Video: The Best Moments from Red Bull Rampage Practice So Far

Oct 14, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


The 2021 Red Bull Rampage practice is well on its way. After a week of teams dialling in their lines, it's time to figure out how to impress the judges on their runs.








118 Comments

  • 146 23
 Watch it with no sound. So much better!
  • 109 4
 how you make it, how you wanna, how you wanna wanna make it.....how you....*mute*....
  • 42 1
 But then how would you make it how you wanna how you wanna wanna make it how you make it how you wanna?
  • 14 3
 @igxqrrl: I would love to see these lyrics become an entrenched PinkBike inside joke.
  • 17 1
 @igxqrrl: Wouldn't make it, no I wouldn't, no I wouldn't wouldn't wouldn't....
  • 4 3
 We need a "ask us anything" with whoever edited this video. Do they know the purpose of mountainbikevideos? To get us stoked?
  • 4 4
 Really odd music choice . . . had to turn sound off.
  • 8 2
 so ac/dc, pantera or something black label society it is?
  • 6 2
 @robdpzero: Carcass just released a new album. Would be rude not to just play that.
  • 6 2
 @robdpzero: So what if we could pick our music before the video starts? How cool would that be?!
  • 5 0
 "Damn kids and their squirrel rap!"
*thrusts fist into the air
  • 1 1
 @vinay: f*ck yeah. It’s brutal
  • 2 2
 Yeah the musical choice was a tad lame. Blatantly sexual hip hop doesn’t jive with the Rampage vibe.
  • 2 2
 F ya'll dissing throwing down with a bs or whip is pussy shit. LOL Bring it on brah these are guys f ing insane. Riding a single crown to a speaks to a riders ability.
  • 1 0
 well I just spoke to a veerrry drunk drunk girl in a florida strip club an she said this beat is like soo dope... y'all....
  • 1 0
 @vinay: sorry not feeling it after a quick listen. thinking more, killswitch engage - my last serenade. tho yeah they could have at least picked something off the nwd song list. anyways hopefully they’ll have a full explanation for the chosen “soundtrack”
  • 1 0
 @nurseben: that would be cool tho quite difficult to get it just right with all those slow mo pieces.
  • 3 0
 @robdpzero: Yeah, Carcass is youth sentiment for me. They've been pretty relevant to the scene yet unfortunately often misinterpreted. If one is looking for more of a groove, Machine Head may be a nice suggestion. They just turned 30 this year so having one of their tunes up there would be a nice celebration. I've only got their Burn My Eyes album but of course they've released a good bit after that.
  • 1 0
 All I hear at the start is Vital slideshow music.
  • 51 0
 Can RedBull open up an additional wildcard spot for Rampage each year to be filled at random by a PB commenter? I'm picturing the wildcard winner would read their comments about Rampage being 'soft' or 'too manicured' into the mic right before dropping in for their run.
  • 43 1
 We need a "Rampage Academy" show. 5 episodes in different classic freeride locations: Hanksville, Green River, Bartlett Wash, etc. Season finale in Virgin. Winners qualify for Rampage or Formation.
  • 4 0
 Someone would die at Bartlett!
  • 13 0
 @ea82abuser: 100% worth it to see someone flip-whip the Mushroom Drop.
  • 5 0
 @NoahColorado: when the consequences at rampage just arent high enough do it all on hard rock.
  • 1 0
 @NoahColorado: that would be so gnarly.

Standing at the edge of that drop is freaky!
  • 13 3
 Only Utah spots?

How about this, bring back the Ultimate Freeride Challenge but instead of a cash prize from online submissions, the top 4 riders compete at 4 different locations that are truly the classic freeride locations....

