Red Bull Rampage 2014: A Blank Canvas

Sep 25, 2014
by Danielle Baker  
 
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RED BULL

A BLANK CANVAS

RAMPAGE

A blank canvas, a blank page, a new Rampage site, all are things that can be overwhelming in their vastness. This year athletes have the opportunity to create their own unique lines from top to bottom without influence of years gone by. There are no ghosts of crashes, wins or big tricks here, just brand new, untouched terrain in a more dynamic new landscape. As exciting as the opportunity is, it is also a daunting task to build so much in so little time, perhaps this is why a lot of the riders are teaming up to build lines together. There is strength in numbers and also less politics and chances of line stealing. As outside media was officially allowed on course yesterday, Margus and Sterling were finally able to dig in and get the goods from the new site.

tarantula at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Meet the locals, they were here first.

dust from builds at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  The dust takes to the air as builders work furiously to finish up.

For last five days the builders and athletes have been playing in the worlds biggest sandbox. Today was a good day to take a hike around and see the magic.

Tools of the trade.
  Tools of the trade.

randy spangler head builder at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Randy Spangler, Head Builder, brings the goods.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Water, a necessity, being continuously hauled to the site.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Semenuk surveys the site.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Chipping away at the terrain.

Red Bull rampage 2014
  Dirt moving.

Shovel.
  Shovel.

Shape.
  Shape.

Before.
  Pack.

The shape of things near the bottom section of the venue.
  The shape of things near the bottom section of the venue.

Dig chip shape pack and water. Move on to the next one and repeat.
  Dig, chip, shape, pack, and water. Move on to the next one and repeat.

Red Bull rampage 2014
  Tracks are starting to show as the build stage is nearing its end.

Gang signs of Rampage. Riders were very protective of their lines. This means we re done with this don t mess with it.
  Gang signs of Rampage. Riders were very protective of their lines. This means: we're done with this, don't mess with it.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  The new site is appearing to be a lot more dynamic than previous years.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Doing a little course clearing, this year there is more vegetation to contend with.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Intern helping dial in Brandon Semenuk's line.

Dusty waterfalls.
  Dusty waterfalls.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Howey taking a much need siesta during the work day.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Aggy and his crew take a break in the athlete's tent.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Norbs sussing out some line options.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Dirt showers for everyone.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Brendog demonstrating on course safety.

Stuntman-of-the-day award goes to German photog Jens Staudt. While climbing a steep pitch trying to get set up for a shot the boulder that he was holding on to let go. Both him and the boulder dropped over 25ft. Lucky for him there just happened to be be a massive mound of sand at his landing. The only injury he got was a sand-blast to his face and camera gear.
  Stuntman-of-the-day award goes to German photog, Jens Staudt. While climbing a steep pitch, trying to get set up for a shot, the boulder that he was holding on to, let go. Both he and the boulder dropped over 25ft. Lucky for him, there just happened to be be a massive mound of sand at his landing. The only injury he got was a sand-blast to his face and camera gear.

the gnar step downs at the top at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Gnar step downs at the top at course.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Team work.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  This isn't a fashion contest, but if it was, this guy.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  With more riders and a smaller area to work in, build teams are everywhere.

Bourdo looking over the course.
  Bourdo looking over the course.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Aggy and Semenuk discuss where direction is east.

Branden Howey was one of the first riders to get on his bike today. Howey always one to just step up and send.
  Branden Howey was one of the first riders to get on his bike today. Howey, always one to just step up and send.

Mike Hopkins was one to start work early today. Here he is lining up one of his landings.
  Mike Hopkins was one to start work early today. Here he is lining up one of his landings.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Aggy checks the course from another angle.

Mads Makken Haugen is no stranger to going big. Here he is off the Go-Pro step-down. It s good to see him back from his injuries burly as ever.
  Mads "Makken" Haugen is no stranger to going big. Here he is off the Go-Pro step-down. It's good to see him back from his injuries, burly as ever.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Andreu Lacondeguy testing out his line.

R-dog.
  R-Dogg.

Branden Howey. Jesus christ pose.
  Brendan Howey, Jesus Christ pose.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  Andreu feeling the heat after a long day digging.

Red Bull rampage 2014
  The dust settles at the end of the day.

at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
  The sun sets on the last full day of digging, tomorrow seasoning will be a big priority.

