Water was the main focus at 8am this morning when builders and athletes arrived on site. Robbie Bourdon and Adam Billinghurst were in high demand as they pumped water into two huge tanks on the back of a side-by-side and ran it up and down the canyon. With the wind up, the dry dislodged earth was whipping up in bursts off the ridges surrounding the venue creating the post-apocalyptic feel we’ve come to expect from Rampage.
|I like the new site. It's kind of funny how people have always said that history repeats itself and it's like we've gone back to the kind of older style of riding where it's all natural. It's really good because the new generation of Rampagers; the kids, they're figuring out what the old guys had to go through.- Bender|
With the last build day at hand, crews were hard at work to connect the bigger features together on some lines, while packing in landings and sculpting lips on others. With the mix of wind, labour, and the vastness of the canyon, the cheers that signal a rider dropping were sporadic throughout the morning, but became increasingly frequent after lunch as darkness closed the window for practice.
Shutting down the venue once again, the athletes took every opportunity they could to practice, riding until the moon rose over the ridge. As a spectator, the experience feels very much like an evening at the dirt jumps, but on a much greater scale and with much higher consequences. As we all left the hill together, snaking out on the road in the pitch black through the dust and over the bumps – the anticipation for what’s to come tomorrow was palpable. All we know is that these athletes are about to throw down runs that none of us could even contemplate.
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