Won't Back Down - Red Bull Rampage 2017

Oct 27, 2017
by Danielle Baker  
2017 Red Bull Rampage

Today was the last full day of practice for Red Bull Rampage athletes and the pressure was on to perfect lines and find the flow before the forecasted wind came up.

2017 Red Bull Rampage

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Waterboy Matt McDuff.
Waterboy: Matt McDuff.

This morning saw Connor Macfarlane withdraw from the competition after crashing on his drop yesterday. After his experience here last year, no one can blame him for making the right call and putting his health and wellbeing first.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Connor Macfarlane withdrew from the competition after crashing on his drop yesterday.
2017 Red Bull Rampage
After deciding not to compete, Connor spent most of the day with a shovel in hand helping other riders.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Vinny T on what looks like a 'choose your own adventure' drop.

Ethan Nell s controlled powerful runs show experience beyond his years. Growing up in these mountains has certainly helped shape the way he interprets the Rampage terrain.
Ethan Nell's controlled, powerful runs show experience beyond his years. Growing up in these mountains has certainly helped shape the way he interprets the Rampage terrain.

The St George Utah local Logan Bingelli dialling in his ridgeline hip before the heaviest hit on his line.
The St George Utah local, Logan Binggeli, dialling in his ridgeline hip before the heaviest hit on his line.
T-Mac was out for the early bird session and flying high.
T-Mac was out for the early bird session and flying high.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Logan Binggeli dropping in this morning.
2017 Red Bull Rampage

Antoine Bizet’s team also changed their focus and have etched a new line in the section where he had hoped to have his monster step-down. Again, after coming back from an injury, and facing the bad luck his build team has had with that specific landing – making this late in the game change is the right one for him.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Bearclaw dropping in from the tippy-top.
Derren Berrecloth s Rampage experience was shining though during his clean top to bottom practice runs.
Darren Berrecloth's Rampage experience was shining through during his clean top to bottom practice runs.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Semenuk worked hard yesterday to chip this shale into submission.

Kurt Sorge s ridgeline flow was smooth and controlled all day.
Kurt Sorge's ridgeline flow was smooth and controlled all day.
I d say Sorge has mad pop but he didn t seem angry at all.
I'd say Sorge has mad pop but he didn't seem angry at all.

Bike caddies have cool jobs but I bet this one is glad glad he doesn t have to carry a bag full of downhill bikes for every different lip on Kurt Sorge s line.
Bike caddies have cool jobs, but I bet this one is glad he doesn't have to carry a bag full of downhill bikes for every different lip on Kurt Sorge's line.

You know Kyle Strait s line is heavy when he uses a canyon gap as a casual setup jump for the next move.
You know Kyle Strait's line is heavy when he uses a canyon gap as a casual setup jump for the next move.

Brett Rheeder morning was cut short by a crash on this 720 attempt but he ll be back and dropping first tomorrow during finals.
Brett Rheeder's morning was cut short by a crash on this 720 attempt but he'll be back and dropping in first tomorrow during finals.

Kurt Sorge was one of the first riders at the top of the mountain today and the first to flow the ridgeline jumps.
Kurt Sorge was one of the first riders at the top of the mountain today and the first to flow the ridgeline jumps.

Kurt Sorge was the most prolific rider in practice today with multiple top to bottom runs.
Kurt Sorge was the most prolific rider in practice today, with multiple top to bottom runs.
Once I flipped and got dumped. Ryan Howard dumped this 360 and everyone that saw it flipped. His story is way happier.
Ryan Howard dumped this 360 and everyone that saw it flipped. His story is way happier.


Working closely with their build crews today, riders sessioned their lines in sections and tweaked features – changing lips, adjusting landings, and chipping away at the final pieces of awkward rock outcroppings in their way. Bas van Steenbergen hit his gap, which sits just before his big drop, multiple times before picking up a shovel with his crew and making some substantial changes.

Tom Van Steenbergen spent the entire day shovel in hand alongside builder Fest s Damon Iwanaga to complete his already feature-heavy creative line.
Tom van Steenbergen spent the entire day shovel in hand alongside builder, Fest's Damon Iwanaga, to complete his already feature-heavy creative line.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Sometimes Brandon likes funny.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Bas van Steenbergen.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Pierre Edouard Ferry is looking strong and confident this year. First hit of the day for him.
2017 Red Bull Rampage
Brandon spent a long time at morning practice working on perfecting the last hit of his run.

