2020 Red Bull Rampage Cancelled

Sep 2, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
Vinny T airing out his legs.

While we saw the return of enduro racing at EWS Zermatt last weekend and Crankworx announced that they'll be able to proceed with a made-for-TV format in Innsbruck next month similar to the Crankworx Summer Series, Red Bull Rampage organizers have made the decision to cancel the 2020 event due to the current global health pandemic and the restrictions it has placed on travel to the United States.

bigquotesThis year we were especially looking forward to delivering an event that entertained and excited the world about sports again, and we recognize the magnitude of the decision to cancel and the effect it has on the riders and industry. However, the challenges presented by the global health pandemic both in getting riders and teams to the event, and in protecting the health and safety of the riders, staff, and everyone involved including the local Southern Utah community drove our decision making.Todd Barber, Director of H5 Events

Complications around border crossing echoed by many athletes played into the analysis and decision to cancel.

bigquotesI was excited to return to Utah this year to defend my title at the 2020 Red Bull Rampage, but as the situation around Covid-19 continues to evolve, I wasn’t confident in my ability to bring my team to the US due to travel restrictions, amongst other logistical challenges.Brandon Semenuk

Organizers will now focus on a 2021 event for the freeride mountain bike community and details on the 2021 event will be available in the coming months.

Victory lap for Semenuk.

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  • 360 2
 Rampage video contest, w/ Tom's 'Wild West' being the first entry. Let's make it happen.
  • 62 1
 I have long hoped for a successor to the Race Face "Ultimate Freeride Challenge".
Viewer voting, 1v1 video battles. I´m OK with it being only pros this time, for the official socially distant Rampage title.
Let´s go Red Bull, do it!
  • 11 1
 This x1000
  • 23 1
 Great idea. I like the ‘real’ series from the xgames — 90 seconds to make a statement. I’d love to see what the top freeride dudes would do. Maybe invite like 20 to participate that would be rad
  • 4 1
 Came here to say the same thing. Lots of video contests happening in the bmx world right now. I know its obviously more difficult for freeride, than street riding, but its worth a shot.
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flag DabaZei (Sep 2, 2020 at 14:59) (Below Threshold)
 Each rider would also submit a description of their track for a jury to review:
- location
- track length / drop
- list of natural and built features, alongside their characteristics (drop height / length / landing or huck)
- list of builders
- a drone-based video recording

That way the guys who got massive production crews cannot rob the others and win the internet
  • 3 0
 And the winner is Tom
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 Fuck yes. Brian Park FTW.
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 1st prize grim donut video part 2? I'll start doing triple front flips on my road bike if that's the case.
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 We are in!!!
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What about a video contest for us "mere mortals" who can't ride even a 10th as good, who are stuck working from home or home schooling our kids.....or whatever situation it is these days?

There are some seriously funny people out there. It might give us something better to do than commenting/trolling etc

