Day 4 Photo Epic: Eye of the Tiger - Red Bull Rampage 2018

Oct 26, 2018
by Danielle Baker  



Three days ago we arrived on site immediately following a rainstorm. The infrastructure team was still building most of what would become the Red Bull Rampage existence and the only people there aside from the athletes and builders were crew, a handful of sponsors setting up, and even fewer media. The canyon was so quiet that the only consistent sound was the tapping of shovels. There would be an occasional cheer or yell when a large rock was dislodged, and you could hear Andreu's distinct voice hollering to his builders punctuating the quiet. For the riders, this was the busiest the site had been since they arrived to build nearly two weeks ago. Each day since has brought another layer of people, sounds, vehicles, and chaos. After ten days of digging and shaping from sun-up to sundown alongside their build teams, when the riders are finally ready to start testing their lines and putting wheels in the dirt, there is constant music being blasted over speakers, bodies walking across their lines, helicopters hovering overhead, and a million requests for their time. Last week it was just them against the desert. Today, it was them against everything. This is simply the nature of the event.


A scorpion 21 riders would love to get stung by tomorrow.
A scorpion 21 riders would love to get stung by tomorrow.

The winds of sh t sent the sh t flag blowing straight out on top of the s amp it mesa Randy.
The winds of sh$t sent the sh$t flag blowing straight out on top of the sh$t mesa Randy.
It wouldn t be Rampage without the sound of choppers hovering overhead.
It wouldn't be Rampage without the sound of choppers hovering overhead.


Adding to the anxiety that comes with exhaustion, deadlines, and pressure today, was wind. With only a few sections practiced for most riders late into the evening last night, they were all clearly impatient to get up in the canyon early this morning. Unfortunately, by 2 pm the wind had come up and it didn't subside before the site closed for the night. Riders with sections that were a little more sheltered were able to test out speeds, but there weren't many bigger tricks being tested.

Darren Berrecloth is attending the event for the first time without competing (or attending but being out of the event due to injury). "It's super weird," he says. "I've been out on the sidelines, but always with the impression that I'm going to be back next year and I'm super hungry to get after it but to be here and not riding, I definitely have a ton of FOMO out there. It's definitely a lot less stressful obviously, and a lot less work but at the end of the day, this is my favorite type of riding and I love it. It's definitely hard to sit on the sidelines, but I'm stoked to be here and root my boys on."

While he notes that this course is a little smaller than past canyons, he still really likes it. "It's forced a lot of the athletes to team up but at the same time, it's also got a lot of different options for riders to come up with a really sick line. Previous courses you would have one evident winning line, and you'd have dudes with a bit of a dick-swinging contest - 'get off my line' - because in all essence, it was the winning line. But here, there are multiple winning lines. It's very evenly played throughout the field, so they are able to source out the winning things and also share some of the things in between." The stress of the day among the riders was evident for Darren as well; "Some guys have had a lighter workload and some guys like Jordie and Semenuk, they're still chomping at the bit, they're not finished. It's Thursday, and the contest is tomorrow. It's pretty heavy."


Jordie scoped his line with a beer while the wind kept things grounded.
Jordie scoped his line with a beer while the wind kept things grounded.

First and second tracks in the fresh dirt on Lunn s line.
First and second tracks in the fresh dirt on Lunn's line.
Some kinda goats. The Claw and Jordie do a little cross cliff traverse.
Some kinda goats. The Claw and Jordie do a little cross cliff traverse.

"It's pretty crazy compared to previous years," said shredder and Red Bull Rampage hopeful, Reece Wallace. "Just looking at it, there's a lot less obvious exposure, but this venue is a lot steeper and just more straight down than any of the other ones I've seen. There are a lot more lines because not everything funnels together on a ridge, but it's also kind of hard to see everything because it's such a big venue." Reece arrived here on Tuesday and has taken note of the amount of labor it has taken to turn this canyon into a rideable venue. "I can't believe how much work these guys have done. These landings are like building houses, there are like a thousand sandbags - well that's a bit much - but the landings are all 70 - 80 feet tall and it's just incredible what these guys have been able to do in just seven or eight days." He had a hard time picking out just one of the features to be most excited to see tomorrow, but "if I had to pick out one thing," he says, "there's a really big step-down up top. They were taking run-ins to it yesterday and I still don't think anyone has hit it. Whether or not anyone hits it, we will see tomorrow, but it's really gnarly."

