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CATCHING UP WITH AGGY

Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.

We took some time to chat with Aggy about his experience last year at Rampage; his crash, qualifying first, and the hard decision to pull out due to injury, as well as, looking forward to this week; choosing lines, sleepless nights, and redemption. One of our favourites to watch, we can't wait to see what he has in store for this year.



Do you have a pre-Rampage training routine?

It's funny because I see lots of people "training" for Rampage during the few weeks prior. They're either riding trails or dirt jumping, trying to learn tricks and get used to the feel of their DH bikes. For me, I've been riding my DH bike all season long. I know how it works, how it feels, how it jumps. Honestly I spend very little time on the bike before Rampage. Instead I like to clear my head and take the time to mentally prepare myself for what's to come, and the best way for me to do that is to go fishing or hunting.

Aggy popping off a few afternoon rounds.

Pulling out of finals last year must have been an incredibly hard decision to make given that you placed first in qualies with a flawless run, are you looking for redemption this year?

It was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make, but in the end I still know it was the smart one. I'm for sure looking for redemption, but most of all I just want to make this year's event as fun as possible and just let everything fall into place as it always has.

Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2014.

Do you think you would have made a different decision last year about pulling out due to injury had you not previously experienced a life changing injury (as documented in Ashes to Agassiz)? Do you think you place more focus on the longevity of your career now?

Yes and no, I'm still hungry as ever but I've learned a lot over the years and have become a lot wiser. There's a lot of strategy involved with this event, and you really need to make smart choices out there.

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


How is your MCL feeling these days?

100%.

What you do on a bike, especially at an event like Rampage, is incomprehensible to most of the world, after crashing in qualifying last year on your drop, how did you get your head around hitting it again in you second attempt - and nailing it?

It was a mind f*ck to say the least! Deep down I knew I could do it, but having that immense pressure on my shoulders didn't make it easy. With only one chance left to get into finals I flicked the switch and dropped in. I'll never forget that feeling coming into the finish line though, never felt so alive!

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.

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

How is your process for selecting and building your line different with returning to a site that you know, as opposed to last year with it being a brand new location?

It was pretty easy for me, I knew I'd be going the same route but just adding a couple things. It will be really tough for those guys who weren't here last year, there's not a lot of options anymore. After seeing what everyone did last year, obviously everyone's going to want to go where the banger features already are - it's tough, respect for other rider's hard work is quickly tossed out the window by many.

Aggy at RedBull Rampage 2014.

Last year you teamed up with Andreu to build a line together, it earned your first place in qualifying and Andreu first place in finals - do you plan to team up with him again this year?

Same, same.

Aggy was looking dialed during his practice session.

Aggy.
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 on fire today and going bigger than anybody.

Who's on your build team this year and what skills/experience do they bring to the table?

Taylor, Miles, and Luke.

Taylor has been coming to Rampage with me since 2010, and his experience and knowledge with the desert terrain over the years is crucial when building out here. Matty is just a really good dude to have around and to keep the good vibes flowin', which is key in such a high stress environment. Luke is a young strong dude who really goes the extra mile, such a beast! He's dug for many riders over the years, and I can fully trust him with whatever build he puts together for me. As a package these boys kill it so hard, and I am very thankful to have them out here and in my corner.

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

Aggy and team.

The mental aspect of Rampage can overshadow the physical part, last year had a lot of extra stress with the weather, how do you prepare for that?

The toughest thing about this event is getting mentally prepared. When you're throwing your life on the line for nickels and dimes your mind tends to wander. I like to keep to myself a little bit leading up to the event - go fishing, hunting, really just try not to think about it too much. Then the sleepless nights start happening, not because I'm afraid, but because I'm envisioning my run in my head over and over.

Aggy guinea s the biggest drop at Rampage. He over shot the landing by a good 15ft but somehow managed to hold it together. After the crew measured the distance and it came in at 76ft. That s Icon Sender territory.

You have had a busy season between premiering your movie to the world and organizing and participating in Fest Series, among other things, what happens when rampage is over? Do you get a break or are you on to another project?

