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It might seem like a stretch, but maybe cycling and rally car racing aren’t all that different? Each cover different stages with mixed surfaces, and live for high speeds and tight turns. Deux North is back with their latest adventure in Hunt 5 – staged at the Rally De Catalunya in Spain. Riding along with professional rally driver Kris Meeke, the group road along the WRC route from Barcelona to Valencia on an incredible four day journey.

You definitely want to check out Claudio Caluori previewing the Lourdes WC DH track, shenanigans with Danny MacAskill, and your inspiration for the weekend next…

This weekend – World Cup downhill racing is back! You know what that means, more awesome videos as Gstaad-Scott manager Claudio Caluori hurtles himself down each track. To kick off the season, Claudio is in Lourdes, France trying to keep up with Loic Bruni. The race will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV, which we recently found out is now supported for live streaming on Google Chromecast. Bigscreen!

Salzburg (AUT), April 7, 2015 – The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano is back – bigger and faster than ever before. More teams, more nations and of course, more action. The downhill and cross-country spectacles will provide a thrilling new season, and Red Bull TV will take you right into the heart of it! Who will climb to the top, who will slip up? Red Bull TV will deliver 19 broadcasts from nine countries across two continents, live to your favorite device, wherever you may be. Each edge-of-your-seat broadcast will be hosted by the legendary Rob Warner and Claudio Caluori. Round 1 takes off on April 12, 2015 at 12:30pm GMT/ 03:30am PDT/ 06:30am EDT in Lourdes (FRA). Tune in for the ride!

From April 11 to August 23, mountain bike fans will be gripped by the downhill and cross-country racing action of 130 teams from 33 countries as they contend in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. The goal: to triumph above the rest. For the fourth year running, Red Bull Media House will stream 19 races live (7 DHI, 6 XCO Men and 6 XCO Women) on Red Bull TV and redbull.com/bike. This year, Rob Warner will lead viewers through the races with his sharp and often hilarious commentary. Supporting him in the booth will be Claudio Caluori, already a fan favorite for his course previews last season. Get a taste of what commentary madness to expect this season with Claudio’s 2014 highlights: http://win.gs/ClaudioCaluori_Highlights.

The season will kick off at a new race venue, Lourdes in France, on April 12. The downhill track in the Pyrénées – 2.5km (1.24 mi) long and descending 470m (0.29 mi) – is unknown terrain for most of the athletes. French riders who have challenged for the Coupe de France or trained in the region, like Loic Bruni, may feel right at home down these fast and furious lines. But the reigning Champions from Great Britain will be there, looking to continue their winning streak. Gee Atherton will ride hard to win back the crown from last year’s Champion Josh “Ratboy” Bryceland. Not to mention Gee’s sister, Rachel Atherton, who has more than one bone to pick with 2014 Champion Manon Carpenter.

And the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano is not just about who can get down a hill as fast as possible. The cross country riders are also raring to go. Julien Absalon vs. Nino Schurter, Jolanda Neff vs. Catharine Pendrel – who has the power to grab the 2015 title? 

Three very different riders, one drivetrain. SRAM’s new GX line has drivetrain options no matter how you ride, as long as it’s 1×11, 2×11, or 2×10…

Austin, Texas is known for a lot of things: live music, barbecue, and the Longhorns. We found all those things, but we also found a cycling rich town with a small, but quality trail network.

When Danny MacAskill isn’t making internet breaking riding videos, lately he has been touring the world with the Drop and Roll Tour. This behind the scenes  videso’s real fun starts at 8:20 if you don’t want the back story on how the Drop and Roll tour got started (plus Danny almost destroying the trailer).

Since June 2014 Danny MacAskill, Ali C, Fabio Wibmer, and Duncan Shaw have been busy performing live and filming on The Drop and Roll Tour taking countries including Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland along the way.

It’s a big weekend for pro level cycling with the start of the DH World Cup and the legendary Paris-Roubaix. Bell’s Spring Classic competition continues with Race 5 in Northern France.

First run in 1896, Paris-Roubaix is one of cycling’s oldest races. Famous for rough terrain and cobblestones, it is one of the Monuments of the European calendar. It has been called the Hell of the North and is largely responsible for major advancements in frame and wheel design and engineering.

This last one has been out for awhile, but it’s making the rounds as we speak and for good reason. If this film doesn’t make you feel like anything is possible and that you need to get out on a bike now something might be wrong with you. After being dealt a bad hand in life, Nick Gibb didn’t let the years of surgeries and rehab keep him from getting outdoors and riding a bike. As a result, he was the winner of the Boa Ride That Changed it All competition for 2014 and was awarded an entry to the Leadville Trail 100. Not only did Nick Finish Leadville, he did it under 10 hours!

Want a chance at your own Ride that Changed it All Leadville entry? Enter for the 2015 contest here.

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