Video: CathroVision Breaks Down the Rock Garden - Maribor DH World Cup 2019

Apr 27, 2019 at 1:04
by Ben Cathro  



70 Comments

  • + 154
 The ghosting is impressive. Good effort.
  • + 13
 Loving the audio and video quality Ben. Tripod for the win???
  • + 8
 Pretty cool indeed! It's impressive how quickly you go through the footage, Cathro!
  • + 54
 Glad you got things sorted out with Red Bull. It wouldn't be the same without this analysis.
  • + 10
 I would expect Red Bull will be bringing his videos on board soon enough and show things like this before the race gets underway (and as promotion before). It's pretty standard sport broadcasting to have some expert analysis.
  • + 3
 @Rubberelli: I dunno if that would actually be a good thing for Ben or his fans. Maybe, dunno. But I certainly like what he produces without Redbull influence...
  • + 4
 @robwhynot: he deserves real cash for these superb videos..
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: Cool - so sponsor him directly and let him keep artistic freedom instead of having to satisfy RB content managers if he were on payroll.
  • + 1
 @robwhynot: So, you think Gwin would ride better if he were not on Red Bull because he has to satisfy their athlete managers? They would only hire Cathro because they already like what he does. Clearly, Eliot Jackson was RB's idea of analysis. I'm predicting that they will see people want Cathro's more technical breakdown and hire him to do exactly what he would be doing anyway, minus the 45 second pitch for a mudguard or whoever is now paying him to be featured
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: The comparison to Gwin is apples and oranges.

Maybe it would be a better production in the end, I dunno what the deal would look like or what kind of resources they'd offer up.
Maybe it would be better for Ben financially, I dunno what he gets paid now or what Redbull would offer.

But I do know Redbull is a very tightly managed brand, the brand itself is far more valuable than the piss they sling in a can. So there's no way they're just handing a camera, crew, airtime and all their trademark images to anyone and letting that person have at it as they wish. I mean, heck, how many companies built their own copyright infringement snitch line? policies.redbull.com/policies/RedBull.com_Canada/201904020124/en/brand_protection.html

Ben has a unique position himself, his delivery and personality combine with his insights combine to make an enjoyable viewing experience.

Perhaps it would happen under the Gives You Wings mission, as the company sees it's sponsorship (of anything it sponsors) as a way to enable great things, pioneers and risk takers (it all stems from the founder's mission to pioneer a new category and way of marketing a brand, ironically).

Would be interesting to see. It could go to the next level... or it could lose all of its personality and flop.
  • + 34
 Cathro, you kill it! Thousands of people like me are glad you no longer have to keep videos under 3min. Props to Red Bull too for listening to the crowd in this matter.
  • + 33
 that is awesome , give this man a job redbull
  • + 24
 Great edit Ben, it had to be the rock garden first up. Although I was hoping to see the guy at the end mince down for some everyman perspective
  • + 16
 Best thing to happen to dh coverage since hd video
  • + 3
 Don't forget Claudio! Actually, Cathro could do it too...!!
  • + 15
 So good to have Cathro for the season. Bring on the racing
  • + 13
 loving the in-depth analysis, hats off and respect for all the hard work to get these out so quick.
  • + 8
 Fantastic stuff Cathro! The coverage and analysis is really starting to look polished. Good on Red Bull for taking the initiative to clear up the confusion. Less than 24 hours until race time!!!
  • + 7
 How cool would it be to film the whole race then edit footage using ghosts to show every rider on track at the same time and watch it as a whole race with them all together (like in a horse race) top to bottom.
  • + 1
 Haha, I was joking about exactly this with a mate earlier. It'd be cool to watch. Really hard to do the whole run, but even just a vid of all the riders going through the rock garden at once would be wicked.
  • + 5
 Funny, insightful, interesting commentary. Really helps understand the decision making, and probably helps us (mortals) pick better lines too. Thank you to Red Bull for supporting high quality folks like Ben. Continue to encourage talent, wherever you find it, and we all benefit.
  • + 6
 Cathro is great at this. I think his breakdown and video comparisons are almost better than just watching practice. I hope he does a post race break down of how it all came together at race pace.
  • + 5
 Thanks for your efforts Ben. Great to have some further analysis into the line choices and some of the potential "whys" as to the reason some of the time outcomes occur.