By this time of the year I'm starting to become so burnt out, and Rampage fully drains you physically and mentally! Afterwards I'm doing nothing but hunting and chilling!

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


MENTIONS: @konaworld / @redbullbike




96 Comments

  • 165 57
 People need to stop targeting Graham for being protective of his line, and the subsequent uneven playing field for those with established lines versus those without. If you want to blame anyone, blame the organizers for using the same site.
  • 29 19
 Couldn't agree more. The media trying to get everyone involved in the hype and create these rivalries. Just looking to see big drops, tricks and guys getting loose on their bikes-
  • 66 25
 Angus mate you’re not right
  • 102 21
 Aggy needs to do the same then, stop blaming the poor riders that have been put into this situation. He's being a dick about it.
  • 6 3
 the event has set the conditions for this kind of stuff to occur. expectations to do something new and crazy are so high I assume rider dig crews will let go of certain parts of sportsmanship to meet them. not sure if it's red bull or us, the fans, that's to blame. whatever it is the riders are taking huge risks to make this a spectacle.
  • 24 13
 The fact of the matter is that it is a COMPETITION. And in this particular competition, your line choice has the ability to either make your run or break your run. They put all of their creativity, determination, and BALLS into one single line in the dirt. They are not sessioning these things over and over. They have a right to their lines. They did build them after all.
I understand there is a very limited amount of real-estate, but it is extremely unreasonable to expect everyone to just willy nilly open up their lines and hard work to all-comers.
Ever heard the term "Why buy the cow if you are getting the milk for free?" I think that applies here. These guys committed to building something, and then actually made it happen.
Its always tough to see disagreements between riding mates and long time friends, but thus is the nature of this competition.
Is it always going to be perfectly fair? No. But if you want it bad enough, you will find a way, with your own creativity and an epic run down an impossible line. And that is the great equalizer. There are riders still finding terrain to ride, its just not easy. Vink anyone?
I honestly think it is surprising just How Much collaboration goes on between riders in an event with so much personal investment at stake. Like publicity, Their Lives, a week of backbreaking labor in the desert, etc. etc.
And to be clear as well, Aggy is sharing his line... With Andreau. And vice versa.
Zink and Strait?
These guys are smart and found a way to make it work, so f'ing don't expect them to just give up the cow, especially in a competition.
  • 13 5
 No one is to blame. Its just what it is now. Winning Rampage can make a riders career and mean big $$$$ and sponsorship opportunities. As much as we fans like to think about mountain biking as a fun activity we do chilling with our friends, for pros like these guys is a job and a business. I mean look at Zink for example. Take away everything he's done at Rampage and what is left? He'd still be a sick rider but what he done on the stage that Rampage has provided has made him the star he is today.
  • 16 8
 I've been around a lot of these guys on numerous occasions and can tell you guys first hand that Graham is one of the nicest,most accommodating,humble guys out there. Just super friendly to everyone. KILL IT AGGY!!! You got this!!
  • 14 3
 Who cares... I just want to see some ripping and I don't care whose line they're using. Let the riders sort it out among themselves and just enjoy the show. Its a unique situation so there's never going to be a clear cut solution.
  • 17 13
 hahahaha "media hype"?

bruh this is a niche mountain bike event, not the superbowl.

it is what it is, aggys being protective of his line. people are allowed to have their opinions.