.....just a thought. But it would give my family something a little more constructive to do
  • 1 0
 Oww yesss give us something to close the season
  • 8 0
 @enis: and it will be called “Friday fails, ultimate edition”
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 This is legit, shoot I don't know what XGames is up too this year(I know they've not been MTB's biggest ally in the past) but their recent street ski/snowboard contests they started doing actually sounds like the exact same as this. Would be cool if they did a freeride contest that was similiar.
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 This would also save any 'Wind hold' downtime and ensure we see the best of the best when riders can take their time putting together an epic run!
  • 213 5
 Norbs got robbed
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 This right here is a good and proper use of the "Norbs" joke.
  • 27 0
 his friends call him norby
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 Trump robbed the fucking bike world.
  • 22 85
flag brandonweekly (Sep 2, 2020 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: Why did Trump rob the f*cking bike world?
  • 114 19
 @brandonweekly: you could have it like most in europe, yet you voted for this imbecile. you can‘t contain this virus with tweeting and golfing. because that’s all he did.
  • 31 7
 @brandonweekly: Because that's what Kleptocrats do - they rule by theft.
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 @scott-townes: Sure glad it wasn't china!
  • 23 0
 @brandonweekly: he snuck into my garage last night and took my last roll of rim tape Frown
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 @Sethimus: I like you.
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 @adrennan: I thought they called him Norbie
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 @lancifer: Oh, you mean Xi who lied about the virus and Trump blindly believed him over our own intelligence agencies? Yeaaaaaaaaa
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 2020 got robbed!!
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 @sk133872: Gotta hold that toupe on somehow.
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flag wda1wustl (Sep 2, 2020 at 20:35) (Below Threshold)
 @brandonweekly: Because that’s the narrative the easily manipulated leftist want you to believe. Don’t think! Just submit! Or they might burn your city down like they are doing to mine.
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flag Prof (Sep 3, 2020 at 3:26) (Below Threshold)
 @Sethimus: Not true. 1) He stopped all flights from China and was then called a racist - even by the Chinese CCP (who had already stopped internal flights to control the virus). 2) Each State in the USA is responsible for dealing with the Virus. The government has offered to coordinate at a national level but the states have declined that offer. 3) He could introduce an executive order to take control but his constitutional authority to do so would be highly contested as a matter of both separation of powers and federalism. Still, such orders might well be consistent with both. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that—we really should be,” but he also acknowledged a tension with “states’ rights to do what they want.” .If the federal government did take control and had the backing of congress then it would be more legitimate. 4) Its an election year and there are forces acting within the USA to use the Corona pandemic to undermine Trump despite the damage it inflicts on the country and people. The great irony is that I think it will backfire and Trump will win another term. That will be the next emergency - Self exploding democrats!!
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‘Tweeting and golfing’ Worst Hitler ever.
As least he isn’t going around murdering poles and Jews.
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 @sumarongi: Yeah, he just let ~ 200,000 people die while ordering tear gas against peaceful protesters. Not a fascist like Hitler at all huh.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: Not to mention Trump's little test run of using a secret police force to kidnap protesters off the streets. Yeah, nothing to be concerned about at all.
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 @sumarongi: I think we should set the bar for US Presidential conduct higher than, "not as bad as Hitler".
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 @LA-Law: Would it be that more peeps thought as you do!
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 @sumarongi: just his own constituents...
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Lol.... he saved 2million lives
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 covid is more dangerous than flipping a 60 foot canyon?
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 Solid point.
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flag scotttherider (Sep 2, 2020 at 15:00) (Below Threshold)
 This needs upvoted times 1000!!!
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 Is it though? Line up a 1000 random people and have them try, death rate will be much higher..lol at least the same. Would everyone wear a mask if it ment the next guy wouldn't bin it? Smile
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 Couldn't be more true
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 How about flipping a canyon with covid
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 Does that matter if many of the athletes won‘t be able to travel to the U.S.?
  • 5 0
 Nah more like the the us Canadian border is closed
  • 25 2
 To be fair, more people died from covid than from flipping a 60ft canyon.
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A pro rider will feel that, at least, he can control the risk of that 60 foot flip, and can avoid being injured or killed as long as he doesn’t make a mistake.

With Covid, if he gets infected, or what consequences it will have is a gamble totally beyond their control.

And some cases here in Europe indicate, that especially for sports professionals Covid might have the potential to be just as career-ending as a messed up 60 foot flip, even if the initial symptoms are rather mild.
  • 12 0
 No but a broken neck from a failed attempt isn't contagious...
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flag sutter2k (Sep 3, 2020 at 6:45) (Below Threshold)
 @FuzzyL: Yeah but for a healthy athlete ages 1-29 its barely a blip. Mostly likely asymptomatic or a slight cold. Like an 0.02 death rate. Way more other things to be concerned about.
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 @sutter2k: Death rate is negligible. But inner organs afffected or fatigue syndrome might affect also young people in the long term.
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 @hubertje-ryu: more people have died falling out of there bed than flipping a 60ft canyon
that does not mean that your bed is more dangerous
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 @sutter2k: Just because a pro athlete has a higher chance of faring better doesn't mean they don't have a lot to lose. That's assuming the riders are able to make it to the event due to travel restrictions.

Best case: They miss out on other opportunities because they tested positive and have to isolate. That can suck depending on what it was they are missing.