Additionally great on you for working it out with Red Bull / UCI and your statement about how communication is key to both sides of it (regardless of opinions of who's "at fault"). I hope this will set the groundwork for a season of great content from you and enhancing the World Cup rounds and their associated content.
  • + 7
 Way to take the fall for Red Bull Ben. I 'm guessing the "misunderstanding" was not on your part.
  • + 8
 Ben Cathro, you are a prince among men.
  • + 8
 Good Work Ben!
  • + 8
 Excellent Ben thanks.
  • + 5
 Awesome coverage, highly appreciated to see the ghosting of the different riders in the rock garden. Great insides that Ben provides here!
  • + 8
 Fantastic footage!
  • + 7
 Brilliant stuff - great to hear that it is all worked out!
  • + 3
 This is what I live for, and what stokes me out about the upcoming season - track analysis, experts opinions, quality video, etc. etc. Keep it up Cathro and thanks for putting in undoubtedly long nights getting this stuff out ASAP after filming. Anybody who enjoys this should put their money where their mouth is and contribute on his patreon page.
  • + 6
 So good Ben!!! Love the ghosts!! Could they be a little bit darker?!
  • + 5
 Wow! Pinkbikers have spoken!
  • + 2
 hey thanx Cathro!!! I think its amazing that you actually got to talk to the big bosses and the allowed it!! keep up the good work!!
  • + 3
 Ain't gonna be no lines when this turns into lentil soup tomorrow. Anyone bring a canoe?
  • + 3
 Bit confused here,was Loic faster than Pierron?Because the clock said Loic +0.64,so that should mean he was slower,no?
  • + 32
 Ahhh balls. It’s a miracle I didn’t make more mistakes as I was still putting it together at 3am. ????
  • + 3
 @ben-cathro: Your analysis and breakdown of the track is absolutely brilliant! Really glad to hear you have the extra time to create your videos, your content brings another level of enjoyment to watching these races.

Cheers!
  • + 4
 Love the Ghosting, another cracking Cathrovision!!
  • + 2
 Cathro seems to break it down in a way that teaches you something...with an explanation of why & how....but also builds the stoke for the event
  • + 4
 Good work
  • + 4
 Go bulldog!!
  • + 3
 So good to get this kind of insight.
  • + 3
 Loving the longer format... impressive work
  • + 1
 Great work Ben, thanx so much for getting this to us. Glad you got things sorted with RB, and hope for more opportunities going your way. Keep 'em coming!!
  • + 3
 Great track side reporting dude really liked the ghost thing
  • + 1
 I agree
  • + 1
 That was sweet... Cathro deserves a spot doing commentary and analysis with Rob and Claudio
  • + 1
 Ben, my crystal ball says your career is about to get a lot richer. Just stay true to yourself as the money comes...
  • + 1
 Newbie watcher here. What do the number of whistle blasts mean? Mostly it’s one but sometimes two or three...
  • + 2
 I believe it’s just a warning that a rider on course will arrive shortly.
  • + 1
 One whistle blast per rider (I think?). Sometimes people ride together in practice, or just catch up with each other on runs. Then you get 2 (or 3) whistles in a row as they go past the marshals together.
  • + 1
 Unreal! Just keeps getting better. Cheers for the breakfast time, coffee, toast and Cathro entertainment combo!
  • + 1
 Nice one Cathro! Proper racer's insight is what's been missing all these years, we just didn't know it! Love it!
  • + 2
 Buzzing redbull has screwed the nut for you Ben top quality stuff this.
  • + 3
 Communication is key!
  • + 1
 Awesome content as always BC.
  • + 1
 Savage analysis. Worthy of an F1 team telemetry
  • + 1
 RedBull get that man a sponsorship !
  • + 1
 The way they show the lines is really cool
  • + 2
 nice one brook!
  • + 1
 That gap from Atwill though o_0 man
  • + 1
 thanks! love the longer vids
  • + 1
 Ben is pretty cool dude, but he needs a new hat!
  • + 1
 Wow! nice edit!! The ghost is awesome and very interesting!
  • + 1
 Banger
  • + 1
 sick
  • + 1
 That cube....
  • + 1
 Cathro, we love you! Ha.

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