THE FACES OF

RED BULL RAMPAGE

2016

This year's edition of Red Bull Rampage was a historic year. The changes that were made to the event were solely driven by athlete recommendations and demands after last year's event imploded with in-fighting and pressure due to the design of the event. Changes made this year included an invite only athlete's list with no qualifying and a smaller field, a judge's panel complete with ex-Rampage riders, smaller build teams, a mandatory rest day, and a better process around wind delays for the riders. We asked the riders how they felt about the changes and if they were happy with the results.



practicing for the 2016 Redbull Rampage held outside of Virgin UT.

bigquotesThe changes to this year's Rampage were very positive for the riders and their teams. The organizers listened to the rider requests and feedback to make sure that the event could excel in the best ways possible. The finals only invite format was great and it reduced the field to select riders, which meant every rider had 'more space' to build a dedicated finals run and focus on that. I liked knowing that every athlete out there was all in on building the best possible run for the big show. Amongst that the rest day was so needed and played a crucial role in everyone's fitness and progress since we had time to rest and recoup. The appearance fees helped us all out big time and gave us the ability to take care of our builders and all the associated costs we chose to spend on at the event like flights, tools, accommodation, food, etc. Overall the experience was great and it was topped off by the excitement of a new venue - that was also terrifying at the same time - and the judging panel consisting of ex-Rampagers who knew the hardships and terrain. There is so much that goes into this event from everyone involved and it truly amazes me. The Rampage family of organizers and staff, builders, medical staff, caterers, and riders is so great that it's humbling to be a part of it, as an athlete.
- Kyle Norbraten



Sam Reynolds

bigquotesWell I'll be honest, for me, it wasn't my happiest Rampage but I definitely could see how people liked it more. The rest day was a great idea because no one sees how much work really goes into building a line to the point that you're so knackered with blistered hands by the end of it! The judging is of course always a touchy subject and people don't always agree but I think they did a better job than ever this year!
- Sam Reynolds



James Doerfling

bigquotesAll around I had a great Rampage, the new format and all the other changes made the atmosphere seem a lot more chill. I was pretty pumped on the all-rider judges panel and how it went down. No matter who is judging this event it will always be tough and criticized by everyone. Congrats to all the boys for putting on an amazing show!
- James Doerfling



Kyle Strait


bigquotesIt was encouraging to see that our hard work as riders and our ability to communicate our needs to the event promoter, Red Bull, really paid off this year. The changes in the format were really a necessary thing for the event to continue in the eyes of the athletes. After last year none of us were happy and we needed a change. I was stoked to see that it all came together.

It was really nice this year to not have the man-made features out there already. In the past, we tried to create a line that would utilize one of the big man-made features, so it was nice to have a completely open canvas. To have no restriction on rider's creativity.

- Kyle Strait



Brendan Fairclough

bigquotesI liked the vibe, way less riders meant a less stressful environment. This was better for the riders meaning that the riders are in a better mindset which translates into a more exciting show. Obviously, the whole experience was ruined for me when I ate sh*t but I still had a great time and will be back. I can't wait for next year.
- Brendan Fairclough




Logan Binggeli
Logan Binggeli

bigquotesAll in all, Rampage was the best I've seen it since '08. Everyone came together as a riding community. Rad times in the desert!
- Logan Binggeli




Remy Metallier

bigquotesI think that the changes were definitely a good thing. The judging was very fair in my opinion and the athlete fee + prize money was needed. So having Red Bull who stepped it up was great.

On a side note, the repartition of the prize money could be improved a bit, as number 8 and number 15 get the same amount of money. The gap between 1 and 2 also seems too big. The medical set-up and logistics were great, too.

Regarding the judging, I just think that a rider that does not cross the finish line should have a score of 0. It is sad, but that's the rules in any sport. In a race you can have the 3 fastest splits, if you do not cross the finish line, you get a DNF. It's also written in the rule book. You have 3 minutes to cross the finish line. Aggy had an incredible run, but with his crash, he did not cross the finish line. It's unfair to award 55 points when some other participants made it in one piece, even though his top part was 5 steps above.

