Photo Epic: Carson Storch, Kurt Voreis & More Style It Out at Inaugural Mt. Bachelor Redline Rally

Sep 5, 2020
by Trevor Lyden  


Mt. Bachelor Resort is located 20 miles from the beautiful MTB destination city of Bend, Oregon. Placed almost perfectly in the center of the state, Bend has a warm high desert climate with lots of rolling hills and varied terrain. Over the years, Bend has earned a reputation of being a mountain biking paradise and has even seen some of the best riders in the world make the move to call it home. Until recently Mt. Bachelor was primarily a winter only resort which boasted unparalled 360 degree skiing from the summit. In 2016 however, the resort opened its doors to the world of downhill mountain biking and now offers an extensive trail network with plenty of variety. The trails range from wide machine made flow to steep technical downhill. Last summer we saw the opening of Mt. Bachelor's flagship jump trail Redline. This fast and flowy jump line was built by local company Dirt Mechanics headed up by Kiwi Paul. In addition to his crew, Kyle "KJ" Jameson lent his experience as a freeride trail builder to help shape what the trail has become. The Mt. Bachelor trail crew put in hours of work to make Redline what is is today, an A-Line esque Northwest jump trail.

This year was the inaugural Redline Rally, which was initially intended to be a large scale invitational jam contest with riders from all over the country. However, due to certain circumstances, which I feel don't need to be explained in depth, the original format wasn't an option. Mt. Bachelor worked hard and came up with a safe and fun Covid friendly format. The event was scaled back, hosting primarily local riders with a few from the next door states. There were some slight changes of course to how the contest could be run, but in the end it was decided to have the riders take as many laps as possible in a 1.5 hour time period. Each run had three judged features which consisted of a best whip jump, nose bonk / can smash drop, and best trick booter. The riders put down some massive whips, steezy smashes and impressive tricks.

The 2020 Redline Rally was a great success and will return in 2021 for a bigger and better show.

Mt. Bachelor the home of Redline Rally.
Mt. Bachelor, the home of Redline Rally.

In the time of Covid-19 it felt great to have an event take place while still having the necessary safety measures in order.
In the time of Covid-19 it felt great to have an event take place while still having the necessary safety measures in order.

Early morning foam fingers bringing the stoke.
Early morning foam fingers bringing the stoke.

Social distancing can be lonely but it does provide ample time to think about the run you re about to take.
Social distancing can be lonely, but it does provide ample time to think about the run you're about to take.

Aric getting ready to drop in.
Aric getting ready to drop in.

Redline trail was built by Dirt Mechanics with the help of Kyle Jameson and the Mt. Bachelor trail crew. The trail is continually getting better and is becoming a premier jump line in the Pacific Northwest.
Redline trail was built by Dirt Mechanics with the help of Kyle Jameson and the Mt. Bachelor trail crew. The trail is continually getting better and is becoming a premier jump line in the Pacific Northwest.

Plenty of stoke from the Oatman.
Plenty of stoke from the Oatman.
Rounding the first turn of Redline while facing the famous Three Sisters mountain range.
Rounding the first turn of Redline while facing the famous Three Sisters mountain range.

Cam McCaul with a power wheelie.
Cam McCaul with a power wheelie.

Aric Duncan on the first feature right out of the gate.
Aric Duncan on the first feature right out of the gate.

Proper extension from Scott Fleischer.
Proper extension from Scott Fleischer.

Etan Bravard followed by Arlie Connolly.
Etan Bravard followed by Arlie Connolly.

Two of the best professional snowboarders in the business enjoying Mt. Bachelor in the summer. Austin Smith following Gabe Ferguson.
Two of the best professional snowboarders in the business enjoying Mt. Bachelor in the summer. Austin Smith following Gabe Ferguson.

Gnarly Arlie Connolly going big at the best whip jump.
Gnarly Arlie Connolly going big at the best whip jump.

Kiger Holmer is just 9 years old and can whip like this. Where all his sponsors at
Kiger Holmer is just 9 years old and can whip like this. Where all his sponsors at?!

Jacob Guthrie
Jacob Guthrie
Kirt Voreis was whipping so big he came within inches of Tyler and John s cameras.
Kirt Voreis was whipping so big he came within inches of Tyler and John's cameras.

Whips are for kids.
Whips are for kids.

Brooke Anderson a young Portland rider is already making a name for herself at just 14 years old. Watching her ride it s no wonder why.
Brooke Anderson, a young Portland rider is already making a name for herself at just 14 years old. Watching her ride it's no wonder why.

Scott Fleischer took home the title of best whip with his past 90 degree style.
Scott Fleischer took home the title of best whip with his past 90 degree style.

Local up and comer Ryan McNulty has some of the best style in the game.
Local up and comer Ryan McNulty has some of the best style in the game.

