Why I Didn't Drop In - Sam Reynolds on Red Bull Rampage

Oct 28, 2016
by UR Team  
Redbull Rampage is probably the mountain bike event that has the biggest media coverage worldwide.

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Some racers have made or lost so much in just one run. In that context the pressure that is on the shoulders of the riders is huge and the decision for Sam Reynolds not dropping in was probably as high had he dropped in. Especially considering his great result of winning the best trick for his first time out there in 2015.

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Let’s find out more about his story.

Can you tell us more about your line, the new venue, and what was your original plan?

The new venue was 'back to the roots' style which meant there were no set wooden features like ramps, gaps or drops like the past few years. Unfortunately for me going fast and hitting big jumps is what I like most so this was a bit of a bummer, but me and the boys managed to make a line that we thought was cool with a few big trickable features on the way down. I rode most of it in practice and it was actually fun!

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Can you tell us what lead you to make that decision and when did you decide it?

Well, at the top there was this horrible thin bit which I'm not exaggerating when I say was 4ft wide with well over a 100ft cliff off the side. If you slipped a pedal or got blown by the wind it wouldn't be a case of a broken arm or leg, you'd be lucky to survive, really. And for me when it came to the time in practice where I went up there, I decided that the risk just wasn't worth any amount of glory or money. Especially when I asked a few days before if it was possible to organise safety nets and they basically said they didn't have time.

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Are you happy with the decision you made?

I'm totally gutted, to turn down the honour of riding Rampage was the toughest thing to do. I hate feeling like I took the easy way out but at the same time I'm glad it's all over and everyone is safe. I think it's easy at Rampage to get pressured into doing something you would never normally want to with the prize purse and potential stage to prove yourself. I'm just a guy who likes to shred bikes and I decided I wanted to keep it that way! It was a horrible couple of days coming to the decision and looking back I think maybe I should have dropped in but at the time I wasn't feeling right, so I don't regret it.

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How have your sponsors, fans, and friends been responding to that?

That was my biggest worry at the time and still now but luckily everyone seems really empathetic. Of course I want to say thanks and sorry to everyone who was disappointed to not see me ride, believe me, I'm more disappointed than anyone. I've seen a few comments online calling me out but I'd love to see any of those keyboard bashers walk up the path to the top let alone ride down the lines! I'm lucky enough to have great sponsors too, who thankfully understand and support my decisions no matter what and I really respect them for that. Except the Deakinator who won't stop lobstering on about me not dropping in and no doubt I'll probably never hear the end of it!

Do you want to go back to Rampage and what would you do from your point of view as a rider to try to improve it?

I would love to go back to Rampage and just put some safety nets or something on the bits that the riders could die on!

Any last word ?

I can't believe Trump made it this far!

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You can watch the last few days before Sam Reynolds took off for Redbull Rampage here:

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Fabien Cousinié - Polygon UR team owner-rider

"I personally have a huge amount of respect for Sam's decision of doing what he thought was right at the moment, no matter what. Having witnessed Sam's canyon gap superman with my own eyes last year, I think Sam has nothing to prove here.

But today in extreme sports the pressure of being cooler and going bigger has never been as high and sometimes riders do what the world wants to see and not what they’re prepared for or what they are capable of.

For sure, this kind of pressure is what pushes the limits of our sport and we need it but to me in sports if you want to truly push your limit you need to be in a special mind set driven by confidence and clearly if you're not there then you have to draw a line about what risk you’re going to take and Sam has done it here despite the pressure.

In the name of the team and the team's sponsors, Sam we've got your back and we can't wait to see what you've prepared for us for next year.
"

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MENTIONS: @SamReynolds26 / @urteam / @Polygonbikes




266 Comments

  • + 651
 Major respect for you sam. Keep killing it.
  • - 260
flag Reignonme (Oct 28, 2016 at 12:04) (Below Threshold)
 yeah but.... nsmb.com/claws-burly-exposed-rampage-pov come on. Darren's run makes me dizzy just thinking about it. Ain't no nets there!
  • + 110
 Yeah and not it killing you! Smart move lad. Smart move.
  • + 22
 Totally We all know the mental pressure we put on ourselves when pushing our own limits. Then factor in the possibility of serious injury or worse.......
  • + 68
 @Reignonme: Claw's run was gnar, but you can't really talk or bash unless you're out there doing these lines with them matey
  • + 87
 @Reignonme: right, I think we get it. Sam made a choice, Darren made a choice. We gotta respect both of them for that.

Props to Sam, props to Fabien and the Polygon UR for being so realistic and chill.

and personally i found this years rampage too nerve racking to really get into it, yknow? i was just thinking "dontdiedontdiedontdiedontdie" rather than "i hope he hits that huge backflip/frontflip/360etcetc"
  • - 443
flag lawnweenies1 (Oct 28, 2016 at 12:40) (Below Threshold)
 What a pussy
  • + 54
 @Reignonme: Just because "The Claw" says he is happy to do it and testifies how much everyone love this, doesn't mean that everybody actually love it and agree with him. Most of that stoke talk is self assurance and cranking up a bunch of dudes who sit in front of the screen. There's very few dudes who are obsessed with doing sht like that and have nowhere else to go, but not every single one of these riders is like that.

I think Sam's (and Aggy's) honesty is currently more needed in this sport and lives of sport fans than inspirational ejaculations of psychos like Dan Atherton or Stacy Kohut. FEST is an excellent example of not going bigger and sketchier within an eisting formula, but doing things differently without going smaller. But that requires a bit more creativity and risk isn't it? And then they smoke weed on FEST, not as marketable as energy drinks...
  • + 56
 @lawnweenies1: Go ride it yourself. Only then do you have the right to call him something that he is not.
  • + 28
 @lawnweenies1: ok, you go up there with a gopro on and show us all how sam's trail should be ridden then
  • + 23
 @lawnweenies1: your comment is very immature and you have obviously never pushed yourself hard enough to feel the fear
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Dan Atherton a psycho ? you just made my night waki
  • + 3
 @konacyril - lawwenies took a troll dump... no point getting on it like Neil de Grasse Tyson on Flat earth...

Dan Atherton - fk yea, check the first minute of his latest vid. No way to be so good at what he does without being a psychopath. Once you're in it so deep...
  • + 7
 @lawnweenies1: lets get a meeting with you and Deakinator arranged.
  • + 7
 @Reignonme: Why not post his second run? You know, the one he got blown by wind.

Imho, the risk/reward ratio is too damn high to try anything without a minimum of safety equipment. Drill, python, nets, ride, uninstall. No damage to the landscape, the feat will be the same, less risk.
  • + 4
 Your right Waki , Dans actually burying inferior riders with that spade Smile
  • + 6
 @Reignonme: ... well said, while sitting comfortably behind your computer screen. Judging Sam's line and decision based on Darren's (POV) line just doesn't make sense.

