Photo Epic: Wild Tricks and Sends from the Last 8 Years of Rampage

Oct 24, 2020
by Ed Spratt  



As one of the most iconic events in mountain biking Red Bull Rampage is always a spectacle for some of the most amazing feats on a bike. Whether it is huge canyon gaps or technical ride lines riders push themselves to the limits year after year. With no wild Rampage action, this year let's take a look back at some of the great moments from the past eight years.

Sorge, had BIG plans for the finals in 2012



Cam McCaul has some big balls sending the canyon gap

Kyle Strait's massive no hander


Lacondeguy going huge off the wooden step up.

McGazza waking up to some early morning hip.
McGazza waking up to some early morning hip.

Hopkins. Redemtion.

Nico Vink kicking up a fuss. He s hung up his downhill boots for a bit but had been plenty busy digging big things and shooting edits. No surprise he s at Rampage for a second time riding and crafting away with Lacondeguy.
Nico Vink going flat out

James Doerfling with the best crash ever. Picture perfect ejection and just enough over the knuckle that he slid down the transition and stood up unscathed.

Brendawg finally sending the canyon gap he started last year. He stomped the landing but the force of the impact--far beyond what one would encounter park riding or DH racing broke the linkage on his bike he may not be able to ride tomorrow s qualifier.
Brendog finally sending the canyon gap he started in 2012

I ll see you on the dark side of the moon.

R-Dog reppin his all-American paint just nice.
R-Dog reppin' his all-American paint


Vink putting his own stamp on Gee s line lower down on the track.
Vink putting his own stamp on Gee Atherton's line lower down on the track.

Kelly McGarry gettin upside down. How anyone that tall can pull a back flip on that small of a hit is beyond me.
Kelly McGarry getting inverted.

Chubey heart of a lion. 2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah

Throwing down Aggy sending it. 57 feet. Almost 20 meters. And a suicide no hander Sick
Throwing down: Aggy sending it. 57 feet. Almost 20 meters. And a suicide no hander.

Logan Binggeli flipping off the mid-size sender and then crashing horrifically. Next to Mark Mathews crash off of Chubey s drop this was the worst crash of Rampage 2013.
An almost perfectly executed flip off the middle booter was rewarded with a pretty horrifying fall off the side of the landing. Get well soon Logan.

2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah

Aggy dropping in big time. His build team was up here all night with a rock cutter getting ultimate last minute preps to get his drop absolutely perfect. As he goes here Aggy continues to head straight down the hill.
Graham Agassiz dropping in big time.

Mike Montgomery whipping for the crowds after crashing on the upper part of the course.
Mike Montgomery whipping for the crowds.

Buehler dropping in for his first run. Last year he didn t want to do a second run this year he was so bummed to only get in one.

2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah

Brendog had his canyon gap dialled.
Brendan Fairclough had his canyon gap dialled.

The classic nac-whip from the only Brit representing in 2013. Fairclough had a great Rampage staying well away from the crash mats that were involuntarily installed by the event safety crew in the bottom of his canyon gap.

Perry Ferry getting roosty on his in run to the middle top section of the track.

Perfect invert-form from the man from an upside-down country. There were whispers McGarry would go for it and when he came screaming in it was clear it was on.
Kelly McGarry's huge canyon flip.

Winning run winning move. I wasn t really planning on doing the suicide on my first run but it just felt right so I threw my arms back for what felt like forever. -Kyle Strait.
Winning run, winning move from Kyle Strait in 2013.

Tom Van Steenbergen was the first to guniea pig the canyon gap and hit it nearly perfect.
In 2014 Tom Van Steenbergen was the first to guinea pig the canyon gap and hit it nearly perfect.

Kelly McGarry soaring off a hip high on the upper ridge before plunging into the meat and potatoes of his line.
Kelly McGarry soaring off a hip high on the upper ridge.

Brendan Howey.

Gulllevich hitting the on off step down.
Gulllevich hitting the on-off step down.

Makken Haugen at 2014 RedBull Rampage

Tom Van Steenbergen

Mitch Ropelato at 2014 RedBull Rampage
Mitch whipping it out in qualies.

Kyle Strait s no hander drop at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Kyle's massive 2014 no hander drop.

Kyle Strait on run number two with the super man off the RZR hit.

Cam Zink 360
Zink's 360 off the big drop.

Gully with a perfected suicide no hander.

Brandon Semenuk
Brandon with his signature style.

Tom VanSteenbergen s attempt at a front flip over the canyon gap at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Tom VanSteenbergen's attempt at a front flip over the canyon gap.

Paul Bas

Carson Storch sending it off the Go Pro sender with the suicide no-hander.

Andreu Lacondeguy drops into his finals run at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Andreu Lacondeguy drops into his finals run.

R-Dog. Suicide.

Remi Mettailler coming down his run with a ribbon of smoke following him.
Remy Metailler coming down his run with a ribbon of smoke following him.

