Red Bull Rampage 2014: Qualifiers Part Deux Photo Epic

Sep 29, 2014
by Danielle Baker  
 
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RED BULL

HERE COMES THE SUN

RAMPAGE

The Red Bull Rampage Qualifiers continued today with a tacky mountain and only a few puddles to side-step and vehicles to dig out. The sound of shovels reshaping and packing lines echoed through the canyon early, but everything had remained surprisingly intact and survived the 24 hours of rain. By the time qualifiers started the sun was shining and everyone was breathing a little calmer to know that the show would go on. Aggy essentially ended the day with a bang, after crashing in his first run on Friday, he stomped his second run and landed a first place qualifying spot for finals. Seeing only a fraction of what's in store for tomorrow, we can't wait for the sun to come up!

After yesterday s torrential rain seeing the venue bathed in warm light at the crack of dawn was a sign that things had turned around for the Rainpage .
  After yesterday's torrential rain, seeing the venue bathed in warm light at the crack of dawn was a sign that things had turned around for the "Rainpage".

The venue opened at 9am sharp and athlete support vehicles and athletes were soon tearing ass up the road to assess damage on the hill repair and re-pack landings and get qualifications in the bag.
  The venue opened at 9am sharp and athlete support vehicles and athletes were soon tearing ass up the road to assess damage on the hill, repair and re-pack landings, and get qualifications in the bag.

rain in the desert
  Rain in the desert.

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Aggy and team.
  Aggy and team arriving.

Three radios and pagers... Yeah he s the head of safety on the hill.
  Three radios and pagers... Yeah, he's the head of safety on the hill.

Mike Hopkins getting ready for his second run and second chance for a spot in the finals.
  Mike Hopkins getting ready for his second run, and second chance for a spot in the finals.

Kyle Jameson working over Aggy before practice I took a course in massage therapy when I was 18 but today s the first time I ve actually used what I know. Ladies--Kyle will be available by appointment starting Tuesday morning after the Rampage is in the books.
  Kyle Jameson working over Aggy before practice: "I took a course in massage therapy, when I was 18, but today's the first time I've actually used what I know." Ladies--Kyle will be available by appointment starting Tuesday morning after the Rampage is in the books.

Mitch Chubey eyeing his line.
  Mitch Chubey, eyeing his line.

Early morning had riders sussing out damages from the rain which were minimal and putting on finishing touches.
  Early morning had riders sussing out damages from the rain, which were minimal, and putting on finishing touches.

the dirt is amazing after all the rain at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  The dirt is amazing after all the rain.

The site held up considerably well after yesterday s monsoon. Most of the damage was to the big landing zones which got a little rutted but most everything else just needed a packing and some sun.
  The site held up considerably well after yesterday's monsoon. Most of the damage was to the big landing zones, which got a little rutted, but most everything else just needed a packing, and some sun.

Spangler and Smutok pack in the Polaris booter landing after a heavy day of rain. Surprisingly the dirt and everyone s runs stayed in good shape given that it poured 3 inches of rain yesterday.
  Spangler and Smutok pack in the Polaris booter landing after a heavy day of rain. Surprisingly the dirt and everyone's runs stayed in good shape given that it poured 3 inches of rain yesterday.

The rain left the venue semi trashed but for the diggers it was absolutely the best quality dirt available for rebuilding. In next to no time the venue was good to go.
  The rain left the venue semi trashed, but for the diggers it was absolutely the best quality dirt available for rebuilding. In next to no time, the venue was good to go.

Gully had some issues with one of his jumps so he made a new one.
  Gully had some issues with one of his jumps, so he made a new one.

intern and semenuk team work at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Intern and Semenuk team work.

Aggy scopin at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Aggy scopin.

VanSteenbergen and Herbertson discuss big air at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Van Steenbergen and Herbertson discuss big air.

Taylor Brad and Ron make quite the team with Aggy at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Taylor, Brad and Ron make quite the team with Aggy.

