Embedded: 17-Year Old Jaxson Riddle Tries Out for Rampage at Proving Grounds

Sep 17, 2019
by Pinkbike Originals  


Marzocchi Proving Grounds, a place where riders can come compete to earn a spot at the biggest freeride mountain bike event of the year—Red Bull Rampage. We followed 17-year old Jaxson Riddle’s journey as battled through crashes and mechanicals in hopes of qualifying for the big show.







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77 Comments

  • 182 2
 We talk a lot about respect for doing crazy shit, but I've also got a lot of respect for the mentality of not just sending if it doesn't feel right. All of these guys have got a lot to lose out there!
  • 39 0
 Most rational comment i've read on pinkbike in maybe 10 years.. glad someone see's the reality behind the fun we have!
Opposed to the " Just giiiver broooo" attitude..

Also, cant wait to see Jaxson in 5 years!
  • 9 0
 So wise move from such a young dude! Apparently he is a natural talent!
  • 2 0
 His first run was bad ass. Would have been hard for him to step it up more, especially in the wind.
  • 2 0
 Trust your gut. If your guessing yourself, you are more like to make a mistake. And at the level their doing this, a mistake has much bigger consequences then the majority of us and our 3-4 foot drops
  • 2 0
 Agreed. Jaxson is a boss. I also have to give a shout out to Rogatkin who always seems stoked for others riders. He is always a positive influence on the sport and those around him.
  • 1 5
flag tomasinbc (Sep 18, 2019 at 13:07) (Below Threshold)
 you sound boringaf
  • 2 8
flag tomasinbc (Sep 18, 2019 at 13:09) (Below Threshold)
 can you tell them not to use that gay ass music, hippy elevator music type stuff. and play some rock for once
  • 2 0
 @tomasinbc: next time you’re invited to Proving Grounds maybe you can suggest the music you’d like played.
  • 1 4
 @lightsgetdimmer: you frustrated lil buddy? nice slayer pic
  • 1 0
 @tomasinbc: nope, I’m cool as a cucumber.
  • 51 4
 i'm relieved, watching a 17 year old at rampage would have been an ethical quandary for me. feel free to downvote me into oblivion, don't care. i have enough trouble watching the legal adults at that event...
  • 17 1
 They've had younger than that before. I think Kyle Strait's was at the first rampage when he was 14 and later won it at age 17. Kyle Ritchie was 15 or so. Semenuk won it at age 17 I think.
  • 10 0
 I think it's not about the age, Kyle Strait made his first rampage in 2001, he was 14, and at 17 in 2004 he fuckin win the rampage. I agree btw that to go at Rampage it takes not only amazing skills but also the maturity to judge how to make a step back, but i don't think it's only related to age, i mean could differ a lot from person to person.
  • 3 1
 i wouldn't have any trouble watching this kid do hardline. i mean, there's dangerous, and then there's "your parents/legal guardians actually signed the f*cking waiver" dangerous. maybe i'm wrong...
  • 5 2
 @Luniapuanrider: I feel like the scale, consequences, and overall environment have changed to some extent over the last 10 years.
  • 6 0
 “An ethical quandary”

