Red Bull Rampage - Last day of practice

Oct 1, 2010
by Margus Riga  
The Red Bull Rampage may be the burliest event of its kind in the entire world.

I'd like to start this year's Red Bull Rampage with a quote from my favorite movie, Blade Runner - "Wake up, time to die."

Clouds sent in via the Grim Reaper himself.
Clouds sent in via the Grim Reaper himself.

The Oakley step down gap. Many riders shit their pants just thinking about this stunt.
The Oakley step down gap. Many riders shit their pants just thinking about this stunt.

One of two starting gates for the qualifying round. It was deadly just walking around up here, never mind hauling and launching a bike off here.
One of two starting gates for the qualifying round. It was deadly just walking around up here, never mind hauling and launching a bike off here.

Geoff Gullevich does not fear the Reaper this year.
Geoff Gullevich does not fear the Reaper this year.

The view from the Oakley drop. Yea, it's a long way down.
The view from the Oakley drop. Yea, it's a long way down.

And these guys are ready to bring you the carnage in 3D.
And these guys are ready to bring you the carnage in 3D.

USA, battered but not broken. That's how some of the riders hope to make it out of here too.
USA, battered but not broken. That's how some of the riders hope to make it out of here too.

One, two, three, go!
One, two, three, go!

Alex Pro, another young gun who's not afraid of the Reaper. First time, and nailed this  <br> huge drop that was a source of pain for so many riders two years ago.
Alex Pro, another young gun who's not afraid of the Reaper. First time, and nailed this
huge drop that was a source of pain for so many riders two years ago.

Kyle Norbraten, looking for the Reaper, so he can kick his ass.
Kyle Norbraten, looking for the Reaper, so he can kick his ass.

Kelly McGarry, via Margus Riga and Ian Hylands.
Kelly McGarry, via Margus Riga and Ian Hylands.

The media and athlete tent. A good place to be to get away from the scorching midday heat. Temperatures were a mild 38 degrees today.
The media and athlete tent. A good place to be to get away from the scorching midday heat. Temperatures were a mild 38 degrees today.

Canadian air conditioned socks. Get 'em before they're sold out. Contact Nicholas Teichrob.com
Canadian air conditioned socks. Get 'em before they're sold out. Contact Nicholas Teichrob.com

Three dudes that can ride a bike better than you.
Three dudes that can ride a bike better than you.

If at first you don't succeed. Try and try again.
If at first you don't succeed. Try and try again.

This was just the small step-down to wooden launcher over a huge table.  <br> Curtis Robinson, putting in his eight hour shift at the office.
This was just the small step-down to wooden launcher over a huge table.
Curtis Robinson, putting in his eight hour shift at the office.

Ryan Berrecloth, systematically working his way down every move of his qualifying run. A good formula for success that many riders were working on.
Ryan Berrecloth, systematically working his way down every move of his qualifying run. A good formula for success that many riders were working on.

James Doerfling, putting things into perspective.
James Doerfling, putting things into perspective.

Kelly McScare the shit out of everyone for busting the biggest air of the day,  <br> and also one of the biggest crashes.
Kelly McScare the shit out of everyone for busting the biggest air of the day,
and also one of the biggest crashes.
Luckily it was a mere flesh wound.
Luckily it was a mere flesh wound.

Gee Atherton making a late afternoon appearance to practice some really large DH moves on his bike.
Gee Atherton making a late afternoon appearance to practice some really large DH moves on his bike.

Alex Pro showing his dad what he learned in school today.
Alex Pro showing his dad what he learned in school today.

Dusty was an understatement.
Dusty was an understatement.

To find the rider on course all you had to do was follow the trail of golden smoke.
To find the rider on course all you had to do was follow the trail of golden smoke.

There he goes!
There he goes!

Cedric Gracia, racing against the dying of the light.
Cedric Gracia, racing against the dying of the light.

Cam Zink, definitely not afraid of the Reaper.
Cam Zink, definitely not afraid of the Reaper.

Last air of the day.
Last air of the day.

Last crash of the day.
Last crash of the day.

Last photo of the day.
Last photo of the day.