- Remy Metailler




Cam Zink

bigquotesIt's always darkest before dawn and in the wake of the perfect shitstorm of last year's event, smiles flooded the desert.

Taking it back to its core while retaining the current viewership and notoriety created astonishing vibes and I had the same feeling rolling into Virgin that I had 13 years ago at my first Rampage.

- Cam Zink




Andreu Lacondeguy

bigquotesI think that it was a great Rampage! Everyone was chilling and building together with the other riders. The first couple of days, there were only digging crews on the site and it didn't even feel like Rampage. It's great to see how much better it got compared to last year. I think that having a new site helps a lot with that, the whole mountain is free and there's a lot of room for everyone to build a sick line. It was better with fewer people, there's no room for 40 people up there!
- Andreu Lacondeguy




Darren Barrecloth

bigquotesThis year's event was the result of the industry leaders getting together with Red Bull and coming up with a plan. The plan was a complete success in my opinion and made for one of the best events of the year! In short Red Bull rules; don't forget it all you internet trolls!
- Darren Berrecloth



Carson Storch

bigquotesThe vibes and experience at Rampage this year were definitely, it was way more mellow. It was more enjoyable, and it seemed like everyone was out there to have fun. The super competitive vibe kind of dissipated compared to last year's event. Red Bull did a super job of working with some of the top riders to find compromise in a few different aspects of the event like judging, prize money, dig time, etc. It just felt right this year.
- Carson Storch



Aggy

bigquotesThis has been by far the best Rampage we've had in my many years competing at this event. The vibe has changed dramatically, everyone seems to be at ease, for the most part, working together, collaborating ideas and features with other riders. Bringing everyone together like that made a huge difference in my eyes.

I was a little skeptical to be honest about how the judging would go, I think a lot of people were worried that maybe some of the judges would be a little biased, or for the ones that had never done it before would be too overwhelmed with the bigger picture. Judging an event like this has got to be one of the hardest things to do, you're under almost as much pressure as competing, and no matter what, someone is always going to complain. But, a good judge already knows that, and by the looks of how things ended up this year, I don't believe there were any upsets which is huge!

Having fewer riders out there was obviously the way to go, even with half of what we had in previous years it still felt crowded. There's zero chance that we would have been able to have a second go on that zone if we had the same numbers as the year's prior, there's just not enough space out there to make it fair for everyone. It also seemed to be where a lot of the conflict came from in the past.

The appearance fee was a nice bonus, but to be honest that should have happened a long time ago. The prize purse upgrade, also a nice bonus but time and time again I ask myself "is it even worth it?", and really would any amount be worth risking my life over? The level that we've brought this event to is almost scary, and the ones pushing it are modern day gladiators, fighting for a bigger cause than just a prize purse.

- Aggy



Kurt Sorge

bigquotesThis year's Rampage had an awesome vibe. Having fewer riders made it easier to find a line on the hill and work with each other on joining parts. It was great to have a fresh venue to work with too, exposed as ever but good to be able to create a full new line. The mandatory rest day was definitely needed but with a fresh zone, there was so much digging to do that we probably could have used an extra day or two to finish building some stuff or get a bit more practice in. And the ex Rampage rider judging panel left no worries there. So all, in all, I thought it was a great event and everyone's lines were very impressive, it was just too bad the wind showed up on the day of the event. Stoked for next year!
- Kurt Sorge




Tom van Steenbergen
practicing the for the 2016 Redbull Rampage held outside of Virgin UT

bigquotesMy Rampage experience was amazing this year. There were 21 riders with two builders each. Which made it easy for people to work together and not step on each other's toes. The mandatory rest day was also much needed. Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly. Thanks to everyone that made it happen! I can't wait for next year!
- Tom van Steenbergen



competing in Redbull Rampage final held outside of Virgin UT

bigquotesLess riders is definitely better for us, less crap to deal with and less up-and-coming riders that come and try to tell you how it works, haha. This was the fist year for me with a build crew, it was awesome to work with some good friends on a line that was my style. The appearance fee was the only way for me to get the diggers out there. It's a must have too, as we do not get much for accommodations, airport transfer...and everything is so far away. The mandatory rest day was a must have, so cool and relaxing, it allowed us more times for beers too! As for the increased prize money; we take the risk, we deserved this money. I'm not so sure about having the ex-competitor judges; it is cool to have someone who rode that shit before, but at the same time it's also good to have experienced judges that are not doing only this one event a year. All in, it was the best year so far for me and my boys.
- Pierre-Edouard Ferry (PEF)