dont inflate this to something it isnt.
  • 4 2
 @scott-townes
Exactly. It is what it is until they change the format.
It would be really interesting to see a blanket rule applied, that says if you dig a line, it is open game. Even playing field. No rider/builder ethics or room for interpretation. Would certainly change everyone's strategy's as far as line choice, and time commitment. Realistic? Maybe. What would be the incentive to investing your time and energy to building a line? I guess the fact that you could then abandon a part of your own line if you saw something in someone else's, so rider creativity still applies. Maybe a point deduction for doing no digging at all? Like one point added to your baseline score for every day spent digging on a meaningful line (not just some random BS). This would add incentive to contribute, remove barriers in collaboration, and just open up more possibilities and line variations. I would hate to see this result in just a few big lines being built, but I don't think that would happen. Maybe also a cap on how many rider can be building on a single line, to ensure variation is still one of the primary elements. Not everyone is willing or has the desire to ride everyones line just due to how burly it is, even if they Had the option. And everyone wants to put their own personal stamp on what they choose to ride and how they ride it. Are you getting all this Redbull!?! LOL
  • 11 0
 @sino428 zink won joyride and a shitload of other events/been in counltess movie segments.
  • 20 2
 People seem to be missing the part where Aggy is working with Andreau , all the hate is going to Aggy , Redbull are partly to blame for painting Aggy in this light but not Andreau , and who's Andreau's diabetes sponsor ? Oh yeah...
  • 4 1
 @makripper I know what else Zink has done. I think my original comment came out a little wrong. I never meant to suggest he never did anything else. But anyone who is looking at it realistically knows that Zink's career was taken to another level because he is consistently doing the biggest and craziest shit at Rampage.
  • 47 1
 Lines protected only the 1st year they're built. Fair game after that.
  • 5 0
 ^ that's may way of thinking too , I also think you should automatically lose a percentage from the line choice category for using pre-existing features or lines.

That way the show goes on for every one and you keep some line choice/build exclusivity
  • 4 0
 The people that made that video are just trying to create drama. Strait hit Aggy and Andreau's drop last year and I don't think anyone had a problem with it.
  • 10 1
 "Diabetes sponsor". Gold!
  • 14 2
 I don't think that a legend like claw talks gossip, and I don't think it's RedBull idea that a rider owns a line forever. So there is some truth behind that real-estate drama and t's up to the riders how to deal with this. To be honest, now I would be really stoked if neither aggy nor andrea will win.

