Video: Claudio's Course Preview - DH World Cup, Fort William

Jun 5, 2015
by Red Bull Bike  


The rain is lingering, the midges are rife and Claudio Caluori has just christened the Fort William 2015 World Cup downhill course.

Join him as he chases World Champion Manon Carpenter down the tough Scottish track – Claudio does have a slight advantage of knowing about the new sections though, unlike Manon...

One of the oldest tracks on the circuit, Fort William has been part of the World Cup scene since 2002 and at 2.82km it's one of the longest, toughest and roughest tracks around. With lots of rocks, ruts and technical woods the course is varied and physically demanding.


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175 Comments

  • + 378
 Even leaving the hilarious commentary aside, every single course preview is an amazing feat of ability from Claudio - his ability to actually give insight whilst riding at incredible pace is staggering to me.
  • + 30
 Add to favourites before watching haha cause we know this is going to be awesome and will want to watch it more than once !! Bring on RACE DAY !!!!! VERY EXCIIIIITTTTTTTTEEEE!!!
  • + 198
 The only thing better than Claudio would be Tippie following Claudio with both mic'ed.
  • + 14
 @chugachjed totally agree that would be an absolute riot.
  • + 20
 @chugachjed that is literally one of the best ideas I have ever seen on PB... that would be an incredible track preview with those two chasing each other! Yippieeeee
  • - 169
flag Alias530 (Jun 4, 2015 at 19:23) (Below Threshold)
 He's annoying
  • - 66
flag aoneal (Jun 4, 2015 at 19:39) (Below Threshold)
 Prop if you want to party with Claudio >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
  • + 23
 I'll bet your a blast to hang out with! ^^^^^^
  • + 54
 @pinkbike its your responsibility to make this happen. Claudio and Tippie course preview for the win.
  • + 26
 Get on it @pinkbike! #Tiplaudio
  • + 16
 Dont forget #RobWarner @pinkbike.
  • + 5
 @aoneal Sounds like a sausage party. I'll bring the champagne.
  • + 126
 So should we fly Tippie over to Mont-Sainte-Anne this year or what? Claudio + Warner + Tip-dog would be unreal.
  • + 9
 You have the power. Make it happen, it would be genius. A conversation between those two would consist mostly of "yahwoooo" noises.
  • + 8
 @RockyMountainBicycles - Make it happen!!
  • + 9
 "So should we fly Tippie over to Mont-Sainte-Anne this year or what? Claudio + Warner + Tip-dog would be unreal"

That'll be a course preview of the century.
  • + 0
 Claudio commented with Wagner during last WC Race, Wagner was not as loud as usual. There's also some videos of Wagner and Tippie in Whistler and he was not as loud as usual, he was actually a bit serious and cautious while riding. Perhaps Wagner doesn't like being overshadowed by other MTB celebrities??? so the idea of putting them together wouldn't necessarily work out. (Says a guy behind a keyboard).
  • + 8
 You might need to Bach down on the spelling of Warner there.
  • + 3
 thanks man, the problem of speaking so many languages Wink
  • + 1
 DOOOOO IT!!! Make it happen!
  • + 95
 "Really? Do we really need that?... I don't!"