Conor McFarlane

bigquotesBeing only my second Rampage I can only compare this year to last year, but I am leaving the event with no complaints, where as last year there were definitely a few things that I thought could do with changing. One of my favorite things was the mandatory rest day as until you dig at Rampage you probably won't realize how hard it is on your body! I'm stoked on what Todd Barber and his crew did this year, cheers!
- Conor Macfarlane



Brett Rheeder
Brett Rheeder

bigquotesI thought that this year's Rampage format was steps ahead of what it has been in the past. Rider judged was one of the best decisions the organizers could have possibly made as the event is in line with no other. There are limitless ways to judge the event which makes it hard for judges that don't ride bikes to judge fairly. Only the riders that have put themselves in the Rampage element will know best... and I think this year's was the most accurately judged from year's past.
- Brett Rheeder



Antoine Bizet

bigquotesKnowing that we had some spare days for finals, I wasn't even stressed by the big wind on Friday morning. We knew we'd do what we could in good conditions. That's what happened to me twice in finals, I chose to wait so that I could do good runs later. Less riders on site feels better too and, of course, having compensation for the trip feels good even if it doesn't pay for everything for us Frenchies who come from far away! The mandatory rest day is the best thing that ever happened at Rampage. Regarding building, I just feel like taking off the wood features and only having two diggers was a bit too much. I know it was the goal, but we had less big jumps on the course and only a few big drops. It's a shame for the show and for the riding. I missed the canyon gap - I'll just build one next year! Rampage is taking the right direction and the consequence of this new format was that I/we felt much better at the top before dropping in. Thanks to Cam Zink and Todd Barber for pushing things the right way!
- Antoine Bizet



Thomas Genon

bigquotesI really liked this edition of the Rampage. It's the first time that I had a digging team; thanks to the appearance fee to make this possible! The bigger venue, plus less riders, made it way easier and a lot of people teamed up to make good lines! The judges were also on point because they knew what a Rampage run is.
- Thomas Genon



Tyler McCaul

bigquotesJust getting in the gate for Rampage this year was a huge hurdle for me to jump in itself. After my crash last year I thought I'd never compete in another Rampage again. I was fed up with the time constraints we were given to build and practice our lines, and I felt like it was an unsafe way of running a contest of that magnitude. Flash forward to this year, and it felt like a completely different event. Red Bull and H5 listened to our demands and implemented nearly everything they possibly could in order to make this the best Rampage yet. I heard zero complaints from anyone this year, and if you've ever been around a contest like this before you know that's a pretty rare thing! I think it was the best Rampage yet, and I already can't wait for next year! Long live Rampage!
- Tyler McCaul



Brandon Semenuk
Brandon Semenuk

bigquotesAs the sport and competitors evolve, so does the structure of the event. This year seemed like the overall organization of Rampage was much closer to where it should be compared to other years. The event will continue to take shape as time moves forward, but I think that it's safe to say that 2016 was the best Rampage so far for the riders.
- Brandon Semenuk


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109 Comments

  • 35 6
 Just browsed through the comments and see how some other people feel about Remy's remarks... I don't know I kind of agree with him. I don't think he needed to throw Aggy into that to make his point, though... but yeah I agree the DNF should be a thing for someone who goes down.
  • 26 3
 My respects to Remi, to say what he thinks.
  • 134 5
 Sorry for not being a politician, and sorry for being true. The goal of that article was to make the next events even better, not to try to reach the sympathy of the Pinkbike audience.

What I wrote is my opinion. Trust me, I could have written something super cool and positive and everyone would have been "Remy is a nice dude".

