Day 2 Photo Epic: Run to the Hills - Red Bull Rampage 2018

Oct 24, 2018
by Danielle Baker  


"The new site is sick," said Andreu Lacondeguy as he dug on his lower section, "it's less exposed. We can actually ride our bikes without fearing for our lives. We can build gnarlier stuff and go faster and bigger because we don't have those deadly cliffs on our sides. And there's a lot more room for everybody, I like a new venue for sure." The venue this year has more ridges and ledges than in past years, creating more dynamic options for the athletes. "I wanted to have a line that was actually a line [this year] instead of a few features that I link together. I was looking more to just build a full flow line with some gnarly stuff at the top and jumps at the bottom and I think we are close to finishing."

Early morning at the Rampage site.
Early morning at the Rampage site.

Brown gets aggressive with the digging.
Brown gets aggressive with the digging.

bigquotesI was seventeen [the first time I came to Rampage] and it totally inspired me and changed the way I think about mountain biking, so it's always been a huge inspiration to me.Casey Brown



Grab an pick-ax and get to sculpting.
Grab a pick-ax and get to sculpting.

Kurt putting the final touches on his landing.
Kurt putting the final touches on his landing.

Brains and brawns. Alex Volokhov contemplating his next shovel placement.
Brains and brawn. Alex Volokhov contemplating his next shovel placement.

You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose but you can t pick your friends nose.
You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose.
No shirt no shoes no problem.
No shirt, no shoes, no problem.

Brandon works on linking up the top section of his run to the bottom.
Brandon works on linking up the top section of his run to the bottom.

Suns out tongues out. Thanks Bentley
Sun's out tongues out. Thanks Bentley.

Rampage emotional support dog.
Rampage emotional support dog.
Seriously though...
Seriously though...

Suns out guns out Tom.
Sun's out guns out Tom.

Jordie Lunn's approach to designing his line was to look for features that best related to his style of riding. "The new site is big and steep," said Jordie as he hiked back up to the top of his line. "We tried to find things that appealed to me and we went from there. We are off on our own more or less for most of the line, who knows if that will be a good thing when it comes down to score but you've kind of got to look at it and see what's good for you and go with it. We saw a couple good drops and step-downs out the top and then right out of the gate we kind of took a tricky route through the rock and bushes and kind of built more of a flow trail through that. We got a good jump in there as well, right up top, we wanted to have some sort of jump near the top and we were able to find it, so we went with it."

The rain over the previous two days seems to have helped the dirt overall but the loss of time to build and ride was felt by all the athletes. "Yesterday was tough, some heavy storms made the site inaccessible for most of the day. Eventually, we got out there, and the dirt was great, but we lost a day of practice and most of a dig day," explained Jordie.

Moving dirt.
Moving dirt.
Workin hard.
Workin hard.

Digging is fun.
Digging is fun.

It s good to see Aggy back here at Rampage.
It's good to see Aggy back here at Rampage.
Aggy and Tom Van Steenbergen were on the shovels from dawn till dusk with their builders.
Aggy and Tom Van Steenbergen were on the shovels from dawn till dusk with their builders.

bigquotesIt was a really big decision for me to even come down this year but it kind of felt weird not being here, so it's good to be back.Graham Agassiz


Lacon stoked as ever half way through a long day in the sun and on the tools.
Lacon; stoked as ever halfway through a long day in the sun and on the tools.

Brendan Fairclough sculpting his death chute.
Brendan Fairclough sculpting his death chute.

Sorge s wagon and steeds.
Sorge's wagon and steeds.
Ancient Chinese proverbs on the back of Storch s truck.
Ancient Chinese proverbs on the back of Storch's truck.

It s almost time to ride.
It's almost time to ride.
Best RZR out there belongs to Aggy.
Best RZR out there belongs to Aggy.

The King of Kootenays planned to get the bike out this afternoon but there just weren t enough hours in the day.
The King of Kootenays planned to get the bike out this afternoon, but there just weren't enough hours in the day.