"It's definitely a lot different, way gnarlier, and more exposed than last year. There's not really any rest spots, you just got straight down the whole way," says Jackson Goldstone who was up at the start gate getting some perspective on the course. "I'm stoked for finals." Practice was cut off at 7 pm tonight and digging at 7:30. Riders will be out practicing at sunrise tomorrow, just hours before they begin finals - and the culmination of all their hard work and skill is put on display.

Major Tom to ground control.
Major Tom to ground control.

Death Gripping all the way down.
Death Gripping all the way down.

Brendan sent the rock the canyon gap and the chute today. His run is pretty much linked up at this point. One of the few riders nearly ready to go tomorrow.
Brendan sent the rock, the canyon gap, and the chute today. His run is pretty much linked up at this point. One of the few riders nearly ready to go tomorrow.

Strait launching the lower canyon he shares with Storch and Zink.
Strait launching the lower canyon he shares with Storch and Zink.

Strait drops Zink gets the clip.
Strait drops, Zink gets the clip.

Zink rides the savage wave of rockwithout a hitch.
Zink rides the savage wave of rock without a hitch.

Zink sends a cash roll into the sunset but the landing bit back.
Zink sends a cash roll into the sunset, but the landing bit back.

Cam Zink mid cash roll.
Cam Zink mid cash roll.


Semenuk on his lily pad. He went on to flip this shortly after.
Semenuk on his lily pad. He went on to flip this shortly after.

Back flip to lily pad. Stuck first go. Semenuk out crushing it early this morning.
Back flip to lily pad. Stuck first go. Semenuk out crushing it early this morning.

Brandon showing the boys how his hand was still shaking after flipping his lily pad drop.
Brandon showing the boys how his hand was still shaking after flipping his lily pad drop.

Tommy G wasted no time getting to to tricks this morning.
Tommy G wasted no time getting to tricks this morning.

Vinny T flips cross course.
Vinny T flips cross course.
Vinny T getting a different perspective.
Vinny T getting a different perspective.

It takes time to warm up to the gnarlier stuff. T Mac took a few runs ins to get the speed right before sending this one.
It takes time to warm up to the gnarlier stuff. T Mac took a few runs ins to get the speed right before sending this one.

Ethan Nell drops the super sender first thing this morning and sticks it.
Ethan Nell drops the super sender first thing this morning and sticks it.
Aggy getting it done the best he can under the circumstances.
Aggy getting it done the best he can under the circumstances.

Godziek tucking up and landing the only front flip of the day.
Godziek tucking up and landing the only front flip of the day.


bigquotesSzymon Godziek has this ski jump, it's literally a ski jump, it's somewhere around 30 feet down maybe, but out is insane. It's huge!Jackson Goldstone



Tom van Steenbergen nails down the final features of his run.
Tom van Steenbergen nails down the final features of his run.

Silva was one of the only riders braving the wind in the afternoon.
Silva was one of the only riders braving the wind in the afternoon.
Speed and style.
Speed and style.

Popping the cork on a big bottle of style. 2018 was a good year.
Popping the cork on a big bottle of style. 2018 was a good year.

Jordie Lunn was hard at work all day ticking off features up top and getting his lower stunts into rideable shape.
Jordie Lunn was hard at work all day ticking off features up top and getting his lower stunts into rideable shape.
Strait coaches Zink on their ultra technical creeper chute-drop creation.
Strait coaches Zink on their ultra-technical, creeper chute-drop creation.

Brendan doesn t do stress even when it s time to jump of a boulder the size of the Bellagio.
Brendan doesn't do stress, even when it's time to jump of a boulder the size of the Bellagio.
Lacondeguy is ready to bring the 2014 vibes to the 2018 party.
Lacondeguy is ready to bring the 2014 vibes to the 2018 party.

Brendog adding some steeze to the bottom half of his run.
Brendog adding some steeze to the bottom half of his run.

Stlye for miles.
Stlye, for, miles.

Aggy has a super unique double hop line onto this landing.
Aggy has a super unique double hop line onto this landing.
Sorge eying up the big landing.
Sorge eying up the big landing.

Ethan straight aired this today but we know he has something else in store for the big day.
Ethan straight aired this today, but we know he has something else in store for the big day.

T-Mac tests out his massive lower cliff drop.
T-Mac tests out his massive lower cliff drop.


bigquotesI got a little bit of riding in yesterday and today I just started trying to tick off the big stuff and I got the biggest one done. I think it's the biggest one I've ever done and that feels great! Tyler McCaul



Metailler sent his lower gaps super clean after a savage case on the first attempt.
Metailler sent his lower gaps super clean after a savage case on the first attempt.

DJ Brandt s is hella rough and scary. See here his hanging rock garden the vertical chute to the left of him .
DJ Brandt's is hella rough and scary. See here his hanging rock garden (the vertical chute to the left of him).