Some days, for whatever reason, an obstacle will stop one person but not another... both the decision to drop in and 'ride another day' deserve respect.
  • + 17
 @lawnweenies1: I wish I could downvite you more
  • - 1
 I think there is room for a new superslopestyle formula where guys could do stuff on big bikes or even better something tailored to bring back 6-7inch free ride bikes instead of hard tails. Bigger than Joyride but smaller than Nine Knights. Something where Sam and Bizet would shine and we could have tail whips on something other than a 4inch travel bike with the suspension locked out so it basically does nothing.
  • - 138
flag Powderface (Oct 28, 2016 at 19:55) (Below Threshold)
 He's like Sam Hill. Can't play with the big boys anymore. Nothing wrong with that. It takes a certain level of strength and determination to ride at that level year after year. The GOAT is just that because his entire career he's been able to put it on the line. If I were Sam Reynolds sponsors I'd drop him. There are plenty of other guys that rode rampage and each one of them is worth more as a brand ambassador than SR. He should get a grassroots gig if he's at a grassroots level.
  • + 65
 @Powderface: you're an idiot.
  • + 30
 @andersonsmog: i second that
  • + 25
 @Powderface: your an idiot
  • + 9
 I think this is more the result of big mtn freeride V's big trick slope style Rampage is a big mtn event, no doubt aboot that. We all know if Aggy had crossed the line with that run using Doerfling's big mtn top section. He would've won, Brandon second. Or it would've been very close for the judging. Compare to last year, the scariest rampage to watch ever! There was a LOT of riders more known for thier slope comp wins dropping in an I honestly think that's what made it sketchy to see! I glad that this year's rampage went back to the big mtn style with less wooden booters an I'm SO gutted for Aggy.seems like Sam, as rad as he is. Just hasn't got the big mtn kudos yet and respect to him for his admission in a world where social media can judge in an instant Any one thinking Sam is a pussy or he should be dropped by his sponsors should maybe remember his 70ft superman that won best trick last year, or Sam being the first rider to hit the 90ft step down at Fest, an then let loose some super stylish riding on jumps you could build a house in the middle
  • - 53
flag Powderface (Oct 28, 2016 at 23:29) (Below Threshold)
 @andersonsmog: I think it's a legitimate question. How long should they pay someone that's not competing at an elite level with an elite level salary? Every athlete knows there's a limited window of opportunity where you can demand top dollar. You have to take advantage of that. Sam Reynolds chose not to ride something that two dozen other riders did. That's fine but you don't get the same paycheck that the rest did.
  • - 45
flag Powderface (Oct 28, 2016 at 23:32) (Below Threshold)
 @tblore: All you had to do was retype what andersonsmog had typed right above you. Couldn't even manage that, could you? I may be an idiot but you're certainly one as well.
  • + 16
 @Powderface: no it's not a legitimate question. You are talking about disposable employee job market, which you yourself would never like to be in and that's never a good approach for any business. This getting paid for dropping from a 60ft cliff upside down, not being a postman or waitress at a diner where boss will kick you out after the second time you are late or first time you don't show up.

Your posts smell of troll dump for a mile anyways
  • - 24
flag Powderface (Oct 29, 2016 at 0:42) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: That's the unfairness of any career based on one's own physical ability. If Usain Bolt ran 11's would he have any sponsors? Of course not. If you choose mountain biking as a career you choose to take those risks if you want to be a top level contender. No one duped him into this. There comes a time in every pro's life where he says "Is this still worth it?" At some point for every athlete the answer is going to be no. That time came for SR. There's nothing wrong with it or any shame in it. All I'm saying is that when you step down from the elite echelon you don't get to keep all the perks that came with the rarefied air. If you played your cards right you get a job in the industry, either coaching the new kids, product testing/development, etc.
  • + 4
 @Powderface: it's quite clear he siding drop in due to safety concerns 'if' it went wrong. Mountain biking is unpredictable' especially with conditions like rampage, all it could take is a tire to blow out to chuck you off line and off the side I'm sure he would have dropped in if safety nets were provided which he asked for. The people who run the event need to think about Murphy's law.
  • + 7
 @Powderface: first off, it's not you who determine value of a rider and there's more to it than just the score on the leader board. It's way more complex than that. If you are an athlete then your job, after all, boils down to provide your sponsors with exposure. A pro athlete is a living commercial sign, creating relations and emotions in viewers minds, so that they may eventually buy a product they wouldn't if they were not exposed to the brand via that particular dude. Competitions, although the biggest part of that in case of guys attending Rampage, is not the only part of that. In the era of internet where tweeter activity becomes one of major contributions to running for a president, Sam Reynolds confession probably gave his sponsors more recognition than him coming 2nd at Rampage. So it is about net positive exposure not singular event exposure. If we break the Rampage exposure down, it is about getting photographed and filmed so that there's as much photos of you as possible for people to see the logos on his kit. If you get the first spot, or the sickest trick, then off course there's most cameras on you. That is a cruelly cold, moral free process of receiving a trigger in potential buyers head: the triggering content has to be pretty, mind boggling and emotional. It doesn't matter that much if it is negative or positive (watch Flat Earth people, the more people hate them, the more followers they get as a result) In that way, Nicholi Rogatkin crashing and then going on, made more publicity for him and his sponsors than if he finished the run, given that he didn't have much chance to win. There's no morality attached to it unless you decide to.

So what I am trying to say is a bit like the zen master and the little boy: "we'll see". So don't cross anybody out.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2cjVhUrmII
  • + 9
 @Powderface: you do realise that mtb is bigger than rampage? Rampage isn't the only comp in the FMB series?
You seriously think that if a competitor in any sport isn't number one, they don't deserve sponsorship? So how aboot all the other hundreds of competitors that number one has to beat to become number one?
Sponsorship isn't just aboot winning, it's aboot representing a brand that thinks a riders persona an responsibility will represent thier brand.
You think Sam not dropping in is bad for polygons image as a bike company? More than likely quite the opposite. Including his fest series participation an FMB events, Web edits etc etc

It's why top personalities get sponsored an douchebags don't
  • + 4
 I respect your decision for Rampage.
All I want are more videos like this please.

www.pinkbike.com/news/s4p-backcountry-20-with-fairclough-reynolds-and-wilkins-video.html
  • + 15
 It sounds gay, but as I get older and a little more financially stable I find that I "try" and make community minded purchases, buying at the lbs and paying slightly more, not buying from companies with questionable ethics etc.
If a sponsor dropped an athlete for not competing in an event that could change their life (see Paul B) I'd never buy a product from them again. It makes little difference I'm sure but if you don't vote with your feet companies won't get the hint
  • + 3
 Nowt wrong with wanting not to die. Massive props to the dudes to drop in, I'm just gutted Kelly want there
  • + 2
 @Powderface: I can see what you are telling, and it's not dumb; it's the cold reflexion that goes in a sponsor's head with the athletes he supports(ed).
Yet, I think this can't apply here because there is no result. Never did Sam get a low score , and consistently. He said nope, the risk is too high, there are to many variables I can't control and that can lead to nasty outcomes, I'm not dropping. It was not a matter of 'I can't do it' but rather 'I'm not willing to do it', and for one event like Rampage, I'm not sure it will have an impact.
  • + 9
 @lawnweenies1: I can see from your profile picture that you are a beast on the bike.........good luck next year in Rampage
  • - 1
 Powderface may be an idiot but SR isnt going to be invited next year and the year after and..........
  • + 2
 @Benito-Camelas: yeah in the same way he probably couldn't give a f*ck. Do you think he took the decision lightly? No, neither do I. So I respect him all the more for it. Rampage isn't the be all and end all of MTB, it was about 10 years ago, now... Who cares too much anyway. We've all grown and learnt that as long as you're on wheels (any number will do), and having fun, that's all that counts. Good on Sam for sticking with his decision. We should only ever ride for fun, that's why we start, so long may it continue. Cheers Sam!!!!!
  • - 2
 @bluumax - that is very interesting what you wrote because it is a double edged sword and this is where publicity shit gets amazing. Just like you, me (and I bet many other people), we would boycott a sponsor who would let down a fallen rider. However, we'd be happy to put our money on that sponsors products more than others, if he decided to provide extra back up for the poor dude, ESPECIALLY if he did it in a rather quiet way and a third party (preferably another rider, good friend of the fallen one) would release news that the sponsor is an amazing good-doer. Turn the threat into an opportunity. Is it sleezy? No! it depends solely on intention.