98 Comments

  • + 14
 WTF? The Oakley Sender is f'in insane. Everyone was stunned when Bender took those drops some years ago, now it's all cheer and fear live over the internet!
  • + 3
 yer but that could be the sketchiest landing i have ever seen for something of that size
  • + 2
 Where I come from, they call that thing rewonkulous!!!
  • + 5
 "Wake up, time to die." "Many riders shit their pants just thinking about this stunt."

Yeah, mmm, no. Not sure I like the vibe of this year's Rampage. I get the feeling someone's going to get hurt - bad. Not what I want to see from these athletes. Entertain me, sure. Progress big mountain/slopstyle, sure. Let's see what gives.
  • + 1
 don't type that "d" word...but i know what you mean. Let's hope RedBull supports after the fact too!
  • + 3
 To the author of article:
Stop writing about the negative and concentrate on the positive. Don't need to be putting neg vibes out there. No one wants to here the D word.
  • + 0
 hey there's always a chance every year someone will get hurt. there have always been stunts on course where someone could get really fucked up. but don't be puttin on bad vibes for the riders because let's just all hope they slay and walk away.
  • + 9
 Looks Amazing!
  • + 17
 Damn straight! If i dont get to see that 3D film im going to shit my pants in anger!
  • + 2
 Them shots are amazing breath taker!
  • + 20
 mere flesh wound?!?! that thing was like a cm deep!
  • + 9
 im pretty sure I can see bone in that "mere" flesh wound.
  • + 16
 I stopped counting PODS after the 4th or 5th photo !!!
  • + 4
 why's Gee's left foot white???
  • + 3
 because his shoes are white ....
  • + 4
 Oh thats just Gee's peg leg. Thats why its white. =)
  • + 1
 3D Rampage ... save yourself some money and film it properly guys.
  • + 2
 Yeah, watching stuff in 3D just makes me dizzy. I wanna focus on that insane riding, not marvel at the flashy visual effects.
  • + 8
 i remember when people used to actually wear armor for this.
  • + 1
 that was the coolest article ive seen on PB this year.
  • + 2
 That is a flesh wound! Granted it looks fairly nasty, but in a battle hundreds of years ago he could easly carry on fighting with it, which is where the term comes from. Anything more than a flesh wound would incapacitate the casualty, i.e. head injury, broken bones. That aside, didnt you detect the hint of irony there.
  • + 7
 ^ Or the Monty Python black knight reference.
  • + 1
 wow that drop is freekin huge
  • + 4
 NEVER CALL "LAST" ANYTHING!
  • + 1
 F-ing amazing photos Margus!
  • + 2
 Will someone explain to me the logic behind not wearing your elbow pads /full gear on things like redbull rampage? A good way to get hurt and rip up your skin and only increase recovery time. If you plan to go big, I would expect that you armor up a bit more...
  • + 5
 Even the Reaper was too f'in scared to show up! ♂
  • + 1
 LOTS of ppl are going to see this look at are world now everything being broadcasted via sattelite to computers for a free stream. in the next year or two i bet that it will be broadcasted over t.v like ufc. especially when they start filming this year in 3-D. its going to be an olympic sport soon
  • + 1
 deff. buying this dvd when it comes out, this is going to change mountain biking completely giving everyone a new perspective on biking and how its not just pedelling your bike down a trial.
  • + 0
 Only if lots of people see it. Which hasnt really happened with a lot of sports like this.
  • + 4
 That Oakley drop looks interesting!
  • + 2
 Great that Pinkbike carries the live broadcast but it would be nice to see it in HD on a big tv at home or in a bar where you can drink beer....I'm just sayin
  • + 4
 Cannot wait to see this on film. Looks effin epic
  • + 2
 Huge props to the guys with the cameras! GREAT job! all pics are superb! Wink
  • + 2
 Why aren't these guys wearing armor? Is it really hot out there, or are they too cool for school?
  • + 1
 "Temperatures were a mild 38 degrees today." It was hot
  • + 1
 Great pics and story Margus! Some great Golden Hour shots there. Looking forward to seeing and reading some more over the weekend! Stay safe climbing all that stuff Smile
  • + 1
 i think andreu lacondeguy will win this & i'm sure i will buy this DVD if its goin for sale or maybe downloading it.........?
  • + 1
 Deemax was folded by granieri. He ejected mid air on the Icon sender when he saw he was going to be too short and the bike kept going a long way down.
  • + 3
 scary is an understatement
  • + 2
 Why isn't Rampage televised?
  • + 0
 It'll be live on Pinkbike.com on Sunday.
  • + 2
 Why isn't the Rampage broadcast on TV. We know it will be on Pinkbike...
  • + 1
 Yeah, kind of a shocker - especially in the states, where we love us some violence. It will probably be a 30min cram-job on a broadcast network here in about 3-4 months. Care to wager? Wink
  • + 1
 "Racing against the dying of the light"...