Sierra Umhauer rounding a corner. Since Bend has seen a very dry summer it was best to be cautious in the berms to avoid a wash out.
Sierra Umhauer rounding a corner. Since Bend has seen a very dry summer, it was best to be cautious in the berms to avoid a wash out.

A beautiful and surprisingly smoke free day in Central Oregon.
A beautiful and surprisingly smoke free day in Central Oregon.

Aric Duncan rounding a corner and picking up speed
Aric Duncan rounding a corner and picking up speed

Big mountain snowboarder Marissa Krawczak smashing a can on the rock drop bonk feature.
Big mountain snowboarder Marissa Krawczak smashing a can on the rock drop bonk feature.

Gnarly Arlie took a majorly hard slam on the 10 Barrel can smash obstacle which resulted in a broken helmet and phone. Thankfully he walked away with only a couple scratches. Oh to be young.
Gnarly Arlie took a majorly hard slam on the 10 Barrel can smash obstacle which resulted in a broken helmet and phone. Thankfully he walked away with only a couple scratches. Oh to be young.
Sierra Umhauer below Mt. Bachelor s iconic Red Chair.
Sierra Umhauer below Mt. Bachelor's iconic Red Chair.

Austin Hempdogg Hemperley is a name that you ll want to be familiar with. Not only is he the most stoked rider you ll ever meet but also one of the flat out fastest.
Austin Hempdogg Hemperley is a name that you'll want to be familiar with. Not only is he the most stoked rider you'll ever meet, but also one of the flat out fastest.

Young gun Eliot Bravard showing off the proper way to demolish a beer can.
Young gun Eliot Bravard showing off the proper way to demolish a beer can.

Despite seeing some major abuse throughout the day Redline managed to stay in good shape thanks in part to being the only irrigated trail on the mountain.
Despite seeing some major abuse throughout the day, Redline managed to stay in good shape, thanks in part to being the only irrigated trail on the mountain.

The last jump on Redline was home to the best trick competition.
The last jump on Redline was home to the best trick competition.

Kirt being Kirt.
Kirt being Kirt.

Drew Barber can ride a bike every bit as well as he can fix them. Which is pretty damn well.
Drew Barber can ride a bike every bit as well as he can fix them. Which is pretty damn well.

Nitro Circus member and Bend local Dusty Wygle with a massive front flip on the best trick jump.
Nitro Circus member and Bend local Dusty Wygle with a massive front flip on the best trick jump.
Carson Storch on the best trick booter.
Carson Storch on the best trick booter.

Kiger Holmer. Yep he s still only 9 years old.
Kiger Holmer. Yep, he's still only 9 years old.

Cam and Dusty with synchronized backflips.
Cam and Dusty with synchronized backflips.

Hannah Bergemann with big suicide no-hander.
Hannah Bergemann with big suicide no-hander.

Matt Edelston know to many as Oatman used to be a professional scooter athlete. He has since transitioned to larger wheels and has been killing it.
Matt Edelston, know to many as Oatman, used to be a professional scooter athlete. He has since transitioned to larger wheels and has been killing it.

Local legend.
Local legend.

Jacob Guthrie
Jacob Guthrie

Hempdogg won best trick and riders choice. He clearly seems happy about it.
Hempdogg won best trick and riders choice. He clearly seems happy about it.

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa slashing dirt like he slashes big mountain powder lines.
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa slashing dirt like he slashes big mountain powder lines.

Yet another professional skier making the transition to year round pro athlete. Lucas Wachs.
Yet another professional skier making the transition to year round pro athlete. Lucas Wachs.

Aric Duncan with a suicide no hander into the light.
Aric Duncan with a suicide no hander into the light.

With temperatures in Bend reaching 100 degrees. a sun hat seemed like some proper swag.
With temperatures in Bend reaching 100 degrees. a sun hat seemed like some proper swag.
A 30oz Yeti tumbler was another big win in the swag category.
A 30oz Yeti tumbler was another big win in the swag category.

10 Barrel provided Hoppy Meals for the riders after a long day of shredding.
10 Barrel provided Hoppy Meals for the riders after a long day of shredding.

You can t have a photo story from me without a dog right
You can't have a photo story from me without a dog right?

Brooke Anderson walked away with a check for being a badass girl boss.
Brooke Anderson walked away with a check for being a badass girl boss.

Scott Fleischer winning best whip and getting a Yeti cooler filled with cold obviously hard cash.
Scott Fleischer winning best whip and getting a Yeti cooler filled with cold (obviously) hard cash.

Kirt won best bonk can smash on the 10 Barrel rock drop feature and earned himself a 250 gift card to the pub.
Kirt won best bonk/can smash on the 10 Barrel rock drop feature and earned himself a $250 gift card to the pub.