So in face of such dualities, why do these dudes play such a risky game?
  • + 1
 @Powderface: could care less. I will add I don't think your an idiot personally, your probably cool. But your comment was idiotic
  • + 8
 @bluumax: "it sounds gay" WTF is the matter with you? It's 2016 - take the Skrewdriver LP off old chap. Ha
  • - 1
 @endlessblockades: I believe that your comment would be appropriate it 2014. Social justice twats have pushed all the people they tried to protect under the bus with their whiny, self righteous, virtue singalling, egotistic load of junk. In 2016 we should be smart to recognize that "it sounds gay" has nothing to do with discrimination of homosexuals, just like shouting "Jesus Christ!" doesn't mean that person saying it is a devout catholic, calling upon his God, expecting him to hear about the matter.
  • + 2
 @bluumax: What exactly is "gay" about that? A dictionary may serve you well.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: it's ok @Powderface is just jealous because he thinks he should be in in Sam's place but has yet to prove he has the balls to superman a 70' canyon, or hit anything fest sized, or the intelligence to know when to listen to one's gut feeling and instincts. It's easy to be a big man behind a screen. I think Polygon's response was spot on.
  • + 4
 @lawnweenies1: for most riders that go big and push themselves, there comes a point where you listen to your unner voice and when you know something doesnt feel right you just don't do it. That's not to say a different day wouldn't yield different results or a different decision, but for a guy to recognize when something isn't kosher shows intelligence, not cowardice.
  • + 1
 @lawnweenies1: i see you don't like pussy...
We do.
  • + 5
 Lol, Waki accusing someone else of being a Troll... I've heard it all now
  • + 4
 @WAtrailmaker:

yes. if not in the right frame of mind, never undertake any activity where there potentially a fatal outcome

when I trained as a BSAC Dive Leader (scuba diving) we were told from day one - if you are not feeling it when getting ready to dive, never go ahead with the dive. Even if sitting in the boat, all kitted up, next to your buddy about to roll into the water.
  • + 0
 @lalondep: for once I think @wakidesigns has got it right; it's 2016, saying something is gay has no link to homosexuality. The word became a pejorative a decade ago, so if you do still associate it with homosexuality then that's your problem, not mine. Maybe a higher understanding of the English language is required.... Like the polish guy from Sweden has. (?)
  • + 0
 @bluumax: Haha. You agree conveniently, as his reply supports your use of language. Since there's nothing sexual - homo, hetero or otherwise - about responsible purchasing choices, any number of other words would have served better.
  • + 0
 @lalondep: oh yea, just try calling it "stupid" and eventually there will be a white knight jumping in quickly saying that you are a dumb-shaming, intelligence-privileged a-hole. Stupid may go unnoticed, but call it "retarded"... OOOOOH MYYYYY

Nothing better but a bit of civil propriety police making sure no one's feelings get hurt.
  • + 3
 @bluumax: so are you gay? If not you really don't have any right to be passing judgement on what should and shouldn't be offensive to the LGBT community. Sure as a straight man that word means nothing to you but for someone that's spent their entire life dealing with the bigotry, offensiveness, and sometimes violence that word carries, it means something completely different. Yes, in today's day and age that word and title still means something very bigoted and hurtful to some. It's up to you to choose whether or not you want to ignore those facts just to suit yourself or respect that fact and make a still ostracized community feel more welcomed and accepted. That term has been in use for far less time than the N word but I'm pretty sure you're not going around calling anyone with an African heritage the N word or using it to describe your thoughts and feelings on a completely unrelated subject. Besides the derogatory undertones that the slang usage of the word has your usage of it is completely out of context to the actual definition of the word.
  • - 2
 @lifeofloon: you better be a homosexual male to write this...
  • + 0
 @lifeofloon: i might well be, but i domt have to label myself to speak freely, and isn't the actual definition "happy and colourful", maybe my use of the word was actually aimed at how being happy and colourful is now seen as being quite uncool in this era...
And yeah, might be hurtful to some, but I'd bet more gay people use the word gay pajoritively than straight people dare to.
You understand that being a white knight creates more victims than it protects right?
  • + 4
 @bluumax: why white knight? Deep purple sang bout a black one and apparantly he was a long way from home.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: so does that mean you must be green with yellow eyes, short, stout, hairy, smell like ass and live under a bridge to be able to relate to a troll so much? You have some great intelligent stuff that comes from your keyboard and than sometimes you come up with this shit.

@bluumax: so you freely throw the N word around a lot because it's socially accepted for the demographic it's used to describe to use it? Feel free to come try that over here and see what kind of reception you get. You do understand showing disrespect to others does not gain you any respect?
  • + 3
 @lifeofloon: hmmm... so you have no balls to say "yes" or "no"? So you assume that my argument may differ depending on how you answer... I will present you with a philosophical construct that I unfortunately don't follow (and participation in this discussion is a perfect example of it), but you may be wiser: "when fighting monsters, it is hard to not become a monster", the returning gaze of the darkness, the beast behind the mirror. You know... if you talk with knobs long enough you become one. My mother told me that when I had my first bloody fight in school, I was like 8. Took me 27 years to truly experience how true it is... now let me test you on that one!

The N-word hahahaha. Let me explain the difference to you if you are too winded up in healing humanity:
"Hey, you know Peter? - That n*gger?" - ouch... I don't think you can say that... but:
"Hey you know Peter? That gay dude? - perfectly ok.

*Have you noticed how n*gger gets a * and gay doesn't? I think you should report it to Pinkbike ASAP...

