Day 3 Photo Epic: Under Pressure - Red Bull Rampage 2018

Oct 25, 2018
by Danielle Baker  



bigquotesBuilding a line this year has been pretty hard so far, the mountain is really steep, it doesn't have too much dirt on the top, and where we went through a lot of the dirt has been washed away. It's been really hard rock, so for us, it's been pretty difficult so far.Matt Macduff



The days work being scoped out on Wednesday morning.
The day's work being scoped out on Wednesday morning.


There was still plenty of dirt being moved and rocks being dislodged well into this evening, but more and more riders began sessioning their lines with what little light they had left. As they tested section by section, small pockets of cheers would erupt throughout the canyon to alert onlookers. Each section of riding was punctuated with a consultation with fellow athletes or diggers; landings were adjusted, speed was calibrated, and - after over a week of building - some anxiety abated.


Reed Boggs puts the finishing touches on his line.
Reed Boggs puts the finishing touches on his line.
There s a lot of love with the builders and their work.
There's a lot of love with the builders and their work.

Letting it all hang out.
Letting it all hang out.

Hi-ho hi-ho...
Hi-ho, hi-ho...
Shined to perfection from days of digging.
Shined to perfection from days of digging.

Whoops and hoes.
Whoops and hoes.
The dirt is still in great condition for building but hoses were still running all day to make sure landings are firm enough for some serious compressions.
The dirt is still in great condition for building, but hoses were still running all day to make sure landings are firm enough for some serious compressions.

I bet I can spray further man.
I bet I can spray further, man.

Lunn and TVS pause during the clean up of their lower lines.
Lunn and TVS pause during the clean up of their lower lines.

The worlds angriest rock.
The world's angriest rock.

The rock is still flying on Wednesday. Riding didn t happen until late in the day.
The rock is still flying on Wednesday. Riding didn't happen until late in the day.

The were still digging as the shadows got long.
They were still digging as the shadows got long.


Earlier in the day Adolf Silva, who is new to the event, talked about what it took to design his run. "It was actually kind of stressful and hard to choose a line because it's a new place and it's a new thing for me as well. I wanted to go a lot of places, but it was hard to see stuff. But I had my diggers and they helped me see stuff we could build." As nearly everyone has found this year, teaming up is the only way to complete a top-to-bottom line in time in time for the competition. "It helped a lot because there are a lot of big builds this year. I ended up teaming up with Ethan, Tom van Steenbergen, Sorge, Aggy, and T-Mac on the bottom. We basically started with the drop that they had already built. Then we have a couple rolls between two rocks and then a berm on top of the ridge into a step-down. Then after the stepdown, we have a big right hip and then we have a berm to berm feature - like a berm to berm jump - and then I have the biggest step-down that is 72 feet, I think. Then after that, we have a jump on top of the ridge as well, then another berm, a little chute, double drop, and then we have the last big drop that is 55 feet, I think into a step-down and the last trick jump." When asked what he was looking forward to most about his line, Adolf replied, "I'm actually excited to hit everything, to be honest, I think the line looks really good, everything looks big and I'm stoked on it!"


Brendog is pretty amped on his line this year.
Brendog is pretty amped on his line this year.
Just hanging out at Rampage.
Just hanging out at Rampage.

Zink and Silva going for gold this Friday.
Zink and Silva going for gold this Friday.

Fire in the hole Aggy gets ready to drop.
Fire in the hole; Aggy gets ready to drop.
The 3 time champ looks ready to defend the Rampage crown.
The 3-time champ looks ready to defend the Rampage crown.

Randy you re blue
Randy, you're blue!!

The digging is done and now the pressure is building.
The digging is done and now the pressure is building.
Reed Boggs is stoked to get riding after a long week of digging.
Reed Boggs is stoked to get riding after a long week of digging.

Brett and Carson deliberating on how to shape a take off.
Brett and Carson deliberating on how to shape a take-off.


Sharing parts of the line Adolf described is last year's winner, Kurt Sorge. "It's a pretty steep venue and kind of narrow." Sorge describes how he read the terrain for the first time; "the left side is kind of tough to connect through the line and on the right, there were landings that we saw all the way down. We just pieced her together, but she's steep so you're going quick." The new location has more complex terrain than in past venues. "It is definitely less straightforward and you've got to get a little more creative for sure, it's not just ridgelines going down straight, it's a lot of weaving and turning all over the place, it's a bit more tech to find a good line down. I've got a couple big drops, they are both pretty big so I'm excited to get those in the bag."