Claudio is the man! World cups would not be the same without him... Manon looking rapid as well
  • + 80
 Manon Carpenter. Dear lord. What a shredder. And soooo pretty too.
  • + 76
 A history lesson told by Claudio chasing a World champ down the craziest course ever is a good history lesson.
  • + 10
 He would make an amazing tour guide hahaha
  • + 57
 "I might be chasing you all day.." Legend.
  • + 1
 ^ when I heard that I was like...THIS GUYYYY! Legend is right lol
  • + 45
 That telemetry display is awesome! I hope they have it on race day. They can have a "ball-o-meter" showing how gnarly a section is too.
  • + 35
 Just when I thought it wasn't going to happen...best way to end the work day!
  • + 26
 Best way to start a day of work.
  • + 32
 *Sarcasm:On* Are they riding with Gopro's on the helmet?! DON'T THEY KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS?! *Sarcasm:Off*
  • + 8
 .. or how contradictory it is too. UCI bans them, but hang on, it's now OK for a UCI WC course preview??
  • + 3
 technically he's riding the course outside of the official times so i guess it doesn't count, Right?
  • + 1
 I was told years ago by a commissaire, (when I tried to ride a taped course the day before official practice started), that as soon as it's taped it's under the responsibility, insurance and rules of the event.
  • + 33
 Foo Fighters!
  • + 7
 So glad someone else noticed that!
  • + 1
 "Times Like These"
I love the Foo Fighters references.
  • + 27
 I just can't get my head around how Claudio's able to chat on the way down? I can't seem to manage anything other than gritting my teeth lol.
  • + 16
 the guy is amazing, talking about the story of a dhwc course on his second language while riding it is just unbelievable
  • + 29
 bunny hunt!
  • + 28
 Crazy Girl!
  • + 21
 Claudio getting down and dirty with Mannon, what more could you want from an online video?
  • - 15
flag chugachjed (Jun 4, 2015 at 15:52) (Below Threshold)
 Tippie. Tippie is the only person who could make this better.
  • + 20
 Claudio you rebel! Don't you know UCI banned GoPros!>?
  • + 18
 OH MY f*ckING GOD CLAUDIO IS BACK FOR ANOTHER CORSE PREVEIW WWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :::Smile ))))))))))
  • + 17
 I really can't stand the world cup schedule. the gaps in the first 3 races are soooo loooong! I was having WC withdrawals!
  • + 3
 August will be better.
  • - 2
 There were 3 races already?
Where have i been?
  • - 2
 There's only been one and I think it was in April. The 2nd is this weekend. The third is in July.

If they wanted to do it this way, my opinion is that this should be preseason to decide who gets to start with the #1 plate. Whne the real season starts, I'd go every other week to allow for recovery and travel.

And while I'm creating my own world cup, it should be teams of three rather than individuals. But on a weekly basis so you can rotate riders based on track style. Must be at least one man and one woman. Points will come from total of the three riders for that weekend. There should be a salary cap to avoid stacking based on money. Draft out of the juniors to build the team (including a practice/development squad). World champs would be more about the individual.

Truthfully, I'm happy to watch the races as they are and I appreciate the risks these folks are willing to take for the win and for my entertainment.
  • + 1
 Isn't Leogang next weekend? I agree there's long gaps, but at least we get two races back to back. Better than the gap between Lourdes and Fort Bill.
  • + 1
 I like that it is stretched out over the year instead of wambamthankyouma'am.
  • + 15
 Claudio's best score at Fort William was a 19th place at the 2004 UCi World Cup.
  • + 20
 So he is only really, really, really, really, fast.
  • + 13
 Manon has bigger balls than all of us here....hahha.
  • + 5
 Thing is balls are sensitive and weak she has something that can bring a new human to the world, that is 100 times stronger and braver
  • + 8
 A uterus?
  • + 1
 You are right AMGoran.
Manon has a bigger vagina than all of us here.








(Manon please forgive me)
  • + 1
 Well theres the reason i didn't wanted to put it out that way hahah
  • + 13
 What, no props for Manon Carpente?? Killed it.
  • + 7
 That course. I don't know how many times I'd eat it per run, but it would be at least a lot of times. So long and so much variety. If the UCI were to run worlds at only one track from here on out, this would have to be one of the top-3 options.
  • + 2
 even if I survived the road gap I'm pretty sure I'd be dead by the time I hit the river gap. So much variation from the top of the track to the bottom. Awesome.
  • + 10
 I'd love to see a stationary camera in Claudio's previews to see him and whomever else dusting by in fast sections!
  • + 4
 If only they made drones that you could mount a camera on and it could fly around you and film. That would be cool, wouldn't it? Wink
  • + 3
 @Pininator Not sure whether it could keep up with the outright speed in the open sections, and I know it can't currently handle trees/other obstacles, but there are things in the works...