Not so great case: They get pretty sick and lose a ton of strength while fighting the illness. Think about the last time you had seasonal flu, likely knocked you on your butt for a while. Not only do they miss out on things, but they then have to recover all that strength they lost. Go look at that viral pic of the super fit Nurse showing his before and after covid (Mike Schultz). Dude lost 50lbs of mass. Yes, he was 43, that's still pretty scary.

Worst case: Covid can really wreck people in ways doctors are still trying to understand. While a good majority with covid recover without issue, there are quite a few cases of lung/brain/heart damage that very well may be permanent. Imagine being a Pro Athlete and losing lung capacity, or having a damaged heart? That's a career ender on top of being a general crap thing to live with for the rest of your life as an athletic person.

TL;DR: Missing one year of RBR to avoid screwing with your career as a pro athlete is a pretty smart move.
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 Southern utah doesnt believe in covid, just guns
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flag wasea04 (Sep 2, 2020 at 14:59) (Below Threshold)
 We believe and care...as much is necessary to be safe without forgoing our livelihoods and lives in general:

Washington County has 22 deaths, 7 people currently hospitalized, 300 active cases, and new cases are declining and stand at approximately 15 new cases daily.
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 @wasea04: "as much is necessary to be safe without forgoing our lives in general"? is that an excuse? I go to work, and the post office, and rarely go shopping (less than once a week)

I am 19 years old and haven't seen my best friend but once in 6 MONTHS. I can't believe I haven't gone crazy yet. Stay home, ride bikes. It's what I do.
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 @rosemarywheel: Bummer, dude. Glad you're getting out to ride at least. No excuse here, haven't stopped working once throughout it all, most people here have done so also. You can be cautious and keep living life mostly as normal, wearing a mask in a store is no big deal and if it helps keep people safe physically and mentally then even better.
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 @wasea04: All above the age of 65. So stay inside old people. Cuz southern Utah is STACKED with em.
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 @wasea04: Wonderful. I was just unsure if you didn't care that much, or whatever. But it seems like your head is (probably) screwed on right. Cheers
  • 10 1
 @wasea04: Props for standing up and being rational in this crazy time. People from or near big cities (probably 90% of Pb readers) don’t get the fact that viruses don’t spread the same in every locale. Hyper-dense populations spread it faster. It’s science. Washington County, which I frequently visit, is very sparse, in comparison to NY. You guys are doing great, keep it up.
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 "Viruses don’t spread the same in every locale"

Discuss. (Lights blue touch paper and retires to observe the ensuing carnage)

For those of you who want to actually find out about how to discuss this rather than just listen to one's own echo-chamber, I strongly recommend this:


On an iPhone in "reader mode" works best in my experience.
  • 4 1
 I just heard the Rock and his whole family caught a case. Brendan must be bummed - they were tight last Rampage.

therock's profile picture
My message to all of you around the ????

Stay disciplined.
Boost your immune system.
Commit to wellness.
Wear your mask.
Protect your family.
Be strict about having people over your house or gatherings.
Stay positive.
And care for your fellow human beings.

Stay healthy, my friends.

DJ ????

  • 38 6
 I think this was the right decision and I appreciate how difficult it must have been. Crankworx and EWS might go on with non-European athletes, but a Red Bull Rampage limited to Americans would have been a massive disappointment. I'm already looking forward to 2021!
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flag onemanarmy (Sep 2, 2020 at 13:38) (Below Threshold)
 Why would it be limited to Americans? Travel isn't banned right now.
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 @onemanarmy: Travel back can be difficult and very tough for those with families due to required isolation after returning...
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 @onemanarmy: I don't know where you are getting your information from but traveling is still far from being unrestricted. Entry in the US is prohibited for anyone that has been in the European Schengen Area during the past 14 days for instance. Not to mention the ongoing trend of rising infections and further travel restrictions around the world. We have seen how quickly things can change back in march earlier this year. It is not worth the risk (and logistical headache) to push for a Rampage in 2020. There is bigger things to worry about at the moment, Rampage will (hopefully) happen again next year.
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 @onemanarmy: Youre completely wrong.
The US has banned travelers from most EU countries, among others, as per this announcement:
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 I’m glad Todd and everyone involved waited till now to cancel, instead of bailing on everything in May like so many others. It shows that they were committed and held hope they could put it on.
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flag onemanarmy (Sep 2, 2020 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 @pastaman23: never said it’s unrestricted.
  • 14 3
 @onemanarmy: Just because something is not illegal does not mean you should do it... Beer