Also contributing to the line is Tom van Steenbergen and his build crew. "We teamed up with a lot of people which really helped [to manage our timeline] but we are still going to be working into the final couple days and obviously we've got to tweak a few things. Hopefully, it will be pretty minor, and we won't have to make too big of changes. It's looking pretty good. We are kind of sharing some features and then going our own way and then sharing another few. There's a big step down at the top that's going to be really cool and then a big drop at the bottom and then the final jump will be really fun as well."


Andreu looking down his biggest drop.
Andreu looking down his biggest drop.
Cheesin for the camera.
Cheesin' for the camera.

It was great to see Zink straight back on the bike today testing features after such a heavy hit during yesterday s session.
It was great to see Zink straight back on the bike today testing features after such a heavy hit during yesterday's session.
Adolf Silva came out all guns blazing today and there s talk of a mid-run double flip if he s onto a good one in finals.
Adolf Silva came out all guns blazing today and there's talk of a mid-run double flip if he's onto a good one in finals.

After getting the last minute nod Bas is looking mighty comfortably on the savagery of his line.
After getting the last minute nod, Bas is looking mighty comfortably on the savagery of his line.
Metailler s line has come together well with some huge gaps at the bottom he is yet to pioneer.
Metailler's line has come together well with some huge gaps at the bottom he is yet to pioneer.

It s hard to get a grip on how many cool bikes there are the bars have really been raised.
It's hard to get a grip on how many cool bikes there are, the bars have really been raised.

Sorge and Aggy get ready to send the first hit on their line.
Sorge and Aggy get ready to send the first hit on their line.

Fairclough s still thinking about it... Tomorrow he ll probably get there and send one of the coolest features on the mountain.
Fairclough's still thinking about it... Tomorrow he'll probably get there and send one of the coolest features on the mountain.

Lacon thinks about dropping into one of the many burly drops on his line.
Lacon thinks about dropping into one of the many burly drops on his line.

Strait inspects the craftsmanship on his creeper drop at the close of play.
Strait inspects the craftsmanship on his creeper drop at the close of play.

T Mac was one of the first to send it today.
T Mac was one of the first to send it today.

Brandon Semenuk gets off line the big hip half way down his run.
Brandon Semenuk gets offline the big hip half way down his run.

Believe it or not this is Remy s setup jump for his last feature.
Believe it or not, this is Remy's setup jump for his last feature.
Bas s monster hip up at the top of his line.
Bas's monster hip up at the top of his line.


Matt Mcduff has been building for Brett Rheeder and is finally taking a break from five days working the pickaxe. "Building a line this year has been pretty hard so far, the mountain is really steep, it doesn't have too much dirt on the top, and where we went through a lot of the dirt has been washed away. It's been really hard rock, so for us, it's been pretty difficult so far. What took the most focus for sure for us has been Brett's second drop, and there's been a huge white rock and there was about 8 feet of white rock that we had to pick through so that has taken all of our attention, we've been up there for five days. I feel pretty good, I'm pretty excited to be off the pick and it feels good to be on the shovel, my hands don't hurt so much anymore, and I feel really good."


Bas Van Steenbergen pioneering his super steep chute to drop perfectly.
Bas Van Steenbergen pioneering his super steep chute to drop perfectly.

The number 13 plate at Rampage 13... Superstition says it s T-Mac s year.
The number 13 plate at Rampage 13... Superstition says it's T-Mac's year.

Huck huck who s there Ethan Nell. How long have we been in the desert...
Huck huck who's there? Ethan Nell. How long have we been in the desert...

Sorge testing out the first big drop on this line.
Sorge testing out the first big drop on this line.

Remy Metailler sends the lower section of his line.
Remy Metailler sends the lower section of his line.

Carson Storch boosts into the sunset.
Carson Storch boosts into the sunset.

Sorge boosts the ridgeline hip shared with Aggy.
Sorge boosts the ridgeline hip shared with Aggy.

Fest friends for life training the ridgeline hip together.
Fest friends for life training the ridgeline hip together.
First time of the top step-down and with Sorge style thrown in.
First time of the top step-down and with Sorge style thrown in.

TVS drops into the mid section of the run before the super sender.
TVS drops into the midsection of the run before the super sender.


Aggasiz on a final speed check before committing and getting it perfect.
Aggasiz on a final speed check before committing and getting it perfect.
Aggy does his first big drop after being cleared for big impacts.
Aggy does his first big drop after being cleared for big impacts.

Andreu Lacondeguy gets into it after a long week of dirt sculpting.
Andreu Lacondeguy gets into it after a long week of dirt sculpting.


