Thomas Genon to Compete at Red Bull Rampage

Oct 4, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Tommy G testing out the speed.

Red Bull has confirmed that Thomas Genon will be competing Red Bull Rampage this year.

As we reported earlier this week, Brendan Fairclough has had to withdraw due to complications with ongoing injuries sustained at the Lenzerheide DH World Cup and Brett Rheeder has not recovered from his knee injury and had to pull out of the event. This left two spots open for reserves. Thomas Genon, Emil Johansson, DJ Brandt, Reed Boggs, and Antoine Bizet were all on the list but it was the Belgian rider Thomas Genon that got the nod to replace Brendan Fairclough and Utah-based Reed Boggs that will be competing in Brett Rheeder's place on October 15. Emil Johansson was the second alternate behind Genon, but has prior commitments and could not make it.

Genon has competed in the past 7 Rampage events since making his debut in 2013. He has a best-ever result of fifth at the event, which he achieved in 2015 and 2018.

bigquotesThomas Genon & Reed Boggs are joining the party in the desert. Healing vibes to Brett Rheeder and Brendog and fingers crossed we’ll see them back in Utah next year.Red Bull Bike


Current 2021 Red Bull Rampage Rider List:
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Tyler McCaul  (USA)
Ethan Nell (USA)
Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
Carson Storch(USA)
Kyle Strait  (USA)
Vincent Tupin  (FRA)
Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN)
Andreu Lacondeguy (ES-CT)
Jaxson Riddle (USA)
Kurt Sorge (CAN)
Brage Vestavik (NOR)
Cam Zink (USA)
Reed Boggs (USA)
Thomas Genon (BEL)

Alternates:
DJ Brandt (USA)
Antoine Bizet (FRA)

More info, here.


46 Comments

  • 60 3
 Hopefully something will work out for DJ
  • 74 2
 Worst scenario he can take care of the music
  • 27 1
 @RedBurn: and it will be lit! On fire! Because.. Brand means fire in German. Hehe. Yeah our humor sucks.
  • 29 1
 Genon is consistently one of my favorites to watch. Such fluid style and classic tricks, both directions
  • 1 4
 You assume just because the announcement is coming out now that Thomas didn’t already know, but I doubt this is the case.
  • 24 1
 Now I’m curious about how they choose their riders.

In my opinion, it should be 20 total riders. I recall they had more riders than 15 in past years.

It should be top 10 from last rampage are auto invited.
Then top 5 from proving grounds.
Then top 5 video submissions.
  • 28 0
 Proving grounds is no longer a qualifier but it sounds like it is going to be its own series instead. They had to reduce the number of riders for a couple reasons, there wasn't enough space for everyone to make their line without conflict, and I think with more riders, you run the risk of afternoon winds picking up in the desert.
  • 7 0
 @adrennan: Then I’m afraid our only option is to have a second Red Bull Rampage. Then the two winners compete in a rampage style dual slalom.
  • 1 0
 Having ridden in the area a fair bit, I'd say you might be pushing your luck to give 20 riders 2 runs without the wind jacking the whole contest up. Might get lucky, though, and the more the merrier!
  • 1 0
 @CuyunaHTmn: didn't you get the memo, gates aren't cool for biking now. /s
  • 10 0
 During title slopestyle Cam mentioned couple of times that Tommy G is going to rampage. So they knew prior to Brett's announcement
  • 11 0
 Whew, that is short notice for Tommy G and his build crew.
  • 2 0
 building hasn't started quite yet though, right?
and he was in BC this weekend so should be able to make it into the US; not sure about his crew...
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: I think they get 4 build days, then a day of rest followed by 4 practice days. Definitely a short amount of time to coordinate travel and lodging then get cracking’
I’m sure Tom and his team were already prepared just in case though.
  • 1 0
 Imsure he knew before we did
  • 22 10
 DJ got robbed
  • 10 0
 The Legend of Thomas G!
  • 6 0
 Wait, “Emil Johansson was the second alternate behind Genon, but has prior commitments and could not make it.” Really?! Who has prior commitments when RB Rampage calls?
  • 2 0
 Maybe his medical issues ? It;s probably difficult to dig a week and then ride for his body. OR he just isn't into it. I mean he only did one run last time. (and it's totally ok if he only wants to do slopestyle. to each their own).
  • 1 0
 @lowkeyevil: Yes, to each their own.
  • 2 1
 prob doesnt want to get dog dckd by shtty judges
  • 5 0
 He has probably already booked a flight for CWX Rotorua which happens at Oct. 31st. My guess is that the rules in NZ (2 weeks of quarantine i blelive) don't allow him to compete at both. At this point in his career he might also value the chance of getting the tripple crown higher than competing at Rampage.
  • 8 0
 Go get 'em Tommy G!
  • 3 0
 Aquí en España tanto discutir por las banderas y pinkbike lo ha solucionado en 2 minutos
  • 2 1
 Menudo un banderas el Lacondeguy
  • 1 0
 Same
  • 2 0
 So stoked for Rampage and Tommy G! He was looking super solid in slopestyle this past Saturday! He's become a lot cooler in the last few years also.
  • 2 1
 Stacked bench! Shame for any of these guys to miss the event/ Thomas Genon, Emil Johansson, DJ Brandt and Antoine Bizet
  • 7 0
 This article is about Thomas Genon getting the call up - did you just go straight to the comments lol
  • 3 0
 Allez la Friiiiiittteee!
  • 1 0
 Un pote belge nous en a fait hier, des vraies. That, my friend, is an omen.
  • 2 0
 Glad to hear Tommy G got in!! Love watching all the boys go big!!!
  • 1 0
 I would love to see Bizet again, he really got robbed in 2017 ... just love his style.
  • 2 0
 Bienve Agruado must to take part. YES HE CAN!
  • 2 0
 YT probably didnt want him to lol
  • 1 0
 45 comments and not one "Brendog got robbed"? The Pinkbike commenters are really slacking...
  • 13 11
 DJ
  • 2 0
 Yeah G!
  • 1 0
 well...that dude is a ripper, so best of luck TG
  • 1 0
 RED BULL Rampage. It's in the name!
  • 1 0
 This is your year Tommy. On the podium you go.
  • 1 0
 really stoked for tommy g,…and more younger blood
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