In the United States, June 5 is National Hot Air Balloon Day. On this day in 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) held its first ever event – a hot air balloon race. To commemorate this past milestone, and in anticipation of the upcoming round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at IMS on October 6 and 7, pilot Kirby Chambliss decided to incorporate hot air balloons into his training regimen. He took to the skies at dawn above his Phoenix, AZ, home, chicaning through the balloons on the ground, similar to the chicanes he races through in the Red Bull Air Race. Once the balloons were released into the air, Kirby got a bit more creative, performing aerobatics above, around and through the balloons. Chambliss will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for round 7 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on October 6 and 7. Tickets are available at www.redbullairrace.com.
Red Bull cameras have been following Mikaela Shiffrin all season giving the inside peek into her life.
Part 5: The World Cup Hustle– available today. Download it HERE.
“I have to trust that I know what I’m going to do.” Get a peak behind the scenes before Mikaela Shiffrin gets to the start gate at a World Cup stop. From doing the dishes to dishing out dance moves on stage, Mikaela keeps busy in preparation to race. With selfies stops for eager fans off the hill and the calculated training on the slopes, all in a day’s work in her run up to her biggest season yet.
For more B-roll and interview footage of Mikaela Shiffrin, updated monthly:
Part 1: Summer Grind
“I have to go harder because somebody else out there is” – Mikaela showcases her gains in the gym through her intense two-a-day workouts in Park City, Utah. Download it HERE.
Part 2: An American Girl in Paris
“Elegance is the name of the game here” – Though vacation days are rare for the FIS World Cup overall champion, Mikaela found a few days this summer to explore Paris for the first time. She also served as host at the Grand Prix de Diane Longines horse race in Chantilly. Download it HERE.
Part 3: Inside Out in Germany
“It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. We’re sleeping, eating and skiing all in the same building.” – Mikaela prepared for the new season with her first experience of indoor skiing. The three-day training session in Wittenberg, Germany was intense but crucial. Download it HERE.
Part 4: New peaks in Chile
For the top skiers on the circuit, the foundation of a successful season is built in Chile. See how Mikaela Shiffrin got herself ready to defend her World Cup title by spending time in the Southern Hemisphere as she displays a work ethic that never rests. Download it HERE.
(Article Courtesy of The Red Bulletin)
Every year, bike messengers from all over the continent gather at the North American Cycle Courier Championships to compete, carouse and commiserate. This is their story.
Hunger pangs give way to an enthusiastic greeting as Nico Cabrera is among the last to arrive at a watering hole in Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood. He’s welcomed by a cadre of misfits whose belligerence varies — one says he’s been drinking all day — each with unkempt hair. Most of the men and women haven’t seen the likes of a straight-edged razor in years. A guy wearing a Sponge Bob shirt has a mullet that looks straight out of “Boogie Nights” and another’s beard is so biblically long, there’s reason to question if it got caught in the wheels of the bicycle he rode to Good City Brewing, parked among some 200 others outside.
All are dressed like they just raided a Goodwill store, except Cabrera, who dons the onesy of an Olympic cyclist. There’s a reason for that: He just rode the 90 miles up to Milwaukee from Chicago, where he lives.
“Biking is more than just a job,” Cabrera says. “We race our bikes on the weekend or we go on long bike rides. We go bike camping. We just generally get around our daily lives on our bicycle. It’s a big deal when it’s like, ‘Hey, I’m taking the train today.’ ”
His shoulder-length hair, trim body and regular use of words like “rad” make him a better fit for a group of surfers on the left coast, though he was raised in suburban Chicago.
Cabrera is the most recognizable among the group. He’s here for the North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC, pronounced “Nack”), a conclave of the best messengers from around the world, who participate in a grueling, hours-long race that calls for competitors to have marathon-like athleticism and navigating knowhow. Cabrera is the NACCC’s reigning champion and is fresh off a third-place finish at the World Championships in Montreal.
Read the full article at The Red Bulletin
Jean-Claude is the Real Damme Deal (Article Courtesy Of The Red Bulletin)
The legendary action star returns with a new secret weapon: comedy. We talk to the Muscles from Brussels about his new show on Amazon and why he’s ready to crush your funny bone.
With the help of stunt performers and green screens, these days it feels like almost any actor can slap on some tights and become a superhero in a big-budget studio film. All he needs is an easy-to-pronounce first name — like Chris — and a trainer to transform his flab into six-pack abs for that token shirtless scene. But before capes and CGI ruled the box office, there were action stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme.