And most of the world (if not all) has been acting smarter than america about this virus
  • 1 0
 Sports pros (athletes, trainers) can travel between Europe and US without restrictions in the moment. They just need a declaration of their federation.
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 @styleguide: so what you are saying is that they just need to get the UCI involved in rampage!
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 @enki: Correction: Foreign nationals who’ve been in one of those countries in the last 14 days may not enter.
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 @onemanarmy: Ahh, I didn't mean to cause a debate with that. I just happen to know a few Rampage athletes who said they wouldn't participate even if it was going forward. I'm sure some would have come, but it still wouldn't have been the same.
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 @Rudy2455: no doubt. I know Conor was out regardless. I’m sure quite a few. Nobody wants to come here right now. Ha.
  • 33 2
 wonder if they could do an edit comp instead like the x-games does with their "Real" street skate/bike edits?
  • 29 1
 This sucks but remember that prior to 2013 ( I think) this was an every other year contest. A reminder that we have had it good in recent years.
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 Yup, new venue next time around as well! It should be incredible!
  • 19 0
 Damn... And this was gonna be my winning year. Rolleyes
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 Name checks out
  • 15 0
 Should do a rerun of champion of champions where judges score winning runs of previous years!! That way Fairclough can get robbed again
  • 6 0
 Red Bull TV did something similar with Fort William - put the winning runs from the last decade against each other with a +/- seconds system to account for weather etc. To find out who had the 'fastest' run of the decade at Fort William.

The science was sketchy but a good watch nonetheless.
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 @DidNotSendIt: what was the top 3?
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 @BenPea: Ah i can't remember sorry. It was called something like A Decade Of Fort William and i assume should still be on Red Bull TV to watch. I think Rachel Atherton was up there though.

Great to watch some of the runs actually. Only started watching WC DH about 2 years ago so good to see runs from years past. Unbelievable how outdated some of the bikes look even from only 5 years ago. Things change fast.
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 @DidNotSendIt: no worries. Seeing a 26" under guys like Greg or Peat is jarring indeed. Pre-wide bars looks freaky too, but totally not at the time.
  • 16 1
 This was Randy’s year, no doubt, no doubt in my mind.
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 No Hardline this year either it seems.

Ah well, it gives Dan Atherton more time to up the ante with his course building. Watched it for the first time in 2017 and people barely made it to the finish. 2019 and people backflipping and stuff.

I assume Dan saw the backflipping and channeled his inner-Jordan: "...at that point, it became personal to me."*

