Claudio's Course Preview: Lourdes World Cup

Apr 9, 2015
by Red Bull Bike  
A new track awaits the world's fastest as they make their way to Lourdes, France, for the opening round of the 2015 UCI MTB World Cup.



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142 Comments

  • + 438
 Thank Gwinns sweet baby Jesus Claudio is back!!!!!
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flag ridesmoothbro (Apr 9, 2015 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 I'm curious is you fellas would mock him and his faith if you had the chance to ride with him and or meet him and hang out a bit? Probably I'm guessing. As much pain as he is putting everyone through with his faith and good nature.
  • + 48
 The answer is no. Internet muscles don't function in the real world. I still propped the comment tho, just sayin.
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flag ridesmoothbro (Apr 9, 2015 at 11:43) (Below Threshold)
 I hear you on the first part. And on the second, congratulations? I guess?
  • + 68
 I have met the guy, he's awesome. And although I can see the mocking nature I was more so making light of a popular pinkbike topic and referencing the American Classic film, "taladega nights, the legend of Ricky Bobby"
  • + 64
 anyone else hear him say his announcing with Rob...watching world cups just got better
  • + 29
 ridesmoothbro- Chill out broooo, he was kidding. I'd hate to see how seriously you handle something as frivolous as that in the real world. and in other news... "LOIC WAIT!!!"
  • + 20
 @ridesmoothbro ..well considering the discussion around the very same topic in gwinns 10 for 10 article..its not only topical but god damn funny...errrm...i mean...its very funny
  • + 4
 another lazy weekend coming for me
  • + 1
 Ah this is good! WC time again woo-hoooooo!
  • + 5
 Best thing so far today Claudio is back. They should do a race description all together ; Claudio,Warner,tippie!!!
  • + 2
 Oh lourdy that looks like fun.............. Wink
  • + 1
 you don't need to say that on to videos
  • + 1
 420 up votes
  • + 320
 I wish I could switch my car GPS voice to Claudio's!
  • + 186
 turn right yow owowowow weeeee were having fun now
  • + 18
 lmao that would be amazing!
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flag plyawn (Apr 9, 2015 at 13:27) (Below Threshold)
  • + 6
 now drift across the turn... ohhoho you nearly crashed
  • + 126
 lol ive been refreshing pinkbike all friggin day for this
  • + 7
 Me too man
  • + 7
 just got back from a spin and switched this on! WINNING!
  • + 4
 hope you weren't riding ticknock ;o)
  • + 3
 5 min penalty if so...
  • + 78
 Loic waiiiittttttttttttt.......................
  • + 54
 All is right in the world with Claudio doing WC Course Previews again!

"Okay. Into the needle section which has nothing to do with drugs!"

LOL
  • + 5
 priceless!
  • + 7
 Hahaha how cool can you be to bring out that kind of joke in a life threatening situation? GO CLAUDIO!!!
  • + 20
 I laughed so hard when he said that about the needles section. Brand new bars, maybe even entire bike, no acclimation period (new bars always feel different to me), and just pins it down a WC course while yelling and joking the entire time. Claudio is awesome, I want to ride with him, such a positive fun personality.
  • + 53
 The French world cup venues of recent years have just been the best. Val D'Isere, Meribel and now here. They know how to make a track which is exciting to race on; lines, lines, lines and tape it wide.
  • + 11
 I want to see Val D'lsere again, that track was so sick
  • + 8
 La Bresse wasn't bad too in my opinion !
  • + 16
 Dammit, now there's a Frenchie in front of me.
  • + 2
 This track is looking fast and rowdy, taped wide with multiple line choices and little pedaling. This may be a good race for Sam Hill.
  • + 1
 I thought about mentioning La Bresse but thought ultimately it was a bit short (~2:07 was Peaty's winning time I think), it still seemed like a decent track though.
  • + 32
 Such a sick looking course, it seems to me to be what the WC should be like. Oh and CLAAAAAUUUUUUDDDDIIIIOOOO IS BACKKKKKK
  • + 25
 OH YES IT WORKS IT WORKS
  • + 24
 Life is complete again!
  • + 22
 holy, that track looks like its gonna make an awesome race!
  • + 15
 Has anyone ever tried to narrate their own run whilst riding?

Its so hard. You either sound or ride like retard.