Check out all of our images from the Red Bull Rampage 2014 here.
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53 Comments

  • + 75
 Its funny how the rampage is for me what the world cup, super bowl or other major sporting events are for millions of others.... one of the only times I will actually spend my time with a bunch of buddies huddles around a screen to watch a sporting event! Every year I am excited and the community of stoke worldwide for an amazing event is awesome to see.
  • + 10
 If you haven't been doing this for the WC, you've been doing it wrong.
  • + 16
 He was referring to the soccer/futbol World Cup, not DH...
  • + 11
 ^ thanks for clarifying
  • + 30
 what is the soccer WC you speak of...
  • + 1
 Went in this week to ask for monday off to watch Rampage like last year and it falls on the Queens Bday and Aussie Rules Grand Final long weekend.
  • + 7
 Yeah, lets stop talking about soccer... we Brazilians don't like it!!!
  • + 6
 We Germans do hahahaha
  • + 6
 haha... and well deserved man... fair and square!!! Go Germany!!!
  • + 27
 Can't say how bummed out I am that Bizet can't ride this year...he said last Rampage in two different interviews that he was considering trying a double backflip, and him not getting his second run last year must have deprived us of great things. Next year!
  • + 3
 Saw his pic is he just watching?
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e
probably, his kidney is healing, so I think he helps builders
  • + 21
 Aggy and Lacondeguy already going huge!!
  • + 10
 according to the direct line andreu lacondeguy is taking, his run will be 20 seconds long.
  • + 8
 Would still be the craziest 20 seconds of the event.
  • + 6
 his super technical, straight lines always impress me the most (and what ever zink is doing ofc)
  • + 29
 I actually fear for zinks life every rampage
  • + 12
 I fear for everyones' lives every rampage.
  • + 3
 Imagine being Zink´s wife..
  • + 5
 the sheer rawness of these lines is so stunning. Not to take anything away form how the old site developed over the years, but this fresh start makes it that much more impressive and exciting for me. It should steer this years competition more towards big mountain and big hits and help with judging.
  • + 9
 awesome pics!
  • + 3
 Andreu's picture is AMAZING. congrats Sterling
  • + 3
 gold after gold. amazing pics
  • + 7
 I want to see a bikes of Rampage. Is it available on any other biking website?
  • + 5
 Mostly enduros and 29ers with a sprinkling of fixies and fatbikes. ... just kidding I would like to see some bike setups too!
  • + 1
 With all tuning data : number of clicks for rebound settings for example. All we need is pure detailed data !
Thx.
  • + 3
 Gosh anybody who looks at their sport and thinks it's hardcore, needs to take a look at Rampage (or MTB in general)... The incredible risk these guys put on their bodies is beyond any other thing I know of on this earth. Hats off to those who do it, and also for putting on one heck of a show for us groms! Big Grin
  • + 6
 its up there with the Isle of man TT
  • + 2
 gotta love watching Guy Martin 6 inches from a stone wall at 100MPH
  • + 3
 200mph*
  • + 2
 Yes Isle of Man TT is actually worse the Rampage. It's not unusual that a couple of guys die every year.
  • + 7
 that pic of howey dropping
  • + 2
 The pics are stunning, the tricks those guys do are wicked. Yet, I feel a bit sad that the freeride part is slowly diminishing. All that line preparaions, building kickers, cutting bushes away... Soon it will be just another slopestyle place, I am afraid.
  • + 5
 really looking forward to watching the finals
  • + 3
 Gonna be there in 5 hrs!!!!! GO MITCH!!!!
  • + 3
 shit, what ever you do, don't bail on a local !!!!!
  • + 3
 Who else is stoked for rampage?!

It's gonna be fekkkkin sickkkk
  • + 3
 Sterling always capturing the vibe of events, nice work
  • + 2
 I really wish we could get a couple overview shots of the whole venue.

Photogs? Pink Bike? Hook us up?
  • + 0
 So who was it again that commented how we weren't gonna see any huge tricks over the gopro stepdown? I think Aggy was looking for you.
  • + 3
 That was not the GoPro step-down it was another wooden feature that looks the same (with Red Bull on it) but it is not the step down.
  • + 1
 yeh it looks more vertical than the old site. wild thing, guys dont screw it.
  • + 1
 Looks like they're having fun!
  • + 1
 so stoked.....can't wait.
  • + 1
 Anyone know why Garett Buehler is not riding Rampage?
  • + 1
 Come on pink bike, we need pics of these rigs the guys are riding!
  • + 3
 The bikes of rampage photos will be up soon!
  • + 1
 With all detailed settings and tunings ?!
  • + 0
 Don't tell the environmental whakos. They will try to shut this place down ASAP because of that Spider. Ridiculous.
  • + 1
 There is a satyr in the first pic.
  • + 1
 fantastic photos.
  • + 1
 Sicks pics man

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