1. Farwell Canyon
2. Kamloops
3. North Shore
4. Virgin at the original Rampage site

Winner goes to Rampage/Formation
  • 15 0
 Bring back Chatel Mountain Style.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: Correct me if I am wrong, but they aren't able to hold rampage at the old site because it is BLM land, the land needs to be state owned in order to obtain a permit?
  • 1 0
 @Greener43: You're right, frigg it move it to one of the multiple Rampage sites that's all on the same private land. Either way, gotta hit up all the legendary freeride spots.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: Trust me I would love to see rampage go back to the original venue. I think it has so much potential.
  • 2 0
 @Greener43: I don't know if it still does, so much has been built up and previous massive lines/hits from 15 years ago are still there and are rideable with a slight touch up. I mean highschool kids are hitting the Bender Sender now like its nothing and Zink's line from Where the Trail Ends linking up Super Ts drop into flipping the Sender... I'm not sure what else can be made original from there or how to top it. Its like a museum though, its so cool to explore and ride. Perfect proving grounds though.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: some green river/ big water stuff would be sick too tho
  • 2 0
 @scott-townes: I was just thinking Utah for logistics, plus there's good diversity (in the terrain, not people obviously). Could probably work a sponsorship with Utah tourism board -- making permitting easier.
  • 9 0
 You know other countries exist right?
  • 4 8
flag scott-townes (Oct 14, 2021 at 13:00) (Below Threshold)
 @howsyourdad: Please enlighten us about other countries that have been so pivotal in the history of freeride as Canada and the U.S.
  • 3 0
 @howsyourdad: yup, shoutout to Kirill Benderoni, Dangerous Momo, and all the other international huckers.
  • 39 1
 I think the best bit so far is when the guy did the jump. Nuts.
  • 7 1
 Disagree. That guy who did the thing in the air, with his bike. That's the winning move right there.
  • 1 0
 i also like nuts
  • 18 0
 Crazy how little footage of Brage there is. Seems like he's still out there doing a lot of digging because he's not using that much off other folks lines. Really looking forward to his run partially because I have very little clue wtf he's doing besides smashing down the side of the mountain.
  • 9 0
 was thinking the same thing... also wondering if because it's his first year he doesn't realize how much you need to partner or use old lines to create new stuff and his line may not be quite finished or all that great because it just takes so much time?? Has happened to a couple people in the past... who knows it might be insane... we'll see I guess.
  • 17 2
 how you make it how you wanna how you wanna wanna make it wanna how you make it it wanna it make how make wanna
  • 11 0
 This is so sloperide it’s like freestyle but more like freeslope in stylish riding sort of way. I totally hate it but am in love with it.
I am also pro ebike but anti motor, I think everyone should get assistance with pedaling but hate pedal assist. Rampage should be an uphill only event.
  • 5 0
 I agreeably disagree with everything you have not said and anything you will say but love what you have said
  • 2 0
 This is pure big mountain sloperide, don't confuse it with freestyle sloperide
  • 14 0
 Crazy how much hang time they get riding so slow.
  • 5 0
 New Canyon Freeride bike on the thumbnail or ist that just a torque?
  • 1 0
 looks like a new bike to me
  • 3 1
 At least it seems quiet good for a Canyon. The chainstais are still intact.
  • 1 0
 Last shot's Genon, looks like a new bike for sure.
  • 2 0
 guessing it's an extension of the torque platform, like how commencal has the clash and furious
  • 4 1
 @EnsBen: clash and furious are as similar as megatower and v10 lol
  • 4 0
 Hats off to those lads. Groomed or not those are some BIG features. Wish this edit showed some more 1x speed.
  • 4 0
 Even some of the landings are so steep I’d be afraid to simply ride down those!
  • 1 0
 I’ll say this much
Slopefest or not Rampage is Badass
The amount of good quality video coverage from this years event have been pretty spot on in my book (w/the exception of Ole BRAge whos prolly just hold’n out on us for the mac daddyiest f%#kin.Viking Shreadfest well ever witness ,in our lives)
So much good PB comment section drama allready too
Yeeeeew lets git it f^%#kin Rampage
How you wana make it how you wana
  • 5 1
 The dirt looks so perfect
  • 2 0
 Way better than a "Normal" year
  • 5 1
 dirt is so good its basically not a freeride contest now /s
  • 1 1
 Havent really payed much attention to Rampage this year,but watching this it didn't feel like riding in the desert at all,can anyone at least spot a bit of dust on the air?
Not hating,but this doesn't seem to be the right way for Rampage IMO.
  • 1 0
 @nozes: What do you mean "the right way"? Do you expect the organisers to magically change the weather? It's been raining there so the dirt is packed and less dusty. It's that simple.
  • 3 1
 I have no business giving Semenuk advice... but if he could slow the whip down so it lasts the whole drop would be even betterer
  • 2 0
 Add a sec one or bar behind.... But hey that's no freeride alot would say... ;-) lol
  • 6 0
 Possible he has time for 2x and saving it for race day.
  • 3 0
 Maybe he can check his text messages
  • 2 0
 @Snowytrail: OOOooooooo
  • 2 0
 @torbenrider: There is no way in hell he'd be showing it this early if that's what he planned to do during his run. None.