Todd Barber with the am safety meeting. No not that safety meeting but the one where he gives the ground rules on the second half of qualifying.
  Todd Barber with the am safety meeting. No, not that safety meeting, but the one where he gives the ground rules on the second half of qualifying.

Chris Van Dine following in on Bourdon s line.
  Chris Van Dine following in on Bourdon's line.

Chuby styling out his step down
  Chubey styling out his step down

Mitch Chubey at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Mitch Chubey.

Mitch Chubey 11th qualifier today and will still practice and be on call as an alternate if need be.
  Mitch Chubey 11th qualifier today and will still practice and be on call as an alternate if need be.

Mitch Chubey was .5 points away from getting a spot in the finals. His sticking around though as he now becomes one of two alternates. I don t want anyone to get hurt but if the situation happens then I will step in and try my best.
  Mitch Chubey was .5 points away from getting a spot in the finals. His sticking around though, as he now becomes one of two alternates. "I don't want anyone to get hurt, but if the situation happens, then I will step in and try my best."

Jeff Herbertson dropping in through the Notch.
  Jeff Herbertson dropping in through the Notch.

Jeff Herb rampaging into the canyon gap and fourth place in the qualifiers.
  Jeff Herb, rampaging into the canyon gap and fourth place in the qualifiers.

Paul Basagotia qualifying fifth today.
  Paul Basagotia, qualifying fifth today.

Rheeder spent a good chunk of time carving the rollin on this drop so he could creep right up to the edge before dropping this monster. It was huge..
  Semenuk spent a good chunk of time carving the rollin on this drop so he could creep right up to the edge before dropping this monster. It was huge.

Rheeder.
  Rheeder.

Rheeder was like a precision instrument out there this afternoon dialing everything in for tomorrow
  Rheeder was like a precision instrument out there this afternoon, dialing everything in for tomorrow

Brett Rheeder 270 at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Brett Rheeder 270.

Brett Rheeder backflip at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Brett Rheeder backflip.

Rheeder.
  Rheeder.

Brett Rheeder underflip
  Brett Rheeder underflip.

Brett Rheeder look through flip.
  Brett Rheeder look through flip.

Rheeder.
  Rheeder.

Thomas Genon was impressive on course today. Who would have thought that a dirt jumper can so easily and quickly adapt to big mountain riding.
  Thomas Genon was impressive on course today. Who would have thought that a dirt jumper can so easily and quickly adapt to big mountain riding.

Mike Hopkins dropping in and not getting what he wanted out of his third attempt down the mountain after getting a re-run after yesterday.
  Mike Hopkins dropping in and not getting what he wanted out of his third attempt down the mountain after getting a re-run after yesterday.

louis reboul at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Louis Reboul.

Nicolai Rogatkin never hit the canyon gap before his second qualifying run. What do you know the kid aced it.
  Nicolai Rogatkin never hit the canyon gap before his second qualifying run. What do you know, the kid aced it.

Nick Rogatkin putting some finishing touches on his run in the early morning sunshine.
  Nick Rogatkin putting some finishing touches on his run in the early morning sunshine.

Gully warming up this morning on the soft dirt to make sure his speed will be enough to make the jumps.
  Gully warming up this morning on the soft dirt to make sure his speed will be enough to make the jumps.

Gully at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Gully.

Gully one-handed table on the bottom section of the course.
  Gully, one-handed table on the bottom section of the course.

Gully.
  Gully.

Gully was locked and loaded with a big bag of tricks for his second qualifying run. Corked three off his Zoe drop.
  Gully was locked and loaded with a big bag of tricks for his second qualifying run. Corked three off his "Zoe" drop.

Bernard Kerr is new to Rampage and also new to big mountain riding. Bernards s roots are in racing and his line was a good example of that...Fast and pretty much straight down the mountain.
  Bernard Kerr is new to Rampage, and also new to big mountain riding. Bernards's roots are in racing, and his line was a good example of that...Fast and pretty much straight down the mountain.

Symon Godziak qualifying sixth overall and looking solid sailing over the canyon gap.
  Szymon Godziak qualifying sixth overall, and looking solid sailing over the canyon gap.