Rémy Métailler, who got his wheels in the dirt today, he was careful not to be too ambitious with his build. "When we came here, it was so much higher than the old one and it's so much gnarlier, I didn't want to go for something too ambitious, and risk not finishing on time. I think it's a bit smaller than I want it, but at least we are pretty much done." Despite erring on the side of caution for the timeline of his build, Rémy was genuinely excited about what he had after he started riding it. "I'm looking forward to doing some more riding and get more comfortable. Honestly, I'm excited about the entire line. I didn't want to have just one good feature, I wanted to have a succession of good features. I'm super happy with what we've been building and hopefully, everything works out really smooth and it'll be fun."


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Adolf had one big slam today and this wasn t it. He somehow pulled through and rode this out.
Adolf had one big slam today, and this wasn't it. He somehow pulled through and rode this out.

Rheeder breaks his run into sections. Getting a feel for the terrain as it changes through his run.
Rheeder breaks his run into sections. Getting a feel for the terrain as it changes through his run.

Carson - 1 Canyon - 0
Carson - 1, Canyon - 0

Brendan cruising down through his very unmanicured section up top before sunset.
Brendan cruising down through his very unmanicured section up top before sunset.
Wilkins and the Deaconator will be back up to the rock with the shovels for more grooming of the landing in the morning.
Wilkins and the Deaconator will be back up to the rock with the shovels for more grooming of the landing in the morning.

Reed s mini canyon gap before his open loop feature.
Reed's mini canyon gap before his open loop feature.

T-Mac sending er.
T-Mac sending 'er.


Riders finally relinquished their bikes and tools to the dark and began filing out of the site along the winding and bumpy road. Tomorrow is their final day for building and practice. And in just two days, the previous two weeks in the desert will culminate in an incredible display of teamwork, athleticism, and pure talent. And then we will begin the countdown once more to the next Red Bull Rampage.


Fist bumps at the end of another long day in the desert.
Fist bumps at the end of another long day in the desert.



93 Comments

  • 107 0
 so glad rampage is practically treated like worlds from the manufacturers and the industry. Rampage week should be a national holiday. RAMPAGE
  • 3 5
 it looks better as a dh bike vs a trail bike.
  • 4 0
 My fox float x2 is supposed to be here tomorrow and I'm taking the day off. So, it's basically a holiday for me...
  • 3 1
 mmm... you may find hard time looking for rampage coverage besides on PB, Vital and a couple of smaller sites. Mtbr does't even mention it. In Europe press coverage is very little. It is a "world" american event like the world series.
  • 2 0
 I agree rampage is truely amazing and inspiring to watch!
  • 3 1
 @RedRedRe: um, the only difference is that in the World series you have only teams based in North America completing. Now tell me how many different nationalities are competing in Rampage. Your analogy was a swing and a miss.
  • 58 3
 "It was great to see Zink straight back on the bike today testing features after such a heavy hit during yesterday's session." - Is it? I'm a huge fan of Cam and his riding, but it seems as though at Rampage this year, his shoulder is blowing out, & yesterday he was knocked out in a crash? (unconfirmed, but he obviously had a huge crash and can't remember it happening. According to his Instagram.) Is there no medical staff at Rampage making the tough decisions on whether or not each rider who's involved in a crash is in fit shape physically and mentally to continue riding?

the chances of Zink not being concussed right now have to be pretty slim. If that is the case, should he be allowed to continue to compete in that concussed state?
  • 12 1
 my thoughts too, Zink's amazing but he really makes me nervous....
  • 10 0
 @mitchgulliver If they didn't stop Rogatkin a few years ago, I don't think they're stopping Zink.
  • 6 18
flag theging (Oct 25, 2018 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 @aaronfpeet: This is the riders choice. This is the event they look forward to all year, knowing how hardcore these dudes are, they're not about to step away from a weeks worth of digging and a years worth of waiting.
  • 17 1
 @shsfreeride: Yeah but still, your risking the rest of your life for one event. Not worth it. But I do hope someone flat corks a huuuge cliff drop. Totally worth it. Heal up Cam, CTE aint worth 15 minutes of fame and glory. Remember Dave Mirra. I dont want Cam or any rider to go out like that again.
  • 31 1
 @shsfreeride: Should it always be the riders choice? If you have a serious head injury, you aren't thinking straight then add in the level of adrenaline that's flowing through these guys on any given rampage day... Rogatkin is the prime example, there was no point in him finishing that run. It was pure adrenaline and ego.

If an athlete at Crankworx Slopestyle has a crash and hits his head, they must be cleared by the on-site medic of any head injury before they are allowed to continue to compete. That's because nobody wants to see someone dead or paralyzed due to their drive to compete or momentary adrenaline boost. There's always next time.