How Claudio rides on pace, does it so well and is witty! I'll never know.

Freaking Jedi.
  • + 4
 It's true. His course previews are one of the highlights of every round.
  • + 12
 So Happy to have you back Claudio . . . . even if you were beaten by a Frenchie !!
  • + 12
 oh man, I missed these way too much, Claudio you're an animal! how do you stay on your bike?!
  • + 3
 I really hope thats some subtle internet sarcasm...

*Edit*
What the hell, when I commented, the above comment said almost exactly the opposite of what it says now Razz
  • + 10
 Can't wait to be there in just 2 days !!! I'm so proud to have a WC just 40km away from home ! Bring your horns men, cuz I'll have mine !!! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 12
 I hope there is a camera near that loose rock section near the end!
  • + 4
 Seriously- that's gonna be home to some major carnage. Anyone want to take a bet on the number of racers it takes out? Price is right rules, closest without going over wins. I'll start with 4.
  • + 0
 3!
  • + 1
 looking at Ratboy's helmet cam, a lot of that loose stuff got blown out!
  • + 9
 The frenchie is in front of me that's a good thing. Oh wait that's not a good thing. That was the best video I've seen in awhile
  • + 7
 Man, sometimes I wish I could be as fast as Claudio, and drop into race runs blind as fast as he does. Now I just watched a current WC racer just pull away at will, and now I feel really, really slow. Great preview!
  • + 2
 the whole time I was thinking "damn, first run and he is going really fast" and then I realized Loic smoked him and probably will do it way faster on sunday. This guys are awesome
  • + 6
 I hope Brendan accepts Claudio's challenge, no jump is to narrow for Brandan to get sideways!
  • + 5
 The track looks great, I´m buzzing! And its brilliant following Claudio again. And on Sunday we have both Rob and Claudio, its going to be an epic season.
  • + 6
 Damn frenchies and their sneaky lines...
  • + 4
 Claudio is back!!! I cant express how happy I am to say that! as ever the best bit of the World cup weekend!
In the box with Lord Rob Warner on sunday as wellBig Grin
  • + 3
 The people at Deity must be stoked to have Scott onboard, can't really sneak it in any better than that Wink
Just got around to watching this and I just.can't.wait. What a tease!
  • + 5
 Claudio's running commentary on the bike is fantastic as usual. Looking forward to the first race already!
  • + 4
 claudio is life !!!!!!!!!!!!! HIM and TIPPIE and WARNER = best older (not old) guys out there !!!!!!!
  • + 1
 also add CG and peaty !!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Thanks a lot, this really is a truly awsome article! I recently had to fill out a form and spent an enormous amount of time trying to find an appropriate Just look at the service code>https://goo.gl/8FD4rj/code>. Its pretty easy to use. I think you can get a free trial if you ask for it.
  • + 3
 what time this starts in the Pacific time zone is pinkbike going to stream or just Redbull anyone has that info ?
  • + 2
 YES!! Everything about the video is just straight AWESOME! That is one gnarly course, Claudio is the man! Can't wait to watch the races!
  • + 3
 This video made my day, "Wait Loïc"... indeed he had to wait for Claudio at the last part of the trail.
  • + 3
 This wknd is loaded. At sx Saturday nite then moto gp on Sunday while watching wc dh kickoff!!
  • + 3
 "Into the needle section, which has nothing to do with drugs"
  • + 3
 "What was that for a line" - haha I love your English skills Claudio :-)
  • + 1
 you know its world cup time when Claudio is doing previews, can't wait for Sunday now. He is going the be crazy commentating.
  • + 2
 Woaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!! That was a close one..... Go ahead try to not read that in Claudio's voice
  • + 3
 This course is super rad. Soo pumped for sunday action... Finally!
  • + 1
 Whatever happened to that other dude that does the commentating with Warner? What was his name again... ? You know, the one from the EWS videos...
  • + 1
 Richard Cunynghame. Or Lord Cunny. No idea why he's not in the box this weekend.
  • + 1
 He seems to be working on EWS full time these days
