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.
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.
Geoff Gullevich does not fear the Reaper this year.
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.
USA, battered but not broken. That's how some of the riders hope to make it out of here too.
One, two, three, go!
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.
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.
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Three dudes that can ride a bike better than you.
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.
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.
James Doerfling, putting things into perspective.
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.
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.
Dusty was an understatement.
To find the rider on course all you had to do was follow the trail of golden smoke.
There he goes!
Cedric Gracia, racing against the dying of the light.
Cam Zink, definitely not afraid of the Reaper.
Last air of the day.
Last crash of the day.
Last photo of the day.