Red Bull Announces Date for 2018 Rampage

Jul 16, 2018
by Red Bull Bike  
When everyone expected a rematch with the 360 that spoiled Zink s 2016 Rampage we were treated to a flip.

PRESS RELEASE: Red Bull

The date has been set for the 2018 edition of the biggest show in freeride mountain biking: Red Bull Rampage returns to the Utah desert on October 26th. This fall, 21 of the world’s greatest freeriders will transform the unforgiving terrain of southern Utah into descending lines of form and function, with the goal of displaying the kind of riding that will place them at the top of the podium at one of the most arduous tests of fortitude on two wheels.

Red Bull Rampage veterans Kurt Sorge and Cam Zink top the list of returning riders this year after taking home gold and silver, respectively, in 2017. Ethan Nell, the hometown hero who took home third in 2017 plans to continue to show his growing skills on the the mountains outside of Virgin, UT. The question everyone wants answered is whether the tenure of athletes like Sorge, Zink and Semenuk can keep pace the new era of rippers, especially those with year-round exposure to the riding conditions of the arid Southwest and the totally new location for 2018.

The elite group of 21 riders will create their own handmade lines down the mountain without the use of power tools. As a result, no two rider’s path down the near-vertical sandstone ridges will be the same. In advance of the competition, the riders, along with their two-person build crews, will spend four days of building and then four additional days to practice in order to build their ultimate line in what is touted as one of the most intense contests in the world.

PRE-QUALIFIED ATHLETES FOR RED BULL RAMPAGE 2018
1. Kurt Sorge (CAN)
2. Cameron Zink (USA)
3. Ethan Nell (USA)
4. Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
5. Brett Rheeder (CAN)
6. Thomas Genon (BEL)
7. Carson Storch (USA)
8. Kyle Strait (USA)
9. Tyler McCaul (USA
10. Tom van Steenbergen (CAN)

Invited Wild Card and Alternate athletes to be announced.

Attendees of the 2018 Red Bull Rampage will have more than just the world class riding to look forward to watching, this year will feature more ways to enjoy your time in the Utah desert than ever. More information about the expanded consumer experience, improved ticketing packages and new location in the months to come. This year’s Red Bull Rampage promises to be the best experience yet.

#RedBullRampage
The event is supported by BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission, Go RVing, Camelbak, Polaris, PowerDot and Rocktape.

With a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul you won’t want to miss Red Bull Rampage live and on-demand on Red Bull TV on Friday, October 26th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at ​www.redbull.tv.


MENTIONS: @redbullbike



123 Comments

  • + 204
 That's not going to work for me. How about the following weekend?
  • + 70
 @dro-cfr got robbed!
  • + 7
 Ooooh... yeah see the following weekend wont work for me either. Its my dogs brothers kids birthday that day, so Im kinda caught with family then.
  • + 9
 www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/665/355/550

Up vote me and post this to Social media, maybe we can get RedBull to schedule 2019 on the weekend.
  • + 3
 @resnick: signed it broski
  • + 10
 @resnick: They schedule it for Fri so they have a couple days grace for weather delays. History has proven Mother Nature to be a wee fickle in those parts.
  • + 91
 Casey Brownnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
  • + 15
 That'd be awesome. It'd be history in the making.
  • + 5
 Casey Brown and Chelsea Kimball. Check her out on Instagram and go down a bit for her Utah riding @chelseasendsit @PHeller:
  • - 15
flag RedRedRe (Jul 16, 2018 at 22:24) (Below Threshold)
 Why Casey Brown? She is nowhere near the skill level.
  • + 18
 @RedRedRe: She's better than your skill level
  • + 1
 females are way too sensible for this
  • + 6
 @zyoungson: Eff that mentality. Back in history, there were plenty of men who said "women are too sensible to go into space" and "women are no-where near the skill level of male astronauts." "A woman could never swim across the Bering Straight" all kinds of "cants" that prevented women from even trying. History has allowed women to try, and society is better for it. A female run at Rampage doesn't need to be the biggest or the best, it just needs to be allowed to happen. Without inspiration there cannot be competition. I'd be really curious to know if someone like Casey Brown has even been invited?
  • + 2
 Heck ya, invite her down. No idea if she has any tricks up her sleeve, but it would be a hell of a thing to see her take a rip down one of those lines. #girlpower
  • + 1
 @femto505: i just stated what is ovious and not referring to my skills. But i can wheelie for more than 10 foot. Should i be in rampage too?
  • + 3
 @PHeller: why would A rider be invited just because of the gender? Is she in the top 20 people “applying” for the job? From what I have seen, she is not. By far. This is not to put down women, there are plenty that kicked men’s in competition- I can remember the French lady driving Audi group b winning pikes peak-pikes peak if u know what I mean-Jacque phelam early mtb hero. It is just about fairness of competition. If then people get invited because of social political (business) reasons, it is not a sport anymore but another master chef.
  • + 37
 Ok, I’ll be the first to say it. Jordie lunn NEEDS to get an invite.
He has proven himself to be one of the most creative and gnarly guys out there. He deserves to be in Rampage.