During the early 1990s, Van Damme, with his trademark roundhouse kicks and acrobatic splits, was one of the biggest stars in the world. As a skilled martial artist, he performed his own stunts in films like “Bloodsport” and “Timecop” and charmed audiences — and especially ladies — with his thick French accent and flirtatious demeanor. In the ensuing years, as Hollywood’s interest in traditional action flicks waned and comic book franchises took over, stars like Van Damme were frequently relegated to the land of straight-to-video release.
Despite the demotion, Van Damme has maintained a devoted fan base, and over the past decade, his cult status has rejuvenated interest in his career. First there was “JCVD,” the 2008 Belgian crime drama where Van Damme played a fictionalized version of himself. His acting was so raw and vulnerable that Time magazine said it was the second- best performance of the year — after Heath Ledger as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” Then in 2013, Van Damme starred in a Volvo commercial where he slowly executes “the most epic of splits” between two moving FM trucks. The viral clip has been viewed on YouTube more than 86 million times — and counting.
Now, four years later, the 57-year-old Van Damme is promoting his latest project, “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” a new comedy series on Amazon. Once again, he plays a version of himself, this time as an aging action star who comes out of retirement to work as a private undercover agent. As Van Damme reveals in our interview, his comic alter ego seems much more in tune with how he sees himself today.
Read the full interview HERE
Jean-Claude Van Johnson is available on Amazon Prime Video on Dec. 15.
Overall World Cup champion returns to the slopes in advance of the 2017-18 onslaught.
Mikaela Shiffrin is confident that an off-season of suffering in the gym has put her in the shape of her life going into the coming season. And now she adds a new kind of training to the mix – indoor skiing.
Shiffrin won her first overall World Cup title last season and her fourth slalom World Cup adding to an already impressive CV, which includes Olympic gold and three world titles.
Shiffrin allowed Red Bull’s cameras to follow her around during an off-season which ranged from a trip to the races at Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris to an intense three-day training session indoors in Wittenberg, Germany– remarkably her first experience of skiing indoors.
Of the latter experience in the ski hall, she admitted: “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. We’re sleeping, eating and skiing all in the same building. I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know why it seems so odd. You walk outside and it’s summer and you walk inside and it’s winter.”
But it was a chance to test her fitness regimen on what was effectively a 20-second slalom run.
Shiffrin is tipped to dominate the slalom again this season and is a potential candidate for the overall title. The first step in the long journey begins this weekend, with the world certainly fixated on the woman who ended last year on top.
Part 3: Inside Out in Germany – available today
Part 4: New peaks in Chile – available November 20
Part 1: Summer Grind
“I have to go harder because somebody else out there is” Mikaela Shiffrin showcases her gains in the gym, through her intense two-a-day workouts in Park City, Utah.
Part 2: An American Girl in Paris
“Elegance is the name of the game here”. Though vacation days are rare for the World Cup champion, Mikaela Shiffrin found a few days this summer to explore Paris for the first time. Along with walking through the City of Love and being a tourist, she also served as host at the Grand Prix de Diane Longines horse race in Chantilly, France. She traded her ski helmet and boots for fancy hat and heels for the day.
Break It ’til You Make It…Red Bull BC One is Spinning Into The Records Book
Over 70 breaking aficionados have set a world record for the most simultaneous windmill moves completed in 30 seconds.
The windmill is a classic Hip Hop dance move in which the legs are lifted high in the air and twisted in a windmill pattern, while the torso and head rest against the floor. The world record for the most windmills – the most recognizable move in breaking – was completed simultaneously by the largest group of dancers aged between 15 and 50 years old.
The world record was set at Kinderdijk, a village in the Netherlands’ South Holland province, known for its iconic 18th-century windmills and a monument to the history of humankind that was officially included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Over the past few years, the Hip Hop scene – and the culture that surrounds it – has grown dramatically, with rappers like Poke and Brainpower filling the country with old school beats and fuelling a society of talented breakers, battling in competitions around the Netherlands and around the World.
Leading the breakers is Italy’s Mauro Peruzzi – aka Cico, the ‘Prince of Power’. Known for his dynamic, gymnastic, power moves, Cico is one of the most impressive talents in the B-Boy Dance form today and this is not his first World Record. Especially heralded for his energetic airflare combination moves and incredible ‘1990s’, where he spins and speed in a one-armed handstand, holding the World Record with a mind-boggling 27 revolutions.
The World Record Breaking event marks the growing breaking scene in the Netherlands, with Amsterdam hosting this year’s Red Bull BC One World Finals on November 4th.