Reed Boggs has his open loop flip down and ready for finals.
Reed Boggs has his open loop flip down and ready for finals.

TVS guinea pigging the 3 off the top drop.
TVS guinea pigging the 3 off the top drop.

The Dawg rampaging through his wild west movie set.
The Dawg rampaging through his wild west movie set.

More desert texture.
More desert texture.

Semenuk was up grafting on the mountain until after dark the wind having shut down his hopes of some practice hits.
Semenuk was up grafting on the mountain until after dark, the wind having shut down his hopes of some practice hits.

Sorge on the commute up to think about sending the only unpioneered sender on his line.
Sorge on the commute up to think about sending the only unpioneered sender on his line.


bigquotesI rode in four Rampages and I have been at all but two. I've always wanted it to be steeper and more consistently steep because I think it's more impressive. So, I think [this location] is rad. Everything is just straight down the mountain, it never lets up, it's pretty cool. Rider-wise, I'm always excited about Zink, it would be great to see Aggy on top. Jordie Lunn is back after being dusted off, that would be the dark horse, that would be super cool to see him somewhere in there. Sorge is always awesome. The old boys! The veterans!Richie Schley



Fairclough finally ticked off the big girl after sundown during a rare gap in the gusting wind. It went without a hitch.
Fairclough finally ticked off the big girl after sundown, during a rare gap in the gusting wind. It went without a hitch.

But there s still so much to do.... and in case you haven t noticed tomorrow is finals.
But there's still so much to do.... and in case you haven't noticed tomorrow is finals.



72 Comments

  • 93 0
 9:30 am, sitting in my office, waiting, soo stoaked
I think I might explode
  • 7 0
 Lol, ditto mate. Like a kid on Christmas eve
  • 8 0
 The stoke is real. I'm just sitting down to a bowl of cereal in StG, about to drop the kids off at babysitter's so me and the lady can head out to Virgin Razz
  • 3 0
 ditto ditto, they're letting me throw it on the office TVs
  • 5 0
 3pm, beers have been opened
  • 2 0
 Im wondering why they keep pushing the start time back.
  • 1 0
 @nug12182: wind,from Bearclaws insta
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: thanks for the info.Im not on Instagram so that helps.
  • 54 5
 New polymer dampers... ha. That is a dildo mate.
  • 4 1
 LOL - that's exactly what I was thinking!
  • 6 0
 Keep it loose, Carson.
  • 4 0
 Someone at the polymer damper factory.... has a fucking hilarious sense of humour.
  • 45 2
 I need a damper like Carson has on his bike. BUt in black, because I have a black bike. Thnx
  • 69 1
 Bottoming out might be painful.
  • 6 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: what a pun
  • 2 1
 It would be a total pain in the ass though...
  • 2 0
 @Hyakian: ya new standards and all that sh*t :/
  • 28 3
 Maybe I'm expecting too much, but Redbull media guys talking about 'diggers' like they're dishwashers waiting to get a bartending spot... These 'diggers' are ELITE RIDERS and TRAIL BUILDERS, and yes I know everyone reading these comments knows this. Really hope they get real commentators for finals.
  • 5 2
 Totally agree. More respect should be shown for those guys (and girl). I think more publicity and interviews with the dig crews would be good.
  • 1 0
 The RedBull Preview yesterday had a digger interview (Alex?), and all kinds of respect for the diggers. I'm not seeing any dishing here...
  • 2 0
 @railin: It was the way the commentator (not Sal) spoke of them, 'they start as a digger, and eventually they're able to compete...' He has no idea who these people are, that's all.
  • 20 0
 "DJ Brandt's is hella rough and scary. See here his hanging rock garden (the vertical chute to the left of him)." Is he literally just sitting stationary in that photo? if so how the heck did he get there!
  • 4 0
 Can't figure out!
  • 22 2
 "The winds of sh$t sent the sh$t flag blowing straight out on top of the sh$t mesa Randy."

