Red Bull Rampage 2014: Looking Back - Aggy

Oct 10, 2014
by Danielle Baker  

bigquotesOver the past few years it has been my main goal and focus to stand at the top of the podium at Rampage. Last year was a close one, with a little over excitement it literally slipped out of my hands. This year I had never felt so confident in making this dream of mine a reality, after my 2nd qualifying run I knew I could amp it up even more for finals. But, when I crashed that feeling changed pretty drastically.

Graham Agassiz dials in lines with Semenuk at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Aggy was on fire today and going bigger than anybody.
Taylor Brad and Ron make quite the team with Aggy at RedBull Rampage 2014.
at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.

bigquotesI definitely feel like I had one of, if not, the best build crew out there as far as experience and past history. And now they have built two winning Rampage lines, Sorge's in 2012 and Andreu's this year. Not bad.

Graham Agassiz s builders Ron Taylor and Brad at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.

bigquotesTaylor has been coming to Rampage with me since 2010, and originally was brought along as my mechanic, but he is no stranger to building lines. Brad first came on board in 2012 and is pretty much known across the globe now. He just goes and goes and goes. Ron came along this year also and is very smart when it comes to speed and distances. Together these boys are pretty much the dream team, and damn do they work hard! It's nice to be able to get some practice in and be fully confident in what they are working on.

Graham Agassiz and his builders at RedBull Rampage 2014.
at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.
Aggy guinea pigging his upper drop for the first time during qualifiers and came up a bit short after not coming in with enough speed. Came out alright from it and will hopefully have another shot tomorrow morning at it.

bigquotesI guinea pigged the drop in my first qualifier run and I learned pretty quickly that I needed to go a little faster.

Aggy looking a bit dusted and dazed after stacking off his intro drop.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Graham Agassiz after the crash at RedBull Rampage 2014.

bigquotesMy first thought was the biggest feeling of failure. After working that long and that hard on a line and to just totally blow it like that, I was so bummed. But, it happens.

Aggy popping off a few afternoon rounds.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Aggy s first drop on his run was big and exposed. Here he is making it look way too easy. The man is and animal.
Aggy was looking dialed during his practice session.
Aggy sending it during qualifying and putting down one of the most energetic runs of Rampage so far.
Aggy at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Holy shit mountain bikers are going as big as skiers only there s no soft snow to land on. Aggy the man.

bigquotes[My second qualifier run] was honestly the greatest feeling that I have ever experienced. When I came rolling towards the finish line and everyone was running towards me, I couldn't help but tear up. The whole build up into that day was an emotional roller coaster, I feel like I definitely put my soul and mind to the test that day.

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Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.
Aggy goes number one
Not content with first in the qualifiers Aggy joins the afternoon jump session.

bigquotesIn practice after qualifying there was a session on the RZR ramp with a few of us. I over rotated a three and bailed out, because of the tacky soil only one leg slid and the other hooked up and buckled in funny. It turned out that my MCL came very close to tearing off but luckily it was just a pretty minor sprain.

Morning warmup with Aggy.
Aggy flat-spin three off the Hoff fest-sized RZR jump...a 42ft gap.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.

bigquotesI went to bed that night praying for it to be better in the morning, but after a sleepless night with pain and worry, I knew deep down it was over. I could hardly walk and the pain when touching the area brought me to my knees. I made the decision to pull out of the event pretty quickly so that whoever was next in line from qualifying could get ready in time to ride finals.

the bummer news of the morning Aggy s knee is too hurt to compete. RedBull Rampage 2014.
at 2014 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah.

bigquotesI broke down inside, I felt so close and I had worked so hard. There is always next year.

Aggy and crew.


  • 242 2
 Epic format, amazing pictures. Aggy is a warrior.
  • 85 0
 Damn this format with those photos is Amazing !!
  • 69 1
 This is the layout pinkbike should keep for the world cup photo epics - makes you really absorbed into the scale of what these guys are doing!
  • 9 0
 its almost like if buzzfeed wasn't a complete pile of trash! but seriously, I really hope he has better luck next year. every year he has the best lines but something strange happens. good to hear it wasn't anything serious.
  • 4 1
 Those last quotes were hard to read, yet made me super hyped to see him come back next year. The guys a beast, I have a feeling he won't disappoint!
  • 2 0
 that drop is so damn big, that i cant see it on my monitor cause it doesnt fit because of his length ........ LOL
  • 6 0
 Youre the man Aggy! Mads props dude.
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flag holyrider3 (Oct 11, 2014 at 2:02) (Below Threshold)
 Aggy is a sell out
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flag scott-townes (Oct 11, 2014 at 6:14) (Below Threshold)
 #letaggysellout !!
  • 5 0
 What ^^^? Aggy is the man. His style is like no other. May his beard and long locks grant him even more style and gnar. Good luck to you.
  • 6 0
 Until ya'll can ride like him, Aggy is far from a sell out.
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  • 72 1
 i love his sportsmanship. where he says he backed out as quick as possible to allow the other rider to prepare. got so much respect for aggy as an athlete man. hope he crushes it next year
  • 41 0
 lovin this new format.....oh yeah, aggy is cool too
  • 29 1
 LOVE the borderlessness, looks awesome.
  • 20 0
 I know Aggy is bummed about not being able to compete in the finals, being that rampage is a competition, but as a spectator, rampage is not so much about results in my eyes, and more about who really stood out and was holding it wide open. Practice, qualifying, finals, whatever; He absolutely killed it this year!! Aggy and Lacondeguy produced an incredible line, and rode it flat out, and that's what I will remember. No regrets Aggy! You slayed it out there and left everyone in awe.
  • 5 0
 I agree. I was there in person and honestly I didn't even follow the scores. I was just so pumped to see each rider hit their lines. The vibe was super chill with all the spectators.
  • 13 0
 Forget other bike websites, no other action sport website (snowboard, ski, skate, surf) even comes close to the quality of photographs on Pinkbike. Unbelievable.
  • 12 0
 Perhaps the real reason Aggy's leg is Tweaked?? Another SRAMmed rider?
  • 9 0
 You have broken the case wide open! Poor Aggy, a slave to his sponsors so is shackled with these lies, but thankfully the truth is out. Shout it from the rooftops! Aggy would have won Rampage if it wasen't for sub par, ugly looking Sram cranks.
  • 1 2
 Not really.