What's next, Gwin claims that his line on windham belongs to him? Sure not.
  • 5 2
 That chest hair intimidates the other riders, they know better to stay of Aggy's line or else.
  • 17 2
 i hope there is some gnarly line poaching going on. after all that's freeride
  • 3 0
 In the previous video it was stated that he was turning down people who were asking to use one small part of the line, I think that's pretty dick-ish. The hard work on that line already paid off with a 1st place last Rampage, nothing is being lost if you let other riders hit one feature this year.
  • 4 3
 Here's how it is- Aggy pissed on that cliff. He owns it now and forever.
  • 3 8
flag barcolounger (Oct 13, 2015 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 "Sportsmanship" is an amateur concept, it's great for pickup basketball but doesn't really exist in pro sports. Pros push the rules to the limit and rely on judges to decide what crosses the line. Right or wrong, that seems to be how every pro sport operates. If Red Bull is relying on an amateur notion like sportsmanship to govern a professional competition, things are bound to get ugly.
  • 20 0
 I'm a professional photographer that shoots mainly events. When uncle bob shows up with a big ass pro camera in his hands do I freak out and feel threatened? No! Why? Because I know that I'm a way better and more experienced shooter and there is no way they could ever do better than me.
Aggy needs to adopt the same attitude, quit whining and focus on laying down a banger run that trumps anyone else who rides "his" line.
  • 6 1
 How much you guys wana bet this is gona be a pinkbike poll tomorrow? They love this kinda stuff.
  • 8 1
 I think that same line will not bring Aggy/Andreu the win this year, there's not much creativity riding the same line.. the gnar and hype on that line was for last year.. judges and fans have seen it and judges are tough.. (Like Gee's qtr pipe transfer and zink's Oakley sender was big in 2010 but not so much in 2012)
Vink looks to ride something creative though..this may create a hype IMO
  • 2 1
 I'm hyped!! Haha
  • 5 0
 For $5000 you can ride my line. hush hush.
Just shut up and let the event go on. If someone gets hit over the head with a shovel that's awesome, good tv.
  • 2 1
 @conv3rt They are playing your lives by Red Bull, not for the show. This is only energy drink advertising.
  • 1 1
 Its lame aggy is claiming ownership on a ideal location. I'm sure Claw just wanted to use part of his upper line. Straight got pissy when Reeder just crossed his trail. This attitude goes against what i think rampage stands for. Creativity and collaboration. Won't matter any tho, its gonna be raining hard this weekend.
  • 6 0
 The riders could all just stop being wankers and learn to share, as well. Yes, it's a competition, but sharing a line isn't going to make or break a guy - they still have to ride it better than others as well. I can't stand this part of Rampage. Just work together and stop dividing the community.
  • 3 1
 It's simple. "How much of my build crew's time do I need to donate to be able to crossover your line? Digging is exhausting especially in the desert and if you don't dig you are fresher to ride. "You want to crossover my line I'll need to borrow one of your best diggers for 3 hours. You want to hit this jump? You gotta give me three guys to clear this landing then you can hit it in your run as long as you don't touch it or f*ck up the run in or landing. You want to hit two of my jumps it'll cost you 20 sand bags". Sand bags are a fair trade for sharing lines as they are at a premium like cigarettes in jail.
  • 6 1
 One of my buddies nailed it, the riders aren't to blame:
"All this Rampage drama about lines is comical. Your surprised people who built the high scoring lines by themself wont let you in on them? In the most dangerous contest where 3rd place doesnt even pay for your hotel for the week? No shit."
  • 1 0
 The riders aren't entirely to blame, but they certainly don't help the situation with the public rider-bashing. Could red bull pay more, or cover medical expenses? Ya they could, and probably should, but this whole line protectionism thing is frustrating and ridiculous.
  • 85 10
 Pretty bush league to think you should "own" a run year after year...There is limited space with x number of riders.
  • 30 1
 Yeah I sort of get it but you are right.... there are no lines available what are these dudes supposed to do? It should be a reset every year as far as "claimed" lines go and these guys should share. We want to see a riding contest not a building contest. I don't even like how long they have to build. Should be raw. But I'm getting old so I could be in the minority here haha.
  • 7 0
 I agree. I get that you don't want people riding a line you just spent days building for the event.. But considering the location is running out of good lines, maybe if a line was built and used in a previous year, it should be open to other riders. I think it's about the best lines and the best riders... It shouldn't be about who's got the best features and lines locked up over the years. it should be a level field each year.
  • 18 0
 I think people want to see a fair contest. I was so stoked to see Reynolds invited but now I understand that he's essentially screwed before he gets on the bike!! I don't want to see everyone hit the same line, but if it's not a fair playing field then it's BS. I'd kill to see the Claw or Reynolds just hit someone else's line for shits and giggles. What are they gonna do about it? Jump in front of you? Yeah I know the score wouldn't count but if they sent Aggy's line bigger than the man himself then I would personally find it extremely amusing.
  • 11 1
 That's the thing- it's not fair at all. These riders will say "well they didn't help build it" when that's kind of bs. They want to win. They don't want other riders on a winning run and that's what it's about. You show up to a set of already built features and there is literally nowhere else to put any and dudes say "no build no ride" ...??? F-You.
  • 11 13
 I'm with Aggy on this - can you really expect people to rock up, put next to no work in and then win the event on someone else's line? It sucks that a lot of the best lines are taken - but they are the best lines because the riders put a ton of work into them. I think, if anything, this is the best argument for moving site, create a totally fresh canvas for everyone to work on.
  • 9 0
 Just did. This is only the second year here. This is what happens when you build all this stuff, sand bags and tractors and weeks of building.... I get the hard work part, and I can appreciate him not wanting that to happen but is that how you want to win? Just because you were there first? If I build a jump and somebody stomps it with more style than I - who deserves the credit? Just sort of trying to flesh this out a bit, I'm not saying it's an easy thing to figure out the best solution to.
  • 8 1
 Proposals for next year:
1. New location, to start a clean slate.
2. Limit the build crew to just one or two plus the athlete. Not enough crew to build a complete line on your own.
3. Limit time on the hill (this may already exist, don't know). Can't show up any earlier than Monday prior. Can't prospect months/weeks ahead of time, other than using Google Earth, etc.
4. No powered equipment. So no excavators to move a lot of dirt or power saws to cut out rock bands. Hand tools only.
5. An athlete can "own" a feature the first year they build it, but it's fair game to all comers in future years, and the ownership only applies if it doesn't stand in a critical location that many others want to pass through. An athlete can NOT own a whole line, preventing anyone from buddy f*cking the rest of the field by laying claim to a dead-center, high point earning line. Everyone should have a right to the max points the terrain will offer.
6. Organizers put up detailed maps of what who wants to build where early in the week (like by Monday night) so that athletes can communicate/negotiate better with each other. No secrets=fewer b!tch fights up on the mountain.
  • 61 8
 I'm sure he is a really nice chap. Until you steal his line. Then he gets all aggy...
  • 11 5
 I would like to think thats not truly how he feels and its just red bull telling people to make it dramatic. Similar to how they were always playing up the Rheeder Semenuk battle. I just want to see everyone shred. Maybe they need to go back to no build at all and hit everything natural.
  • 5 0
 Hey bro back the #*!% off this is my 80 ft cliff drop. Nobody gets to kill themselves on it this weekend 'cept me and Andreau
  • 32 3
 Was really disappointed to watch the Rampage videos earlier today and see riders getting tetchy over 'their' lines.....it's definitely lowered the level of respect I have for a lot of these guys.
I can understand it if someone completely poaches a line that a team have put the hours in on and they haven't lifted a finger to help but it looks like they all just want to build good features and I'd rather see them working together to create killer lines and then share them.
What chance does a newbie have if the grumpy old men of the sport are getting all territorial over 'their' lines?....Reynolds for example is on form and could upset some established names....but he might not get the chance because cockends like Aggy and Lacondegeuy are pushing the first timers out onto crappy lines....i hope Vink nails that mental looking line he was building and rubs Aggy's face in it when he's done....it's like pre-school out there at the moment...."my bit of mountain!, get off, get away, I had it last year!"....sound like a bunch of girls squabbling.
The organisers definitely need to either change venue each year or tell the riders to dig an equal amount, help each other out and share lines...the best rider will still win....just without locking out any threatening new talent in the process and looking bitchy because of it.
I shouldn't have watched those videos earlier today, it has kinda spoiled it for me now knowing how shirty the top riders are getting....if I was a newbie I'd just ride the best line regardless and flick the finger to 'Beardy' if he kicks off about it.
  • 3 1
 riders can ride any line they choose.
  • 14 4
 PFFFFF the event is exciting BUT not as exciting when every rider stays with the SAME lines .. I mean we could just watch 2014's replay instead ....
  • 8 0
 All this line choice bullshit is, is another reason rampage doesn't really work as a competition, the judges can't seem to decide if line choice or tricks are more important, people being over scored on runs leaves judges with no where to go and now it looks like there will have to be a new venue every year to stop competitors crying about all there hardwork being stolen. Personally I think it'd be way sicker if they all just jammed like at fest then were judged on overall sickness, harder to broadcast though
  • 4 0
 Not sure if a jam format like that would work for Rampage when getting one full run in without going to the hospital is basically a victory for most guys out there.
  • 3 1
 it's a teevee show.
  • 1 0
 Took me a minute to get your comment.. "Teevee?? What the f*ck is that?? .......ohhh. I'm dumb." Haha
  • 8 1
 Since it was a new site last year, how were claims to lines made in the first place?