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  Aggy hiking back up.

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's first drop on his run was big and exposed. Here he is making it look way too easy. The man is an animal.

All I can say is Aggy was king today. Absolutely amazing run to put him where he belongs on the top of the qualy podium..
  All I can say is Aggy was king today. Absolutely amazing run to put him where he belongs, on the top of the qualy podium.

Aggy sending it during qualifying and putting down one of the most energetic runs of Rampage so far.
  Aggy sending it during qualifying and putting down one of the most energetic runs of Rampage so far.

Graham Agassiz s huge cliff drop sequence at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Graham Agassiz's huge cliff drop sequence.

Aggy at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Aggy.

Aggy the warrior at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Aggy the warrior.

Not an easy job--judging the Rampage.
  Not an easy job--judging the Rampage.

Judging...
  Judging...

The qualifiers with Aggy on top.
  The qualifiers, with Aggy on top.

Qualifier podium at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Qualifier podium.

Aggy goes number one
  Aggy goes number one!

Tippie and Connor Macleod the Just the Tip team coming in hot to Red Bull Rampage.T
  Tippie and Connor Macleod, the 'Just the Tip' team, coming in hot to Red Bull Rampage.T

Tippie and McGazza having a laugh during practice.
  Tippie and McGazza, having a laugh during practice.

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Norby cracking in a couple of practice runs with steeze as usual.
  Norbs, cracking in a couple of practice runs with steeze as usual.

Andreu is in the zone at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Andreu is in the zone.

Andreu Lacondeguy at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Andreu Lacondeguy.

mcgarry and vansteenbergen at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  McGarry and Van Steenbergen.

Brendon Fairclough slogging to the top during the finals practice following the conclusion of the qualifying round.
  Brendon Fairclough slogging to the top during the finals practice following the conclusion of the qualifying round.

Brendan Fairclough across his canyon gap at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Brendan Fairclough across his canyon gap.

Brendog on the first part of his double canyon gaps.
  Brendog on the first part of his double canyon gaps.

Brendan Fairclough nailing his step on step off gap jump. Brendawg s line is intimidatingly technical this move is the crown jewel but just getting to this move is insanely difficult and the moves on the other side of the judge s ridge are just as challenging.
  Brendan Fairclough nailing his step on step off gap jump. Brendawg's line is intimidatingly technical; this move is the crown jewel, but just getting to this move is insanely difficult, and the moves on the other side of the judge's ridge are just as challenging.

Brandon Semenuk hiking up to try out his intro drop.
  Brandon Semenuk hiking up to try out his intro drop.

Bradon Semenuk s huge cliff drop at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Brandon Semenuk's huge cliff drop.

Kyle Strait s dad was out in full support
  Kyle Strait's dad was out in full support!

Kyle Strait pulling out the guns off the Razor jump.
  Kyle Strait, pulling out the guns off the Razor jump.

Style for miles Kyle Strait with a gun fighter s salute suicide no-hander.
  Style for miles: Kyle Strait with a gun fighter's salute suicide no-hander.

Kyle takes the first shralp of a very very pretty burm
  Kyle takes the first shralp of a very, very pretty berm.

Cam Zink is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get after it in pursuit of another Rampage win.
  Cam Zink is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get after it in pursuit of another Rampage win.

An opposite angle and Zink s second time round on this gnarly gnarly drop. He touched in a good meter and a half shorter than the first time. It was very evident that he had it in the palm of his hand after this one. Yaaa Zink
  Zink's second time round on this gnarly, gnarly drop. He touched in a good meter and a half shorter than the first time. It was very evident that he had it in the palm of his hand after this one. Yaaa Zink!

Cam Zink tests out his massive drop halfway down the course diving about halfway down his landing.
  Cam Zink tests out his massive drop halfway down the course diving about halfway down his landing.

Cam Zink finally came out to play and the first thing he did was send his biggest feature.
  Cam Zink finally came out to play, and the first thing he did was send his biggest feature.