Rampage is a burly AF event, and it's gotta be treated like that. Letting concussed / riders with brain injuries continue to compete is a great way of getting into another Paul Bas type situation. (I'm not insinuating that he was concussed, just that a concussion could be a contributing factor to that level of an incident)

I'm sure if you ask a rider who's been in that situation, and made a bad choice which ended up in a bad crash. They won't tell you "yeah dude stoked I tried again and f*cked myself up. Super glad there wasn't a professional there to let me know the gravity of my injuries!"
Who cares about 7 days you committed to digging a line if you'll never walk again or hold your kids?
  • 9 2
 @aaronfpeet: I thought the same thing about Rogatkin. Someone shouldve been an adult and took the bike from him.
  • 13 1
 @mitchgulliver: Should definitely not be the rider's choice as one of the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury (I use that term instead of "concussion" as that's how it's defined medically, and that's what it is) are a decreased ability to make decisions, increased time required for problem solving, and increased impulsivity, not to mention the laundry list of symptoms related to decreased emotional regulation skills which all play into how people make decisions. In short: an injured brain shouldn't be the brain making the decision to put itself at risk of further injury.

I would love to see more event organizers incorporate concussion management policies into their events. Regardless, I think awareness is the most important starting points as it leads to changes in cultural attitudes and perceptions. I'm glad this conversation is taking place, albeit I would prefer this conversation to be with event organizers and management rather than in the comments, but I think it's great that you are commenting on this issue and taking a hard stance.

I might just add that multiple hits to the head (especially within a short time frame) is considered exponentially more dangerous than a single isolated mild traumatic brain injury, which (in my opinion) is all the more reason to have concussion management procedures.

With all that being said: I am so excited to watch this year's event! (but really hope no one gets too badly injured)
  • 5 1
 @mitchgulliver: Yep, needs to be treated like other pro sports like hockey where they have a rigorous concussion protocol including spotters to watch for hits to the head during the game. If teams don't follow through they get serous fines. www.nhl.com/news/nhl-updates-concussion-protocol/c-282571624

In this day in age where we know so much more about what serious head impacts and repeated head impact can do to a persons brain, there is really no excuse for not having some kind of concussion protocol at every major event.
  • 2 15
flag owl-X (Oct 25, 2018 at 13:28) (Below Threshold)
 If the riders are still responsible for paying their medical bills (read: Red Bull will make money off them without paying for their insurance), then hell yes it's the riders' choice.