With all the bitchcakes about line ownership going on this year I was just curious how one comes to lay claim to a line in the first place. Many people are saying that the line Aggy and Andreu have is one of the highest scoring which makes it difficult for everyone else to match those scores. But how did they 'claim' than line in the first place? Do guys run up the hill and start laying down like they are blocking a parking space? Do they start pointing from the base of the hill making claims before they even get up there? How does one gain ownership of the line in the first place because I'm sure at any site there's going to be a few prime sports everyone wants to use.
  • 4 1
 It helps to be a Red Bull athlete.
  • 3 1
 You gain ownership by digging and sending. You want to send it you have to dig it. Do you think any one saw Aggy's line last year or did he make a line where no one else had the balls to? Now it has been built, prepped and Guinea pigged you now have the right to ride it? Having exhausted none of your energy, used none of your sandbags and risked not your meat figuring out how fast it needs to be hit. You want to hit that drop? What if you crash out and f*ck up the landing it's not like Aggy can walk down and fix it mid contest. There are plenty of pre made drops and jumps that have won before and most of the lines up top that will win are raw anyway. All the good lines are taken up top? Then you had better cashroll the canyon gap to make up for your lack of line choice. I feel for the Claw because unique line choice is where he shines. No one complained when everyone rode Gee's wall transfer because riders built their own run in and asked permission.
  • 2 1
 You didn't answer the question I asked. Of course if you dig and create a line you then have some claim to it. But I'm not talking about stuff that's built. I'm talking about the real estate itself. Clearly when you look at a new zone, there are going to be certain lines, gaps, and routes down the hill that are just are just better than others. As much work as these guys out in, they are not building lines from scratch. Most of what they are riding is just what's naturally there. I'm sure all these riders can take one quick look at a new zone and see where the prime real estate is. So again my question is how do these guys lay first claim to these lines in the first place? What is the process that goes on the first time they hit the mountain in a new zone?
  • 1 0
 I don't think there is a recognized process hence the drama.
  • 1 0
 Well yea there is clearly know official process. Like you said if there were, there would be no drama. I was more asking what the unofficial process is. What actually goes down on the hill when these guys all hit a fresh site for the first time.
  • 3 1
 There's probably 10 riders out there would be able to look at that mountain blank and build a unique line. Not necessary the highest scoring line, but they build something they can win on. And last year all of these guys were able to build something without stepping on each other's toes. The only bickering came from the guys who had pretty pathetic lines to begin with.