Desert textures and colors. They are hard to beat.
Desert textures and colors. They are hard to beat.
Refresh or die. Staying cool is key.
Refresh or die. Staying cool is key.

Aggy works the dirt on the final sections of his run. Riding will start tomorrow.
Aggy works the dirt on the final sections of his run. Riding will start tomorrow.

Sh t s about to get real.
Sh*t's about to get real.
Tommy G it s a hard knock life.
Tommy G, it's a hard knock life.

Sculpted to perfection.
Sculpted to perfection.

Kyle was one of the first to ride testing the bottom of his line.
Kyle was one of the first to ride, testing the bottom of his line.

Strait and Storch finish up with the shovels before getting the bikes out and getting into the big stuff.
Strait and Storch finish up with the shovels before pulling their bikes out and getting into the big stuff.
The two time champ will be looking for the triple to keep up with Sorge and get ahead of Semenuk s tally.
The two-time champ will be looking for the triple to keep up with Sorge and get ahead of Semenuk's tally.

Strait versus stump. It didn t stand a chance.
Strait versus stump. It didn't stand a chance.

Near the bottom of his line, Jordie is teaming up with Bas van Steenbergen for a couple of features. Casey Brown is on Bas' build team. "There are a lot of people teaming up this year just because it's the first year and everyone has to build an entire top to bottom line and we want to make it as safe as possible." For the first time this year, the riders and build teams had a day to walk the site without beginning to dig. This has been a really popular change. "We've been scoping lines and it's all coming together, we've only got one more landing to build and a bit of a ledge but we should be on time in getting it done. It's a new site so we did a lot of scoping, there as a full scope day, which was awesome, they've never really done that before, it was usually just everyone rush up and claim whatever they can and fight over whatever they want to hit. This time It was really nice, we had a whole day to hike around."

Due to it being a new location, there is plenty of trial and error to be had. "We looked at one thing we wanted to build, it was a big canyon gap and the landing ended up being way to involved to build. We would have had to remove way too much rock and there's just not enough time on a first-year build, so we scrapped that. We spent almost a whole day on the landing but found out it was going to take way too long so we quit doing it."

Even with the rain water is still being carried up to smooth out lips.
Even with the rain, water is still being carried up to smooth out lips.

Reed Boggs open loop coming together up top.
Reed Boggs' open loop coming together up top.

TVS and Aggy putting the work in on the huge table at the end of their line.
TVS and Aggy putting the work in on the huge table at the end of their line.

Kurt Sorge and his builder Dave scope the enormous super-sender he shares with Rheeder and TVS.
Kurt Sorge and his builder, Dave, scope the enormous super-sender he shares with Rheeder and TVS.
You ve got to give it to the riders and their crews making these incredible builds from top to bottom come together in just a few days.
You've got to give it to the riders and their crews making these incredible builds from top to bottom come together in just a few days.

The details in the the work on some of these features is amazing.
The details in the work on some of these features is amazing.

The last big hip on the hill.
The last big hip on the hill.

Strait and Storch head up for another hit on the lower section of their lines.
Strait and Storch head up for another hit on the lower section of their lines.
There weren t many riders ready to break the bikes out so early but the Kenda team mates put on quite a show.
There weren't many riders ready to break the bikes out so early, but the Kenda teammates put on quite a show.

Kyle was sending this step down all afternoon.
Kyle was sending this step down all afternoon.

Strait staying low and steezy off the stepdown.
Strait staying low and steezy off the stepdown.

Carson making the mountain bend to his will.
Carson making the mountain bend to his will.

Carson Storch tests the lower section of his run.
Carson Storch tests the lower section of his run.
Turn down for what.
Turn down for what.

Carson Storch absolutely sending the big step down.
Carson Storch absolutely sending the big step down.
No chairlifts at this hill.
No chairlifts at this hill.

Consider it sent. Carson Storch was the first to go big today.
Consider it sent. Carson Storch was the first to go big today.

Storch scrubbing into the sunset.
Storch scrubbing into the sunset.

Storch negotiates the step-down that took Cam Zink down this afternoon.
Storch negotiates the step-down he shares with Zink and Strait.