  • + 3
 Right, that's the name, thanks! Well, guess we won't be seeing him around the DH WC anymore. Too bad, I thought that Rob and him made a really solid team together.
  • + 2
 Claudio is riding that thing fast and still, Loic can dissapear in a blink of an eye.
  • + 3
 I was skeptical of this track at first, looks sick now
  • + 2
 Claudiooooo!!! oh how we'vwe missed you. The winter depression is now over!!!
  • + 3
 I don't think Claudio likes to be behind frenchies..
  • + 2
 THAT of camber loose rock section. that's gonna be gnarly
  • + 1
 damnit i hate watching videos on redbull...they just wont buffer on my laptop.
  • + 1
 I love the finger shake from Loic when Claudio mentions Loic showing him his lines. . .
  • + 1
 Woooow!! This track is so rough and they pin it so hard ! He made my evening xD Great fitness BTW Claudio
  • + 3
 Now THAT is a track.
  • + 3
 That's pretty fast, non?
  • + 2
 man I´ve missed this so much ! Loic wwwaaaiiit !
  • + 2
 Claudio!!!!! even my wife loves these previews!!!! This made my day!!!
  • + 2
 Did he just say he'll be commentating along Rob Warner??
  • + 2
 Yesss Claudio it s back !!!
  • + 2
 been looking forward to his track previews.
  • - 2
 Oh Claudio, I have missed you so. But to the person who edits these videos....Please please please please please just stick to the helmet cam footage all the way down. The chest mount just bounces all over the place in comparison, and the constant switching between the two is annoying at best. Single helmet cam shot all the way down would be soooooo much better. In my opinion anyway. Track looks rad from what I could make out. Really looking forward to watching the race. Sadly its gonna have to be on catch up cos I'm gonna be racing a little local race while the wc guys do their thing.
  • + 36
 I like the chest cam, it gives a better feel of the rougness of the course. Helmet cams make it looks awfully smooth.
  • + 37
 Helmet cam gives a better route overview but chest cam is better at showing what the riders are experiencing. Both are needed.
  • + 1
 What a track. Looks like they took every rock in France and through it on the course!
  • + 1
 Definitely one of the more intense edits from Claudio. Loic is just wicked fast and light on his bike.
  • + 2
 Claudio rules. "Loic, wait!"
  • + 1
 warner /claudio /tippie hat trick of dh announcers lol !
  • + 1
 the track is amazing can't wait to see the race!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Claudio returns!!!!!! The season is upon us. : )
  • + 1
 Good Lourdes, I'm excited!
  • + 2
 YES!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Anyone else noticed how much Claudio sounds like Dr Nick...?
  • + 1
 He is like this generations Tippie! I love it
  • + 1
 Bruni might be a darkhorse to win this one
  • + 1
 YES!
  • + 1
 Why are Claudios so funny?!
  • + 1
 Claudiwhoooooaaaahh!!!! You rule!
  • + 1
 I love this guy, goofy and a good rider !!
  • + 1
 Is Claudio actually racing world cup? Sorry for noob question.
  • + 1
 He did say in the video he's going to be in the box commentating during the race...
  • + 1
 What does Claudio say when he gaps a jump?
  • + 11
 eowaaoooaaaooh
  • + 2
 "IT WORKED!"
  • + 1
 That's Sunday sorted then.............
  • + 1
 and hotlinked Redbull WC page.... bring it on !
  • + 1
 Welcome to the 2015 WC downhill season baby!
  • + 1
 Finally a proper dh track, cant wait!
  • + 1
 Claudio's back. Life is good!
  • + 1
 Taped wide = Sam Hill for the win.
  • + 1
 FINALLY!!! I'm sooo happy
  • + 2
 $20 Loic for the win.
  • + 1
 Wahoo !! Let the season commence
  • + 1
 Dang u redbull player that rarely works via my mobile.
  • + 1
 What a rugged, balls out course!
  • + 1
 Mannnnn I have missed Claudio.
  • + 1
 "Loic wait!" - that says it all come Sunday.
  • + 1
 Best day of the year so far! Sunday should be awesome!
  • + 1
 The french is sneaky Smile
  • + 1
 Sick track!
  • + 1
 Oh yeah! Happy New Year!
  • + 1
 Yes
  • + 1
 LOIC WAIT Big Grin
  • + 1
 And so it begins...
  • + 1
 classic!!!!!
  • + 1
 Yay Claudio!
  • + 1
 This guy is the best!
  • + 1
 Still on two wheels haha
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