Tell me, do you also react so hard when you hear someone calling woman a witch? You know, they were burned, buried alive, drowned, cut to bits and what not. Why would anyone revive those horrors by using such word? How about a Jew? Hey, how about, Oswiecim (aka Auschwitz) changing the name of the city to stop the negative connotations? I ask because I spent 20 years of my life living 1h from it, and my grandmother almost died there. For example: Nazis. Most americans go bananas when they hear that trigger word. But we Polish people whose grand parents actually experienced the sht in much worse form than US troops... we don't treat it as such a loaded word. We also don't make movies like "Inglorious basterds" where it is perfectly cool to murder with cold blood as long as they are nazis... so... Hitler Hitler Hiiiitleeeeer! There goes the Godwin's laaaaaaw
  • + 2
 @bluumax: good madras and cobras..then a brown night?
  • + 2
 @lifeofloon: Yeah mate, got my hood card and use it quite often with friends... you know we have black people in Britain as well right? And would i try it in America? no, because its full of idiots like you who've never experienced true diversity in your life, do you not understand how much of a joke you are? charging in to defend people who never asked to be defended in the first place on a mountainbiking website? well done changing the world, the minorities and under represented groups of America are so lucky to have protectors like you....
  • - 3
 @bluumax: so you're about as arrogant as your ancestors that we kicked the f*ck out of our country for trying to tell us how to live. You have no clue as to who my social circle is and how they feel. Maybe travel to somewhere less eurocentric and you could experience real diversity but that might shatter your image of the world. You must also think that because this is a biking website there is no one on here that shares a different cultural background or lifestyle. Sorry I've got no problem calling an ass an ass and could care less what some bigoted Brit thinks of me.
  • + 1
 @lifeofloon: for the lack of the better word you are an idiot www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdtHZ_6oz9Q
  • + 2
 @lifeofloon: so your French then?
  • + 109
 As both a rock climber and mountain biker, I see a lot of similarity between riding a course this exposed and free-soloing. In the climbing world there have been endless articles exploring the reason and motivations free-soloing. Most of them conclude that the motivation really has to come from inside the climber: he needs to be 100% stoked and confident for that particular climb in the current conditions. Outside pressure from media, sponsors, or fans is pretty much tuned out. In fact, many of the most noteworthy free-solos were not witnessed by the media (and reenacted later) because the added pressure is uncomfortable.
  • + 50
 I totally agree! If you are not feeling it, the only smart thing to do is walk away and live to ride another day.
  • + 7
 @joregon - you nailed it
  • - 1
 Free solo is more calculated, usually. Most of the time on a runout it feels more predictable. Riding seems more random to me, as far as shit happening.
  • + 1
 @Xorrox: @joregon Agreed with both. This feeling of not being "right" from the perspective of the athlete can lead to accidents. Take the omens, the signs, the judgment calls you see or feel. It happened to me twice this year. Once on my MTB, and the other on dirt bike. Both resulted in hospital visits. Before hand, both times before going out shit was just not right. I had signs like a flat tire driving a dirt bike 20 ft away from the truck before a day trip where I ended up putting a thin bolt into the back of my leg 40 km away from civilization. Or obscure traffic jam detours on the way to the trail head of trails I hadn't ridden before, but waited the extra 30 minutes just to crash out and hurt the knee of the gimp leg from dirt biking. The level of commitment and confidence definitely has to be there. Both times I was second guessing myself to go through with the rides after those events happened. Both times I should have listened. I think it was a good call Sam made.
  • + 0
 @Xorrox: Agreed! That's the sign of a calculated and professional athlete, and not some young chump winging himself in hopes to gain self-glory. With my super limited experience and trying to consider all things around this-- I would dare say his decision making alone was as much, if not more ballsy than physically dropping in.
  • + 0
 Joe Rogan!?? Love your podcasts man.
  • - 3
 @nickkk: I doubt it's Joe Rogan... A.He calls cyclists cyclers B.He's a big chunk of elk meat in ketonic state. There's very few bike parts that could carry him through terrain without getting broken...
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flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 29, 2016 at 11:43) (Below Threshold)
 @nickkk: f*ckin coyotes!
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Rogan is 170 pounds, nothing a bike can't handle.
  • - 3
 @PLC07: is he? He looks like at least 200. I listen to him on almost every work day but I don't remember that many details. I just can't wait for the election to be over, same sht takes way too much air time, almost every time.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: That's what the wiki page says. He's 5'9 anyway, so he's not going to be over 250lbs, which is the "cutoff" limit for some mountain bike parts.

Yeah man, the election talk is annoying as hell, especially when you're not american and you feel they're f*cked either way.
  • + 2
 yes. if not in the right frame of mind, never undertake any activity where there potentially a fatal outcome

when I trained as a BSAC Dive Leader (scuba diving) we were told from day one - if you are not feeling it when getting ready to dive, never go ahead with the dive. Even if sitting in the boat, all kitted up, next to your buddy about to roll into the water.

I applied this philosophy when I got into extreme freeride. If not feeling right, don't do it...
  • - 2
 @PLC07: One thing is sure when it comes to Joe. After the podcast with Dan Bilzerian: Fanny packs are officially legit!
  • + 1
 @PLC07: Train By Day Joe Rogan Podcast By night. ALL DAY!
  • + 65
 Nothing but respect! I didn't enjoy watching this year. The stakes are just to high. When aggy crashed I thought I was watch someone die or become handicap for life. Not cool. Video style contest with video team and riders over a 3 week period and riders view each edit to see who
Wins?
  • + 31
 When Aggy crashed I kept repeating "move you legs move your legs move your legs". I had Paul Bas in mind all long the event. The riding was insane, the riders are unbelievable but I realized that, no, I don't wan't to see my heroes risk their lives anymore for my fat ass stuck in my couch.
Watching rampage is done for me. I'll keep stalking everything the days before (hurray for diggers!) and look at the result, but I won't watch it next time.
Yes, @robway, your concept wins for me.
  • + 3
 It was awful seeing him go down but Rampage was never something for everyone to enjoy watching. Its always been that way since the inaugural event 15 years ago. A few people not being able to stomach it is no reason to completely uproot the format but it would be sick having a side event where they session stuff like you're suggesting. Not seeing Sam ride was disappointing but it wasn't unexpected given the conditions. Gotta put yourself first before the entertainment of others.
  • + 2
 I have stopped watching it/paying attention to it since they started introducing the ramps and all that artificial stuff. The level has been increasing year after year just for the people watching to become astonished. Last year's is not good enough anymore so they keep pushing it forward. I think now it is probably at the limit and people are getting hurt. It was only a matter of time for somebody to get hurt. Red bull wants more and more audience and exposure, mtb riders are just cannon fodder for them in my opinion. When Paul got hurt and there was the concern about the money to pay the expenses I got confused. Should't Red Bull come forward to to pay everything needed for Paul's recovery?
This event is astonishing, big things and all that, but for me this is not mountain biking anymore.
  • + 38
 The deakintor just binned it on some trail jumps so he can hush his damn mouth.Jokes aside, fair play Sam. Fuck anybody who's gonna try make you gamble with your life. Still the baddest man with the worst haircuts.
  • - 6
flag sosickdude (Oct 28, 2016 at 14:23) (Below Threshold)
 Dude they're best mates, he's just taking the piss
  • + 24
 @sosickdude: doyoueven sarcasm bro?
  • - 9
flag samoooli (Oct 28, 2016 at 15:04) (Below Threshold)
 @Ziph: Typical Kiwi. They don't know sarcasm if it hit em in the face!
  • + 1
 Binned it, I floated like superman, must of been the hushed damned mouth not quite getting the airflow right! ????
  • + 1
 @the-deakinator: hahaha this comment was made before the footage was out.i indeed credit you for a graceful dismount.
  • + 23
 What the hell happened with the backup rider list? Seemed like that part got all screwed up. Don't mind someone backing out, but it's a shame someone else didn't get there chance to take his spot.
  • + 20
 I think it was for injuries that happened before the riders got down there. You can't ask someone to come in and dig a full line in a day instead of the standard four
  • + 5
 @j12j: Bingo, backup riders had a deadline. If no one backed out before a certain day due to injury or whatever, then they didn't get in. No sense throwing a guy in last minute and unprepared.
  • + 23
 Back-up riders should have more involvement. They should be allowed to act as floating builders / build helpers, line testers, media consults and so on. So if someone is out on the last or second last day, or hey are warmed up and eager to shred on event day, and they have the practice and confidence to ride the lines safely.
  • + 3
 @north-shore-bike-shop: There was a specific effort made by the organizers this year with an added emphasis on safety. Things like extra time to build, extra practice time, mandatory day off, etc. There is no way they could then allow a rider into the contest at the last minute.
  • + 1
 @north-shore-bike-shop: With the.event clocking in at something like 5.5 hours, there probably is little desire to add backup riders, although I'm sure the backups would appreciate it.
  • + 0
 @sino428: understood but there were the 5 or 6 backup riders listed. I wonder if they were in Utah even. If not, great. The event is good. But if they were there hanging out with their buddies I bet they would have loved a chance to get involved.