Cam Zink sending it HUGE. He landed outside of my frame.
  Cam Zink sending it HUGE. He landed outside of my frame.

With the biggest drop on his line dealt with Cam Zink makes easy work of the rest of his line.
  With the biggest drop on his line dealt with, Cam Zink makes easy work of the rest of his line.

Andreu and Aggy strategizing at RedBull Rampage 2014.
  Andreu and Aggy strategizing.

The view from the lip of Aggy and Andreu s massive drop. The diggers buffing out the landing zone quite literally look like ants from that lip.
  The view from the lip of Aggy and Andreu's massive drop. The diggers buffing out the landing zone quite literally look like ants from that lip.

Jeff Herb has come a long way this year. Just two weeks ago he was sending sixty-foot jumps in BC now he s placing fifth in the Red Bull Rampage qualifiers. Atta boy
  Jeff Herb has come a long way this year. Just two weeks ago he was sending sixty-foot jumps in BC, now he's placing fifth in the Red Bull Rampage qualifiers. 'Atta boy!

Not content with first in the qualifiers Aggy joins the afternoon jump session.
  Not content with first in the qualifiers, Aggy joins the afternoon jump session.

Andreu has no end of style and loft..
  Andreu has no end of style, and loft.

Morning warmup with Aggy.
  Morning warmup with Aggy.

Aggy was looking dialed during his practice session.
  Aggy was looking dialed during his practice session.

Jeff Herb dialing in the canyon gap during practice. On his first attempt he overshot the landing as far as Kelly McGarry but somehow managed to safe himself from disaster. On his second attempt he nailed it.
  Jeff Herb dialing in the canyon gap during practice. On his first attempt he overshot the landing as far as Kelly McGarry, but somehow managed to save himself from disaster. On his second attempt he nailed it.

Lacondeguy.
  Lacondeguy.

Lacondeguy.
  Lacondeguy.

Aggy and Zink during the afternoon practice session on the Razor jump.
  Aggy and Zink during the afternoon practice session on the Razor jump.

Brett Rheeder applying for some frequent flier miles on the RZR step up.
  Brett Rheeder applying for some frequent flier miles on the RZR step up.

Last light session on the Razr booter
  Last light session on the Razr booter

Brett Rheeder no look-back flip. What
  Brett Rheeder, no look-back flip. What?!

Brett Rheeder abides by the flip.
  Brett Rheeder abides by the flip.

Andreu Lacondeguy and his flat spin three s are a work of art.
  Andreu Lacondeguy and his flat spin three's are a work of art.

F CK Buddehhh
  F*****CK Buddehhh

Take it eeeeasy bra.
  Take it eeeeasy bra.

Aggy all smiles at the end of a good day.
  Aggy all smiles at the end of a good day.

Rampage 2014 was not meant to be for James Doerfling. Guess he ll have to show up earlier next year to pick the line he really wanted but never got a chance because it was taken when he arrived.
  Rampage 2014 was not meant to be for James Doerfling. Guess he'll have to show up earlier next year to pick the line he really wanted, but never got a chance because it was taken when he arrived.

Everlasting light.
  Everlasting light.

Stay tuned for the finals...
  Stay tuned for the finals...


The start list for Monday's Finals at:

1. Ramon Hunziker - SUI - 29 (Trek)
2. Carson Storch - USA - 21 (Diamond Back)
3. Brendan Fairclough - GBR - 27 (Scott)
4. Jeff Herbertson - USA - 25 (Pivot)
5. Szymon Godziek - POL - 22 (Dartmoor)
6. Louis Reboul - FRA - 21 (Scott)
7. Kelly McGarry - NZL - 32 (Diamond Back)
8. Tom van Steenbergen - CAN - 18 (Trek)
9. Geoff Gulevich - CAN - 27 (Rocky Mountain)
10. Kyle Norbraten - CAN - 28 (Specialized)
11. Brett Rheeder - CAN - 21 (Trek)
12. Cam Zink - USA - 28 (YT)
13. Mike Montgomery - USA - 27 (Mongoose)
14. Kyle Strait - USA - 27 (GT)
15. Brandon Semenuk - CAN - 23 (Trek)
16. Graham Agassiz - CAN - 24 (Kona)
17. Andreu Lacondeguy - ESP - 25 (YT)
18. Paul Basagoitia - USA - 27 (Scott)
19. Pierre Edouard Ferry - FRA - 32 (Commencial)
20. Thomas Genon BEL - 21 (Canyon)

