 0
 @alexhyland: and then you see his calf muscles.
  • 2 0
 When I was riding at Madeira on my commencal, Myriam Nicole encouraged me Smile
  • 114 0
 I appreciated before this how outrageously fast Nino is, but this perspective really puts it on another level. Ripping down on that xc bike, showboating the whole way, with a rider 10x better than me struggling to keep up...
  • 25 0
 No pads either. Mike Kazimer would be cringing. I'm sure if he was wearing a baseball cap, it might have come off. So you know he's hardcore.
  • 19 0
 That boy can ride the hide off of it that's for sure and certain.
Claudio is too funny. Good to see/hear him back around.
Pads? We don't need no stinking pads! LOL
  • 3 13
flag mtb-scotland (May 24, 2020 at 4:23) (Below Threshold)
 it looked like a XC trail TBF so don't know what it puts it into a another level. Nino is an amazing rider.
  • 1 9
flag Matt115lamb (May 25, 2020 at 2:29) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb-scotland: agreed it was a pretty tame coarse that would suit an xc/trail bike . Race him up Andorra’s wc dh track and back down would obviously have a different outcome, but it is what it is !
  • 105 0
 The moment when Nino retires from XC and starts crushing the EWS field...
  • 6 0
 This was what came up my mind from the get go... nice to see how playfull he rides and how effortless it seems to shred this trail or how he brings Claudio out of comfort... I guess when Nino retires from XCO he will first start racing DH before he than settles in the EWS to kick some balls.
  • 24 0
 While still on his XC bike
  • 4 3
 hm i think EWS will be too much real DH stuff and too less where he can push so much. Think Rude and others are more "insane" when its going down than Nino is. But i hope he tries EWS after retiring XCO and didnt made a switch to XC Marathon....
  • 2 0
 @dakine69: do some homework: Nino has a downhill history. His Father has a lot to do with it being a former national downhill coach.
  • 2 0
 @dakine69: Cécile Ravanel Comes from XC...
  • 66 0
 We've all been there....on our local descent, kitted out, hitting our lines on our 160mm beast...when a little voice races up behind..."sory,excuse me!"....and a race snake whips by and sunsets us. Its always a bit deflating but atleast if they had WC stripes it would be easier to bear!
  • 32 0
 I was on a local trail a while back on my Transition Sentinel absolutely ripping a descent (in my mind's eye haha) and the next sec a skinny guy on an XC bike comes flying past me like I am standing still. Turns out it was Allan Hatherley (current elite XCO racer, ex U23 world champ). These guys are on another level of fast - and Nino on the level just above the rest of them. Can't even begin to think what they are capable of on Eduro rigs.
  • 14 0
 We have a local XC racer who is a national pro who has done that to me on his hardtail.
  • 6 0
 A bunch of us were at the famous Innerleithen quarry jump on the DH track - for those that don't know, a high-speed kicker across a road, with a rough curved run-in down the quarry wall - the run-in was was snowy/icy and we all decided to give it a miss, and then suddenly this lad on a XC hardtail flew down, seat still at full height, and cleared the entire road by a huge margin. Most DHers don't go as big as that. Mental skills.
  • 7 1
 Good XC racers are exceptional bike handlers and descenders. Male or female.
  • 25 0
 @WayneParsons:
This is what you can be when you only weigh 140 pounds and every single muscle in your body is super strong and made to make the bike work.

Compared to the average 185 pound relatively out of shape bro weekend warrior thinking that if they only had a different bike / tire / fork/ wheel / they would be faster. Have a few more beers dude, yea, when you get your dream build its going to raise your game!
  • 32 0
 @Endosch2: I would down vote you for personally attacking me, but have to give a grudging upvote for accuracy
  • 6 0
 @Endosch2: at first I thought you were describing me but I am actually 195 pounds... whew
  • 52 1
 Nino is insane. we all give hardcore XC riders shit about not being able to descend, but holy fuck!
  • 12 0
 honestly, most casual XC are ok on descents, but these guys, pros among pros would put any casual enduro or downhiller in awe and make them reconsider wether XC is cool, on a sidenote XC world cup is getting gnarlier every year.