I have been watching the Rampage since it started. This was without a doubt the best event ever. Building on this year's format will only make it better and my one thought to contribute is maybe it's worth considering a more active involvement for the couple backup riders. Maybe yes maybe not. I don't expect my comment to change Red Bull's event and I will eagerly be watching again next year.
  • - 2
 I think that considering how dangerous the event is, it is real shitty from Redbull to publically release the list of invited riders before they accept the invitation. Oh I'm a pro rider sponsored to ride, my name is on the list and I will just say no. For a guy like Sam it's like being a Contractor and getting asked on CNN to build a bridge over San Francisco bay, and saying no. It's as much of an honor as is it a burden. Rampage is fkd up
  • + 2
 @north-shore-bike-shop: everything you are suggesting in terms of having back up goes against all the new rules they put in this year. They want these guys prepared, rested, and well practiced. And remember the other change they made for this year that I didn't mention in my last comment was a shortened field of riders. The only way to safely let backup rides in at the last minute would be to have them there building a line and prepping as if they were going to ride. And that goes directly against the idea of having a shorter field and less crowded hull to build on. They don't want more guys out there.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: keep in mind that more than half the field is pre-qualified under the current rules. Among as they keep the rules the same we can probably figure out most of the invited field for next year already.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Rampage is not f*cked up, how you view the event is.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Wait one f*cking minute Waki - are you suggesting that riders are not begging for an invite all year and are instead dreading the invite for fear of being called out for being a wet one if they decline it??
  • - 1
 @Rubberelli: yes I am suggesting that not every single one of these riders is stoked to go on Rampage, even if it's only one out of 20. Especially a dude who's already been there. Just like there will be two or three up and coming dudes who will suck dick to get there, ride for free and without insurance. They dream of winning everything: trophies, money, tears, glory and the most valuable of them all: interview with Brett Tippie!!! OH MY GOD!!!
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: And why are they not just playing injured then? Seems like a pretty easy way out.
  • + 1
 I'm a Reynolds fan and it's obviously his decision not to drop, but it sucks that someone else wasn't given the opportunity to step in. There were a lot of folks hoping for an invite.
  • + 17
 Kudos Sam much respect. I think we could all learn a little from your decision. I for one know I have hit lines I was not mentally ready for on the day and that was just due to minor peer pressure. It takes guts to say no sometimes. Anyway keep on shredding, looking forward to seeing what you have for us when the stars line up
  • + 16
 Seems like a good shout with the nets, surely wouldn't be too much effort to make the venue a fair bit safer. Given that there were no wooden features they could have focused the effort on rider/course safety.
  • + 14
 It is a good idea, but going off what little I know of the terrain and rock climbing, installing nets probably couldn't be accomplished in a few days without pre-planning. A body falling quickly would be exerting a lot of force on those nets, all coming down to the two or three areas the nets were anchored into the rock. The machinery anchoring those nets would need to be suspended along with the construction crew. Even obtaining the materials in a few days is probably asking a lot of the event organizers. Again, it's a good idea and hopefully Sam's voice will be enough for them to consider it next year. I'm just not surprised they were unable to complete it in time for this event.
  • + 2
 @CJSelig: The terrain where rampage is held is incredibly soft to install nets, possible, but not without the risks, the force exerted by a fall could potentially lead to failure, further endangering the rider. Spent time climbing on sandstone in Utah (Indian Creek) absolutely beautiful, When dry, protection sticks for the most part; any type of moisture...well...try not to fall.
  • + 3
 I would think installing safety nets etc could also open up a can of worms for Red Bull. Now the riders know there are no real safety measures, and that everything is in their own hands. Once the organisation starts installing nets etc, the riders will/may rely on that, and if the nets for some reason fail, that could open up new liabilities for the organisation. Just thinking out loud here....
  • + 3
 @MTB-Colada: Precisely. Putting up nets makes no sense if you really think about it. A false sense of security for the rider, and a new liability for the net installer, designer, manufacturer and sponsor. If the venues are too dangerous, the athletes need to unite in saying so, and RedBull can make a decision from there. If RedBull decides to ignore their feedback, and they choose to ride anyway, well, we will eventually witness a fatality. But let's not forget, the first fatality in recent top-level MtB competition that I am aware of came in an Enduro World Series race. Fortunately, that did not happen in front of an audience. (RIP Will Olson)
  • + 14
 I honestly have more respect for you now Sam, and am only disappointed to hear that there is any hint of second thoughts. As much as I enjoyed watching Rampage, I feel pretty frustrated with the sheer, unnecessary risk factor for the riders. Those spines are too narrow, and too tall to host an event like this. Sure, you could argue that no one is forcing the riders to perform, but Sam's own words would say otherwise. He felt enormous pressure to participate, and still reconsiders the decision he made. I feel like a line has been crossed, and we're all partially responsible as viewers. I am stoked to hear about the efforts of the organization this year to improve the riding experience but I think it needs to be taken further. Safety certainly is not the number one priority, as it should be. The risks involved in this event could be reduced enormously, with only a small reduction in excitement.
  • + 10
 So much respect for Sam's decision. Doing something you're not mentally prepared for is how you wreck yourself. Instead he checked himself. Hold your head high.
  • + 8
 Good to see the UR team standing behind Sam's decision. Not sure why everyone is giving Deakinator a hard time, taking the piss out of everyone is a big part what he's known for.
  • + 7
 Right now the RB Rampage is feeling like the "best track" snowmobile events at the X-games. Does someone have to die before we realize the risk is just too much? The X-games snowmobile jumping/best track events have been cancelled and they no longer exist, for good reason. I'd hate for this to happen to the RB Rampage. I hope RB and the event organizers get smart for next year and take preventative actions to ensure (at least at SOME level) the safety of the riders. Just because CAN doesn't mean we SHOULD.
  • + 10
 Interestingly, more people died in Enduro racing this year of 2016, then all of the Redbull Rampages combined.
  • + 9
 @XCMark: a lot more people participate in Enduro races. Even I've done one, and there's not much chance of me getting invited to Rampage!
  • - 2
 @elbandido77: Ever hear of the Freeride World Tour? Many have died competing in that event but guess what? No calls to have it cancelled or that its "too much". Its what the riders want to do. If you don't like watching your favorite riders pushing themselves, you don't have to watch. Its as simple as that.
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: No, Scott, it is not as simple as that.

It would appear that there are some things you have chosen to selectively ignore to enable your very clearly and repeatedly expressed opinion to make perfect philosophical sense within your own frame of reference, and in addition allow you to justify the total rejection of anyone's opinions where they diverge from your own, regardless of the intricacy of their developmemt.

1) "On any other day". When someone, anyone, says, "On any other day", what is it that is being expressed by that phrase? I suggest that it means the person uttering the phrase sees that day as exerting influences on you that are unusual, different, extraordinary. Would you agree or disagree?

2) ".. it's easy at Rampage to get pressured into doing something you would never normally want to".

How do you feel about pressuring people into doing things they would never normally want to? Do you see that as being a positive or negative? Could you see how some people may see it as a positive aspect yet others negatively?