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

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65 Comments

  • + 54
 That's not an epic set of pictures.
That is a f##king awesome epic set of pictures.
Awesome awsome job

Bring on the finals!!
  • + 1
 Does anyone have a link for the finals live stream?
  • + 1
 Cooking great pics. How did Abby get Craig David to help out? What a boss! Rheeder's drop was insane, then I look at the next shot and he's upside down off it. Totally nuts the lot of them!
  • + 2
 not related but putting it up here so it gets seen. does anyone else find it unfair that there's qualifiers in the sense that aggy has already revealed his full run and had it judged, pre qualified riders have the element of surprise on their runs because that's the first time anyone will have seen the whole line. riders like aggy have to drop in and ride the same line in the finals that the judges have already seen and surely the fact he has already been judged on that run is a disadvantage as it then loses that surprise element and also some of the gnar as it has already shown to be fully ridable!? i'm not saying aggy's line isn't absolutely ridiculous i just find it unfair he's already had to show his hand before some of the other riders
  • + 2
 Sooo friggen epic. That side shot of Aggy's drop finally gives perspective to how monsterous it is and Zink's... holy shit. I'm not sure which is bigger but either way, those look to be the biggest drops ever built, haha. Also that top drop Aggy crashed on the first run, I had no idea how exposed it was off the rider's left-hand side. Really gnarly.

Brand-new- Element of surprise or how rideable a line seems aren't criteria for the judges... there's absolutely no disadvantage to showing your line before the comp, as evidenced by every rider practicing and making sure they have their whole line down before the comp. Wink
  • + 0
 Where are actually Martin,vanderham and Hunter
What Time does it Start?
  • + 30
 DEAR PINKBIKE,

CAN WE GET A GROUP PHOTO OF ALL THE RIDERS, DIGGERS, COMMENTATORS AND ORGANISERS. Just one please? Smile

Cheers!
  • + 3
 Why is Darren not riding?
  • + 20
 Friend at work just looked over my shoulder and go's "Oh my god I wouldn't go over that with a rope, Is that what you do when you go riding"?

err yeah sort off...... But bike park wales is not quite the same lol.
  • + 19
 Checking pinkbike 65 times a day instead of the usual 10 times
  • + 4
 only 65
  • + 1
 Must stop looking and get some sleep to wake in time.
  • + 12
 Dear PB - Any chance of a 'Behind The Lens' feature on Rampage photographers at some point? I'd love to understand more about the logistics and creativity available shooting at the event!
  • + 3
 That would be tight. Seeing the guys walking around with the heavy-ass equipment along ridgelines and goat paths is almost as entertaining as the riders, haha.
  • + 1
 You mean the same guys walking around all day in the heat with the heavy-ass equipment so you can watch it with your nice cold beer on your comfy sofa??? Yeah that'd be right! ; )
  • + 1
 The photographers looked like some hybrid astronauts, super fancy stuff, they were quite a part of the clown show that is rampage. I wanted photo's of them, but none of them were inclined. Kinda camera shy, perhaps that's why they are "behind" the lens.