#jordielunnrampage2018
  • + 1
 Isn’t he smashed to bits like a bucket of crabs right now after Royal Fest?
  • + 31
 Brendog Fairclaw! Get him in! There’s unfinished business on that hill!
  • + 4
 He has said on vital raw podcast he doesn’t really fancy doing it again
  • + 2
 @Conanangus: good old brend, he’s come to his senses at last ! Silly event but very watchable lol
  • + 26
 Invite dj Brandt!
  • + 1
 that guy is savage! would love to see some half cabs on that hill
  • + 24
 Is there an E-bike category?
  • + 34
 Canyon Gap in reverse!
  • + 16
 Nope, article said "no power tools allowed"
  • + 5
 @dazzhotchkin: does that refer to bikes or thr riders?
  • + 1
 Robocop already did.
  • + 19
 Get Mr. Wallace in there!!!!
  • + 15
 "consumer experience." Sooo, the opposite of what bombing around Virgin is all about
  • + 9
 glamping it's coming...
  • + 7
 @ismasan: I'll be bringing my servant and cooler filled with caviar. Let me know if you end up going
  • + 14
 andreu lacondeguy? Nico Vink? What is this list?
  • + 11
 The top ten from last year get an automatic invitation. Lacondeguy and Vink weren't top ten. Doesn't mean that they won't get invited.
  • + 9
 A lotta slopestyle riders, don't whine later on when they do more corks and flips and less "true american original big mountain" Big Grin
  • + 4
 @damo: Pretty sure Nico was a judge last year
  • + 13
 Where is Bizet?
  • + 1
 I agree. He is the best,
  • + 12
 Didn't place top 10 last year. Its not rocket science kids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Bull_Rampage#2017
  • + 21
 Judges didn't want to be accused of robbing him again, so they just decided not to invite him to avoid the hassle. #BizetGotRobbed!
  • + 1
 @slayerdegnar: :'(, I want my mommy now.
Didn't knew about the rule, well he still got robbed last year so I hope he will compete this year
  • + 4
 @lobohusky: LOL when you kids think a double backflip is only what matters at Rampage.
  • + 2
 @scott-townes: Kids?! Haha. Dude, I'm older than you!

Full run, top to bottom, two back flips higher up on mountain, another front flip, followed by the double. Difficult line-choice (not most difficult), good flow, all of the ingredients of a much better score than achieved. I'm not saying he should've won, but 11th?! Go back and watch and tell me you still disagree. There's a reason he won the people's choice award, not kid's choice Wink www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdLgvqP2iss
  • + 1
 @lobohusky: Eh, goes to show knowledge of how events are judged doesn't come with age. His line choice was the safest/most basic way down. Yeah to you it looks super gnarly but compared to what everyone else was riding, it was not tech. This is a big mountain comp where the lines are judged far more heavily than a double flippy doo on the safest jump of the course. It was cool but fair score.
  • + 0
 @lobohusky: Oh and people's choice is bogus. Simon Dumont won a big air comp. with a double front flip over a double cork 12. It just so happens most voting have no clue what they're talking about.
  • + 2
 @scott-townes: I guess it also goes to show that humility doesn't come with age either. Terms like "super gnarly" and "flippy doo" go right up there in the sarcastic douche bag response category. And anytime you start a sentence with "it just so happens" when completely founded on an opinion makes you sound more 13 than 31. But hey, you keep fancying yourself an expert judge and the rest of us that vote for the people's choice award will continue to be in awe of the talent and gusto that these athletes exhibit at these events and reward them as such Smile
  • - 3
 @lobohusky: I'm sawy, did I hurt your sensitive feelings because I called out your bogus claim?
  • + 10
 Rampage in Utah one day then weeds legal in Canada the next. What a week thats gonna be.
  • + 10
 Nothing says mtb like that sponsor list...
  • + 12
 I think that shows how broad of an appeal this event has, as it is drawing non-mtb industry sponsors.
  • + 5
 Who do you think pays for things in sports like this? Until you are willing to pay massive ticket prices to go see the event live or shell out money to watch it on tv like other professional sports, be thankful for the sponsors. They are literally the only reason sports like mountain biking exist on a professional level.
  • + 9
 I want Rogatkin on wild card/invite please.
  • + 15
 He probably doesn't.
  • + 19
 @onemanarmy: It was only a tiny crash down a 30 ft. cliff face.
  • + 8
 @ZappBrannigan: Don't know about you but I crash like that every time I ride.
  • + 4
 Throw Blake Samson in this mix.
  • + 5
 @Xc2dh1:

Andreu Lacondeguy
Antoine Bizet
Pierre Edouard Ferry
James Doerfling
Graham Agassiz
Darren Berrecloth
Logan Binggeli
Reed Boggs
Conor MacFarlane
Rémy Métailler
Sam Reynolds
Kyle Norbraten
R-Dogg
BVS

How do you not invite one of those guys before Rogatkin?