Nice to see a Dylan Thomas reference on pinkbike. Apropos.
  • + 2
 The question of the moment is who will 3 the Oakley sender?
  • + 1
 berrecloth. bourdo with a flat spin
  • - 2
 I see lacondeguy attempting a 3, maybe even 3 whip.
  • + 6
 You mustn't have seen his bike.
  • + 2
 Zink will definitely 3 it.
  • + 2
 Man, this looks intense. Good luck to all the riders.
  • + 2
 that wheel will be fine after 5 minutes with a hammer and some duct tape.
  • + 1
 I think it may need a zip tie too.
  • + 1
 they are so many pod in 1 article.. awesome riding, wishes good luck to all the crazy rider attending RedBullRampage !!!
  • + 1
 I can't wait to watch this thing live sunday ty pb for broadcasting!!!! Salute
  • + 1
 I am so stocked for this, I cant wait for sunday!!!
  • + 1
 that guys arm is so gross!
  • + 1
 Oakley Factory Pilots FTW!
  • + 1
 definatly awsome pictures!!!
  • + 1
 Un freaking believable. Can't wait to watch that in 3D!
  • + 1
 defiantly some sick stuff goes down at the rampage. every year.
  • + 1
 Oh can't wait for the big show.
  • + 1
 God bless the riders, amazing fotos, The Reaper- omg, incredible!
  • + 2
 Awesome pics!!
  • + 1
 What's the frame on the last photo? sick shots man! ♂
  • + 1
 KTM
  • + 1
 who is on it?
  • + 2
 Exceptional photos!
  • + 2
 I cant wait!!
  • + 1
 that's a sick elbow wound !
  • + 1
 what are the measurements of that step down.
  • + 2
 fucking sick man
  • + 1
 Great pics.. (clean your sensor)
  • + 2
 Damn
  • + 1
 deemax tacoed. intense.
  • + 1
 how do u fold a demax!!!
  • + 2
 because there weak!
  • + 3
 It requires skill. Skill that only a top-class rider can show. Has shown. Will continue to show.

Wink
  • + 2
 the yellow ones arent as strong as the silver ones Razz
  • + 0
 silver ones are tubeless
  • + 3
 so are yellows
  • + 2
 yep. yellows are lighter. So obliviously not as strong as heavier ones...
  • + 3
 as the mavic representative said on interview at world champ. they are basicaly race rims and are not build to be incredibly stong but light. but...on a 50 foot high drop i guess you could fold any wheelset possible :p
  • + 0
 all it requires is a poor rider and a tree, eventualy a short jump built by a poor builder jumped by a poor rider doing sideways nose dive. Now in case of such good riders like these it takes some error in art and really huge jumps - wait they have'em there!
  • + 1
 Though first reviews of the ultimate wheelset arent stellar. I also remember some of the heavier pros complaining on them (though off camera Wink ) Actualy any 2kg dh wheelset is a bit risky, especialy for an event like rampage.
  • + 1
 every pic could be pod
  • + 1
 Sick photos!!
  • + 1
 the oak sender is stunning its like some movie props
  • + 1
 super pumped.
  • + 1
 this is so EPIC
  • + 1
 omgg best sport ever : D
  • + 1
 mazing pics!!!POD all
  • + 1
 Friggin' awesome.
  • + 1
 Epic shots! WOW
  • + 1
 fck cool pix!
  • - 1
 It would have been great too see Boyco competing this year,..his build and go big skills are second to none,...
  • + 1
 Awesome photos
  • + 1
 my god

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