Antoine Bizet at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA

R Dog with a ridge line no hander. R Dog stepped it up and showed that Doggy style and rode to ninth place today.
R Dog with a ridgeline no hander.

Reece Wallace spinning.
Reece Wallace spinning.

Graham Agassiz guinea pigging his start drop during the first run of qualifying. Unlike last year he stuck the landing and stomped the whole line.
Graham Agassiz guinea pigging his start drop during the first run of qualifying.

Will White.

Aggy. Massive.

Robbie Bourden at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Robbie Bourden going huge.

Claw cracking tables.
Claw, cracking tables.

Brandon the stealth bomber.

R Dog was throwing down the style.
R Dog was throwing down the style.

Bren-dawg is the new Cedric Gracia World Cup DH rider in the summer Rampage wild card at the end of the season.

Another DH racer with Rampage chops Remi Metailler throwing the suicide no-hander across the canyon gap.
Remi Metailler throwing the suicide no-hander across the canyon gap.

Front flip... check. Massive amplitude... check. Bizet halfway into his mad run.

Brett Rheeder s slopetyle influence really brought a lot of different style to Rampage with a trick fueled line.
Brett Rheeder's slopestyle influence really brought a lot of different style to Rampage with a trick fueled line.

Semenuk greasing the opening drop of his line effortlessly. The fact that he can make a drop like this look so casual is pretty mind blowing.

Aggy clicking those bars as far as they will go with his nasty style.

Sorge s second move of his winning run with backflip onto the ridge.
Kurt Sorge stomping his winning 2015 Rampage run.

T-Mac boosting down the mountain.
T-Mac boosting down the mountain.

Antione Bizet blasting through the moto woops.
Antoine Bizet blasting through the moto whoops.

Tommy G dropping off the end of the fin.
Tommy G dropping off the end of the fin.

Storch on the goblin. There is NOTHING like this in Bend OR so I ve no idea how Storch trains for stuff like this. Shit I ve no idea how anyone trains for stuff like this.

Aggy going airborn.
Aggy going airborn.

Zink s first go... It was a slight case but he rode it out well.

Carson Storch with a dirt exhaust tail soaring off the ridge.
Carson Storch with a dirt exhaust tail soaring off the ridge.

 The mustard slipped off the hotdog - Cam Zink

Brett Rheeder flat drop flipping on the lower mountain on his second run only to slip a pedal just soon after. Not the day for Rheeder but he still seemed to have a good day.
Brett Rheeder flat drop flipping on the lower mountain.

Do you even compress bro The Claw feels the G s off his own gargantuan design.
The Claw feels the G's.

T-mac living by Bender s life s too short not to motto.

Kurt Sorge dropped in after Aggy s heavy crash took it a bit easy off the drop but still placed well and didn t take a second run.

Brandon Semenuk on a flat spin mid way down and on his way to his second win at Rampage to join in with Strait and Sorge s two timer club.
Brandon Semenuk on a flat spin midway down and on his way to his second win at Rampage in 2016.

Ethan Nell s controlled powerful runs show experience beyond his years. Growing up in these mountains has certainly helped shape the way he interprets the Rampage terrain.

2017 Red Bull Rampage

2017 Red Bull Rampage

Sorge guinea pigs the fresh lip he and dig crew put together in the high winds of yesterday evening with flips in mind.

Zink tucks into the most heinously steep and prolonged chute in Rampage history.
Spot the rider.

The Claw stretching out for the fans.

TVS signature front flip radness.
TVS signature front flip radness.

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

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

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

Sorge eying up the big landing.

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

Brendan Fairclough took tenth and the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award.
Brendan Fairclough took tenth and the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award in 2018.

B-Sem slaying his rock tapper and roosting into the next section.

Nell hucks perhaps the sketchiest build on the hill featuring a kicker on a fractured piece of cliff.
Nell hucks perhaps the sketchiest build on the hill featuring a kicker on a fractured piece of cliff.

T-Mac threading the needle on his big drop.
T-Mac threading the needle on his big drop.

Andreu spinning like a boss on his stormer of a first run.

Young gun Reed Boggs with flip for the fans.

TVS was airing his big drop this morning. Maybe we re going to see something special here tomorrow

The European with a classic fully extended euro table.

Nose bonkin .
Nose bonkin'.

TVS going huge in morning practice.
TVS going huge in morning practice.

Brandon Semenuk hitting his rock lily pad at the top of his line.

Cam Zink with gargantuan front flip over his canyon gap.
Cam Zink with a gargantuan front flip over his canyon gap.

Aggassiz the majestic eagle.

Brandon Semenuk threw down a text book first run. When the dust had settled no one could best his 92.33
Brandon Semenuk threw down a textbook first run last year. When the dust had settled, no one could best his 92.33

Kyle Strait sends a massive Suicide near the top of his run. Kyle was on a scorcher of a second run when he crashed on the final step up. Strait would finish ninth.
Kyle Strait sends a massive suicide near the top of his run.