3) It is dangerous to suggest that one's personal perspective should always be the basis for decisions of right and wrong. There are times when it is beneficial to see beyond that. "Honour killings are not f&@ked up, how you view the event is". Perspective is never everything; it is hardly ever as "simple as that". Some of the athletes themselves are saying as much and you are choosing to ignore them.

I have said previously we have to trust the arhletes to take their own decisions, yet it is tantamount to willful ignorance to so glibly dismiss Rampage as being without added pressures. The world is never as black and white as you appear to make it out to be Scott. It takes as much courage to admit that as it does to choose to drop in, or sit it out.
  • + 0
 @orientdave: "On any other day". When someone, anyone, says, "On any other day", what is it that is being expressed by that phrase?---- Well that means if it wasn't windy and if he was in the right frame of mind, I'd imagine seeing as those are the reasons why he didn't compete.

".. it's easy at Rampage to get pressured into doing something you would never normally want to" ---- Yes, just like other comps. that are pretty legendary. That's part of the mind game regardless of what sport or discipline. This isn't unique to Rampage.

And as for spectators who don't understand or find Rampage too much to watch, it is as simple as not watching it for them. Don't misconstrued or assume ridiculous things from my post or anything....
  • + 2
 @scott-townes: "on any other day" ...is what Aggy said Scott, "on amy other day, I wouldn't have dropped in".

Redbull exerts pressure; pressure created by both the athletes themselves, and the media circus that it is.

"If you dont like it, dont eatch it" is, and always will be, just one way of approaching the idea of live broadcast , life threatening sport.

However, Rampage is young and is developing in response to all the stakeholders' input; it raises questions about the safety of the event and the relationships between competitors, organisers, sponsors and spectators that are deserving of a deeper analysis that "just don't watch" purely and simply because of the pressure to perform felt by the athletes.
  • + 0
 @orientdave: Yeah Rampage, like any other legendary comp (as I already stated multiple times), does exert pressure on the athletes to perform. You're just repeating what I've already posted. This is nothing new or unique to Rampage.

As for the rest of your post, like I already posted, you are making absurd leaps in logic based on a simple suggestion to viewers who are not comfortable watching the comp. because they don't understand it.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: Then let's just agree to disagree. Have a good weekend Scott.
  • - 1
 @orientdave: But I'm not disagreeing with you other than you're looking to much into my post.... I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS HERE!!!
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: I disagree with you that people should just "switch off" and "not watch" as if Rampage is just fine as it is. There are many stakeholders who think it is not fine as it is.

I am not looking too much into your post Scott, I was taking issue with your belief that people who see an issue with Rampage should just not watch. You say it is that simple. I disagree.

If you cannot see that, you need to take a step back and take another look; more closely and carefully. Have a good day whatever you choose to do.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: hang on, I'm not calling for anything to be banned. Just calling out the dodgy stat that XCMark provided. There were many more Enduro race entries in 2016 (probably 10s of 1000s) than there have ever been at Rampage, which has probably only had a couple of hundred entries since it began.
  • + 6
 Good on him! I have respect for someone who knows when it's time to throw down, and when it's time to walk away. It'll always be there next time.
  • + 6
 Good call, and sending a good message to young riders that humans aren't indestructible
  • + 4
 It's good to see all the respect here for the decision to not ride. I wish it was like this a few years ago when Benderoni decided not to compete and it was nonstop criticism.
  • + 3
 Smart move Mr. Reynolds! Riding bikes like you guys do has risks, but I respect your decision and believe it was a wise one.

I couldn't watch the whole rampage this year due to feeling conflicted about giving it views/support. Ultimately the people participating do so voluntarily and they must live with the consequences. Again, I think Sam made a wise choice.
  • + 3
 It looked scarey enough on TV let alone real life. You've got nothing to prove. Takes big balls to make that canyon gap last year & possibly even bigger balls to pull the plug this year. Practically impossible for any of us to understand. Peaslake Village will welcome you home.
  • + 4
 World Cup Ski events have netting along the course to stop skies from going into rocks/off cliffs... so....skier lives matter but not mountain biker lives ?
  • + 5
 And so do World Cup mountain bike events. But it's one thing to properly organise netting in the relatively controlled environment of a bike park/ski resort, it's another thing to arrange for netting on a rampage site in the desert, where there are multiple different routes down and the lines aren't even finalised until a couple of days before the competition.
  • + 1
 doubled post somehow
  • + 1
 but i do agree though that the organisers really should net off dangerous parts of the course. I think Sam has the right idea, its not worth it if you are not totally confident in hitting your lines.
  • + 5
 You can't make an analogy between Rampage and Ski World Cups that take place on groomed slopes in ski resorts. You want to compare Rampage to ski events, The FreeRide World Tour would be the correct analogy, and there sure are no nets to be found anywhere at any of the FWT events.
Unless I got it wrong, FreeRide is about riding whatever mother nature gave you to ride down.

Disclaimer: I'm just pointing out that Deeeight analogy is crappy. I'm all for putting nets at Rampage to provide minimum safety measures to the riders. After all, it's not like they have fresh powdery snow to brake their fall.
  • - 1
 @Bragelonne @deeeight: Everyone who was involved in chosing new Rampage site did it for the sole purpose of it being fking exposed so that the risk factor is higher. No, no nets could be provided even if they wanted to, and that was the point. A stupid one.
  • - 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Really? Have you ever been down there? Rampage was initially supposed to end after the 2004 event solely because of the lack of venues available to properly host it. Its not like you can pick out any mountain and say, "lets have it here!" You have no clue if you think they only picked this venue because it was exposed. In reality it was picked because its possibly one of the last areas they could host it without being on a previously used area.
  • + 1
 I thought about that too, @deeeight But the difference is in the intention and challenge of the event. A ski race is about negotiating the course as fast as you can. It's not about whether you can ski the hill or not. All of the skiers can ski it just fine. @Bragelonne has the right idea - it's more comparable to big mountain free skiing events on ridiculous terrain. The terrain IS the competition - to put up nets is to change the point of the competition entirely. I don't want to see anyone die, or anyone else become permanently disabled, but Rampage is not a slopestyle competition or a race. It's a scary-as-shit daredevil ride meant for only the very best of those who can manage the ultimate blend of confidence, skill and fear.
  • + 2
 Total respect to Sam for making what would've obviously been a hard call with all the outside pressure.

Love the last word, most of the western world can't believe Trump has made it this far (it really makes us question the sanity of many Americans... Frown )

Props to UR for backing their man!! Good one Fabien!!!!!
  • + 2
 And having Hillary as the other main candidate doesn't cause you to question our sanity? What does that say about your sanity? She's corrupt to the core. I'm not saying Trump is great, but I have to question the sanity of all those who bash Trump and leave Hillary untouched.
  • + 0
 @westeast: She may be corrupt. But he's a corrupt psychopath with no moral compass and a dangerously inflated sense of self-importance. If he's elected, your country will be in another major war within 6 months.
  • + 6
 Nothing but respect for Sam. And Couscous too.
  • + 2
 Props to Sam, not only did he make the right call if he wasn't feeling it but he took a hit for the team so to speak by bowing out and set a precedent for other riders in the future. I appreciate what all the riders who competed did for pushing the sport forward but am happy to see someone showing some restraint.
  • + 4
 I'm not sure "everyone is safe." There's a guy with a broken pelvis. Everyone is alive.

