Photo Story: YT's Rampage in Review

Nov 1, 2018
by YT Industries  
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

New year, new venue & new Limits! A bigger site with more elevation and space offered endless creativity within the Utah Desert, it was definitely a winner amongst the Rampage riders! Surely there's a limit to the lengths these guys can go to… clearly not. Since the beginning of Rampage the development of riders and their impressive lines is incredible, its great to see a new site allowing the next step of development.

bigquotesI think the new site is awesome. Taller, steeper and less flat plateaus. All the lines had big moves on them and there was less 150-200 foot cliff exposure so riders could let 'er rip and really shred all the character in the terrain. Last year it looked like 2-3 cliff bands and this year looked like 4-5 cliff bands depending where you dropped. I really appreciated that this venue is more big mountain than ever!!Brett Tippie

After narrowly missing out on a win with Cam Zink last year we came back stronger than ever with a 5 man roster. Andreu Lacondeguy, Cam Zink, Ethan Nell, Jordie Lunn & Adolf Silva were at the helm for YT Industries.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
YT Industries roster for Rampage 2018 pictured with their custom TUES



Building their line

Although the new site offered endless possibilities its extremely difficult to imagine a line that can be finished in 9 days from a blank canvas. A big part of being an athlete at Rampage involves selecting your dig crew. Our team of 5 riders each have 2 members in their dig crew, but ultimately help each other out, because that's the mountain bike spirit, right?

bigquotesSelecting my dig crew, a huge part is just having good friends to be around for the week of digging keeping things fun and stress levels low.Ethan Nell

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Pictured: Ethan Nell & Adolf Silva digging together

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

bigquotesHaving had working diggers that can also ride and help you imagine the build is integral. Ray Syron and Trevor Boldi absolutely crushed it for me this year. We teamed up with Kyle Strait's team of Adam Billinghurst and Mitch Ropolato, as well as Carson Storch's team for the lower half.Cam Zink

Cam Zink even highlights that riders team up together to build their lines, is this a bid to keep morale high whilst working those long hours in the desert?



Practice

After just over a week of scrambling around the Utah desert to get their lines finished its time to start testing their creations, as we have seen in the past we have seen the wind play a massive factor in the riders hitting their biggest features, regardless the event must go ahead but it means even more limited time to practice. Some riders even drop into a Final run without hitting all the features on their line.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
One of the most talked about features of Rampage 2018, Adolf Silva, the rampage rookie making it look easy

Watch below as Adolf Silva hits the above drop for the first time.


Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

bigquotesHaving Rampage be a home event for me makes me even more stoked to ride. All of my friends and family are there and I feel very comfortable riding my home turf.Ethan Nell

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Cam Zink, One of the favourites after coming 2nd place in 2017. But unfortunately after building a sick line and practising it Cam had to withdraw from Rampage 2018 due to a recurring shoulder injury.


Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
bigquotesWe did everything we could my shoulder wouldn't cooperate. I'll be back next year with a fresh shoulder and we already have a line built!Cam Zink



The big day, Race day!

One of the most prolific events on the mountain bike calendar. Rampage puts mountain bike into the public eye.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Endless style from Andreu took him to 2nd place, narrowly missing 1st.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.





Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Local guy Ethan Nell took home his second 3rd place after a crazy run featuring a crazy flip early in his run

bigquotesFlipping my top drop was the biggest check off my list of things to do in my run. I don’t think I’ve ever been more stoked. I was more than over stressed about it before I dropped in for my run.Ethan Nell

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.





Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage rookie Adolf Silva unsurprisingly took the People's choice award! More things to come for this guy.
bigquotesFirst time ever here, so I'm super happy I made it top to bottom, I showed what I can do. I had lots of stuff in mind, I just hope to be back and prove to everyone that I can step it up.Adolf Silva



Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Unfortunately Jordie Lunn and his build team were sick all week, despite being sick they were able to build one of the craziest lines of Rampage 2018. He wasn't able to put a full run down, but we hope to see him back next year and shred the gnarly line he created!

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Rampage 2018 Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Thanks for the Good Times Rampage 2018! See you next year.

bigquotesIt’s always wild to be at a new venue and this year riders were racing time to finish their lines and practise them too. The night of the last practise day and the early morning practice before finals was limited due to some wind so some riders hadn’t even hit all their features on their line before finals! There was so many cliffs, gullies and shapes! It was so good and wild to see the level the riders have taken freeriding but it’s always nerve-wracking to see your buddies and teammates shred Rampage lines, especially when they are freshly built and in guinea pig stage! But then you have to remind yourself these guys are professionals and love this shit!!Brett Tippie

Photos: Ale Di Lullo


28 Comments

  • 43 2
 This year's Rampage didn't disappoint, except scoring on Brendog's line. So so underrated
  • 15 4
 #brendoggotrobbed
  • 4 0
 Ya - my opinion, for all that it's worth - is that Rheeder deserved the win, but damn Fairclough still got robbed.
  • 3 8
flag holdandhope (Nov 2, 2018 at 2:28) (Below Threshold)
 Another fanboy who thinks he knows more than the rampage judges....
  • 1 1
 @holdandhope: Judges aren't infallible and the first complete run regardless of the discipline always gets scored low so I felt he was a bit underscored as well... only a bit though... like he wasn't exactly robbed but rather ripped off at the local auto shop.

Btw watch the replay of Jordie's first run and pause it just before or right when Cam mentions his canyon gap. Its hard to see but when you spot his takeoff, its complete f*ckery. I hope he is invited back next year.
  • 3 1
 @holdandhope: well half the internet must be a fanboy, almost the entirety of people who watched agree the line was Banger, but the score did not reflect well
  • 22 0
 5 riders in Rampage. Love that YT supports freeriders as well as DH
  • 8 0
 Perfect time for YT to release the 26 Tues. I'm holding my breath.......Don't let me die.
  • 1 0
 It would be amazing if YT would sell the rear triangles they're laying up for the pro's so the rest of us could run 26's.
  • 6 0
 Best Rampage yet! Huge lines, safe crashes, and great atmosphere.
  • 5 1
 The hair metal wig gimmick is kinda corny but big ups to YT for pushing in the right direction: FUN AND DANGER! Full support for YT - just picked up a TUES.
  • 3 0
 (not) Sorry for partying! Congrats on the Tues!
  • 1 0
 @LoganKM1982: Yep - first thing I put on are some Sensus grips!
  • 5 0
 So Lunn didn't do his second run due to illness? Hopefully we'll see hem back next year, that guy is an animal!
  • 4 0
 Watching him walk up and down during practice he looked like death. Totally bummed out for the guy, hope they give him another shot!
  • 5 0
 Adolf Silva should have scored higher. He definitely was in full send mode with some of the biggest features!
  • 4 0
 It was an amazing event to watch at times nerve-wracking, just something else out of the ordinary.
  • 4 0
 Sooo many people picked Jordie to podium in that fantasy contest too.
  • 1 0
 Love that company for long, and love their riders! I owned two Tues before, now my Capra serves well for most purposes Smile
Good times! Being at Rampage in 2015 I think I have to come back next year finally!
  • 1 0
 the trophy its amazing. And 26ër still alive, thnks YT and his freeriders
  • 1 0
 Great shot of Jordie. And the look he's getting. The guy deserves so much respect.
  • 1 0
 Cams final trick, insane!
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