www.lily.camera
  • + 2
 @Facingtraffic - I want one of those in a bad way!
  • + 10
 A month feels way too long for a Claudio course preview. Finally Fort Bill is here!
  • + 8
 WC without Claudio is like a day without wine.
  • + 4
 amazing I get so nervous just watching this guy ride while being able to calmly speak about the trail. lol It almost looks like they have the video in fast forward however they don't! They are just that damn good! Very impressed!
  • + 6
 The excitement for the weekend starts with Claudio's course preview. Can't wait to watch this weekend. Go Stevie!!!
  • + 6
 steepest part of the track registered a 61% gradient?!? what does that even mean?
  • + 18
 That, if you traveled in a straight line for a 100 meters, you would loose 61 meters in elevation.
(I think...)
  • - 3
 I'm pretty sure that 100% is a vertices slope and 0% is a horizontal slope so 50% is 45°. 61% is a very steep slope.
  • + 20
 @natemeyer a slight correction...100% grade is 45 degrees. A 61% grade is 31 degrees, which is still pretty steep.
  • + 5
 45 degrees is 100% - rise/run, or 1/1.
  • + 1
 I guess there are many reasons I majored in literature. all of the above makes my head hurt. ha!
  • + 0
 I agree with the 61%=31 degrees... but thats weird, draw a 31degree angle on a sheet of paper: it's not that steep .. I mean it looks steeper in the video !
  • + 3
 For a guy who doesn't race professionally anymore the guy is a BEAST!! Every video I see of Claudio's course preview makes me want the Scott Genius Gambler more and more. Awesome video as always and I can't wait to see the next vid!!
  • + 5
 A claudio video and the dubs in the finals on the same day?!? Yeooow go dubs!!
  • + 6
 Goddamn Manon is one fast girl.
  • + 10
 She's just fast.
  • + 5
 Top notch production value, nice work redbull. By far the best course pre-runs/lead up to WC events, thanks Claudio!
  • + 6
 To quote the man himself, "YEEEOOOWW this is good!"
  • + 2
 Yeah, he has the best 'YEEEEEEEOOOOOOWWW"! ever.
  • + 4
 "I might be chasing you all day, sounds like fun". Claudio! (Bet she's on the Scott team next year....)
  • + 4
 This is Fort Wilians, this is Claudio course preview, it'll be the best race of the year
  • + 1
 All I could think about during that was how cool it would be to see the girls close the time gap with the boys. A unisex world cup would be so insane! I think it would be good for this boy dominated discipline to have a girl crowned as the worlds fastest racer.
  • + 10
 Anne-Caroline Chausson used to put a pretty sizable dent into the men's field in her heyday.
  • + 4
 she was supreme.
  • + 3
 F-Ya!!! WC racing, track check w/Claudio and a trip to the Bike Park this weekend...
Damn the end of this work week just got better!
  • + 4
 so "bunny hunt"; "follow her all day"; "went all the way". naughty naughty Claudio
  • + 5
 CLAUDIOOOOOO!!!!!! Big Grin
  • + 2
 The video doesn't do any justice on how rough this track is. Was up there the other day, now can't wait till race day. Just sad that peaty is not riding...
  • + 1
 Top job both Manon and Claudio. For anyone who's never ridden that track videos never ever do it justice. As soon as you leave the top boardwalk onto the rocks and turn left holy shit!!!
  • + 1
 I'm just blown away as usual with Claudio. I can never understand how he talks while riding through these courses. I can't even listen to music when I'm riding hard because it's so distracting.
  • + 1
 actually im opposite, listening music distracts my too active brain, so i can ride much better, with much more pace
  • + 4
 "Atleast I have F*cks taking care of my suspension" .......lulz!
  • + 2
 For a minute I thought I was the only one who heard that. Pretty damn funny!
  • + 3
 Claudio Claudio Claudio You are the best advertiser for GoPro ever!!! AND I LOVE IT!
  • + 3
 Who makes this schedule up? The races are so spread out until August, and then 3 back too back races. WHY???
  • + 3
 there are two back to back races in August because the venues are on the same continent, and within driving distance of each other. They are the only two races in North America. As far as I know, they have always been back to back, it makes it easier for everyone.
  • + 1
 Get him a flight suit hitting G's like that .. its only a world cup id Cladio does the preview, he is all part of the magic.
  • + 2
 Love the addition of the speed/grade/info graphic in the corner of the video.
  • + 3
 go away, i think Im gonna chase you all day!!!!rock on!!!!
  • + 1
