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One of the perks of Claudio’s many ventures is the traveling. From Velosolutions’ projects around the world to World Cup track previews to sponsor obligations, Claudio is somewhere new nearly every week. It can be exhausting, but he’s always one to appreciate the moment. Photo: Dan Milner

Planet Home From POV to Pump Tracks with Claudio Caluori

Claudio Caluori doesn’t want to get cow shit on his tires because he’s worried about his friends thinking he doesn’t brush his teeth.

It may sound like a strange statement, but it’s just a snippet from one of his five-and-a-half-minute-long GoPro edits, this one following Will Longden down the UCI World Cup course in Leogang, Austria. For most people, this type of banter would garner odd looks. For Caluori, it’s made him semi-famous.

Most people know Claudio Caluori by his laugh—his course previews, and the accompanying commentary, have gone viral in the mountain bike world. Throughout the jarring rides, Calouri narrates in his Swiss-German accent, screaming, shouting and occasionally cursing above the whistle of the wind. The combination of explaining his line choice, screaming phrases like “Pedal, pedal, pedal!” before a 30-foot gap or “I’m going waaaay too fast!” before dropping into a chundery rock garden, all while keeping focused on the trail ahead is one of the more impressive things on the internet. And it can be pretty damn hilarious.

Despite some occasional self-doubt, Caluori is more than qualified to ride these trails, and his comical GoPro commentary is low on his list of achievements. Few people in mountain biking have accomplished the variety of things, stretching as far around the globe, as Caluori. The 39-year-old is a seven-time Swiss National Champion, former World Cup racer, founder and manager of multiple World Cup race teams, and owner of the world’s most prestigious pump track company, Velosolutions. He’s an ice-cross downhiller and has raced in the notorious Red Bull Crashed Ice event, for which he’s since become a media expert. And, most recently, he’s become a champion of renewable energy.

But his is a path that’s never been easy. He’s struggled through unemployment and failed business ventures. At one point, he even had to work in the sewers under Zurich. Yet through it all, Caluori maintained his sense of humor and a vision that extends far beyond action sports. Just like his POV edits, Caluori continues to do what he does best: try for the best line, hope it works, and then show it to the world.

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