The Road to Rampage: Thomas Vanderham & Geoff Gulevich

Dec 11, 2012 at 0:14
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  

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Rampage is, in our opinion, the pinnacle of modern freeriding and words can't describe the intensity of being there in person. Yet, behind all the glamour and media attention of the Finals are countless hours of planning, traveling, digging, testing, sculpting and refining the ridiculous lines that epitomize the competition. This is a short film about all the blood, sweat, and beers that happen behind the scenes of Rampage.




We traveled down with Rocky Mountain riders Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich, as well as a solid crew builders and photographers. In the days leading up to the Finals all of us put tools to dirt, scratching Thomas and Gully's lines into the harsh Utah landscape.

Nursing a beer and a bruised heel after a long hot day on the slopes.


Red Bull Rampage

Gully's line took the knife edge ridge to riders right, dove down steep chutes, some nasty, loose drops, and into a hip line we built; then he boosted the ridge down towards the Oakley sender, where he was the only rider to drop into the approach before hitting the 40+ foot sender; finally he flipped the big double after the sender and boosted the wood booter to finish his run. His 11th place was well earned.


Marketing guy Peter was too stressed to watch Thomas's run in Finals.



Thomas's line dove straight down from the top, off a ledge into a very exposed, sniper transition; he carved down a steep loose chute, hitting several drops before a double drop line into a massive compression. He threw a suicide no-hander off a hip that took 3 days to build, descended into the lower Oakley sender, boosted up the other side into a stepdown-stepup with no margin for error. He finished his line with a big drop, traverse, and the massive wall transfer drop.


Shoe Tree. Welcome to Hurricane Utah.

With his 8th place finish at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage, Thomas becomes the only rider to place in the top 10 at every Rampage ever held. We're incredibly proud of both Thomas and Gully and can't wait to be back next year.
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22 Comments

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 8:35 Hopkins airlines...
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 Absolutely insane
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 What happend to vanderhams red rocky mountain? he's on a white frame for the final.
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 The blond girl at the end!!!!! huuuuuuhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!!
  • + 3
 heey, I'll tell this to your girlfriend! Big Grin
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  • + 3
 One of my life goals is to compete at rampage someday.. Don't laugh at me! Lol last place would be good enough for me..
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 haha me to mate me to
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  • + 3
 All his step ups at the rampage are breath-taking.
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  • + 3
 that's where my country, take shoes second hand=(
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  • + 3
 That was fucking rad boys!
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  • + 2
 Was that gangam style? f*ck
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 @3:25 "Pretty sure you could roll off the back, no UCI..."
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  • + 1
 This gives an awesome perspective to some of the smaller hits and steeps that looked way more mellow in redbull's coverage
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  • + 3
 OPPA GANGNAM STYLE.
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  • + 2
 I wish it would be an hour longer!
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 2 of Canada's finest bike handlers.
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  • + 1
 they were playing macklemore "and we dance" on the way to finals
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 wow, this video really shows how big these things are at rampage !
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