If I had crashed, and did not finish the event, I will have think it is fair to get a 0 or DNF.
When you were at school and had an exam, even if you had everything correct, if you did not give back your test to your teacher you will get a 0/20. It happened to me, it probably happened to you as well.

Also if you read better the text, I mention how good was Aggy. He was above everyone I feel during training and during his run. I mentioned him as an example. I could have mentioned anyone else in the same situation. Brett Reeder, is one of the most talented guys out there as well but got bad luck in the run 1 and only did a few meters. (He could have kept going but knew his score would have been affected). He got a score of 7 and did not cross the finish line as well. If you ask any of those guys, I think they would agree with me. I had this talk with several riders.

On a side note, the rule book is sent before the event to the riders. It is "confidential". Many things are mention regarding organization, prize money, rules... and it says you have 3min to complete a run, other wise you will get a 0 or DNF. A crash can happen, and you just loose points, you don't get a 0. Like in skiing or any other sports.

To finish my comment I wish Aggy would have land his run. He had the sickest line, sickest style and he would have deserved to win. Fast recovery to him. Next year will be his year. Aggy, I hope you read this as well. The comment I wrote was not mean to upset anyone.

Peace.
  • 6 1
 @remymetailler: Thumbs up for sure. Redbull Rampage is becoming unique in a whole new way; it's a big (big) money event that is really allowing the participants to shape it's future. It's awesome for the entire sport that every positive and negative is shared and considered!
  • 3 1
 @remymetailler: big respect bro
  • 3 0
 @remymetailler: I hope I didn't get off on the wrong foot with you man, I do absolutely agree with what you're saying. DNF sounds perfectly fair for this event when you don't make it down. As for the Aggy thing, I know you didn't mean anything negative by it. Given how sensitive people can be, I personally would've avoided it as I felt it wasn't necessary to articulate your point, but that's just me. I'm glad you stand by what you say, you certainly haven't upset me at all. Thanks for chiming in man, cheers and great riding @ Rampage btw.
  • 1 0
 @remymetailler: I had though the same thing about the no DNF call. I respect your choice to stand up for your convictions and express your true feelings.
  • 1 4
 @remymetailler: Maybe it's more like surfing. You get a score even if you don't "complete" the wave - as long as you stand up. I get and respect your point however. And my opinion matters, because I have a keyboard AND an internet connection!
  • 1 1
 Double post - sorry
  • 1 0
 If the rules say 0 for DNF then 0 is what they should get. Why is the event allowed to violate its own rules?
  • 24 8
 I am also so tired of hearing about our shit election. I am American. Why does so many of my fellow Americans think that we are the shit and we are the best nation in the world. Who cares? Let's ride bikes instead.
  • 4 15
flag merica99 (Nov 6, 2016 at 19:29) (Below Threshold)
 Oh cmon, you couldn't hear my sarcasm!! You think your tired of this f*cking election! You don't even live hear! I have to put up with it every damn sec of the day!

Ah, that felt better. Glad I got that off my chest.
  • 12 1
 The only thing in politics any of us should be concerned about is bikes in the wilderness.
  • 7 2
 @siderealwall2: I really wish that was true
  • 7 11
flag hampsteadbandit (Nov 7, 2016 at 0:27) (Below Threshold)
 the whole election is a false flag with Trump (a noted friend of the Clinton's going back years they even attended his last wedding, and financial supporter of the Clinton Foundation - its on record)

Trump is presenting an outlandish character, to normalize Hilary and ensure she is elected - who works for the same big banks, financiers, corporate bosses and overseas interests that all elected presidents are put in power by.

