Pinkbike Primer: Everything You Need To Know Ahead of Red Bull Rampage 2021

Oct 11, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

After missing out on last year, Rampage is back for more huge freeride sends in the Utah desert.

The stacked lineup of riders are already scoping out and building their lines as we head back to the steep and wild 2016/17 venue. Some returning names will already have their previous lines at the venue, but we have already seen a few decide to build something new this year. Let's take a look at who has won this prestigious event in the past, the previous rounds at this venue, what the weather conditions look like, and who we think the favourites are to take the title in 2021.

The Venue

This year's event sees the competition head back to the venue used in 2016 and 2017. With some already established lines in the mountain, riders won't have a fully clean slate to create their lines. Before we get to fully see the creativity of this year's riders let's take a look back at the sends from the past events at this venue.



What Happened at the 2019 Event

2019 saw some incredible riding with Brandon Semenuk, scoring a 92.33 with a massive run that included a backflip into his lilypad feature. The score held, not just for the remainder of the first runs, but for the entire day. Semenuk became the second rider to win the event three times. Both Brandon and Kurt Sorge are back this year with their eyes set on the elusive four Rampage wins.

Previous Winners

Kurt Sorge surveys the kingdom that would be his by sundown.

2001 Wade Simmons
2002 Tyler Klassen
2003 Cédric Gracia
2004 Kyle Strait
2008 Brandon Semenuk
2010 Cameron Zink
2012 Kurt Sorge
2013 Kyle Strait
2014 Andreu Lacondeguy
2015 Kurt Sorge
2016 Brandon Semenuk
2017 Kurt Sorge
2018 Brett Rheeder
2019 Brandon Semenuk

Rider List

Tyler McCaul Superman Rampage 2016

- Szymon Godziek
- Tyler McCaul
- Ethan Nell
- Brandon Semenuk
- Carson Storch
- Kyle Strait
- Vincent Tupin
- Tom Van Steenbergen
- Andreu Lacondeguy
- Jaxson Riddle
- Kurt Sorge
- Brage Vestavik
- Cam Zink
- Thomas Genon
- Reed Boggs

Weather Forecast

Rampage returns to the scene of 2016 crimes against gravity.

The forecast for this week is looking pretty good, with conditions on Friday looking perfect for a day of hopefully uninterrupted runs. There does look to be a bit of rain on Tuesday but this may help bed in some of the new lines being built for this year.

Monday - Cool with intervals of clouds and sunshine; breezy in the afternoon // 20°C // 25% precipitation // wind 19km/h
Tuesday - Cloudy and chilly with a couple of showers // 9°C // 64% precipitation // wind 15km/h
Wednesday - Cool with plenty of sunshine // 11°C // 2% precipitation // wind 9km/h
Thursday - Sunny and cool // 12°C // 2% precipitation // wind 9km/h
Friday - Finals - Remaining cool with plenty of sunshine // 16°C // 1% precipitation // wind 7km/h

Weather forecast as of Sunday, October 10. Live updates from AccuWeather.

How to Watch


Pinkbike will be providing you with coverage from our team in Utah this week. Tune in to Pinkbike to catch photo epics, results, news and tech. You can catch the full event live stream on October 15 on Red Bull TV


- Red Bull TV Livestream, October 15 - 13:00 pm EDT // 10:00 am PDT // 18:00 pm BST // 19:00 pm CEST

Note: These times are subject to change. Please check with your local provider.

Pinkbike Predictions

"After a two-year break it is always hard to know who can put together the best run in an event as unpredictable as Red Bull Rampage. But we would put good money on Brandon Semenuk managing to take another win this year and become the first riders to win four Rampages after his success in 2016 at this venue and his win in 2019. With Brandon only competing in select events, you know he will want to pull out all the stops to put down another incredible run. Another rider who we expect something spectacular from is Andreu Lacondeguy. It's about time Andreu makes another top-three appearance, after his win in 2014 he has only made the top three in 2015 and 18. Andreu is always sending the biggest lines and is exciting to watch and we hope he has something special planned for this year's event. For third place, we're going to go with Kurt Sorge. He didn't have success in 2019, but last time the event took place at this venue in 2017, he took the win. With a great line to work with and tons of practice on his backyard dream jumps, we have a feeling he could put down a special run. "

1 // Brandon Semenuk
2 // Andreu Lacondeguy
3 // Kurt Sorge

Author Info:
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Member since Mar 16, 2017
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  • 113 2
 I reeeeeeaallly wanna see Andreu stick his run. Nobody rides these courses like him.
  • 21 0
 He's either top 3 or DNF.
  • 2 0
 Yep, may he Ride Loco.
  • 2 0
 Seriously. Such an aggressive rider but hard to keep it all together. I want to see him or Brage win. Love slopestyle but this should still be a freeride event.
  • 109 8
 1. Norbs 2. Got 3. Robbed
  • 26 57
flag BiNARYBiKE (Oct 11, 2021 at 22:06) (Below Threshold)
 1. Get 2. Over 3. It
  • 4 24
flag enduroNZ (Oct 11, 2021 at 23:39) (Below Threshold)
 Is Norbs your Mum?
  • 22 0
 Norby, as they call him
  • 5 18
flag CantClimb (Oct 12, 2021 at 6:06) (Below Threshold)
 Except he didn't. Got what he deserved.