  • 3 0
 @Gamertebo: 100%

I'd even posit that getting good at descending is substantially easier than getting strong at XC. Outside of the fitness, modern XC courses are way more technical than your average shuttle bro would ever like to admit.
  • 5 1
 @Gamertebo:

Depends. Most xc guys I know can't do a 2 feet drop(most of them wouldn't do a 1 foot)/kicker. That's the casual xc guys. The pro/elite xc guys in my country have regular dabs at national enduro races(when they have the time and no conflicting schedules with xcm/xco races) and they are pretty much always it top 10; really fast and really skilled. It also helps that on the pedally bits, they are crushing everyone.

Having said that, I was in Livigno, at the bike-park with friends(DH and big enduro bikes 165-180mm) and during that week there was an Italian mtb team(they all looked U23 or smth) that were descending the same courses as us, on their HTs and full-susp xc bikes with almost the same speed as us(the guys on the HTs were a little slower but not much), no pads, no nothing, just lycra, strength and skill. And they were also pedal back to the top of the mountain, not taking the chair-lift as we were. So yeah, that was a reality check. Smile ))
  • 3 0
 @eugenux: And probably they dont hit the jumps because their bikes are not designed for that.
Their wheels, frame and fork are designed to be super light to take advantage on the climbs. If they had a better suited bike, probably they will hit it. Well that is how one XC dude I know helped me hit a jump I was giving it a line, he was like, "Well, borrow me your bike and I will hit it so you can check the entry speed". He even whip-off the heck out of it.
  • 3 0
 @eugenux: Most people on trail bikes cant do 2 feet drops. What is your point?
  • 48 0
 It was nice to see the old Claudio back, out of control, not knowing the trail and screaming. You can hear how much fun he is having. Such a good video. I miss the DHWC course previews.....
  • 51 0
 Nino’s hamstrings have hamstrings.
  • 1 1
 and calves, as well as his calves having hamstrings and calves.
  • 2 0
 @HopeFbn: And it's all made of braided rebar.
  • 26 0
 Absolutely crazy to watch, loved every second of that! Nino on an XC bike with XC tyres on them just schooled every single person who was out there that day in their Enduro and DH bikes. Absolutely insane skills even taking away local knowledge of the trails.
  • 28 0
 You know it's Nino when you see an XC rider putting his bike sideways as soon as he gets air, legend
  • 23 0
 I feel like a lot of riders think more travel/more aggressive geo means faster. If a trail isnt super rough and filled with drops and compression's, than a low travel, quick handling bike can shred harder a lot of the time. Especially on off camber steep skinny singletrack.
  • 4 0
 Exactly. I'm a lot faster with my Spark than I was on my SXTrail 99% of the time even if I'm not the most skilled rider
  • 21 0
 Would love to see both Nino and MVP race an enduro with a slightly pedally course profile
  • 4 0
 MVdP has said he wants to race enduro because he loves mountain biking, but doesn't know if it will fit into his career path. The money is in road. Both Shurter and MVdP (and Sagan) are so talented, all that power/fitness and the bike handling skills to go with it.
  • 21 0
 I immediately shaved my legs after the video and pressed myself into my old lycra sausage pants;-)
  • 19 0
 Next up - Levy follows Nino on an XC race bike down A Line.
  • 8 0
 And dies.
  • 2 0
 Also, I just want to point out that I bear Mike Levy no ill will at all. Just saying that the skill gap between them is...not small.
  • 15 0
 Nino’s riding (and passing) reminds me of Nürburgring dashcam video from a pro racing driver in an 800hp beast.
  • 11 0
 I was scared for Claudio!
  • 11 0
 You have to wonder where Nino would place in the ews.
  • 6 0
 He did Finale a few years back. Got a time penalty from fixing a mechanical - without that, he would have been 30th. I don't know if the mechanical slowed down one of his stage times.
  • 1 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: 30th for a first race is pretty good!! Could have go way up after a couple of races!