Aggy and Andreu, and everyone else possibly put hundreds of man hours into their lines, and the terrain is still burly. If anything that should tell you that there's a big gap in work AND vision between the raw mountain and the completed line, so it's not "just what's naturally there." And there still are new lines. Vink is building one, and it looks like Doerfling is building a new section too, so there's plenty of room for something original, and high scoring.

Really, we should all keep in mind that Aggy said he turned people away from the hip. That's one feature and it's toward the bottom of the mountain, so it's a complete red herring to say that Aggy is bogarting the best line.
  • 7 3
 Line protection has been going on for a long while at Rampage. I am more than willing to bet the reason guys like Aggy are only protective because they came into this event and were treated by the veterans the same way and told to stay clear of their shit.


If this whole Line Protection issue was to "actually" become a bigger problem the only way to combat it is to lessen the amount of riders that are invited.
  • 4 2
 ^ good to see someone on this site has a clue what's going on
  • 4 2
 Was I the only one who thought it was ironic hearing Claw whine about someone not wanting him to ride their line?
  • 2 0
 Just some media foot prints were enough to mess up his line the Rampage before he got 3rd (again?)
  • 6 2
 I dont think Graham comes off as disrespectful or arrogant in this interview. He and Andreu and their respective crews did tons of work on their line and should be able to reap the benefits of riding it. If they are within the accepted guidelines of how Rampage functions, I can't see an issue. Injuring himself last year and not getting to fully capitalize on the potential of his line is probably also a big part of his attitude this year. I say kill it Aggy. We're in for a hell of a competition!
  • 10 4
 The Organisers should remove all the lines at the end of the event, clean slate for all the following year.
  • 4 2
 So you want them to fill in the lines and take down jumps? Sounds a little absurd.
  • 4 0
 I was always under the impression that the site had to be returned to it's natural state after the comp.
  • 2 0
 @Karpiel073 No, it's on private land so they can do whatever they want
  • 1 0
 thats exactly what i am suggesting @parkcityDH. its not absurd, it just levels the playing field and forces people to think again rather than repeating.
  • 3 0
 There's surely got to be a compromise in here somewhere... a bit of give and take surely.