Completely respect the decision not to drop in. Life is precious.
  • + 2
 These guys are litrally risking their lives for what they love to do and to compete. It makes me think Red Bull are kinda dicks for exploiting riders and setting this situation up. They could easily take these suggestions to make it more safe, and it wouldn't change the popularity of Rampage. I fear it will take a big accident and or death for them to be called out for it publicly.
  • + 1
 If he’d dropped in and died, and it came out later that he wasn’t feeling it, there’d be nothing but commentary criticizing him for not backing out and encouraging future riders to not be pressured. Aggy said he wasn’t feeling it this year and on any other day wouldn’t have done it and now he’s suffering the aftermath.

People that have no fear at an event like that have something wrong with their brains. Fear keeps you from dying or doing something stupid. It’s not something to be mocked. Dropping in at Rampage is a calculated risk to one’s very life. His calculation just wasn’t adding up favorably that day.

Smart, and in the end, brave man.
  • + 1
 I couldn't imagine the pressure to ride there. My friend back in the day was trying to film us jumping a shale mound we built up by his house, and he was like, "you have to pick it up for the camera, bring some showmanship", and I was always like, "that is the showmanship express coming through" even though it was not.
  • + 1
 Sam, you not only made the 'right' call, you also made the 'bravest' call. Never underestimate the power of your intutiion my friend. You'll never know what would have happened and 9 times out of 10 you may have been just fine dropping in,, but your 'not feeling right' about it may have been your gut saying this is that one time that it's gonna go wrong. I'm glad you had the balls to listen to that. That's real courage. Know that and be at peace brother.
  • + 1
 Finally somebody who says that this "back to the roots" thing didn't worked out. It was zero interesting to watch riders go down so steep stuff in a glimpse of an eye....and almost killing themselves. The enjoyable and entertaining part started when they were on the middle of the hill.
  • + 1
 I think that Sam, being a athlete for Polygon bikes and a walking talking advertisement pretty much, has garnered more attention by backing out of the contest than he would had he dropped in. In that regard, his move has generated more exposure by not riding than if he had since his run most likely would've be quickly forgotten by viewers simply because of the sheer volume of gnar that rampage brings. People will remember Sam's decision and his sponsors are therefore receiving publicity as a result.
  • + 1
 Who need´s that extra risk factor of dead-cliffs along the line to get well entertained ?
Sam that was for sure very intelligent and sympathic...

... but omg, always this patriotic pictures. For sure, guns are good for self defense, but stop the patriotic brainwash. The army is just killing people all over the world. Sorry, but Americas army (not people) has lost the respect in the world.
  • + 1
 The guns and flag and Texas pickup photo is a parody - not a true attempt at patriotic brainwash. I assume it's a pithy Brit's view of a stereotypical American redneck. You can tell it's a parody because no American would proudly display a rifle of that tiny caliber and capacity, nor a flag that small!
  • + 4
 @herzalot: Oh sorry, i think you´re right. Didn´t think about where he comes from and took this serious, shame on me. Yes the Brit´s making great parody´s. The people of our countrys are sitting all in the same boat and it´s good that all the political bullshit of our sick governments not take to much place here on pinkbike.
  • + 1
 Pinkbike> why have you deleted my comment? You should have delete that photo instead. There' s nothing to make jokes about and add pictures like this. Hundreds of people are being killed every day by guns under that flag. Still funny?
  • + 1
 Sam, fuck the Hater's! You're the man. You don't need to even begin to explain yourself. The event shouldn't really be part of the fmb tour. There's wack jobs that want to huck and ride freeride ski lines on bikes, but fmb is not that. Do your thing!
  • + 1
 so much respect for sam making a decision to not drop in.. anybody who says he's a pussy is probably the same dude going otb on a 4 ft table. That being said the only disappointment I have is for the alternates (ethan nell, rdog etc) that I'm sure would have been down to drop in especially the youngsters like nell that were chomping at the bit just for a chance. even the public was aware of the exposure the athletes were facing this year, once again no downs to reynolds, but he should have made way for someone that wanted and was willing to drop despite exposure
  • + 1
 Semenuk made it look easy in his winning run and even he was like f*ck that I am not doing a second run unless I absolutely have to. Sam made the right choice for himself. Honestly I feel Connor should have been asked to sit the event out for his own safety but instead they gave him an award? What message is that sending?
  • + 1
 In my mind rampage is 50 % trail building contest 50 % riding contest. I am not always impressed with the "Gnarliest Line" But the connection of features on the terrain. This is why I watch rampage. I am enthralled by riders decisions on how to get down the mountain... Those decisions are what I believe defines the term "Freeride."

That Said I think rampage needs a change of venue or we need a truly different free ride contest. Why not change the scenery? I understand Virgin, Utah allows for the aerial views for a televised audience, live spectators, and judging (no trees). But I would love to see how different riders could excel at making very different creative building decisions depending on the environment. I don't know the logistics of making a different venue possible, or the new rules that would be implemented for such a contest to succeed. I am just saying I find what is most romantic about Rampage is the ability for Riders to become creative authors, not just telling but showing us new stories; how gravity continues to call us down to earth.

This could create an event where there would be no real reasons for Dropping out. The only excuse would be "I have no inspiration." Who cares about that rider?

-I Respect SR's Decision.
  • - 1
 I would love to se maybe two or three rampages a year. One in Utah and others with completely different terrain. Maybe in Australia or New Zealand or Europe somewhere. It would really showcase different riders styles and abilities.
  • + 1
 I think to renounce to take part of the Rampage is as brave as to go the the rampage and crash( or not)!
Full respect to sam and his décision!
He deserves all the respect from everyone especially from the ones who don't even has any balls to take a bike and go the the top of rampage mountain and ride it like all the pro riders do!
Rampage is such a great race but also the most dangerous one and i can't stand that redbull doesn't provide more cash prize, more sécurity for the pro riders who dare to ride there! They put their life in danger just for redbull get ads!
  • + 1
 100% support on that, I could care less about Rampage, so dangerous, crazy danger! Its a lot more impressive to do some Enduro stuff or DH, but the stunt thing, cmon, do people really like this? its not like watching a video of it gives 0.001% of what it must be like looking down the death courses they are expected to do anyways.
Good for you!
  • + 0
 Mad respect for you honestly. I mean, of course I would have loved to see you work your magic on that course, but then I remember, this is Sam Reynolds. One of the men behind Pure Darkness. If he doesn't want to drop in, then that is probably the right choice. Good one lad, and keep shredding like we know you can!
  • + 1
 Huge respect to Sam Reynolds in his decision... But out of sheer curiosity I wish they had a picture of that line he did not want to drop in on, at least the sketchy part you know?
  • + 0
 Sam is one of my favorite freeriders, and I was really looking forward to seeing his run, and was disappointed when I found that he wouldn't drop in. That being said, there is no shame in his decision, I know for a fact that I wouldn't ride the easiest line at Rampage. Frankly I'm suprised that the event hasn't got shut down yet, not because I want it to, but because it seems that the chances they're taking are too much. I was half expecting someone to get paralyzed, or worse this year and it get shut down, especially after Paul Bas' crash last year. Any mountain biker knows the whole risk vs reward thing, and it seems the reward isn't worth the risk at Rampage anymore.
  • + 2
 calling out the key board warriors and daring em to drop in. I LOVE YOU SAM!!!!!! ! keep on shreddin bro. i'll always be a fan!
  • + 1
 Cant rag on a dude for backing out of the biggest gnarliest freeride event because of safety concerns. I'm thinking you should have all the confidence you can get before dropping in on that.
  • + 0
 I am a big fan of Sam, that decision is disapointing for a great rider he is used to big jumps, but understandable since his life was in risk. can see some ungry with organizers in the history of the fence net but I never sow a fance net in Rampage, anyway I preferred to see another braver rider riding the contest. its like been invited for Edie Aikau big wave contest in Waimeia, paddle to the see and did not catch any wave because the sea was chopped ... the risk of death is bigger than ever in Freeride contests.
  • + 1
 Sam : "I've seen a few comments online calling me out but I'd love to see any of those keyboard bashers walk up the path to the top let alone ride down the lines!"
Nuff Said, much Respect to you Smile
  • + 3
 Sam Reynolds just gained a new fan. It was courageous for him to speak up.
  • + 0
 If you're not feeling it you're not feeling it, we've all had those days where you're building up to a feature, you know you can do
It but that little voice in your head is saying "not today, it just doesn't feel right". You may go away and come back and smash it another day but that's another day!