  • 11 0
 It was good to actually see Nino go down...HE'S HUMAN EVERYONE!
  • 2 0
 i thought the same, i am some what new to the sport, have been watching races for 4 years. It is the first time i see Nino down. Human after all, awesome to see some one having fun period on a bike, that is what is all about.
  • 10 0
 Imagine him in a ¨Downcontry¨ bike!!! Smile
  • 1 1
 You mean the next SparkWink
  • 1 0
 I believe Nino does actually ride the 120mm version of the spark.
  • 10 0
 Some of those scandi-flicks were dirty! I like Nino's casual shades too
  • 8 0
 Just like me on my ride today, in my imagination.
  • 6 0
 Amazing video- really gives you perspective of how fast Nino is. So much talent- new level of respect for that man.
  • 5 0
 That Scandi at 3:37 by Nino, had the bike going the complete opposite direction... Major respect! So good I had to watch it back twice
  • 6 0
 XC bike send! So cool to watch Nino rip, nice video Claudio!
  • 2 0
 Wowzer...Really enjoyed watching that and Massive respect for Nino!!!He is absolutely a next level rider!!!That man can ride like a bat out of hell, Very Impressive for sure...Thanks for such a Fun Vid and excellent, relatable commentary Claudio...Thank god Claudio has the skillz, I would have lost Nino 10 seconds in....Lol
  • 5 0
 Jeebus! Nino is from another planet.
  • 5 0
 “29eRs ArEn’T pLaYfUL”
  • 1 0
 It really is the rider, isn't it? Give Nino a 16" kids bike and he'll find a way to shred on it.
  • 5 1
 Insane In the membrane! Nice rocket Nino!
  • 5 1
 The way Nino rides bikes is absolutely beautiful.
  • 4 0
 Whips and Scando flicks! #nino
  • 3 0
 Nino is Chuck Norris. Give Nino an XC bike and he will win EWS races, give Nino an Ebike and he will win the MotoGP.....
  • 1 0
 This is now my reference video. I watch it on the big screen, as i'm getting ready to go out on my xc hardtail. It's Nino's relaxed, almost nonchalant vibe that blows me away the most!
  • 4 0
 What a fucking beast!
  • 3 0
 That was great! Two legends!
  • 4 0
 N1no is a machine!
  • 4 0
 The Man.
  • 4 1
 Claudio is a beast. Nino for Rampage
  • 3 0
 I wonder how the elite DH riders on a Scott Spark would compare to this.
  • 4 0
 I’ve heard Brendan say that it’s a total waste of time trying to keep up with Nino on a shorter travel bike. Even if you can keep up for 30’s you’ll start to get tired and he won’t. Then you get to a pedally section and that’s that.
  • 3 0
 The power outta the turns is unreal. Damn
  • 1 0
 36x13 or so to 90rpm in three pedal strokes. Totally ridiculous.
  • 2 0
 Can we please get Nino on the DH world cup
  • 2 0
 please Nino..do a few EWS!!!!
  • 2 0
 Love the way he tail whips those tight turns
  • 2 0
 Id love to see Nino on a proper "enduro" bike doing the Pinkbike Hot Lap!
  • 2 0
 why not just post the videos to youtube tho?
  • 1 0
 Just proves it's the rider not the bike but we're not all Nino Schurter's so I'll keep my more than I need bike.
  • 3 2
 We should get Nino to ride the grim donut. Since Mike Levy is afraid. ????
  • 1 0
 Nino has some serious freeride style.
  • 2 1
 The cornering speed around those switchbacks is unreal.
  • 1 0
 Would be really interesting to see him compete on full enduro race.
  • 1 0
 Wow do not talk him into downhilling
  • 1 0
 I definitely want to see Nino's master class on Scandinavian flick ..
  • 1 1
 How did Claudio escape a public beat down for riding a moped?
Park the töff, bro!
  • 1 0
 “Holy sh!t”....says Claudio at the end. Indeed.....
  • 1 0
 Sign me up, on a Singlespeed….
  • 2 1
 He abused that downhill!
  • 1 0
 That was mental.
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