Red Bull Rampage - The Evolution
is in the history books, but we'll all be talking about what went down for quite awhile. Cam Zink pushed the sport to new levels, Gee Atherton laid down what may be the smoothest run in Rampage history, and Darren Berrecloth cleaned one of the most technical lines ever attempted. Photographer Ian Hylands was out in the desert documenting it all and inside you can check out the results of his hard work!Read on...Red Bull Rampage - The Evolution Photo Gallery - Ian Hylands
BOOM. Thanks to Zink, competitions just changed in a big way. This sequence is actually from his
first attempt that saw him land slightly crooked and get high sided down the transition when he
tried to correct it. After a long weather delay he nailed it on his second run...
... and was obviously pretty stoked about it and standing on the top step of the podium
Robbie Bourdon had a bit of rough time in the finals, swapping out early in his line and then having to cross paths with some spectators, but threw down at the bottom of the course. I'm sure you've all seen his incredible flat spin in the final New Word Disorder film, but here it is out in the desert. I have no idea how he got up from this, but Robbie looked no worse for the wear while talking to Schley about his run afterwards. His shoe also went flying, of course.
Watts is another rider who got loose early in his run, but much like Robbie, that wasn't going to
stop him from making the best of it lower on the course. BIG stepdown flip.
A great angle of Geoff Gulevich airing out the Oakley Icon Sender.
This is a serious place and not only is the terrain trying to kill you, but the weather wants your ass as well. Half way through the competition the sky filled with dark clouds and the wind picked up. It wasn't looking good, but thankfully the weather gods obliged and the remaining riders were allowed to show us what they are made of.
Graham Agassiz, arms out for maximum lift. The canyon gap got tweaked a bit from last Rampage with a taller landing and what looks like a slightly different lip. Some riders had it on lock down, like Aggy, but a few others got claimed.
Bring back any memories? Strait with a MASSIVE suicide no-hander off the Oakley Icon Sender.
Gee ended up being the only rider to nail this massive hipped stepdown, which surely locked down 2nd place for the Brit. His run was insanely smooth and fast, that's a given, but as he rolled into this last feature he took off from a different approach than was first built. It looks like it set him up just right.
Tyler McCaul getting his braaap on!
He may have had a hard crash, but Cannondale's Chris Van Dine was looking great here.
Banshee's Mike Montgomery didn't make the cut, but he looks confident in this photo from qualifying.
There were a few different carbon downhill bikes at Rampage. Here is Jamie Goldman on his
carbon V10 with a RockShox Totem up front during his quali run.
Good to see Alex Pro alive! He took a line that no one expected and dropped off the top of one of the final mesa's right into the finishing area, but didn't ride away after catching on a shelf that he didn't quite clear. The result was a big yard sale as he rag dolled to the flat bottom. These guys are tough though, he was up and looking good on his second run.
Brandon Semenuk may have been out with an injury, but he was here to support his people regardless. You know that his wheels are already turning for next year...
As always, thanks for the incredible photos, Ian!
Your top three: Zink, Gee, and The Claw. While there is also a bit of controversy with
judged events, there is no doubt that these were the top three. Good work, guys!
Want to see more of Ian's work? Check out his site!