Stuff like Rampage is part bloodsport. A large portion of the draw is knowing how dire the consequences can be. Sucks sometimes, but yeah: I'm not watching the Red Bull Gran Turismo video game racing series, even though the competition is very high. Are you?
  • 13 0
 @owl-X: f*ck that, dude. This isn't a blood sport. I want every one of these guys to walk away safe afterwards.
  • 1 1
 @mitchgulliver: scary to think about now that you bring it up, concussions are no joke and without someone there to reason with you that you are concussed you probs will ignore it and contiue on, I got knocked out once And felt giddy as hell the next few hours... aka I didn’t feel bad per day but my brain was at risk
  • 1 1
 @shsfreeride: hate to tell you this but there not hardcore enough to escape CTE or TBI's.
  • 34 0
 When does Martin Maes turn up? ....
  • 15 0
 I haven't ridden my DH bike since Worlds so I wasn't trying to take any chances. I didn't realize no one else was going to do a quadrupule backflip over the canyon. In Belgium its quite normal to do that trick.
  • 35 5
 Why is there no coverage of some riders? Maybe I am bias but DJ Brandt deserves a photo in here
  • 8 3
 maybe because there weren't any decent photos of them?
  • 8 1
 You can please some of the people some of the time
  • 11 1
 @properp: but it might get you pregnant.
  • 6 2
 @underhawk: Bust a rubber win a baby
  • 2 4
 Nothing on Jordie Lunn either.
  • 31 3
 If that Polygon wins, many people will be annoyed. Your move, Sorge.
  • 18 0
 The bike doesn't win, the dude does!
  • 6 5
 80% Rider 20% bike.
  • 4 0
 hahahaha for real. Faircloughs riding the old gambler, you can see that maybe some wc sleds arent that great for rampage
  • 19 1
 How on earth is Brendog going to get onto the rock, never mind hucking off it ??? If he gets a good top-to-btm run he could win this thing.
  • 35 0
 He rides up the side of it, like a banked uphill berm, the entire thing looks highly dodgy... Just like his canyon gap... I also hope he scores well for once, his lines look like some of the dodgiest each time he turns up, but then he scores pretty averagely.
  • 3 0
 @Mugen: he doesnt have enough tricks but he might surprise ppl this year
  • 2 3
 This starts reminding me of TG Motorcross
  • 18 0
 Is Silva still good after that fall? That knock threw him all the way to the bottom of that landing. He's one bad ass mother...hope all is good!
  • 17 0
 Vinny T?
  • 4 3
 Don't worried, it's like the other years just the favorites "north american's". Go Vinny !!!!
  • 14 1
 So gutted Bizet isn't riding there this year
  • 3 1
 Wait for next year
  • 14 1
 Needs more MacFarlane
  • 9 0
 I would literally be stoked if ANY of these guys win. So many rad guys from our industry.
  • 1 0
 I can guarantee one of them will. Be prepared for stokage.
  • 11 0
 I miss McGazza...
  • 8 1
 we all do buddy, we all do....
  • 4 3
 Triggered every time I see the words "canyon gap." Frown
  • 9 0
 WE NEED A TMAC VICTORY!!!!! KID IS ALWAYS THE FIRST TO DESTROY THE BIG SHIT
  • 8 1
 When is Pinkbike going to fly the top ten commenters out to Whistler. Put them up in a single house. Give them bikes and products to test and review. Then video the whole thing so we can witness the WAKIness that ensues.
  • 9 1
 Haha someone feels the venue isn’t hard enough so they had to add whoops to their line!? Guessing that’s Remy?
  • 1 0
 lolol
  • 5 19
flag holdandhope (Oct 25, 2018 at 10:19) (Below Threshold)
 Remy has zero chance of winning...
  • 13 1
 @holdandhope: that’s a pretty mean comment. I think every rider dropping in has at least some chance of having the best run. Especially with these changing venues where it becomes less about super tech slopestyle tricks and more about creating something awesome out of a blank canvass. TBH I think Remy has more chance of winning than some of the pure trick riders this year. I can’t wait to watch tomorrow and find out.
  • 5 0
 This is going to be the greatest Redbull Rampage ever!
  • 3 0
 RB TV is showing that they're live at 4 pm today? Are they moving it up or is it live practice?
  • 4 0
 It's probably a pre-show thingy, the finals are still an scheduled
  • 2 0
 Nathan Hughes, Your photographs are sooooo freaking good. It feels like I'm there when I look at Your work, they are so alive and vibrant. BRILLIANT WORK MATE!
  • 1 0
 cant wait to see BR and JordieL send 720corks....360drops Aggy...carveman and frontflips TVS...massive flip Zink..Silva mind blown....so stoked!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Any idea when the replay will be available on Friday?
I imagine live event will be 1pm-6pm approx.?
  • 2 1
 Jesus, I open PB and saw Photo Epics all over the place!!! PB should change its name to BP - Bike Porn!
  • 2 0
 Great commentary Danielle!
  • 1 1
 "Sorge boosts the ridgeline hip shared with Aggy."

seems like a hefty, 300+ lb digger would be a valued commodity out in the desert
  • 1 0
 We found a Randy, guess all of us Pinkbike commentors who overuse a joke have to go home now
  • 2 1
 Is BRENDAN sponsored by Adidas now
  • 3 3
 GUYS WHEN IS THE LIVE STREAM ON? APPARENTLY ITS 11.30PM UK TIME.... TONIGHT!
  • 1 0
 Yeah but no. Someone decided the pre-comp bs was the biggest thing to promote on RB TV. 6pm your time.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: The link I posted has the schedule for the live finals underneath whatever the current countdown is counting towards.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: Yeah- Sorry I thought it was last night so got too excited- looking forward to 6pm tonight!
  • 2 0
 @steezer: Judging by the number of people who were confused, this can be classed as a communication f*ck up by RB (I believe that's the technical term).
  • 1 1
 Can’t belive that Zink is in the game after that repetitive shoulder injury.
True spirit and balls owner! Good luck Cam!
  • 2 2
 what is the helmet Szymon Godziek is wearing in the last pic??????
  • 2 0
 Must be some kind of prototype Leatt helmet, looks a lot similar to Fox Proframe mate.
  • 1 1
 Uvex?
  • 2 0
 @razacr: Nope my friend he is on Leatt now Wink
  • 1 1
 We had RAMPAGE a long time ago. Now is a Slopestyle big contest.
  • 6 2
 your mama is big sloppy contest
  • 1 2
 I must say....every year I am less interested in this event! Next year they come with caterpillars and concrete , or what ??
  • 1 0
 One word STOKED!!!
  • 2 5
 Son
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