Pulling together a Red Bull Rampage line is a bit like putting together a puzzle. First, riders have to figure out who to make alliances with and where to create their line. Then as final touches are put on features, riders put tires to dirt. The final pieces of the puzzle are figuring out what speed they need and what they can pull out of their bag of tricks to give them the highest score. Each day the vision for their two event day runs becomes closer to reality. It's impressive to see it all play out and to see the human factors involved. These are the gnarliest freeride mountain bikers in the world, but they still stand on the lips of their jumps and drops and do multiple run-ins like the rest of us do, albeit on a much, much bigger scale.
This morning, the wind was light and many riders were able to tick off the bigger moves on their lines. As the sun got higher in the sky however, the wind picked up and dust was the only thing to be seen high up on the mountain. Many riders left the venue to spend a quiet afternoon resting ahead of the final practice day tomorrow before event day.