Video: The 20 Most Iconic Moments from Red Bull Rampage

Oct 6, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Words: Red Bull Bike

The biggest problem when cherry-picking the best moments that happened on Red Bull Rampage over the past two decades... there's just TOO MANY of them. Nevertheless, there are some that redefined not only the event itself, but the sport of freeride mountain biking as a whole. Sit back, relax, enjoy the trip down the memory lane & let us know if we've missed any.

1. 2001 Crispy Bauman is the first-ever rider to drop into Red Bull Rampage.
2. 2001 The Godfather Wade Simmons wins inaugural event.
3. 2001 Steve Peat shows up for one run.
4. 2003 Cedric Gracia pulls the first backflip for the win. Sport is accepted by racers.
5. 2004 Kyle Strait wins at 17-years-old.
6. 2004 Cam Zink attempts first 360-drop at Red Rampage but crashes. The seed is planted.
7. 2004 Darren Bearclaw shows up as an alternate, does a superman seat grab, get’s 3rd.
8. 2008 Red Bull Rampage returns and 17-years-old Brandon Semenuk wins signalling a changing of the guard.
9. 2010 Red Bull Rampage goes live for the fans to see.
10. 2010 Brandon Semenuk enlists a dream team of builders & builds a massive natural canyon gap. The following year everyone has a build team.
11. 2010 Cam Zink 360-drop Oakley Icon Sender is built.
12. 2012 Cam Zink Cam Zink crashes on on the canyon gap.
13. 2013 Kelly McGarry backflips over canyon gap.
14. 2013 Cam Zink flips the Sender.
15. 2013 Kyle Strait first 2-times winner.
16. 2014 TVS Tom Van Steenbergen front flips the canyon gap.
17. 2015 Antione Bizet attempts the first double backflip and breaks his arm. He successfully lands it in 2016.
18. 2017 Tom Van Steenbergen does a caveman on the start of his line.
19. 2017 Kurt Sorge becomes the 1st 3-times winner .
20. 2019 Brandon Semenuk builds the “perfect Rampage run” combining all the elements of the past two decades to take his 3rd victory.

Red Bull Rampage 2021 will take place on October 15th. Everything you need to know: https://win.gs/RedBullRampage21


59 Comments

  • 112 1
 Gee's transfer to wall ride
  • 23 1
 Gee got robbed
  • 6 0
 Why was this my first thought too?
  • 1 0
 Link?
  • 2 2
 You mean Romos transfer to wall ride that Gee poached and made smaller?
  • 3 0
 @loamfiend: why does everything have to come with a side order of beef?
  • 3 0
 @loamfiend: We mean the one that he figured out the correct angle for and actually landed it.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: What fun is a pot if you can't stir it a little.
Also, Romo is from the same town as me and we rode back in highschool so there a small connection there and it's fun to support those you know. Especially since most have all forgotten about him after he disappeared from the scene.
  • 89 1
 Brendog's 30 for Jordi on "the Rock"
  • 64 3
 Brendog's whole 2019 run should have been on that
  • 38 0
 21. Norbs got robbed.
  • 35 0
 Brendog got robbed! yet again ......
  • 24 0
 Suprisingly, the Bender Sender isn`t mentioned..
  • 23 0
 Kelly's canyon gets my vote
  • 16 0
 mcgazza forever. what that run and the gopro video did for exposure for mountain biking and rampage cannot be emphasized enough.
  • 17 0
 Um.

1. Bender for making this possible in the first place?
  • 2 0
 Jan Karpiel
  • 13 0
 So cool to see Super T again!
  • 1 0
 @winko
Yeah I thought the same exact thing.
  • 1 0
 Hi Tyler!!
  • 12 0
 would love to see the 30min super cut of this with much more from the riders.

but also, yeah, Super T's drop??
  • 14 0
 Brendog canyon flip? no?
  • 11 0
 Brendogs 2019 run needed to be here especially with the pushups for Jordie Lunn. Very memorable
  • 6 0
 I know a lot of people will disagree with me but this is hands down my favorite event of the year. It always has been since I was a little kid and saw this on tv for the first time.
  • 3 0
 Same. Been counting it down for weeks.

The plus side is its aired live in the evening here in the UK.

We have a "Rampage Party" every year.
  • 1 0
 I'm right there with ya. Nothing else even comes close
  • 6 0
 I could witness both Kelly's and Cam's flips in person in 2013 and those two will forever be my favorite Rampage moments.
  • 7 0
 Kelly McGarry flipping the canyon.
  • 2 0
 Whoops actually watched it.
  • 7 0
 When was the first boob flash? I believe it is relevant.
  • 6 0
 Tyler Klassen's drop?? ok...
  • 6 1
 Most iconic moment in Red Bull Rampage is when they announced Brendog would be competing. \m/
  • 7 0
 Brendon's whole 2019 run
  • 5 0
 Andreu Lacondeguy in 2019. One of the most edge of your seat exciting runs ever.
  • 4 0
 I was there in 2003... actually not far from where Gracia backflipped. Great memory
  • 2 0
 SOOOO ace to see Super T again! Used to watch the good ol' Drop in tv and have been a massive fan of him since, along with Randy Spangler and the crew! Man they were the days!!
  • 4 1
 Doesnt mention Brendog, or the stupidly partisan scoring. Rampage in a nutshell then.
  • 1 0
 Gnarliest thing I've ever seen at Rampage was Sam Reynolds' massive superman over the canyon gap in 2015 during qualies. That move was absolutely legendary! Sad to not see it here.
  • 1 0
 Just curious. why is this always held on a Friday. Why not Saturday... I work all week and would love to watch it live. I always know who won by the time I watch the replay... Just my little whine
  • 3 0
 Sooo
I guess I’ll make breakfast first
Thanks #1

Crispy Bacon
  • 3 0
 Can’t wait to watch this year’s event
  • 3 0
 Not sure #1 is really worthy of this list... :-)
  • 2 0
 Karpiel much? You early guys get your own special top 20!
  • 3 0
 In this video, as is always the case with Rampage; Brendog gets robbed.
  • 3 0
 Lacondeguy’s epic save in 2019
  • 2 0
 Ummmm no Super T Klassen winning in 2002? Who the f*ck made this list? Somebody born in 2003?
  • 2 0
 Claw got 3rd in 2002…and Steve Peat did one qualifier run in 2002 as well. Did we ever party!!
  • 1 0
 Why does there have to be a ranking of the iconic moments of this event? Every second of every year is mind blowing. Huge admiration for every rider from me.
  • 1 0
 Zinks Flip drop still blows my mind! Gee's wall transfer Sam Reynolds Superman over the Gap Brendogs 2019 Run. All awesome moments
  • 2 0
 Nicholi's fall off the cliff???
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same thing
  • 1 0
 can somebody tell me why Rampage is always on a Friday? thanks
  • 6 0
 It's on Friday to give the 2 extra days in case there is bad weather they can postpone to Saturday or even Sunday.
  • 1 0
 bizet's double Back flip so crazy...
  • 2 2
 Not an european event ahah
  • 1 0
 Steve peat was in 2002
  • 1 0
 22. Norbs getting robbed
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