 Is this track part of a bike park? I mean, is fort william like a whistler type of thing? like a ski/bike resort? the thing is so legendary..
  • + 1
 It is cool to See the stat, heartbeat and max speed on the video. Claudio has so much still and flow and following this crazy rabbit was impressive.
  • + 2
 Give the man a medal! Hangin' with Manon and talking us through the track all the way down, jeeeez....
  • + 3
 That was exhausting just watching !
  • + 3
 Why in the hell is there such a gap from W.C.-race#1 too W.C.-race#2 ?????
  • + 1
 It has to do with things like snow coverage, wet and hot seasons, and traveling logistics. This is a world venue after all! I agree the wait is long, but it is necessary.
  • + 8
 So that all the racers who had body parts tenderized or broken at Lourdes have a chance to heal up.
  • + 5
 It has to do with money, pure and simple. If wc dh was as popular as mx or sx or skiing these huge gaps wouldn't exist
  • - 5
flag Ramslam (Jun 4, 2015 at 20:00) (Below Threshold)
 LOL, and you know this how? ^^^
  • + 2
 every redbull.tv video or live feed is just a lag-fest even in 480p.anyone else got the same problem?
  • + 3
 That's what we've been waiting for in the past month!
  • + 2
 Red bull media player..... (sigh..)
  • + 1
 my biggest question is the helmet cams, what happened to the uci banning them?
  • + 1
 Outside of official UCI practice IIRC, you normally see other riders on course so course is probably officially closed. That's how I get around it on British stages by filming outside of practice (but that's XC).
  • + 1
 Wondering how much we could raise for charity going for a "bunny hunt" of our own....
  • + 1
 I think Manons speed and brave lines are a bit more impressive than Claudio speaking while riding!
  • + 2
 nice touch with telemetry & data!!
  • + 2
 This is the best one yet!
  • + 1
 Claudio giving history lessons while riding full on DH. Now that is a history lesson!
  • + 1
 I am one of the legion of fans of Claudio's rides - WE NEED MORE!!! Can't wait to watch the event this weekend.
  • + 1
 Finally, Sunday its on! Thank's to Claudio and Manon for that little the taste.
  • + 2
 Why do these never play on my phone
  • + 2
 195BPM and he's still able to talk. Freak
  • + 1
 Claudio you're always the best. Love watching your videos and hear your funny voice ;-)
  • + 2
 Without hill must hope for smith then bryceland
  • + 2
 Scotland in June, snow and rain......wonderful.....
  • + 2
 thanks Claudio! that was very entertaining.
  • + 2
 This is what i have been waiting for
  • + 2
 We need more World cups in the year it just way to long to wait.
  • + 3
 This guy is a legend Big Grin
  • + 1
 This makes me so excited! Im going to my first Wold cup event and it is in this awesome place! Letsgoooo
  • + 1
 I HATE how GoPros (and other cams) make everything look flatter and smoother than it really is...
  • + 2
 the combo between helmet and chest helped though
  • + 1
 A claudio preview ride is all i need to fill my downhill need passion.
  • + 1
 never seen a gopro chest mount so stabilized. how can it be?
  • + 1
 "WOW WHAT A CRAZY GIRL!!"
  • + 1
 best post, Manon is crazy
  • - 1
 Like this comment if you think Claudio farted at 1.45.... (just getting on the second bridge during that small wooden berm/wall ride)
  • + 1
 Manon is just amazing. Wow.
  • + 2
 Best preview yet!
  • + 1
 He had plans for passing her from the very beginning, this Italian Smile
  • + 1
 Fire Cookson ! Claudio for UCI president !!!
  • + 2
 I WANT HIS JOB.
  • + 1
 I love these previews and that was SICK!
  • + 1
 what a long track, im stoked for sunday!
  • + 1
 Claudio's Course Preview made my day
  • + 1
 Is the g-meter attached to claudio's go-pro, chest, or bike?
  • + 2
 Claudio for President
  • + 1
 haha, i have no idea how he can talk like that!
  • + 1
 i just came here for the comments Smile
  • + 1
 New parts of the track look good . Roll on Sunday ✊
  • + 1
 Frig, he's quite the character!!
  • + 2
 Claudio is the best!!!
  • + 2
 They were hauling ass!!
  • + 1
 God that track looks amazing.
  • + 2
 F*cking finally
  • + 1
 C'me one Claudio ! You're the best !
  • + 1
 Seeing a video with claudio just made my day!
  • + 0
 Claudio you bad boy , stuffing it up her inside , a gentleman should always let the lady go first ! lol
  • + 1
 Hahaha... o im lovin it!
  • + 1
 Manon 3 3 3
  • + 0
 oh damn love it like it's 2002
  • + 1
 gonna be a wet one.
  • + 2
 that's what she said. I'm sorry
  • + 1
 The track looks great!
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