"Down Votes Incoming"
  • 101 1
 Brage got Norbed
  • 1 0
 Pidcock got Armstronged
  • 76 2
 I'm just here waiting for the "Brage got robbed" comments.
  • 3 0
 I want to see him win, but you have to think that this being his first rampage, and it being a more manicured vs. raw course is against him. The safe bet of course is Semenuk. The man is on a whole different level to the point where he can make an insanely massive and terrifying course look like a set of dirt jumps...
  • 40 0
 I’m going to make a really bold call and predict Kyle Strait will do a suicide no hander!
And Semenuk will flip-whip his way to victory.
  • 5 0
 KS continually ups his big bike trick game, but nobody suicides like him. I predict a backflip suicide from Mr. Strait.
  • 1 0
 Oh sure, and I bet you think he'll do it on the biggest stepdown in his run too eh?
  • 32 3
 my prediction is Brage will get robed this year.
  • 79 0
 At least he gets a robe out of it. It would be worse if he got robbed.
  • 14 0
 All good as long as he doesn't get disrobed.
  • 2 0
 @pensamtb: as a second language orthography nazi, I totally approve your comment, there goes a like
  • 28 2
 How dare you put yet another Andreu runner up energy into the air... I'm always rootin for Andreu on those cliffs. His riding style truly is Rampage.
  • 28 9
 @edspratt: Since when is is anything Celsius in Utah?
  • 18 7
 Or speed in Km/h?
  • 37 2
 @edspratt: Could you please stop using units that actually make sense !!!
  • 9 0
 Speak American!!! Freedom units!!!
  • 16 0
 @nert: I believe the correct measurement for speed is hotdogs per hamburger
  • 10 0
 Fun fact…
Only 3 countries in the world do not use the metric system.
1. Liberia
2. Myanmar
3. United States
  • 8 1
 @fracasnoxteam: It’s a temperature scale based around the freezing point of seawater vs a scale based around the freezing point of water. Both seem arbitrary. What we really need is one based around the freezing point of beer.
  • 1 0
 @theedon: @theedon: "Cuz you never think of those other two as having their shit together" /s
  • 10 2
 @Hayek: In America, isn't the freezing point of your beer the same as water? You know, since they are one in the same.
  • 2 1
 @theedon: ...and huge aspects of the UK, but hey, I guess it doesn't fit your narative.
  • 2 0
 @juicebanger: that’s a really good point
  • 2 0
 @theedon: And the US military uses metric too, less chance of errors in combat.
  • 1 0
 @Hayek: It's a scale so you need a low point (freezing seawater you said) and a high point that is.... a total nonsense in the franheit case.
So considering your idea about calculated with beer, let's build it seriously. Low point with imperial stout and high point with TIPA ? What do you think ?
  • 18 1
 1. Semenuk 2. Lacondeguy 3. B-Rage
  • 12 0
 It’s surprising to me to see that Zink has only won once. Always a contender.
  • 1 0
 Was thinking exactly the same thing
  • 16 0
 is it fair to say he probably would've won in 2013 but was so buzzing after flipping the big step down that he couldn't physically trick anything after that
  • 1 0
 he's gotten 2nd at least twice though
  • 1 0
 He's kind of turned into the guy who has the single biggest feature/trick, which used to mean a podium but now is hugely discounted. Always fun to watch him ride though.
  • 13 1
 Come on Carson!!!! Make Bend, OR proud!!!!! You got this!
  • 8 0
 1. Semenuk 2. Riddle 3. Godziek
  • 16 0
 6.9 Bender
  • 4 1
 Brage for peoples choice!
  • 4 1
 We had 6 riders invited, so that was exciting. Best of luck to the boys! (Semenuk, VanSteenbergen, Zink, Riddle, Strait, Fairclough).
Will we get downvotes for bragging? go................. lol
  • 2 0
 Brage will ride a pretty original, natural line down the mountain but won't do opposite tricks so will be robbed. . . Just a guess. . . Sorry, wrong competition. I read that result in the internet.
  • 1 0
 Shit, we cant ride our bikes!
"All guests must take the shuttle to access the venue. Given capacity limitations at the venue and to ensure the safety of all guests, you may not hike or bike into the venue, and no motorized vehicles will be permitted. Please be courteous of others while on the shuttle"
  • 3 0
 1. Andreu 2. Szymon 3. Zink
Wait.. There isn't a medal predictor for this event?
  • 3 0
 Local boy Ethan
  • 3 0
 Let's go Brandon! He's the only one running a single crown for bar spins.
  • 4 2
 1.semenuk 2. Vestavia 3.sorge
  • 36 0
 1. shurter
  • 12 0
 Really excited to see Brage give it a go!
  • 4 0
 @LuvAZ: Same here. Guy is bonkers.
  • 2 0
 All the jokes about MVDP and Schurter, when it was Tom Pidcock that mentioned Rampage as a bucket list item, right?
  • 2 0
 @mtbracken: yeah I was wondering the same thing. I’ve only ever seen Pidcock say (jokingly, I’m pretty sure — hard to detect British sarcasm in print) he wanted to give Rampage a shot.
  • 1 2
 Semenuk has this year in the bag. Unless someone does something mindblowing in the higher up lines/natural sections. If Brage doesn't finish high he'll deffo get peoples or riders choice
  • 3 0
 Norbs got braged
  • 3 0
 Bren Dog got robbed
  • 2 0
 1) Nell 2) Storch 3) Brage
  • 1 0
 1. Semenuk
2. Zink
3. Godziek

4. Sorge
5. Strait

People's choice: Brage Vestavik
  • 1 0
 Any idea who will be judging this year?
  • 10 0
 Clearly not the public
  • 1 0
 1.Builders 2. Builders 3.Builders
  • 1 0
 1 - Brandon Semenuk 2 - Kurt Sorge 3 - Kyle Strait
  • 1 0
 ethan gonna slay
  • 2 3
 behar, messing, and hathaway because i spit hot fire
  • 4 4
 Rob got Norbed
  • 1 1
 Brendog got robbed
  • 2 5
 Brandon gonna drop that semen-nuke. Things will get messy

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