Those who were able to stick around for the delayed Red Bull Rampage finals were greatly rewarded today; the riders threw down on quality dirt and in perfect weather. Riders dropped in continuously to the shock and amazement of everyone, producing big tricks, big crashes and an amazing finals.
The sound of shovels reshaping and packing lines echoed through the canyon early, but everything had remained surprisingly intact and survived the 24 hours of rain. By the time qualifiers started the sun was shining and everyone was breathing a little calmer knowing that the show would go on.
Wil White is a privateer competing in the biggest freeride event around and his raw and loose style has earned him a cult following. At his fourth Rampage Wil has found himself up against some frustrating hardships.
Ryan Howard is on the bubble. He landed himself in 10th place after his first run and as one of the few riders who managed a second run he is waiting on the weather, like everyone else here, to find out what the future holds for him.
Stormy days and rain delays left everyone who is involved with Red Bull Rampage, from event organizers, to builders, to athletes, at little on edge wondering if the event will go on. On this unexpected day off our photo team captured everything from coyote teeth glued on deer butts to Tippie's silent twin. Luckily the locals hit up the original Rampage site for some action tonight too.
Due to heavy rains and thunderstorms on Saturday, the schedule for Red Bull Rampage has changed in order to ensure the best conditions for competition. Most notably, the finals will be delayed until Monday.
No one was expecting to see the canyon flipped in qualies, but Szymon Godziek went for it and cleaned the 75ft sender in style. We also have Gully's double drop, Doerfling's qualifier and Herb's crash - check it.
Today started to feel like a flashback to last year's finals when the qualifiers were cut short mid second round due to weather. Clouds filled the sky for as far as the eye could see, then rumbles of thunder broke out and were punctuated by strikes of lightning. Check out our photo epic of the action that went down before mother nature stepped in.
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Holy crap you need to watch just how gnarly things at this year's Red Bull Rampage really are. Here is Tom van Steenbergen's qualifier run POV that has him sitting in 2nd place going into tomorrow's round 2 of qualifiers.
While the athletes are the top in their game, it also comes down to their equipment being able to take the rigours of an event like the Red Bull Rampage. So check out the machines these athletes will be sending off cliffs this weekend.
Kelly McGarry overshot the 75ft canyon gap today and catapulted himself over 100ft. He walked away from the crash, a little worse for wear, but with all parts moving and most importantly, with his sense of humour still intact.
Wade Simmons is the God Father of Freeride and has won the Red Bull Rampage. He tells us about the past and what it was like in the early days and what it means to be on that top step once the dust has all settled.
Trek C3 Project riders Brandon Semenuk and Brett Rheeder have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the slopestyle scene. Their next-level talent is clear as soon as they drop in. Good things happen when your biggest competition is also your teammate. This is their story.
The days of massive leaps forward, and also cringeworthy steps backwards, are likely behind us as far as mountain bike technology is concerned. That's probably a good thing for everyone involved, but it does make for some less than exciting times, doesn't it?
Kyle Strait competed in his very first Red Bull Rampage at the age of 14 and has gone on to do what no other competitor has done, he's won the illustrious event twice. Dan Severson had the opportunity to talk to him about his Rampage experience and this year's new location.
Goldstein Productions' videos for the Whistler Bike Park have landed him in the finals for the ''Art of Amazing'' video contest. Help out the only mountain bike filmmaker to make the cut by voting for his amazing work.
If you're at home, grab a cold one. At work? Tell your boss you're sick and take your laptop to the bathroom; you're going to be a while. This is each and every Pinkbike photo epic from the finest racing season in history all in one glorious place...
Bontrager says that their TLR Flash Charger floor pump has been designed specifically to seat tubeless tires, and that it works well enough to replace the compressor in your garage. We find out if that's true.
Pinkbike Product Picks - a quick look at the products that we've been using day in and day out.
Kali Protectives are pleased to welcome Matt Macduff as their newest rider! Kali are stoked to have Matt on board, building, riding, competing and dropping Killer edits in Kali goods this season and beyond.
Ever wanted to know what it's like being followed by Brendog in Whistler Bike Park? Ask Jono Jones or just watch this video as Brendog rides down Dirt Merchant and A Line with Jono and a bunch of their friends during Crankworx.
Cyclocross on Pinkbike? Strange we know, but this event is a Vegas staple each year. As we were hitting the halls of Interbike, the annual Cross Vegas was the main attraction Wednesday and Ian Hylands was out shooting the action and sent in this photo epic to showcase the gnarly action.
Ceramic super-spandex that takes more abuse than DH kits, power-meter shoes, amorphous titanium, 27.5-inch wheels made for 29ers, world's most expensive fatbike wheels, cut-away views, and man toys a-plenty.
It's been a great trip to the desert and the first time in 10 years that I've seen rain out here. The show delivered a fine mix of fresh and proven parts for us to enjoy over the past 3 days. Here is my last instalment from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for Interbike 2014.
The show moved out of the desert and into the conference center at the Mandalay Bay. With over 1200 vendors on hand you can guarantee that there is something here for everyone. These are some of the items I found while on my search for 2015 gear.
BMX Legend Mike Day has been focusing on putting time in on big wheels. Watch, as he talks about the challenges of crossing over from BMX and see how he fares on the world stage in Whistler, British Columbia.
IMBA es bien conocido por la mayoría de los ciclistas de montaña en el mundo. Ya sea porque tienen los libros de construcción de senderos, vieron un anuncio en una revista, andan en sus parques o los más dedicados…. Son parte de IMBA.
The last race of the downhill calender is going off this weekend in Hafjell, Norway, and riders are using their set-ups to announce their intentions. No one else is shouting louder than flat pedal thunder from down under - Sam Hill.