Austin Hempdogg got a new set of Nokian tires for his best trick. A huge whip with the foam finger on.
Austin Hempdogg got a new set of Nokian tires for his best trick. A huge whip with the foam finger on.
And he walked away with the rider judged award for most stoke
And he walked away with the rider judged Subaru most stoked award!

Keep on keepin on.
Keep on keepin' on.

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32 Comments

  • 16 2
 Hempdogg had a Hoppy Meal - Siiiick. You can session Bachelor all day and then do a 28 mile ride back down to Bend via Flagline if you want to lay on the couch for 24 hours afterward.
  • 7 0
 Locals float with a cooler the next day.
  • 7 8
 @krumpdancer101: That's true, but as CA tourist I kept my head down and stayed out of the Deschutes. Never been so stoked to have a Georgia plate on the rental Expedition XLT Max or whatever it was. Actually, it may have saved my life in Prineville! F'n place is scary.
  • 1 1
 @endlessblockades: yes Prineville is very interesting. Only go out there for the Sage fest.
Gotta hit the lakes, rivers and hot springs in LaPine next time.
  • 8 6
 @endlessblockades: that comment about prineville is exactly why people from Bend dislike the Californians. Keep those comments to yourself.
  • 4 8
flag endlessblockades (Sep 4, 2020 at 19:27) (Below Threshold)
 @dwmetalfab: I like scary places and the rock shop there was crazy. Thicken up your skin. 33% of Bend is from CA whether they admit it or not. Town is soft AF. CA has so many more redneck towns than OR it ain't funny and don't lump them in with us city libtards when you dis CA. They don't like it.
  • 3 1
 @endlessblockades: ???? nice. Well played.
  • 2 1
 @endlessblockades: that was a lmao emoji. Not question marks.
  • 5 5
 @endlessblockades: Way to hate on the local communities. Don’t let the state line hit you on the way out.
  • 3 2
 @endlessblockades: prineville is a little country town and central Oregon has more Californians than Oregonians.
  • 2 0
 @arallycat: No hate - already booked my next trip up. See you in line at Dutch Bros soon.
  • 4 0
 @krumpdancer101: locals don’t float....
  • 1 3
 @endlessblockades: lol my state has more rednecks than yours and they ain't soft like yours are! The Cali rednecks are exactly the same as the California city people.
Are you triggered by what you just read or did it make you realize how ridiculous you sound? Lighten up Cali dude.
  • 3 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict:

You in Washington State? One of my favorite states, for sure. Let's see, you've got Judy Collins - she's OK. but we've got Merle Haggard - game over. Thanks for playing.

Fun fact - we all share the Cascade Mountain Range, brothers!

Love,

CA
  • 3 0
 @Costigan76: In LaPine we Don’t have commercial floats like Bend and Sunriver, so yes we do.

@DoubleCrownAddict: I’m from NC so none of you know a damn thing about a redneck lol. We eat pig Pickens and drink purple Jesus out the bathtub in the corn and cotton fields. Shit and let’s not talk about a nascar race.
  • 11 1
 Brooke's whip @ 14 yrs old looked as good as any female pro in the business. watch out!
  • 2 0
 @plyawn Brooke looked great out there and took the Boss Girl award. Looked like she was inspiring the pros every bit as much as they were her...maybe more.
  • 4 0
 I walked into the Lumberyard a few years ago a total noob to the sport in my late 30s, and first thing I saw was 10 yo Brooke doing a one footer over her brother (literally). I remember feeling both inspired and totally out of my league. So stoked to see young girls and women raising the bar in heaps.

Oh and way to go Etan and Eliot!
  • 6 0
 Bravard Boys killing it!
  • 1 0
 Bachelor's team did a great job putting on this inaugural event and during a pandemic. Hats off to Leigh, Dustin, Erin, Meagan, and the many more who made this happen. Can't wait to see this develop over the years. It bodes well for the future!
  • 1 0
 I went to bend and Mt. Bachelor a few years back, amazing place! First run down washed out on a corner and without a full face on smashed my face and took half my ear off - oh the memories. At least there was a beer festival on that night to help ease the pain (and embarrassment)
  • 1 0
 Being at this event was bananas! To witness these athletes in person always amazes us! Mountain biking is in a renaissance and we couldn't be happier to be a part of it!!!! #stoked
  • 2 0
 Great seeing all the local talented riders, and the youth crew here is Strong!!!
  • 3 0
 McNulty for rampage, all I gotta say for my homie.
  • 3 1
 Those hakkes tho.. Best prize of the bunch. Particularly for Bend.
  • 1 0
 You shouldn't remove exif data from your pictures man. Sometimes people wanna see what lens ya shot with.
  • 1 0
 Absolutely a mountain biking paradise with warm, welcoming locals that love their San Fran neighbors ????
  • 1 0
 Super rad and well organized event. Well done everyone!
  • 1 0
 @usfrenchie - awww, you're too sweet!
  • 1 1
 Vids or it didn't happen

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