Video: World Cup XC Racer Vlad Dascalu Chases a Racing Drone

Jan 7, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesWatch what happened when MTB cross-country rider Vlad Dasc─âlu trained with a racing drone as a partner on home trails in Romania.Red Bull TV



42 Comments

  • 45 1
 Alternative title: "Racing Drone Patiently Slows Down so Professional Cyclist Can Keep Up"
  • 4 0
 Exactly. It's absurd how fast some of these drones are with good pilots behind them. You wouldn't think a tiny little quad with all kinds of weird weighting, virtually no assistance (ie no gyro), and delays between video and control feeds could be so incredibly controlled, but the reflexes of pilots (if only just between their eyes and thumbs) are on another level.
  • 13 0
 Or more accurately, "racing drone taking a video of a racing drone taking a video of professional cyclist." All the video footage that shows the drone and the cyclist at the same time has to be taken by a second drone, correct? The guy must feel like he is cycling just behind a swarm of bees.
  • 1 0
 @dcaf: what is this, inception?
  • 15 1
 The trail he's on, it's usually ridden (at speed) with enduro or freeride bikes. Burning his way down (upwards as well) that trail, at that speed, on that bike - very impressive !
  • 6 0
 thats why he's a pro
  • 11 2
 Paltinis, coborarea de la releu !!! Am recunoscut-o din primele secunde ! Whoo-hooo ! Sorry for the non-English language, got a little over-enthusiastic seeing trails near my hometown.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a great place to ride!
  • 8 1
 What a nice but weirdly quirky clip.
I mean, its nice and many of the shots are beautiful... but the concept is so weird. Why is he chasing a cinewhoop drone when 95% of the shots are from another rig/camera? and whats up with those timing gates?
  • 5 0
 That would be a cool and fun way to train. Chasing a drone would always push you to go faster since it will always be ahead of you. Bonus: If you crash, the drone pilot will see you and can send help. You also end up with a video of your run.
  • 2 0
 It would be really cool if you program it to fly a certain route at a given speed/pace. Then you don't need someone else piloting it. Turn it loose and then chase your rabbit-goal.
If you beat the drone to the end of the course you just bump up the drone's speed a bit for the next session.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: if you went faster than it, and it was going on the exact course that you were... then u might find yourself a drone without propellers: ie. it you crashed into it
  • 2 0
 Also video for Friday Fails
  • 1 0
 @lyalltheweebeastie: Yes, you'd have to program in altitude as well. Of course you'd have to know the route very well to program the drone to fly around/over obstacles too. Which leads me to the question as to if you can record a flight and then have it "fly-back" using that path and elevation data? You'd go out and manually fly the course and record it. Use that recording to create a custom flight plan from a known start point and elevation. Then you could adjust the velocity numbers.... I don't know enough about the capabilities of these drones but it does sound logical to me.
  • 2 0
 @Augustus-G: Software-wise, this should in theory be possible, but what with trees etc, the accuracy of gps could cause a crash especially seeing as the signal would be weak under tree cover. On an open course, this would totally work if the drone had a control board that was capable of doing this, but I'm not an expert to be able to say whether there are many control boards that can do this
Good idea though
  • 1 0
 More fun for the rider and trainer.
  • 4 0
 The slow motion up the climbs was a little unnecessary.
  • 5 3
 this guy has more skills than people realize, please bring more of this content and less of "local dude somewhere shreds his trails" thanks
  • 3 0
 The impossible climb just been smashed
  • 3 1
 Interesting bike with the 32 SC at the front, wonder how it rides with the lower front end.
  • 3 0
 I was thinking the same thing. Is that a new Top Fuel, or an older 100mm travel frame?
  • 2 0
 @AnodizeErrthing: New Top Fuel- Fixed lower shock, not floating like old one.
  • 1 0
 Was really hoping to see a shot of the drone that was filming the drone that was leading the rider. Please give me more drone.
  • 1 1
 Pretty cool. How did they drone follow the trail? Was it a live pilot, a programmed flight, or a tracking drone that went in front of him? I don't know a ton about them...
  • 1 0
 Did you watch the whole thing? Theres a guy sitting in the tent with a remote control and some vr googles on so id say hes in control.
  • 1 0
 @drfunsocks: Thanks, completely missed that.
  • 1 0
 the drivers have headsets so they can see the view from the drone
  • 2 0
 @drfunsocks: Not VR. It's an analog video feed (FPV) from the drone to the goggles. Low latency allows them to control the drone in 'real time'.
  • 1 0
 @netposer: Some companies have started releasing digital ones too now (which is pretty cool imo), but you're right that analog is still used by almost everyone.
  • 3 0
 Wooooh Romania ftw!!!
  • 3 1
 Paltinis, Romania has the best trails out there, go and check them out!
  • 1 0
 Thats some Inception sh!t right there ....A video of a video making etc blah blah
  • 1 0
 Awesome footage n ridding. So beautiful takes about what can XCO be feeled.
  • 1 0
 The drone's lights make it look like it's CGI.
  • 1 0
 Remind me off the movie "Cocoon"
  • 1 0
 Anyone knows exact location, please? GPS or strava segment would help!
  • 1 0
 So, it looks like there are drones filming a drone filming a rider.
  • 1 0
 The trails in Narnia look very nice.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what the first song is?
  • 2 1
 big up Vlad ! nice trail
  • 1 1
 Great meta drone footage

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