Downhill Pro Claudio Caluori


Words: Daniel Kudernatsch
Photography: Michal Cerveny

Mountain biker Claudio Caluori’s fast-paced YouTube videos take viewers on an unfiltered ride down the world’s toughest courses. 
Claudio Caluori
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Search for “Claudio” on the Red Bull YouTube channel. As a bonus, Red Bull TV is broadcasting all 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup races live. The first downhill of the season is in Lourdes, France, on April 30.

Former professional downhill mountain bike racer Claudio Caluori showcases the world’s quickest and toughest bike tracks on Red Bull TV. His insane YouTube videos have become cult viewing among dedicated MTB fans. Here, he reveals three steps to making your own great POV clips. 

Step 1: Get the right equipment

“Three GoPros — one on your helmet, one on the handlebars and one on your chest — plus a highly sensitive microphone that doesn’t pick up wind noise. That will guarantee you razor-sharp recordings and impressive sound.” 

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Step 2: Know your route before you go

“Riding through the woods at up to 40 mph and doing jumps of up to 65 feet is routine for the likes of world champion Loïc Bruni or World Cup winner Aaron Gwin, but it’s amazing from a viewer’s point of view. I can only get the sensation across if I go for it myself and I can only do that if I’m perfectly prepared. I know the courses from the old days or I check them out before the recording. And during the run itself I’m as focused as if I was still racing for World Cup points.” 

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Step 3: Show how much fun you’re having … and how freaked out you are 

“What’s the strategy behind my live commentary? There isn’t one. There are two things I pay attention to: a live analysis of the track (‘Lots of dust, slippery!’) and concrete tips on line and technique (‘Try to take the inside line — no, that doesn’t work’).

“And another thing: When I’m really scared or really having fun, then I start to talk to myself. ‘First little crash at the first corner — you better focus, Claudio.’ Or, ‘Oh, oh, oh, whoa! Stay on your bike, stay on your bike, Claudio!’ As soon as you hear me saying my name, you know it’s a crucial moment!” 

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