Red Bull Rampage 2016







This morning was fresh here in the Utah desert. It was cold and crisp – and incredibly dusty – as we rolled into the new canyon that will be hosting Red Bull Rampage this year. Being the first day that media is allowed onsite, most were more eager than the athletes, arriving onsite before them. But there is something incredibly cool about standing at the bottom of the Rampage course in nearly complete silence and imagining what the riders will make of the lines they’ve etched into the rock.

The new location has succeeded in shedding the skin of last year’s drama surrounding line ‘stealing.’ In appearance it’s not any bigger, but it already has a calmer and friendlier vibe. Athletes seem less tense, even more jovial than in the past; perhaps it has to the do with the mandatory rest day or less pressure with media not allowed on site until today. They might have less anxiety with the lack of a qualification round; allowing everyone to focus on the same goal or it could even be that there are simply less riders this year – whatever the key is, this year already seems to be leaning in favour of the athletes.

The athletes and their dig crews spent much of today still building – some teams working together to cover more territory. When the sun finally dropped behind the ridge, riders began to session some of their sections and some of the gnarlier and most anticipated lines of the competition.

Hashtag Road to Rampage...
Hashtag Road to Rampage...

Yehaww folks get ready for a rowdy ride out here in the Wild West of Virgin Utah.
Yehaww folks, get ready for a rowdy ride out here in the Wild West of Virgin Utah.
You are here.
You are here.

There s nothing about Rampage that isn t scary... At least these fellas aren t poisonous like the rattlers
There's nothing about Rampage that isn't scary; at least these fellas aren't poisonous like the rattlers!

No caption required.
No caption required.

Practice for Rampage means early days. Riders and their teams have been toiling a week straight to scratch in their lines. Even with that amount of time to dig as well as teams collaborating on lines the work s not done yet. Riders still need to stitch it all together. Carson Storch knows the drill the sun had barely cracked the horizon and the Bend OR native was already on site.
Practice for Rampage means early days. Riders and their teams have been toiling a week straight to scratch in their lines. Even with that amount of time to dig, as well as teams collaborating on lines, the work's not done yet. Riders still need to stitch it all together. Carson Storch knows the drill: the sun had barely cracked the horizon and the Bend, OR native was already on site.

First man up and on the bike this morning the mighty B-Sem.
First man up and on the bike this morning; the mighty B-Sem.
Brandon Semenuk checking tire pressure and one of the first riders on the hill this morning to get some runs in before the heat blazed down.
Brandon Semenuk checking tire pressure and one of the first riders on the hill this morning to get some runs in before the heat blazed down.

Gear packing. Ale Di Lullo getting ready for the day. Media is a gnarly battle out there with many elements to deal with to deliver the coverage.
Gear packing. Ale Di Lullo getting ready for the day. Media is a gnarly battle out there with many elements to deal with to deliver the coverage.

T-Mac s dig team spent so much time filling a gazillion sand bags for the Goblin Drop-in all they had left was this itty-bitty shovel for the finish work on the hill.
T-Mac's dig team spent so much time filling a gazillion sand bags for the "Goblin Drop-in", all they had left was this itty-bitty shovel for the finish work on the hill.

The new 2016 venue in all int s gnarly glory.
The new 2016 venue in all its gnarly glory.

Alarm bells are ringing when this is the kind of gear you need to dig your lines.
Alarm bells are ringing when this is the kind of gear you need to dig your lines.
Most of the monstrous cliff drops are totally blind so the riders need braille... the calling card of Rampage.
Most of the monstrous cliff drops are totally blind so the riders need braille; the calling card of Rampage.

Semenuk hiking up early morning for some final packing and warm ups.
Semenuk hiking up early morning for some final packing and warm ups.
Semenuk warming up on his line mid mountain first thing in the morning.
Semenuk warming up on his line mid-mountain first thing in the morning.