Completely understand guys getting upset by line poachers, but rather than have a hissy fit, these grown men could work something out... and at least the organisers should play a part in that discussion too.

On the other hand it is all adding to the hype Smile
  • 6 4
 I think the whole "drama of stealing lines" is as simple as this. It pisses riders off when someone steals their lines, they VERY competitive people, that's why they are at the level they are at. But at the end of the day, they all respect each other, even though things may get heated in the moment.
  • 4 2
 I'd be the same as aggy, if me and my team had spent days working on a line, toughing it out and working immensely hard to get it done in time, I wouldn't want someone who's put no effort into it, riding it, it's unfair, build your own line and ride that
  • 13 12
 I will say this again, do you guys really wana watch everybody ride the same line?? Whether its the "best line" or not, if everyone could poach each others lines, everyone would be riding the same thing and there would be no variety. Everyone wanted Aggy to win last year after his quali run, now it is the complete opposite based on a few short building videos. Well im still an Aggy fan, his angry riding style is unique and unmistakable, if I could ride like any pro it would be this guy.
  • 1 0
 my fave part about freeride and the subsequent freeride competitions are the way everyone helps and pushes ea other on. More stoked for sick tricks and health and let the chips fall where they may. Suddenly, this year at rampage that seems like it is no more. It's like - the peace and love of the 60's is behind us, and rampage 2015 is the next Altamont. Which is a real shame. I hope this is just media being media and that the boys are all still rooting, pulling and helping each other. But I fear that with finally a worthy purse (100k) (for what these crazy f'rs do) up for grabs, this is how its going to be. Agree, the promoters created this nasty environment, and that's a real shame. It's a lot like trail building, you work your ass off building this new line, then some other person comes in and films on it and you see it the next day on PB. not cool. Or they change a feature or something. Not sure what the answer is, but it's a shame. i'll still be watching this wknd, but hope the boys work it all out. Stay safe everyone.
  • 2 0
 Poaching other people's lines sucks, but so does being disadvantaged as a new rider. If this shit is going to be such a problem, the only option is to pick a new zone every year
  • 6 1
 Choose your favorite line and be a dick about it!
  • 4 1
 @pinkbike keep the articles coming! This is the only way i get through my workday!
  • 4 0
 did Kyle Strait pay last year to use Graham's/ Andreu's gap??
  • 5 0
 And he was the best by far excuting it... Imagine how much show we are loosing for this protective line shit... Just redbull shoukd pay all builders for x hours hard work and riders telling what they want and then everybody free to run whatever they want...
  • 4 0
 jayzus rollerblading christ, please no drama.
  • 4 1
 Hope he does great this year... Always fun to watch.
  • 4 1
 I can't wait to see Aggy in action!
  • 1 0
 Anyone check out the weather forecast for Saturday yet? It looks a little sketchy. Are carbon frames conductive?

www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USUT0264:1:US
  • 5 2
 26"! Punch out yuppies!
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 When you are sitting behind a computer it's so easy to talk shit. If you guys were out in the desert with shovels for this event you'd keep your mouth shut. You've got no skin in the game.
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 Operator as fuck!
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 They should just relocate the event every two or three just to be fair if possible.
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 it's on private land though. This venue is on the back of the old one, so there aren't many options in terms of relocating so many times
  • 2 0
 I just want to see that Canyon Torque in action.
  • 1 0
 That tattoo "forever young" is just begging for something bad to happen. Hope it doesn't.
  • 1 1
 #letaggyin. Or let aggy dictate terms, I guess? Sheesh. Learn to work together now and again.
  • 1 0
 ahhh a fisherman and hunter such a Pilgrim!
  • 1 0
 FMB and FEST crews to their own!
  • 3 3
 Aggy the line troll.
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