Thank you photo people, you were a source of entertainment at the "event". Good times
  • + 11
 Aliens could invade and I probably wouldn't notice until tomorrow... Good work with the coverage pinkbike.
  • + 7
 Hope Brendog get rewarded for his line.
  • + 2
 I mean, incredible pictures, but talk about a huge case of underrepresentation. Not one photo of Wil White's second run? Not even one of him hangin' with the fam? I love Aggy, Andreu, Zink, etc. as much as the next guy, but I'd rather see White et al crushing natural lines than see sunset photos of the three hundredth shot of Aggy's beard. Long live all the riders, but let's see at least a bit of the guys we don't get to see as much! Rampage4lyfe.
  • + 4
 Clearly if your line is taken before you got there, you can hardly claim it as 'your' line
  • + 2
 It says he didn't get the line he really wanted. He never claimed anything as his. Pretty big difference. James is a good guy, he wasn't accusing someone of stealing his line.
  • + 2
 Touche.
  • + 1
 It' bizarre that some slopestylers(with very limited bigmountain skills) are prequalified and some big mouantain big names had to earn their spot on qualies or simply they are out, is like the best men for the show won't be there .
The line assigment system most be improve or the same people always will get the best line
  • + 3
 Godziek evidently took the risk and sent the canyon gap straight yesterday. Seems he didn't want to play it safe as in the firtst run, as "it's easier to flip it".
  • + 0
 Only thing that bugs me...its RZR..not razor..razr...it's literally on the side of the jump.../spelling nazi.

Sucks for James Doerfling riding for Knolly. Thats a bit of a disappointment. Regardless, awesome event, good coverage, and epic pics!
  • + 1
 im more impressed with Zink's drop than Aggy/Lacon's one cos its more mega steep. Just looks more gnarly.

You get a good look at his drop in the background of Brendog's sequence photo. Plus Chubey's drop just underneath.
  • + 3
 Can't sleep, over stimulated, gj PB
  • + 4
 "Rämpu Hunziker" FTW!
  • + 1
 Crazy how a kid from Ontario just totally kills rampage it could be another seminal and rheeder 1 and 2
  • + 2
 I can't close my mouth... Freaki'n crazy
  • + 1
 Who the Hell is ready for.......RaMpAgE!!!!!!!!!!!!??????? Lets get a woopwoop.......................
  • + 1
 Seems like Rheeder could be the dark horse of rampage this year. Go Rheeder..
  • + 2
 Strait bussin' out the pistols! Got the safety off! Shooter!
  • + 3
 too bad no wil white
  • + 1
 I don't know, even if White is really cool, today Rampage means big tricks., or insane jumps and flow (Strait)
check the list of the finalist, those guys are the best.
So yes its a pitty, but its like this since years, even Gracia made his first backflip there in 2003 to take the win.
  • + 3
 Gutted for Doerfling
  • + 2
 I think I'm calling in SICK today!
  • + 2
 Stoke levels are at all time high. Can't wait for finials.
  • + 1
 the pictures are even more impressive than the videos, it looks like a bird documentary..
  • + 1
 OMG, these guys are animals! Pictures do these jumps/tricks more justice than movies! A****zing!!!
  • + 1
 Hope my kids know thier way home from daycare because I'm not leaving the house to go get them. Mother Nature hates me.
  • + 1
 Gully has a nice golf swing...
  • + 1
 Rheeder! flat dropish flip!
  • + 1
 so.. f*ckin'.. awesome :o!!!!!
  • + 1
 Some of the most amazing pic collections I have seen on PB.!
  • + 1
 They have a head of security...??!
  • + 2
 Rheeder is on fire !
  • + 1
 Monday Finales what the F)*&%!!
  • + 2
 11:36:40!! Smile
  • + 1
 Noooooooo aggys down chubey said he is riding now on his twitter!
  • + 1
 What happened to Bearclaw this year? injury?
  • + 1
 Such great photos !!
  • + 1
 F****ck Yeah !
  • + 1
 no mccaul bros???
  • + 1
 This world rocks
  • + 1
 Where is Vanderham???
  • + 1
 Rheeder is on fire 3
  • + 1
 Gee wasn't invited?
  • + 3
 i'd have thought he'd easily get an invite being a red bull athlete but he's done all he can in Utah, got a second place and seeing how its progressed beyond his step down to wall ride in terms of risk - I wouldn't expect any serious WC contender to risk it there now. Kerr has a lot to gain from the exposure and Fairclough is a free-racer obvs Smile
  • + 1
 IS IT 3 YET?!?!??

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