Semenuk evidently had 2 helpings of Wheaties this morning following that step up eject and subsequent successful flat spin 3 send off of that hit Semenuk grabbed lunch hiked back up and swung a pick with his crew putting the finishing touches on his next feature past the step up. Any doubts as to how much he wants it this year
Semenuk evidently had two helpings of Wheaties this morning; following that step up ejection and subsequent successful flat spin 3 sendoff off that hit, Semenuk grabbed lunch, hiked back up, and swung a pick with his crew, putting the finishing touches on his next feature past the step up. Any doubts as to how much he wants it this year?
Semenuk ain t afraid to get dirty. The one take wonderkind was hard at work shaping his step up mid way down his line.
Semenuk ain't afraid to get dirty. The "one take" wonder kid was hard at work shaping his step up midway down his line.

Carson Storch and Brandon Semenuk team playing the lower slopes under the heat of the midday sun.
Carson Storch and Brandon Semenuk team playing the lower slopes under the heat of the midday sun.

Expect to see all the steezy trimmings on Semenuk s finals run... nose taps and all.
Expect to see all the steezy trimmings on Semenuk's finals run; nose taps and all.

Did the guinea pig run build complacency No idea. But on his second run into the step up Semenuk had to hit the eject button. HARD.
Did the guinea pig run build complacency? No idea. But on his second run into the step up, Semenuk had to hit the eject button. HARD.

Despite a gnarly rag doll on his eject Semenuk stepped it up and sent it a few minutes later with a flat spin 3.
Despite a gnarly rag doll on his eject, Semenuk stepped it up and sent it a few minutes later with a flat spin 3.

One of the two Great British hopes at Rampage Sam Reynolds with a long day of hard labour ahead of him.
One of the two Great British hopes at Rampage, Sam Reynolds, with a long day of hard labour ahead of him.

Logan Bengelli
Logan Binggeli

Tom Van Steenbergen testing out a drop mid mountain.
Tom van Steenbergen testing out a drop mid-mountain.

Cason Storch
Cason Storch looking as handsome as ever.
Carson Storch has a line filled with big hits fun and flowly jumps all the way down.
Carson Storch has a line filled with big hits, fun, and flowy jumps all the way down.

Carson Storch is one of the youngest competitors but is brimming with big mountain promise. Here he takes his first attempt at the sandbag special he shares with Bearclaw and T-mac.
Carson Storch is one of the youngest competitors, but is brimming with big mountain promise. Here he takes his first attempt at the sandbag special he shares with Bearclaw and T-mac.

Reunion. Paul B stepped off a Razor today to a hearty welcome from Cam Zink and Kyle Strait. He will likely never ride a bike the way he once did but the fact he was walking-albeit a bit haltingly-says volumes about his drive.
Reunion; Paul B stepped off a Razor today to a hearty welcome from Cam Zink and Kyle Strait.

Paul Basagoitia made a surprise appearance today and sticking around until tomorrow. So great to see him back after just one year on two feet.
Paul Basagoitia made a surprise appearance today and is sticking around until tomorrow.
Paul Basagoitia made a surprise appearance today and sticking around until tomorrow. So great to see him back after just one year on two feet.
So great to see him back after just one year on two feet.

This year Kiwi Conor McFarlane came to Rampage to rip out throats but yesterday s guinea-pigging took it s toll. His line has some of the most appalling gaps that even the likes of Lacondeguy said they d refuse to ride.
This year Kiwi, Conor McFarlane came to Rampage to rip out throats, but yesterday's guinea-pigging took its toll. His line has some of the most appalling gaps that even the likes of Lacondeguy said they'd refuse to ride.

Cam Zink ahead of another year of nothing but f-king good times..
Cam Zink ahead of another year of nothing but f-king good times.

Bourdo water duty.
Bourdo water duty.

It s hot milk was a bad choice.
It's hot, milk was a bad choice.
Suns out guns out for Aggy.
Sun's out guns out for Aggy.

Aggy on top of his hydration nearing the end of some 10 hours digging on his line.
Aggy on top of his hydration, nearing the end of some 10 hours digging on his line.