Flat spins at sundown with Storch.
Flat spins at sundown with Storch.

This is Casey's first year building at Rampage but her first time attending was ten years ago. "I was seventeen and it totally inspired me and changed the way I think about mountain biking, so it's always been a huge inspiration to me," Casey announced earlier this month that she's retiring from racing the Enduro World Series to focus on freeriding. "I've looked at downhill and EWS as stepping stones towards being able to ride what I want to ride and be a bit more creative on my bike because sometimes you have to make a name for yourself in the industry before you can do what you really want to do." As for competing at Rampage one day, Casey said that she doesn't know if it will ever happen but "it's definitely cool to have a goal in life. If I never get into Rampage it's fine, all I really want to do is be good enough to ride top to bottom on one of these sites and send it as hard as the guys do. It could be a pipe dream, I don't know." For next year, Casey plans to focus on Crankworx, content creation, and "adventures like this."

They broke down this ledge all damn day.
They broke down this ledge all damn day.

Hang in there and chip away at it.
Hang in there and chip away at it.

Tommy G was the last rider dropping in today.
Tommy G was the last rider dropping in today.

Work well done.
Work well done.

Somehow after a full day of digging these guys still have the energy to kill it on the bikes.
Somehow after a full day of digging these guys still have the energy to kill it on the bikes.
Vincent Tupin high fiving trees on the way down.
Vincent Tupin high fiving trees on the way down.

Tommy styles it up on the jump he described as the smallest but most fun.
Tommy styles it up on the jump he described as the "smallest, but the most fun."

Strait was left alone up above the drop with the sunset piling on the pressure to get the job done before nightfall.
Strait was left alone up above the drop with the sunset piling on the pressure to get the job done before nightfall.

Lacondeguy s still out there in the dark slapping dirt right now. Probably.
Lacondeguy's still out there in the dark slapping dirt right now. Probably.

bigquotesWe can build gnarlier stuff and go faster and bigger because we don't have those deadly cliffs on our sides.Andreu Lacondeguy


Andreu works well past sunset on the final bits of his run.
Andreu works well past sunset on the final bits of his run.
Andrea digging with the sunset.
Andrea digging with the sunset.

Casey isn't the only one with a new mindset. Graham Agassiz is back after taking a hiatus from Rampage last year. "For me, Rampage has been a big part of my season every year, and you get burned out. It's a mental game, it's gnarly. You look around and you're scared for your buddies and you end up scaring yourself quite a bit too, so I needed the break. It was a really big decision for me to even come down this year but it kind of felt weird not being here so it's good to be back."

Aggy only recently got the go-ahead to start riding again after breaking his scapula during the Whip-Off at Crankworx and that has had an impact on his line choice here. "There's a couple of things that just stood out right away, a couple of really big senders and just kind of classic as-gnarly-as-we-can-find kind of style. But I had to reel myself back, I only got the green light a week before coming here to do push-ups and ride my bike again. I'm trying to be smart, it's hard, I want to be riding the big line, but I found a couple options that are super fun. That's the main goal for me this year, to find something that's fun. And just have a different mindset going into it. So far, it's been good. Everyone is teaming up and it's all coming together."

The Digging continued today until the sun went got low.
The digging continued today until the sun went got low.

Szymon Godziek hiking up for a couple of hits before dark.
Szymon Godziek hiking up for a couple of hits before dark.

Flying to the finish.
Flying to the finish.

Sunset on the Utah desert.
Sunset on the Utah desert.

As the sun started to go down last night, a few riders began to session sections of their lines allowing those watching to start to understand the complexity of this canyon. "You can go through canyons and up and over ridges, you couldn't do that before," Adam Billinghurst pointed out, he's here building for Kyle Strait this year. As we watched builders roped in, dangling from the cliff bands to dislodge stubborn rocks, he said "it's steep the whole way down. In the past, it kind of fanned out at the bottom but [this year] it's steep the whole way."

Sunset in Virgin is a treat.
Sunset in Virgin is a treat.



