Drake's Passage, a six-episode original travel series produced by Red Bull Media House North America, takes viewers to iconic cities around the world and showcases them through the eyes of Drake McElroy, one of the most stylish, cultured and respected riders in the freestyle motocross world.
The series premieres on Monday, August 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT during FUEL TV’s “Raging Mondays” programming block.
As a judge for the Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle motocross world tour, McElroy visits several amazing locations where the competitions are held: Mexico City, Cairo, Madrid, Moscow, London and Rome.
While on the road, there is no such thing as downtime. When he’s not in the judging booth, Drake hits the streets to see what some of the world's largest and most dynamic cities have to offer. He explores what makes each location unique, including art, music, food and sports, as well as venturing off the beaten path, all in an organic, “what happens, happens,” manner.
"I’ve found that going into situations with no expectations yields better-than-expected results." -McElroy
In addition to soaking in the local flavor, McElroy immerses himself in the culture of motorcycles in each country, where, despite their cultural differences, riders share one common bond: the love of the motorcycle.
“I have been able to shine a light into parts of the world that were only shadows in my brain,” explains McElroy. “Our goal is to keep it off-the-cuff and in the moment, and I’ve found that going into situations with no expectations yields better-than-expected results. It's a sheepish riot. You may laugh more times than you have phalanges to count. Tune in, you might learn something.”
Drake’s Passage Episode Guide
Mexico City -- Drake partakes in mezcal tasting, joins a mariachi band in Plaza Garibaldi, forces down pulque at a pulquería, rides moto with Homero Diaz (Mexico's top rider), explores witchcraft and gets a shamanic cleansing at Sonora Mercado and gets tossed around like a ragdoll in a lucha libre lesson.
Cairo -- Drake visits the Great Pyramids of Giza, rides a rogue camel, tries his bartering skills at the Kahn el Khalili bazaar, takes a motorcycle tour of Cairo, learns the art of making papyrus, makes a sobering visit to the City of the Dead and strums the oud while sailing on a felucca on the Nile.
Madrid -- Drake participates in Batalla Naval (arguably the world's largest waterfight), takes in a flamenco show at Corral de la Moreria, visits a low-rider bicycle shop and cruises the Malasaña neighborhood, pops into a local tattoo parlor, meets the editor of Motociclismo Clássico and checks out a collection of 400 Spanish motorcycles, eats roast suckling pig and attempts to carve Jamón Ibérico at Botín (the world's oldest restaurant), rocks out at the Wurlitzer Ballroom and takes a motorcycle tour outside Madrid, visiting the towns of El Escorial and Segovia.
Moscow -- Drake gets refreshed at the Sandunovsky Baths, takes in some funky music at an underground club, cools off by wake surfing in the Moscow River with a local DJ and MTV Russia host and joins him for an in-studio radio interview, descends 20 floors below the street in a Cold War-era bunker and has a Mad Max experience at the Sexton motorcycle nightclub.
London -- Drake meets fixed-gear bike builder “Super” Ted James, travels to the home of darts legend Bobby “Dazzler” George and learns the finer points of darts, meets up with chums for a pint and searches for spicy curry on Brick Lane, rides moto with World Enduro champ David Knight at The Docklands, hops on a classic café racer and heads for a bite at the Ace Cafe before trying his hand at cricket at The Lords Cricket Ground and wraps up his trip with a meal at St. John restaurant.
Rome -- Drake plays golf with NASCAR driver Brian Vickers alongside an ancient aqueduct, learns the art of making pasta, takes a horseback ride through the 2,600-year-old Cerveteri necropolis, enjoys a homemade rooftop dinner with his wife in the center of Rome, travels north to Bologna and cruises the city on a Ducati, steps into the arena at gladiator school, rides a classic 1966 Lambretta scooter through Rome and tries his hand at pizza making.
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