Tomas Genon stomping his stepdown for the first time on the middle ridge.
Thomas Genon stomping his stepdown for the first time on the middle ridge.

Tomas Genon ripping down the middle ridge during the last light.
Thomas Genon ripping down the middle ridge during the last light.

No insane lines out of hell for Nico Vink this year but you ll find him in the judging booth on Friday.
No insane lines out of hell for Nico Vink this year, but you'll find him in the judging 'booth' on Friday.

Kinrade
The first person on site at the first ever Rampage is now back to judge for his first time.
Tough crowd of judges and builders.
Tough crowd of judges and builders.

Mid day hood rat games in the desert.
Midday hood rat games in the desert.
Gamblin
Gamblin'

Van Steenberger dropping into his step up feature.
Van Steenbergen dropping into his step up feature.

practicing the for the 2016 Redbull Rampage held outside of Virgin UT
Practicing for the 2016 Red Bull Rampage held outside of Virgin, UT

Tommy G dropping down the center ridge with a fluid smooth style.
Tommy G dropping down the center ridge with a fluid, smooth style.

Guniea Pig runs are always nerve wracking. Kyle Strait givin er on his canyon gap.
Guniea Pig runs are always nerve-racking. Kyle Strait givin' er on his canyon gap.

Kyle Strait was the first to hit the big sender today over 45 feet down. Zink crashed while running into it on the canyon gap and sat the rest of the evening out.
Kyle Strait was the first to hit the big sender today over 45 feet down. Zink crashed while running into it on the canyon gap and sat the rest of the evening out.

The elephant on the rider s left ridge the Green Goblin Step Down. Many riders thought it was impossible for this to be built. But four riders pooled their resources and voila. The Green Goblin was born.
The elephant on the left ridge: the Green Goblin Step Down. Many riders thought it was impossible for this to be built. But four riders pooled their resources and voila. The Green Goblin was born.

Brendan Fairclough prepping the sketchy route he will take alongside half the field who elected to ride the rightward ridge. See the sandbags of the landing towards the bottom right of the frame.
Brendan Fairclough, prepping the sketchy route he will take alongside half the field who elected to ride the rightward ridge. See the sandbags of the landing towards the bottom right of the frame.

Brendan cleared his canyon gap in the last light but cased hard and went OTB. Happy to be alive and well none-the-less.
Brendan cleared his canyon gap in the last light but cased hard and went OTB. Happy to be alive and well nonetheless.

Andreau chipping in a few final touches on this year s version of his step down.
Andreau chipping in a few final touches on this year's version of his step down.

Andreu Lacondeguy whipping his hit that he soon 450 d for the first time.
Andreu Lacondeguy whipping his hit that he soon 450'd for the first time.
Andreu Lacondeguy guinea pigging a large drop halfway down the mountain.
Andreu Lacondeguy guinea pigging a large drop halfway down the mountain.

Guinea pig time on the mini canyon gap for Cam Zink. On a subsequent run in Zink slipped a pedal and fell into the canyon. Shaken but not badly injured the YT rider took it easy for the rest of the day.
Guinea pig time on the mini canyon gap for Cam Zink. On a subsequent run in, Zink slipped a pedal and fell into the canyon. Shaken but not badly injured, the YT rider took it easy for the rest of the day.

Cam Zink went into the canyon hard. He had been pedalling into the drop to test speed in a high gear hiked way up to roll into the canyon gap only to slip a pedal off the lip while cranking into it.
Cam Zink went into the canyon hard. He had been pedalling into the drop to test speed in a high gear; hiked way up to roll into the canyon gap only to slip a pedal off the lip while cranking into it.

 You re gonna drop in where Right here. The top of that cliff you mean Yeah the top of that cliff. I have a sneaker line on the side in case we can t actually build in an entrance.
"You're gonna drop in where?" "Right here." The top of that cliff, you mean?" "Yeah, the top of that cliff. I have a sneaker line on the side in case we can't actually build in an entrance."
You re gonna go where NBC color commentary coordinator with a bit of disbelief as James Doerfling outlines his route on the map of the course.
You're gonna go where?!? NBC color commentary coordinator with a bit of disbelief as James Doerfling outlines his route on the map of the course.