83 Comments

  • 96 2
 always good when there's less chances you'll die
  • 12 0
 Yeah but that mega sender though...... wtffff
  • 6 0
 Duuude the landing on the mega sender looks really close ! From Kyle´s perspective it looks like they´re gona send it Bender style... dooown force !
  • 49 1
 1. These guys are amazing. Anyone who has spent a day using a shovel and a pick knows how hard that is on your body. To do that for days in a row and then feel physically and mentally confident enough to hit this stuff... it’s impressive. True artists and athletes.
2. So excited to see these lines. Jordie’s looks unique. How will that canyon gap go for Brenden? It looks like the lip could just break off at any moment. What does Semenuk have up his sleeve? In typical fashion there’s not a glimpse or a comment out there. It’s clear he likes to keep to himself; does he ask the media to steer clear?
3. Utah is rad.
  • 5 0
 His "Lily Rock Pad" is all over the world wide web.
  • 5 0
 Shovel and pick make body strong.
  • 2 0
 You gotta train one day digging one day ridding if you want to perform here...
  • 38 3
 thank you for the dogs
  • 3 1
 X2
  • 29 1
 "All I really want to do is be good enough to ride top to bottom on one of these sites and send it as hard as the guys do. It could be a pipe dream, I don't know." Casey Brown, verbalizing all of our thoughts.
  • 7 10
 So does she get to compete? Looks like no for this year, I hope she is able to qualify next year.
  • 12 0
 And we all know she is much closer to being able to than us.
  • 21 0
 wtf is Brendog up to... first that rock and now this chute!
  • 7 0
 Spiritual successor to the Claw?
  • 20 3
 Sure is alot of mention of Casey in this article
  • 9 56
flag rippersub (Oct 24, 2018 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)
 The author is female, they were probably hanging out.
  • 10 2
 PB listened!
  • 17 3
 @rippersub: and she's faster than you
  • 3 18
flag tgent (Oct 24, 2018 at 12:00) (Below Threshold)
 But where is Randy?
  • 6 5
 @gfrommars

I rate Casey Brown highly, I think she’s a phenomenal rider. I never said I was faster than her, nor would I. Get back in your box.
  • 1 2
 Well maybe there was a lot of things she could talk about. I don't know she's been out there digging for days, see. The author of the article had a chat with her rather than Brett Tippie or Bearclaw (who were busy shooting videos). So yeah it makes perfect senses that a digger who is also a super talented rider is talking about what she saw.
  • 15 0
 Incase anyone wants a high res photo for a background...