Was this caption intentional?!
  • 17 1
 they're riding right into the eye of a sh$tticane rand!
  • 6 0
 $hit hawks, Randy! Flying into the winds of $hit.
  • 7 0
 What's the other option, that it typed itself on the keyboard?
  • 4 0
 Can you hear it? Oh you will my little friend, when the shit barometer rises, and you'll feel it too. your ears will implode from the shit pressure, you were warned bubs!
  • 4 0
 That was the liquor talking Randy
  • 2 0
 @FrEeZa: bahaha good one
  • 2 0
 Ya feel that Randy
The way the sh$t clings to the air
It’s already started my good friend.....the sh$t blizzard
  • 14 0
 If silva pulls of a cali roll, I'm going to eat my cereal with tubeless milk tomorrow
  • 13 0
 Flip into the Lilly Pad WTF !
  • 3 0
 Now waiting for a front flip off it (not really, but you know...)
  • 8 0
 I just want to know who the poor sod is that is going to have to wade through 3000 replies on the redbull rampage competion to work out who goes in the hat for the forks! Thats a shit job :-@
  • 5 2
 It won't be hard once they figure out the half that are real profiles and get rid of them so guys that just made an account yesterday can win...
  • 2 0
 They have computers u know
  • 1 0
 @simooo: Well yeah, but people respond differently (first name, last name, full name, nickname...) not to mention the way they're ordered and whatnot...
  • 10 3
 "Brandon showing the boys how his hand was still shaking after flipping his lily pad drop"...

SEMENUK with hand shaking after a "simple & easy" flip ?

Finally, these guys are normal !!!
  • 7 1
 This event scares the crap out of me. Just watching gives me heart palpitations. Here is wishing all the riders a safe day where everyone walks away unscathed.
  • 5 0
 This is gonna be a wild show, can't wait. But oh man, looks like another brutal shift of risks, I wish all the riders best of luck, stay healthy guys!
  • 14 13
 These guys deserve waaaay more respect than any soccer player. Motherfuckers getting millions for kicking a ball. Rampage guys have balls of steel. So soccer players suck Rampage riders balls and sponsors fuck you and pay these Rampage guys at least a bit more respect and money.
  • 57 1
 I suggest you look up the audience viewing figures and come back to us on that. The market is the market. Live by the sword, die by the sword.... Rampage is all about passion, and MTB in general has escaped the endless chase for more and more money. Which is part of why it is so god damn cool. These guys know that money is a minor concern once you have enough to eat and live what they deem to be a good life. The gold plated Bentleys and trophy wives of footballers are just scraps thrown to the king's gladiators. These guys belong to us.
  • 4 0
 That is poetic and oh-so true. Well spoke.
  • 6 0
 Your point about riders deserving respect and possibly more money is valid, but I don't understand why people always have to go about making that point by shitting on players of other sports. Those sports may not be as dangerous but the top players of other major sports sure as hell work their asses off just as hard to get where they are. Don't blame those guys for making the money that they do. They play sports that people want to see, sports that people pay money to see. Their paychecks are directly correlated to the number of eyeballs that want to see them perform.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: Oh dear, drinking has begun. It's 9am here in office, so Kool-Aid/wodka.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: This. More money would be great, but it's not like NFL/Champion's League/whatever players are making bank at the expense of mountain bikers. I had an ex who hated team sports because in her eyes the players were overpaid and teachers were underpaid. She was absolutely right that teachers were underpaid, but cutting the paycheck of athletes won't help teachers (or mountain bikers) any more than cutting the paycheck of Wall Street executives. If you don't like other sports, that's totally cool, but I say let them be.

Also, soccer is tight and I'm really hoping Arsenal can at least secure one point from their match with Liverpool in a week.
  • 4 0
 Somebody put "wind" in the fantasy ligue? Cause it might be a winner here ????
  • 3 1
 I am really enjoying all of these photo epics... the cherry on top is to come into the comments section and not have to see David Trumpore arguing with PB'ers about nothing! haha
  • 6 2
 Aggy for the win, he friggin deserves that!
  • 15 0
 All of them deserves a win... Red bull should also give props to the dig crew..
  • 3 0
 Remember that year when people were running single crown forks? I think Rheeder was one. We haven't seen a return to that...
  • 5 2
 that polymer damper might make his rear end more comfy!
  • 7 4
 8 inches in the rear, no homo
  • 4 1
 haha yep, maybe pornhub is his sponsor
  • 3 0
 Is it time to leave work yet?
  • 2 0
 Pretty interesting that Brendog is on the old bike and fork. I would love to hear more about that.
  • 2 0
 Damn they delayed the live stream to 8PM Paris time... Is there wind on site?
  • 2 1
 Can't wait. Holy crap this one looks hard and rough! Just like thay flesh damper... hey whatever gets you off...the cliffs.
  • 2 0
 Im not feeling well. I should stay home from work. Smile
  • 2 0
 Damn I didn't know Cam Zink does cash rolls
  • 1 0
 My hands are sweating just thinking about this event
  • 1 0
 So Carson's bike is now ribbed for pleasure???
  • 1 0
 I anyone concerned about Jordie and Silva? The plans just sound out there.
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