Last year Aggy and Andreu s hip was such a hit with judges media and other riders similar super-booters have cropped up all over the new mountain.
Last year Aggy and Andreu's hip was such a hit with judges, media, and other riders, similar super-booters have cropped up all over the new mountain.
Monster gives you wings.
Monster gives you wings.

Aggy pioneers the first of many enormous step-downs on his descent.
Aggy pioneers the first of many enormous step-downs on his descent.

Yeah door number one for Doerfling and Aggy. Number 2 is their side entrance. At day s end both dropped in on door number 2. Unreal.
Yeah, door number one for Doerfling and Aggy. Number 2 is their side entrance. At day's end both dropped in on door number 2. Unreal.

Doerfling and Aggy mid right get ready to drop into their chute from the plan B route. Plan A is more you know... straight down from the top.
Doerfling and Aggy (mid right) get ready to drop into their chute from the 'plan B' route. Plan A is more, you know... straight down from the top.

Doerfling hits 1000mph. Almost no exaggeration.
Doerfling hits 1000mph. Almost no exaggeration.
Aggy and Doerferlings line goes straight down the mountain and both of them took turns on hitting it for the first time today. Not that it s already pretty steep but the small drops throughout the run make it even more full on.
Aggy and Doerfling's line goes straight down the mountain and both of them took turns hitting it for the first time today. It's already crazy steep, and the small drops throughout the run make it even more full on.

Money light on the upper portion of the venue. Yes it is as steep as it looks. It is most definitely a step up in difficulty and consequence from last year s venue.
Money light on the upper portion of the venue. Yes, it is as steep as it looks. It is most definitely a step up in difficulty and consequence from last year's venue.

Darren Berrecloth whipping into the sunset.
Darren Berrecloth whipping into the sunset.
T-Mac sessioning his hip in the glowing last light over Zion.
T-Mac sessioning his hip in the glowing last light over Zion.

Tyler McCaul spent some time on his hip with Bearclaw this evening dialing in the lower end of their line.
Tyler McCaul spent some time on his hip with Bearclaw this evening dialing in the lower end of their line.

Glowing red rocks.
Glowing red rocks.

With the only available light coming from the moon it s close of play. Tomorrow the riders will up first thing to tick off a few more monsters...
With the only available light coming from the moon, it's close of play. Tomorrow the riders will be up first thing to tick off a few more monsters...


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65 Comments

  • 151 2
 Aggy & Doerfling ... just another level of steepness madness !
  • 16 0
 Especially with "small drops throughout the run ". wtf !
  • 5 0
 The "Impassable Route" on the right looks like a chicken pass now.
  • 1 0
 Yeah these guys are on another level of riding....way waayyyy up there
  • 103 0
 Great to see Paul Basagoitia there and on 2 feet.
  • 57 0
 I stood on top of Aggy's poop chute yesterday and I pee'd a little. It's nearly vertical and and ungroomed for about 100'.
  • 16 0
 Man, just saw the video of Brendan's crash, the case wasn't that bad but the way he went flying afther was just crazy, truly hope he'll be able to ride the finals!
  • 8 0
 video link?!
  • 14 0
 Great to see Paul Bas there. Hope everyone stays safe tomorrow. Danny Macaskill for a Rampage 2017 wildcard!
  • 14 2
 Carson storch breaking the rules !!! We said no wooden features this year !! Big Grin haha