*if you watched The Last Dance
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 Never would of guessed this would happen
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 I get why they did it, but you gotta admit it's ironic to cancel Rampage based on health and safety concerns.
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 Not exactly sure what you just said, but it was funny Beer
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 Not to mention it would be pretty easy to limit the number of people at the event in addition to spreading them out while there. Travel for foreign nationals would be complicated, however.
  • 6 0
 Hey it's the guy with the broken caps lock again. Hey Guy
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 @owl-X: Ha Ha. I like your comment. Oh the tears!!
  • 7 0
 Today I learned that they hadn’t cancelled Rampage yet.
Thought it was already a forgone conclusion.
  • 1 0
 This page shows "Series stops" for at least two weeks now:
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 He got robbed.
  • 5 0
 So it's an open party this year? Whiskey it is!
  • 5 0
 FVCK U 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 6 1
 Next year everybody should do rampage on grim donuts
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 sad news.
but we've been already quite lucky to witness these guys pushing the limits of what can be done with a bike those last years.
so let's just organize some rampage retro / best of videos sessions with our friends on that day then. ???? (but only at the condition that you went for a ride together before! ☝)
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  • 4 0
 Best sports-viewing day of the year. Sadness.
  • 3 0
 I think it'd be sweet it they tried out different locations in different biomes
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 The problem is that travel is not just restricted to the US but also other countries. So no matter where it is some people won't be able to go. That and I'm guessing it's not easy to find a place like Utah where you can easily rent some land and carve your course like this.
  • 6 2
 Came here for the comments
  • 4 0
 Just like the tables in a taco bell , non essential.
  • 2 0
 I recon all of the guys should make a video. Like Brendog where he is hucking off is roof and gnarly stuff and then we vote for the best one.
  • 3 0
 Time for Rampage Egypt to actually happen?
  • 7 4
 US only rampage! Similar to the Canadian Crankworkx!
  • 4 3
 Saw this coming back when they first postponed WC racing. I’m going to go hang myself now. Nothing left in 2020 for me but another 1500 hours of work!
  • 4 0
 Don't do it bro, but I hear ya!
  • 2 0
 Nooooo!! Damn you Covid-19!! (screaming from top of a building for more dramatic effect)
  • 2 1
 If you can run the remainder of the Supercross season in 1 venue, you can surely go on with 1 Rampage event in the open air desert. This is beyond stupid.
  • 1 0
 @ride-801: I think the main problem is bringing people from all over the world to America and back again.
  • 3 0
 Everybody in this chat needs to go for a ride
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 Can Crankworx crank something out for all the pros trapped in the US due to us being quarantined from the rest of the world? At least Canadians and Aussies/Kiwis can go play in Europe now.
  • 16 3
 There’s a reason we’re not allowed anywhere else in the world.
  • 10 3
 @dualcrownscottspark: yeah, we attack starbucks employees when they ask us nicely to put on a mask, so it's safe to say we have a ways to go.
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 @cuban-b: exactly, it’s really sad how many of them there are too...
  • 9 2
 @dualcrownscottspark: I am well aware. Nobody wants us spreading covid, I mean freedom around.
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 Currently Australian citizens or permanent residents you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. Pro athletes can gain an exception.

Travel insurance is hard to secure.

The numbers of returning citizens have been capped to around 400 per day into Australia, there are very limited flights currently available to and from Australia and many people have not be able to travel back to Australia due to the limited flights.

Returning travelers have been bumped off flights at the last min and the only real way of more confidently securing a seat is booking a 1st or business class ticket.

Once returned all travelers arriving in Australia, including Australian citizens, must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in their port of arrival.​ This is at the travelers cost and currently sits at around $3000 per person.
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 @casey79: That is pretty bonkers. I get it, but they're not f*cking around. No wonder so many Aussies decided to stick around.
  • 1 4

Chyna wanting to take control of the global economy and a indentured global cabal that hates our President?
  • 2 0
 @sumarongi: what? What’s “chyna” and a “global cabal”????? I have no idea what your trying to say.
  • 1 1
 @sumarongi: they took er jerbs!
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 Noooooo, thats really sad :-/ maybe they will organize fantasy contest or early one in 2021...
  • 1 0
 Ah thats crap il have to use lego bikes to reinact how it would have played out lol
  • 3 0
 Red Bull got robbed!
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 Brendog got robbed!
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 this makes me a sad panda
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 yeah, wouldn't wanna have Rampage be overly dangerous or anything
  • 3 5
 well this sucks. Wish they could (or would) organize something like they did in Canada for CrankWorx even if it is only US competitors. Here's to hoping competitions and racing resumes in 2021
  • 1 0
 totally agree but hey don't forget it will have to have an asterisk after the winners name, gotta have them asterisks
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 Damn, was stoked to see Ethan Nell take it all this year!
  • 2 1
 Bummer, yet, the TDF is on full swing somehow??
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 Oh noooooo!!! Reruns again!! Fudge....
  • 1 1
 Finally an event that I do not care about has been laid off. I want my World Cup back...
  • 3 0
 Finally a comment I don’t care about
  • 1 0
 @sumarongi: covfefe!
  • 1 0
 Saddest news of 2020, but totally understand
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 Bummer. The Real edit thing is an awesome idea. Really. Really. Really. Really wish the CAD border was open.
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 Thanks CHINUh
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 Agree, the TrumpVirus has really put a wrench into my european vacation plans
  • 1 4
 Hahaha this is worse than COVID. FUCKKKKK
  • 2 5
 lame af
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