Lol this kid would casually ride the 2016 site solo. Before he owned a mtb he’d ride film segment jumps on his bmx. The adults who ride rampage currently are the ones who are an ethical quandary.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: what I mean it s not that is same rampage as 20 years ago, I mean that age couldn't be the more accurate and right parameter to determine if someone is able to participate at rampage "safely"
  • 1 2
 thats cute, good thing your relieved
  • 28 2
 Truth is if mentally he isn’t ready for this contest he made the right decision cuz rampage would be even tougher. Nothing against you bro you made the right decision for you and that is impressive.
  • 13 9
 Yup, I can remember backing down from a larger, sketch drop to almost flat and it was one of the hardest things to do at that age.... I cannot imagine the agony and level of maturity needed to make that decision regarding the greatest MTB event of all time. Lots of respect due.
  • 3 0
 @scott-townes: I don’t know why you’re getting downvoted- I don’t see the problem with reinforcing decision that a young rider has made for their own well being.
  • 3 1
 @vw4ever: I imagine he is getting downvoted for suggesting he backed down from a 40 foot drop to flat when we all know it was a 3 stair
  • 1 1
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: where did he suggest it was a 40 foot drop?
  • 2 2
 @laxguy: I probably said something mean that hurt his lil feelings at some point. Frown so sad
  • 1 1
 @scott-townes: it's funny how certain people get automatically downvoted or upvoted regardless of what they write... obviously WAKI, but I notice you get hit with downvotes constantly for no apparent reason... funny how the PB sheep work Smile
  • 22 0
 Riddle has a huge career ahead of him. Missing one rampage is a sprint; he's just starting a marathon.
  • 16 0
 Great kid, super talented and nice. Long future ahead!
  • 2 0
 Wow with that Remy Metailler POV, I really thought the big drop was like half that height!!!!! That's really impressive!

Who's the girl with the Trek??? She's so badass!!! :O
  • 1 5
flag ChachiArcola (Sep 17, 2019 at 22:53) (Below Threshold)
 Casey Brown. She’s riding Rampage.
  • 6 0
 @ChachiArcola: erm, no she isn't.
  • 1 1
 @JamesGTi: Probably he meant, she's riding Utah...
  • 1 0
 @JamesGTi: My bad. She attempted to ride quality for Rampage and almost could have been the first female. Thanks for the correction.
  • 2 0
 @ChachiArcola: Oh thanks! I don't really watch races but I saw her many times in videos but with her fullface so didn't recognize her! haha
  • 5 3
 Extremely amazing what this guys are doing and like Brianpark says, it is also a big big risk of injury. Respect to all of them and the girl in the video. Cheers
  • 5 2
 the way he spins his 3's is wicked. And crank flips will always be the coolest. This kid shreds
  • 2 0
 Feeling it is the key. Those jumps have serious consequences. I think we'll be seeing alot of Jaxson in the future. Great riding.
  • 1 0
 Jaxson you're young brotha. i know the cam's were telling you to take your run, but live to fight another day and stay healthy, your day will come. smart riding makes for a long career. cheers brosapien
  • 2 0
 I'm stoked seeing a kid doing these kind of stuff, but hey the organizers should at least let him wear a chest and back protector.
  • 6 2
 Nice work out there Jaxson! so pumped to be a part of your journey!!
  • 3 0
 Does one lil knee bend in the back of the truck to stretch out before shredding the gnar lmao what a crusher
  • 1 0
 Also good job playing it safe at the end. Long career ahead. Keep it fun!!
  • 3 0
 Unreal how skilled the next gen of riders is
  • 6 2
 MILF
  • 2 2
 Erm, so at one event called the ”MARZOCCHI Proving Grounds” the support staff at Marzocchi doesn't have a pretty common tapered steerer for one of the most talented young riders? Wow!
  • 4 0
 He's not a Marzocchi athlete. Where was Suntour with the support for the event? Actually... where was everyone. The only support up there was the 1 Marzocchi tech and that dude was busy the entire event trying to help everyone regardless of what brand suspension or components they were running.

New forks. Shock rebuilds. Wheel rebuilds. Headsets. Etc.

Marzocchi brought forks for their athletes. At least they tried to help him.
  • 1 0
 Amazing work Jaxson and good on your for having the balls to call it when you ain't feelin' it. I look forward to watching you ride and make good decisions for many years
  • 2 0
 Jaxson. What's wrong with Jackson? X's, so hot.
  • 1 0
 J. Riddle!!!!! GET IT SON!!!!
  • 1 0
 Jaxson's gonna get it soon!
  • 1 0
 Rockin the Tannus jersey. Way to slay Jaxson!
  • 1 0
 Yup. Definitely lots to lose
  • 1 0
 Josh Bender!! Kids.. you’re in the presence of big drop royalty!
  • 1 0
 what got wrong with that suntour sweetie????
  • 1 0
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