Stunning pictures i litterally CANT WAIT for tomorrows finals
  • 13 1
 Sooooooo excited, can't wait! Gnarfest. #nobodygetsrobbedcoztheyallwin
  • 12 0
 I'm curious as to how many competitors are running 26" wheels. Will there be any bike checks, PB?
  • 1 0
 Wouldn't have thought any are, do any of their sponsors build a 26" bike now?
  • 4 0
 Semenuk has a custom 26" session and pretty sure aggy and lacondeguy on ride 26", probably a lot of the guys are still on the smaller size
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: that's me back in my box then! Smile
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: not Aggy is on 27.5 it s on Kona Site his bike review
  • 1 0
 @PauRexs: Ok. Now I read that lol, I know vink prefers 26" as well even though he's not riding, I think cam Zink might use 26" too, his signature giveaway frame was 26" a while back if I remember correctly
  • 1 0
 I believe Lacondeguy (?) also rides a custom 26" TUES.
  • 4 0
 Bizet is still on the 26" Operator
  • 3 0
 Doerfling & McFarlane are both on Podiums which are 26"
  • 10 0
 Aggy an Doerfling's line is properly mental! All the steepness!
  • 9 0
 Bonkers.

Great to see Paul B Smile
  • 8 0
 Mini canyon gap... yeah well... Big Grin
  • 9 4
 I feel for the judges. You get less sht covered after jumping head first into a pile of manure, than after judging Rampage. Trump gets less sht on Facebook and Twitter combined than a Rampage judge on Pinkbike.
  • 6 1
 Looks like it's going to be epic! Doerfling's line is just nuts!
  • 2 0
 So, that photo of Semenuk ejecting, was he jumping from the right side to the left? Would be a long way down otherwise.
  • 3 2
 As awesome as this event is, I wonder about the massive sandbag structures and all the other stuff being constructed out there....is everything dismantled or left to rot?
  • 10 0
 The sandbags are natural fibre bags and will biodegrade fairly quickly. All man made structures get removed. The event will definitely leave visible signs of use on the landscape there, however after a few years of weather it wouldn't be too noticeable. This is a relatively small sight in a very large area and I think in reality the overall impact is negligible. That being said the risk is inspiring others to construct trails like this in areas where it would be inappropriate.
  • 2 0
 @LittleDominic: Thanks for the reply. Sounds reasonable.
  • 1 0
 What happened to Zink, a pedal slip during the take off of th mini canyon gap ?

That guy sure knows how to make the biggest moves and the biggest crashs !! *shivers*
  • 1 0
 My bet this year is Semenuk, Aggy and T Mac, then Kyle somewhere close too... That would represent the best lines as I ve seen so far...
  • 1 0
 Yeah!!!! This year is going to be amazing, just look what those nutters are building
  • 1 0
 Those lines are insane... I guess they are apart from us mere mortals... Can't wait for Friday!
  • 2 1
 I love how they referr to zink and straights's most likely Huge gap as a mini canyon gap hahaha.
  • 2 0
 THIS is the promised land...
  • 2 0
 Connor Mcfarlane going for the win!
  • 1 0
 I think he has the win in the bag IF he makes it down in one piece...
  • 1 0
 Anyone knows why Vink isn't riding this year ? He's still one of my favourite riders !
  • 2 0
 wow
  • 4 4
 I kinda have the feeling that Andreu and Aggy will step up the game (again) for tomorrow's finals...
  • 7 1
 Connor is the name.
  • 2 1
 Semenuk ejected?! My mind is blown
  • 1 0
 Cant wait for tomorrow ! Btw,Andreu rides for Fox head clothing?
  • 2 0
 git it carson!
  • 1 0
 Looks like Bearclaw and T-Mac are having a great time.
  • 1 0
 That´s not a line ... that´s a cliff!
  • 1 0
 Sick photos!
  • 1 0
 AAAAHHHHHH
  • 1 0
 So so much greatness!!!!
  • 1 0
 Can't wait!
  • 1 1
 Can't wait for tomorrow it's gonna be LIT AF !!
  • 1 0
 Doerfling grab on!
  • 1 0
 Sorge
  • 1 0
 Guinea Pig
  • 1 4
 Media black out... with at least 6 cameras on Semenuk as he flat-spins his step-up.
  • 3 6
 they should compete on 29ers, or 27.5+ at least
  • 5 2
 aggy is actually riding 27,5 x 2.80
  • 1 4
 its a joke
  • 2 5
 I feel like Andreu may win, but I hope Sorge does
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