What I was curious about is that when Reynolds dropped out where were the reserves????

There were tons of big mountain riders posting vids of them riding into Utah during rampage
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 Sam would have dropped out far too close to the finals for a reserve to be able to ride. These guys had been digging and practicing for over a week. There isn't a whole lot of point doing over a weeks worth of work if you "might get a ride if someone drops out", and it's ridiculous to let someone ride a day before the event. It's a recipe for disaster.
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 Good on you @samreynolds one day when the kids and players (arm chair critics) grow up and realize that biking is great and all but your life and enjoyment of the rest of it is more important. Live to ride another day is a good motto to live by. What a story to tell your kids!
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 IF you do not have a death wish, to do shit like this you have to be able to focus on your line and block out the death on either side, being able to do that safely requires complete confidence in being able to do that, getting light headed/off balance can lead to death
Much respect to Ren for being able see clearly enough to know that he did not want to be the first to die at Rampage
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 RESPECT takes Hart to say F-That on such a Big Stage and ALL EYES on you type Event .dont think thats the point when he gets Called OUT .... its was well said by the team owner ... and any rider been there before when you aint feeling it you aint doing it the drop , jump ect... the more you look at it in that state of mind that 15ft drop with a ledge that has no mercy starts looking like a 50ft drop in in your mind so why... risk it if your mind is saying F-It not today .... the mind needs to be in the ZONE to be pushing limits in this sport Not Stupidity leave that to the JackAss show or some Foool trying to get Likes on YouTube ....
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 Did Deakin volunteer to drop in instead?
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 " I asked a few days before if it was possible to organise safety nets and they basically said they didn't have time. " f*ck you Red Bull!
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 He and Polygon probably got more positive press by him not dropping in, then if he had.
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 If you ain't feeling it, don't do it. And you'll live to ride another day. It's the Golden Rule of Freeride. Smart man. Respect.
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 Even if it's just some little log bridge crossing, if it was raining you could break your leg not even doing anything cool. Wait for next time when its dry and enjoy a whole riding season without going to the ER. Save it for the big hits!
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 No explanation needed.. That was some crazy shit this year... If you didn't feel 100%, there was a good chance of getting broke off... wise choice to walk away..
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 It could easier for some to just drop in and be a hero, than dropping out with the whole world watching risking both career and sponsors.
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 Nice to see a mature attitude to risk from Sam and his sponsors. Red Bull needs to come up to their level if Rampage has a future.
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 Rule #1
ALWAYS listen to your instincts.
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 If he weren't feeling it thats his call, i wont be losing any sleep over it and neither should he, we all know he can go big when he is on it.
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 Watching mcgazzas rampage video gave me a new respect for what goes on in these guys heads before dropping in. Totally on the rider to make the decision that's best for them.
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 much respect to Sam. he"s got nothin' he has to prove to anyone, in my eyes.
right! did the deakinator hit Sam"s line?....... right! at that level of FR, callin' out is BS.
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 you made a good call always be safe and ride again....respect
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 Paul Bas probably wishes he had never dropped in. I still think about that guy. Good for you Sam, intuition is a strength.
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 It took huge balls to opt out. Respect!
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 No one at VP is going to be mad at you, that's for sure... I hope that this all is not lost on the organizers. If the sport is really to grow to it's full potential things need to change.
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 It might have been the smartest decision he's made in his life. But he'll never know. That must be a frustrating feeling and I respect the hell outta Sam for doing it.
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 Good choice sam I hope more people give the risk more respect. It's not worth a life.
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 I will not watch rampage because it's going to crazy .... One day it will be a dead man if it's continue in that way
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 Huge Respect , good call , like Szymon Godziek last year you need to have balls to do that
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 i am pretty sure godziek calls didnt have anything to do of him being "scared" i think he fely he wasnt enough scored from his first ride which i totally agreed. and he said f*ck this shit.

btw #f*ckrampage its fun anymore it was like watching dudes going in war praying for them to survive couldnt even enjoy the riding or tricks.
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 NOT fun anymore
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 Listen to your gut! Stay safe and live to shred another day!
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 So much respect for this guy
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 Only if we could all make the right decisions at the right times... I have nothing but respect and admiration for you.
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 Live to ride another day Sam!
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 I wanna see REDBULL RAMPAGE with SAFETY NETS on the TOP .... riders should NOT put their life on the line which is the case actually
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 @lawnweenies1: - is what Sam say'd to your mom last night, you weenie....
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 Nice one Sam I saw you go down hard at Crankworks due to the wind so in my book good call.
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 Sam, you are true legend. Total respect. Peace xx
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 Sorry but once you start putting safety nets up its the beginning of the end for Rampage ..
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 Sending for those online Gs! Good on you Sam, much respect.
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 Fair play. Takes guts to do what he does and say what he did. #respect
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 Much respect Sam, no body but you know when its time to call it off no matter the pressure! well done!
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 Props to Polygon UR for having his back.
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 Props to Fabian. What he said sums it all up perfectly. Cool boss.
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 PB made 3.65 USD off the length of this thread.
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 That's right, Sam Reynolds has nothing to prove after last years run and after Pure Darkness 3. We all know he can go big!
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 Good on you Sam. I wouldn't even go to the top without a bike! Big Grin
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 I think we can all agree he did the right thing.
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 I think it was the right decision! We support you Sam!
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 Much respect!
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 that superman last year was rad
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 Mad props to this dude

"I'm just a guy who likes to shred bikes and I decided I wanted to keep it that way!"
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 You go glen coco
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 Next year, Sam! You should drop in with a big 'murican flag flapping off your back
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 Wind is my nemesis. No worries.
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 Guns!!! Why??
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 BIG UP SAFETY NETS
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 I can't believe it either! Respect for your decision!
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 Well said sir
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 Rampage sucks!
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 Why is there a picture of sam riding laguna beach halfway through?
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 Hats off to Sam and Fabien!!
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 Big respect dude.
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 Mucho respect Sambo!
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 Good call man.
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 best dude ever.
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 Bonne décision Sam!
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 I fully support your decision. Nothing to prove on your part, mate!
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 Its a joke shot.... taking the piss out of the rednecks who pose like that.
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 didn´t get it first, but yes it´s just a funny joke.
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 PUSSEEEEEH!!!
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 Aggy is my favorite non DH racing rider ever! Rampage sucks!
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 Picture 5 is silver surfer in laguna!!! represent boys
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