Brendog backflips his canyon gap on his way to fourth place.
Brendog backflips his canyon gap.

Emil Johansson took 12th at his first rampage.
Emil Johansson took 12th at his first Rampage.

Agassiz like a phoenix from the ashes.

Tommy G spinning into the start of his run.

Andreu sandstorming his way into the upper steeps of his first run.
Andreu sandstorming his way into the upper steeps of his first run.

TVS flipping his way into third place.

Cam Zink was one of only two people to flip the Price is Right drop.

Victory lap for Semenuk.
Victory lap for Semenuk.

Brendog conquering dwayne johnson.
Brendog conquering Dwayne Johnson.

Semenuk putting the icing on the cake for Rampage 2019 on his victory lap.
Semenuk putting the icing on the cake for Rampage 2019 on his victory lap.





23 Comments

  • 19 2
 Damn, I miss old rampage, its really obvious when it changed from more style, raw and steez, to tricks and big mountain slope-style, not to say it isn't entertaining but it has definitely removed some of the jank, that's why we love Brendog, keeping some of the 2015> spirit alive!
  • 3 0
 You‘re right
  • 4 0
 The only constant is change
  • 2 0
 rampage was literally the most slopestyle it ever was with wooden slopestyle features from 2012 - 2015 and there's no photos of rampage before that in here lol
  • 4 0
 @noahr2011: Your right, but that was some specific features, in between them it was proper freeride, with gnarly chutes, and janky take offs. I think that was the best balance, with some specificly made big hits, but really janky
s*it in between.
  • 1 0
 Yeah the 'old' venue with mcgazzas canyon gap and zinks monster flip Stepdown and Atherton s gap 2 wallride was iconic and the best, most varied, location. I know it had the most wooden features and it eventually got tapped out but still most memorable. The next venue was a bit too exposed although it did give us 'dwayne johnson' (or was that the one after?)
  • 1 0
 @fingerbangextreme: Totally agree with you, when I think rampage I think that location, and Brendogs "Dwayne Johnson" was the next location I think. I hope someday when the existing jumps and stuff have been naturally dismantled we can go back there as I think its better for riders and spectators, with bigger tricks and more oppotunitys.
  • 2 0
 @Jaib06: Less digging and no sandbags would bring a lot of the old spirit back. Of course the level is breathtaking, but already after two days the whole mountain is shaped with perfectly styled lines.

It should still be natural. I like backflip drops and all that stuff, but from natural terrain lips and landings!
  • 1 0
 @dh-corn: agree. Yesterday I watched some of the Rampages from the last 10 years and I noticed that during the most recent ones presenters were only speaking about tricks, and sometimes amplitude - it's just like riding served only as transfer from one trick to another. If you closed your eyes this could as well be Joyride commentary (except for Brendog). It's not what expect from Rampage...
  • 8 2
 C'mon Pinkbike, is this really all you've got?

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the free content. But you could have made this into a really cool article that told the stories of Rampage, instead of just a photo dump. Half these images don't even have captions. This could have been split into one article per venue, or per year, and I think people would have enjoyed reading the story of what happened that year. I would.

Or call up some of the riders who competed, get some audio clips of the highlights of each year. That would be awesome!

Rampage inspires us because it's full of so many moments where mountain biking progressed beyond what we thought possible. Where riders tried things hoping they would work, hoping they were even possible; and sometimes they were and sometimes they weren't. Let's get the story of Gee's line, his injury trying it and all the riders who took that bar and raised it. Let's get the story of the canyon gap Mcgazza flipped, from first hits to Tom's front flip and Sam's superman. People are still in awe of the Bender Sender from the original event but very few people were paying attention to how it all went down back then.

I just feel like there's a lot more mileage you can get out of Rampage than this photo epic.
  • 1 0
 No Rogatkin? That crash sequence was epic.

There's a sick side shot out there of Reed sending his huge booter last year too.

So much good stuff out there. Still bummed that this year got canceled. Bummed for us and bummed for the guys that were looking forward to riding it this year.
  • 3 0
 This really makes me miss watching rampage this yearFrown
  • 3 1
 Are we pretending rampage history started in 2012?
Would love to see some flashbacks to the first editions.
  • 1 0
 It seems you've forgotten about 2008 and 2010 as well.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: I consider them part of the 'first editions', not covered in this article.
  • 1 1
 @hubertje-ryu: Yeah.... sure.... haha, its OK you forgot about them. Everyone knows you mean the first, original venue where 2001-2004 took place.
  • 1 0
 Yet one of the best pics ever from rampage not included... Sam Reynolds superman over the canyon gap, that pic is something else!!
  • 2 0
 Some crazy beautiful pictures!
  • 2 0
 Can we have the Sam Reynolds canyon superman up there too please .
  • 1 0
 Wow, incredible photos and talented riders throwing down some really big moves, thanks pinkbike
  • 1 0
 The stills really gives everything a proper proportion
  • 1 0
 Man I wonder what it's like to watch irl
  • 1 0
 awesome pics

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