SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Drake's Passage, a six-episode original travel series, premieres on Monday, August 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT during FUEL TV's "Raging Mondays" programming block. Produced by Red Bull Media House North America, Drake's Passage takes viewers to iconic cities around the world and showcases them through the eyes of Drake McElroy, who is one of the most stylish, cultured and respected riders in the freestyle motocross world.
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.
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 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."
This is not your typical travel show. This is Drake's Passage.
DRAKE'S PASSAGE CREDITS
Host - Drake McElroy
Concept - Jordan Miller
Executive Producer - Scott Bradfield
Producers - Jordan Miller, David Mavro, Daniel Eppard
Director of Photography - David Mavro
Editor - Daniel Eppard
Writers - Daniel Eppard, David Mavro
Sound Editor - Ron Aston
DRAKE'S PASSAGE EPISODE GUIDE
Mexico City - Drake partakes in mezcal tasting, joins a mariachi band Plaza Garibaldi, forces down pulque at a pulqueria, 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 paper, 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 Malasana neighborhood, pops into a local tattoo parlor, meets the editor of Motociclismo Classico and checks out a collection of 400 Spanish motorcycles, eats roast suckling pig and attempts to carve Jamon Iberico at Botin - 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 arrives and 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 cafe 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.
ABOUT RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE
Red Bull Media House was founded in Austria in 2007, and formally launched in North America in January 2011, though it has been producing and distributing content in the U.S. and Canada for much of the last five years. Through the Red Bull network, hi-res video and still images are derived from its strong brand, events, and athletes for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital. For more information, visit www.redbullmediahouse.com.
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SOURCE Red Bull Media House