I mean if he spoke up and asked to go I think he'd get an invite but I don't think he's gonna do that. Maybe next year.
  • - 4
flag twelvemonths (Jul 16, 2018 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 @onemanarmy: What about other British free riders? Tom Isted? He's a nutter he'd be great if Reynolds actually gave him a chance and invited him to dark fest
  • + 1
 @twelvemonths: I'm sure there's a lot more. That's just who I could think of.
  • + 1
 @twelvemonths: Haha! As decent as he is, he's barely been on the scene 5 minutes. Earning spots at these events is still a thing, whether they're comp based or not. You just have to go about earning those spots in different ways & the right ways...
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: Read the article. There will be 21 riders. The top 10 from last year are pre-qualified. That is what that list is.
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: Oh nevermind. I get what you're saying.
  • + 8
 please send it / please be safe
  • + 8
 #sendsafe
  • + 9
 Ok liver get ready!
  • + 2
 I went to Oktoberfest then came home and left for Rampage. Felt like I needed an AA meeting after that 3 week stretch.
  • + 5
 Please everybody make sure you have a proper passport this year. We all know there’s plenty of people who don’t have the proper ones already here.
  • + 1
 and if all of them decided to go back home, the country would collapse.
  • - 4
flag jrocksdh (Jul 16, 2018 at 15:44) (Below Threshold)
 @ismasan: ah, part of it already has.
Been to California lately, or look at the Financials, schools, hospitals..
Meanwhile in Canada....nope, turn around.
  • + 2
 There's always that one guy who slips in a political comment...
  • + 6
 Down to dig if anyone needs a person on their crew. -Matt
  • + 1
 The ride in and out of the venue is almost as entertaining as the event. hahaha A few days of riding around the Virgin area and then watching Rampage. Now THAT is a good vacation!!!!
  • + 1
 Are you still allowed to spectate practice/qualifying? I haven't been in like 6 years. I see the event is on Friday now instead of Sunday, so how does that work as far as how long to stay?
  • + 2
 I'll put it on my calendar. Make sure I have enough Xanax and beer to watch nervously and hope no one dies.
  • + 4
 LORD JESUS IT'S A FIRE
  • + 3
 DJ Brandt, Jordie Lynn for wild cards!
  • + 1
 Watching live? Nah... I'll going to see the highlights only... To be honest, the rampage has became a little bit bored year after year...
  • + 2
 No it hasn’t
  • + 1
 When are the finals? The 26th? or after the 4 days of building and the 4 days of training that is to say around the 3rd of November?
  • + 2
 When do tickets go on sale? And their website mentioned Andreu being pre qualified?
  • + 4
 I haven’t him in the mix in awhile. I hope he’s ok.
  • + 3
 The highlight of the year
  • + 0
 Seems like the biggest fail to have Graham Agassiz off the pre qualified list every year. Dude is a top dog in this game and should be given the nod without having to qualify every year.
  • + 8
 Why doesn't anyone understand that the top 10 from the previous year are pre-qualified? This isn't just some random list. It's literally the finishing order from last year.
  • + 0
 it didn’t use to be that way
  • + 1
 @theedon: there didnt used to be 40 guys capable of riding it either.
  • + 1
 Well I hope he makes the cut. @onemanarmy:
  • + 2
 Not that we need another Canadian on the list but Jordie Lunn please!
  • + 2
 Bizet got robbed... again
  • + 2
 Where's Andreu on that list?
  • + 5
 He finished 11th. Top 10 prequalify. I'm sure he'll get one of the remaining 10 spots.
  • + 3
 Procoregnar
  • + 1
 HAHAHAHA
  • + 1
 So I guess I’m taking that Friday off to watch this. Vacation day please.
  • + 2
 I just pray I can get tickets......love this event!
  • + 2
 Unbelievably stoked that Rampage is on my birthday this year
  • + 1
 Sup Rich! How's the real world treating you?
  • + 1
 Ratboy with a 50/01 build crew for the British comedy hour, f*cking ELL that’s steep !
  • + 2
 Szymon GODziek !!
  • + 1
 inb4 "its not a slopestyle contest, waaaaaaah"
  • + 2
 Norbraten comeback!
  • + 1
 BF Goodrich should make MTB tires.
  • + 2
 Jaws needs a turn.
  • + 1
 nice. i am really excited Big Grin
  • + 2
 MY BODY IS READY
  • + 1
 Where can you buy tickets from?
  • + 1
 So when do tickets go on sale and where.
  • + 1
 thanx for the headsup pb!
  • + 1
 Fingers crossed for that alternate list. I think I might have a chance.
  • + 1
 Needs more R-Dogg
  • - 1
 Bizet, Andreu, Brendog, DJ Shreda,Aggy, Doerfling....hey redbull, you forgot them on the "must be there list"
  • + 1
 Read the 812358 other comments explaining why they aren't there.
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