If you look back at Trump, he actually has very liberal views (apart from immigration) and the character he is presenting is designed to stir up trouble

bike riding is much more fun!
  • 3 1
 @hampsteadbandit: cool story bro... Needs more bikes and shit
  • 2 0
 @mikeyspaff: hell yeah
  • 2 0
 The wall will create new possibilities for trial riders (another danny macaskill edit !!? )
  • 15 1
 “...time and time again I ask myself "is it even worth it?", and really would any amount be worth risking my life over? The level that we've brought this event to is almost scary, and the ones pushing it are modern day gladiators, fighting for a bigger cause than just a prize purse.
- Aggy”

! ! ! ! DING DING DING ! ! ! ! !
  • 7 1
 They do it for pleasure and pride, not for money.
  • 4 1
 @torero: Do it for whatever reason you want I say and if that motivation IS the money, by all means, ask for more.
  • 2 0
 At a minimum they should pay more than enough so that no rider has to dip into their own pocket to compete. Because in a very real sense, they are putting their lives on the line.
  • 12 0
 "don't forget it all you internet trolls!" That's how I feel, pretty much nobody else could do what they do, or they'd be there doing it.
  • 9 0
 I'm still allowed to to talk sh*t about Red Bull, the drink though, right?
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: Depends how quick you can chug a can.
  • 9 0
 As much as the crashes and arid conditions of the venue may be, I'm glad to see a positive vibe on from the riders, that the comp is improving. Red bull really stepped up to the plate this year, and provided much needed hope for rampage. Can't wait for what they can do next year with the feedback they have from this event and for Aggy to stomp it!
  • 2 1
 That's all that matters regardless of what a few viewers may think who aren't used to watching something like this. From what I heard, Red Bull/NBC/H5 didn't fulfill only 1 request from the riders which was gap insurance. That's a massive step forward in the right direction. Despite the natural limitations on an event like this, I have only the highest hopes for what will be for next year and of course Aggy stomping a massive 3. Just looking back at previous events... are you kidding me? Its ridiculous how massive all the riders went this year.
  • 19 6
 Kyle Strait looks like Hitler
  • 13 2
 Heil Strait?


hitler ruined the 'chaplin mustache' forever.
  • 2 1
 Yeah better not use as a Tinder profile pic. Unless...Wink
  • 12 0
 Conor Macfarlanes face looks like a treasure map.
  • 9 3
 Everyone bitching about Remy, why, I give props to him for saying his opinion when asked, and I don't think he wanted to make aggy sound bad. If the rules are like he says he's right.
Tho in my opinion if you have a big crash like aggy (heal up soon!) the points are not what it's about anyways
  • 11 2
 Does anyone else read Remi's quote with a french accent?
  • 2 0
 There is an other way? :-)
  • 5 1
 So this comment is "off topic" but kinda not. I'm just an 52 years "old" Mtn Biker, (don't feel "old" at all) and don't have near the tech and freeride and jump skills you guys have - but massively respect those who do. I also used to surf (small waves). So let me say the Red Bull Rampage is analogous to the big wave surfing event at say Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California. Hell men with massive courage and skills compete out there; Hell Men with massive courage and skills compete in Red Bull (and events like that).
Anyway, my point - and it pisses me off - these athletes are WAY WAY underpaid! $35,000 or so 1st prize for winning redbull is B**** St. Probably costs the athlete more in training time, travel, planning, build time, etc. Red Buill and big sponsors use their images to sell their products.
Prize money should be closer to $250,000 for a win and tiered down from there. Jus sayin?
  • 5 0
 Awesome to read! So much stoke! Just want to put out the offer that I will happily build for anyone who needs it next year. Matt
  • 6 1
 Lol. Thumbnail on the front page is of the guy who didn't even ride. That's troll bait if I've ever seen it.
  • 3 0
 His mustache molested 5 people just while you read this article.
  • 2 0
 and you did?
  • 7 0
 Great work Colin.
  • 7 0
 Thanks @mblar; it was a lot of work running around the venue and tracking down all the competitors in the limited amount of time I had. PEF was the hardest to capture, to be honest, not because he was unwilling to pause for a headshot/portrait, but because he was hard to track down. I finally got him on the morning of the event.
  • 4 0
 These guys are still not as progressive as PinkBike, by adding tracking cookies to the website.
  • 4 0
 Aggy "The level that we've brought this event to is almost scary"