I'm quite sure he has a series of tricks set up for that drop depending on weather, scores and flow.

I'd venture to guess that it'll end up being something like a whip to bar, flip whip or a 360/whip... oppo.

Either way... it's going to be a game changer and I think we'll see folks bring 2 bikes next year.
  • 2 0
 @ea82abuser: said it like I thunk it.
  • 5 2
 Five minutes of very impressive hucking, but I haven't seen any rubber touching a single rock, tbh...
  • 4 0
 No skinnies? No wheelie drops to flat? Definitely not free ride Wink
  • 1 1
 It’s amazing how the music can make an edit memorable or in detract. One memorable one that jumps to my mind is Danny Macaskill’s 09 Inspired bike edit with the song The Funeral blending with the sound of his free hub and bike impacting, perfect. Anyone have a favourite?
  • 1 0
 What comes to mind first for me is Brage's real MTB clip, music really matches the vibe well without being distracting, and the cuts/silent parts match up very satisfyingly.
  • 1 0
 @corporaltedbronson: the music then sound of the BB hitting the rock and the Raven call, yes 10/10!
  • 1 0
 I second the MacAskill-edit! Further i remember the "Remy Metaillier burns Whistler"-edit and a veery well fitting hiphop-track. Oh and Semenuks unreal oneshot with Buffalo Springfields "For What It's Worth".
  • 3 0
 It doesn't dust there. It's not Rampage.
  • 3 2
 Run-outs look so much longer and more groomed this year. Kind of turned into a giant slope event with big rowdy drops?
More than spectacular nonetheless.
  • 1 0
 DAF. Huge sends Gnarly lines Watched the Viking on Hard line. He brings some great character to the show. Would be cool if a few Canadians made the podium. Could happen .
  • 1 0
 given the Canadians record I'd say very likely of a podium or two
  • 1 0
 Holy Comments! Nice to see people getting stoked on the BIG show. Can't wait to watch the replay after work but need to avoid any social media, etc to avoid spoilers.
  • 2 1
 I wanna see rampage in the woods! Build and ride in the north shore mountains. Wade can host!
  • 2 2
 Is anyone else feeling like the damage they're doing to that hill is a little excessive meow? Not enjoying seeing so much bike park being stamped into that zone.
  • 2 0
 I agree. But being from Utah and having been there and ridden there, that dirt will be eroded to nothing in a couple years.
  • 1 0
 While I was watching I was really looking forward to the comments about the music Smile
  • 1 1
 Just give semenuk the gold and let the others fight over silver and bronze lol
  • 1 0
 Doesn't look like DJ will get to replace Lacondeguy
  • 1 0
 Alternates only get the chance to sub in before building starts. Not enough time/ space for alternates to build lines once things are in motion.
  • 1 0
 We need a Pinkbike Poll - How many tail whips has Brandon Semenuk done?
  • 3 2
 So excited! Awesome vid despite the awful music...so bad!
  • 1 0
 Looks like zink is out now too
  • 1 0
 Source? I did hear he took a spill backflipping something Frown
  • 2 0
 @j-p-i: Ig story of him in the hospital for potential punctured lung
  • 1 0
 @Henary: Ah crap, thanks for the info. Frown
  • 1 0
 Nope he said he’ll be back on the hill on his insta!
  • 1 0
 @BovineAssassin: that's good. I just saw.
  • 1 0
 That slow mo tailwhip is just a thing of beauty.
  • 1 0
 So fucking RAD!!!!! Such a chubber for this event. You are all GODS!!!!
  • 1 2
 Got to say, very disappointed in the lack of rampage covered by PB. I'm getting more info from the comments of others or IG stories.
  • 1 0
 The stoke is getting big
  • 1 0
 3:23 steeezy af
  • 3 4
 I truly wish electronic music did not exist, especially since my generation really made it a thing, sigh.
  • 4 5
 Wow. Although I do feel the same about metal.
  • 2 0
 I almost wish that music didn't exist,so we could cut the bitching and whining in the whole internet by 75%.
  • 1 0
 "Coverage"
  • 3 4
 Well that was a bit boring.
  • 1 1
 Dope Freeslope edit.
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