www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=129420
  • 1 0
 You won on the internet for today sir...thank you
  • 2 0
 Did we just step into the Matrix? Amazing, now I can have crisp images to keep me stoked all day long.
  • 17 3
 Contestant or not I want to see Casey Brown throw down at Ramapge.
  • 11 1
 Rather than doing everyones bike check, do a puppy check for all the riders
  • 1 0
 Seconded
  • 8 0
 Thanks for the content PB
  • 9 1
 love seeing only steeze, no tricks
  • 4 0
 Dumb question: if you spend the whole time digging a new line, and then someone else rides it and wins... What's the incentive to dig? Are you allowed to prevent other riders from using your line, or is it an honor system?
  • 3 0
 No ones gonna ride a line they dont know the ins and outs of, they're not tryna die
  • 2 0
 I can't wait to see aggy put a full run in this year the guy is an absolute beast as far as Im concerned after watching that huge 360 crash a couple years ago. In all fairness though anyone who throws a leg over a bike for this event is an absolute beast on a bike. Good luck to everyone!!!
  • 2 1
 There is no doubt Aggy would have won in 2016 if he landed that jump. Tricks are one thing, and he had them, but his pace down the mountain was another level above every other rider. If anyone deserves a w, its this guy.
  • 6 0
 Excited for the new SRAM 2x10 Straight is repping on his knee pads!
  • 5 0
 Bet the little puppers are having the best time ever out there!
  • 5 0
 I guess Zink had a bad crash. Hoping that he gets better.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, he posted this today. Was already concerned for him after he pulled out his shoulder, seeing this is a major bummer:
www.instagram.com/p/BpU2J8EFVTV
  • 1 0
 @tbmaddux: That sucks, He's been getting too racked up lately.
  • 3 0
 When do the wildcards ride? Do they qualify on Thursday or does everyone ride on Friday?
  • 4 0
 I believe there are no qualis this year and pretty sure there weren't last year. Everyone gets two runs on Friday. A great improvement imo.
  • 1 0
 A reoccurring theme at rampage is that riders don't have enough time to build and practice, especially if weather gets in the way. Why is the event on a Friday? Give em another day or 2 and do it on the weekend.
  • 4 0
 @slayerdegnar the event is on Friday in case it needs to be delayed. In past years it was on the weekend which made it challenging to move finals for everyone involved. Now they have the option and the riders give feedback on how they feel about making the deadline when there is weather to consider.
  • 2 1
 Well that's my point....give em another day. Sounds like they lost one due to the weather. With the new venue, they really need more time to prepare.
  • 1 0
 @slayerdegnar: But if the weather hits in the weekend when the riding would be scheduled, there is no room left to move it back. Don't use all your slack at the start Wink
  • 3 0
 @kusanagi72: The weather is going to be perfect for the next 4 days, sunny, low wind. www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/ut/virgin?cm_ven=localwx_10day
  • 1 0
 @slayerdegnar: OK, then it makes sense Smile (and good to know)
  • 4 1
 Is it just me that's had enough of gimmicky blurry blobs in the foreground ?
  • 1 0
 hoses on site are gamechanger, but changing the game to prefabricated big slopestyle course, i hope that referees will get strong points to those riders, which keep it FREEride-ish!
  • 3 0
 kenda team mates - haven't heard that phrase in years.
  • 3 0
 Great photos! Anyone know about Kyle's knee pads? Sram 2x10?
  • 1 0
 It's the same logo and everything from Sram's 2x10 drive train marketing from 2011. So maybe Fox Launch Pro's with some stickers or screen printing he had laying around? No idea really, f'ing weird.
  • 1 0
 2x10 gonna change the game
  • 2 0
 Tom's like the new Zink. Monster hat, tattoo sleeve, and the dude goes BIG a lot.

Something like that
#stoked
  • 1 0
 tom's even more stylish than zink too
  • 2 0
 love that Dig or Die sticker on Storch's truck. Looks like he modified two ride or die stickers?
  • 1 0
 Can't wait for the BIG SHOW boys! For some reason Redbull's website shows it starting in 20+ hours. It must be trial runs or something tomorrow?
  • 1 0
 There isn't a chance in hell that Ethan Nell doesn't win this contest. I'm super stoked that Aggy is back; 3' to the left and he would have won it in 2016.
  • 2 0
 Hey guys! I have a ticket, can’t go this year, message me if interested
  • 3 2
 Need to do a "Dogs of Rampage" photo epic. We all need more of that in our lives!
  • 1 1
 What’s the sandbag rule this year? Sorry if it’s been mentioned but I missed it and judging by that landing it’s unlimited this time around. Thanks
  • 2 0
 Killer pics!
  • 1 0
 best event of the year!!! CANT WAITT!!!!
  • 1 0
 I’m soooooo damn excited just to watch!
  • 1 0
 Tommy's Fox 40 is looking fucking rad!!!
  • 1 0
 Zink is our took a digger while testing his line. Hope he heals up
  • 1 0
 Monsters on bikes
  • 1 1
 were the hell is semenuk!?
  • 1 4
 hes done and bored, hell retire soon
  • 1 0
 check out IG
  • 1 0
 @HARv379: his posted nothing lol
  • 3 0
 Somewhere pouting
  • 2 0
 Hiding his master plan. You know he has one. No talk and all riding......
  • 1 0
 @nikifor88: he definitely isnt done haha. bored of winning maybe. he says he wants to work on the creative side of his riding, meaning less competitions. However semenuk being the best rider in the world you know theres some f*cking incredible videos about to come out.
  • 1 0
 Andrea + Yolanda.
  • 1 1
 Sux we just lost Zink
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