ALMOST?????
  • 4 0
 A bunch of dudes who look like bikers, and sam reynolds who looks like a 1930s french gigolo
  • 2 0
 Semenuk said it best. This year made the riders happy. But at the price of inhibiting the spectacle of it, albeit necessary. Next year will make the viewers happy, as the riders really get into the new zone.
  • 1 0
 PEF, those up & coming riders deserve to be there more than you. When a rider like Rogue doesn't get invited & an old, obsolete never was like you keeps showing up year after year taking up space that better riders & better showmen could put to much better use, then there's still something very wrong here.
  • 2 0
 Any idea how viewership was this year? It seemed like it was all over before I even knew the event was taking place. The runs were not on the weekend?
  • 3 0
 Conor MacFarlane or the Warrior !! so deserved for the McGarry Award!! #McGazzaForEver
  • 5 2
 Nobody's pointing out Kyle's Hitler moustache?? hahahahaah it's brilliant!!!
  • 2 0
 @dau-corporate I immediately did Ctrl-F Hitler in Chrome to see if anyone else had commented on it after scrolling down to it! Figured it couldn't just be me who thought that.
  • 1 1
 @JahWorks: His hair cut is great as welll hahaa I hope that was the purpose and not a coincidence Smile
  • 1 1
 damm it could be a reancarnation......
  • 1 0
 Haha...That's the shadow of his nose...look closer his mustache goes out to the edges of his lips
  • 18 18
 Wasn't a fan of Remy's comments. Came off a little dickish. Hahah and James Doerfling, if he's looking for a new POF or Tinder profile pic... just snag the one off here haha.
  • 11 1
 I think remy was right to say what he did, how can a run with a crash score more than runs with out? Other than the fact that aggy is one of the ' bros'.
  • 3 2
 @bigburd: f*ckinoath bigburd. people chat shit about Remy all the time but he is one the soundest dudes in the sport, he always speaks in his mind but he never speaks out of place,
  • 1 0
 @Theeeeo: f*cking oath? Why thank you
  • 1 0
 @bigburd: The thing is they didn't, no run where the rider crash scored more than any run that didn't. The two people that aggy's score beat both crashed aswell. So how can he be right ?
  • 1 0
 Glad to hear the competitors liked it! They deserve the best setup possible for riding those insane lines! Best rampage yet!!!
  • 3 0
 does anybody else think semenuk looks like proffessor snape.
  • 1 0
 Lol, exactly.
  • 1 0
 More like Professor Steeze, amiright?
  • 3 2
 LOL, if Remy made a point and rant like this, Make your own rules then make your own competition that it, so stop ranting if you want to join Rampage and just do it.
  • 3 0
 Sam Reynolds."where's Chong?
  • 1 2
 to me athletes, should respect the judges and the contest itself, they have their own rules, so either riders will follow and join the competition or not accept the competition and keep your opinions to themselves/ yourself, and if your not happy make your own rules and make your own competition, Rampage has been out there for a while now let not one or two riders ruin it because of their rant. Let us enjoy this event.
  • 2 1
 *someone getting stabbed at work*
"Hey that guy is going to die--"
"SHUT UP AND DO YOUR JOB"

all my shitty coworkers.
  • 1 1
 @anchoricex: f*ck OFF a*shole!
  • 1 0
 @supermansteel: you're not old enough for the internet yet
  • 1 1
 @anchoricex: and you are, youre only 26yrs old DICK SUCKER!
  • 1 0
 @supermansteel: you done yet? Lower your f*cking dropper post and go step in front of a bus you f*cking man child
  • 2 0
 super article, the dudes are pretty articulate!
  • 2 1
 I have to agree with Remy Metailler about needing to finish your run to score.
  • 2 0
 remy looks a little like dj a-trak
  • 1 0
 Please do not wear a beenie like Remy. Ps, the new thing is to have a man bun with seperated bangs and long side burns!
  • 1 0
 Not around here it's not.
  • 1 0
 Completely sweet that the Claw used his commentary to call out PB troll extraordinaire @wakidesigns!
  • 1 0
 This article would have been less awkward with riding shots. ha
  • 1 0
 Who's the big lobowski dude?
  • 1 0
 I think Carson put it best. The vibes were the most definitely ever yeah?
  • 1 0
 Way to go Aggy!
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