At least half of the riders are on the same cranks.
  • 10 2
 It was depressing to hear he wasn't going to ride in the finals..Hi second qualifying run was definitely the best of the contest..Can't wait to see him kill it next year.
  • 12 2
 Aggy is still a winner in my book. always has good vibes
  • 4 1
 Aggy - super bummed you didn't get to ride this year. I was pulling for you from CT! The fact that you pulled the plug so soon that morning so that the next in line could get ready says all we need to know about you and what kind of person you are. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep on keeping on! Cant wait for your run next year!
  • 5 1
 Really like the new format! Hope the WC-Photo-Epics gonna look like that next year! And big props to Aggy, thers always a next Rampage..
  • 5 0
 They shouldn't be qualifying but Final Day 1 and Final Day 2. IMO, Aggy won Day 1, Andreu won Day 2.
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 For sure the biggest "what if" from this contest. Since he and Andreu shared a line, it would have be interesting to see who would have come out on top m
  • 1 0
 All due respect to Andreu, but I think Aggy would have...
  • 2 0
 I think I agree. . Aggy seemed to be going bigger on some of the other jumps.. Would have made for a good contest.
  • 1 0
 Aggy goes huge with tons of style, true fans have huge respect for him even if he crashed out, the finals were scored and announced like a fuckin joke anyway. keep on going big and inspiring us normal riders AGGY
  • 4 0
 AGGY = RAD !!!!!
  • 3 1
 you awesome man! really gutted we didnt get to see him rip it up in the finals. great article by the way!
  • 3 0
 Watch these posts in full screen mode. Its unreal!
  • 2 0
 The new format is awesome. bummed for Aggy he is is such a positive person and a great rider
  • 4 1
 Pinkbike makes all other sites painful to look at. Thanks!
  • 3 1
 yes always next year you got it aggy ! your the man
  • 3 0
 Me likey big photos
  • 1 0
 The Kamloops region isn't on the radar for nothing... 2, 4, 10,12, 20 yrs ago...there's something in our water Wink
  • 2 0
 Aggy could easily land a role in Game Pf Thrones with that beard
  • 6 4
 Your stache is trash, your beard is weird.
  • 5 0
 Negative props are probably people not realizing you are quoting a just for men TV commercial. I caught the reference though
  • 1 0
 No other Mountain bike contest I watch only the "Red Bull Rampage", other events not as difficult and challenging as this.
  • 1 0
 This layout looks awesome. The lack of margins or something gives my Hover Zoom widget (in Chrome) the shits though.
  • 1 0
 Aggy is a true sender. I wish I had a fraction of the control that dude has on a bike. Very cool dude.
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 "I broke down inside" Sad to read that but then to have it followed up by the 4-wheeler pic...awesome.
  • 2 0
 loving the new format! all it needs now is for the page to scroll for you.
  • 1 0
 Uber props to Aggy (no explanation needed) and Danielle for taking the photo essay to another level on PB!!
  • 1 0
 Can you go riding in that spot? or is it like a natural reserve area?
  • 2 1
 Good luck Next 2015 Aggy, you can do it, it is your time to shine.
  • 3 1
 Dat masseuse doe...
  • 1 0
 Great CSS work on this page. Wink
  • 1 0
 Good things come to those who wait. -Mark Twain
  • 1 0
 Awesome to hear honesty , compassion , and emotion . C u next year
  • 1 0
 The 1st Picture shows well the domination
  • 1 0
 You are the man Aggy. Tough luck buddy. Next year is yours!!!!
  • 3 2
 Next Year Buddy !
  • 1 0
 captain beardface!
  • 2 3
 I've said if before and I will say it again: Aggy is the Gandalf of freeride! #gandalfoffreeride
  • 1 0
 What a champ
  • 1 0
 .....but looks like a tramp.
  • 1 0 year..!
  • 1 0
 next year go!!!! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Respect, G.A.
  • 1 0
 Long live Agassiz!
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