Turpin the mountain highway man providing the steeze for Nico Vink s Instagram.
Turpin the mountain highway man providing the steeze for Nico Vink's Instagram.
PEF a hero of our time celebrates guinea pigging the super-chute.
PEF, a hero of our time, celebrates guinea pigging the super-chute.

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The silent assassin, Cam Zink.

Reed Boggs gave the spectators a taste of what he has in store when he dropped into his line from the top, riding along the rider’s left ridge, throwing down some big drops and smooth tricks connected with some strong technical sections. Everyone was captivated when he hit his canyon jump, but he, unfortunately, crashed quite spectacularly on the landing. He was up right away – and after seeking some medical attention plans to compete tomorrow.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
2017 Red Bull Rampage

T-Mac versus the green goblin in high winds.
T-Mac versus the green goblin in high winds.

Heavy wind gusts arrived in the early afternoon and left riders and the media scrambling for cover.
Heavy wind gusts arrived in the early afternoon and left riders and the media scrambling for cover.

While the athletes and their crews battled the rising winds, Red Bull introduced their VIP Experience attendees to the venue and toured them to the top; allowing each of them to stand on the start platform. The dizzying sight from there was awe inspiring to say the least. For some, it was their first time here, while others had been previous years as general admission guests – but for everyone, their perspective and understanding of what these athletes do was changed. “It was amazing to be able to walk the runs you see on TV,” said Kristen who had been onsite last year. She described standing on the platform – “[it was] insanity.”

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One hundred VIP spectators hiked to the top of the Rampage course - the first spectators to be allowed to do so.

 If it s strong enough to hold Carson and his bike it s strong enough to hold us. Ethan and Beatrice contemplate the future.
"If it's strong enough to hold Carson and his bike, it's strong enough to hold us." Ethan and Beatrice contemplate the future.
Tomas Genon poses for a photo with frothing groms Ethan and Beatrice.
Tomas Genon poses for a photo with frothing groms Ethan and Beatrice.

Sunset before finals the perfect time to build a special lip for a certain arial manoeuvre....
Sunset before finals, the perfect time to build a special lip for a certain aerial maneuver....

The wind refused to die down, whipping dust clouds into the air off the exposed ridges of the canyon. By late afternoon most of the riders had given up on practising and left the site – the parking lot was empty and the hill nearly deserted. There was only one rider stubborn enough to wait it out. Carson Storch was the only athlete left in the canyon at dusk and all eyes were on him as he sessioned his drop from the road. “This year I built my ultimate line,” said Carson standing in the dark near the finish corral tonight “– I’m not saying it’s a winning line, but I’m just going to go have fun on it and see what happens.”

Want something done properly you know what to do... Storch mucking in with the build.
Want something done properly, you know what to do... Storch mucking in with the build.
Storch with the next generation Jackson Goldstone.
Storch with the next generation; Jackson Goldstone.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Patience paid off when the wind died down Carson was able to session his drop.

2017 Red Bull Rampage
Could this be the year for Carson?


MENTIONS: @redbullbike / @Margus / @natedh9 / @TimZim




39 Comments

  • 79 1
 Props to MacFarlane from retiring. If you don't feel it, don't do it.
  • 5 1
 Indeed. Too sad for the competition and spectators though!
  • 4 0
 Yes he did the right thing. Not feeling well while riding of huge features can end up so bad!
  • 2 1
 WELL SAID
  • 9 0
 Same goes to Reynolds
  • 4 0
 His IG post said something different. It depends on how he wakes up feeling today. He's hoping to ride still it seems but we'll know shortly.
  • 1 0
 Welp, its official now
  • 6 0
 @kerberos: nah not really. There's still going to be plenty of action. I'd rather not witness someone crashing hard because they weren't 100% confident.
  • 1 0
 @dro-cfr: ahahaha
  • 15 0
 Amazing work by all photographers, thank you! Margus Riga's eye and editing is next level though!
  • 5 10
flag bradwalton (Oct 27, 2017 at 3:28) (Below Threshold)
 If by next level editing you mean gone too far. Nathan Hughes’ pics are fantastic
  • 10 0
 CAN WE HAVE BIKE CHECKS PLEASE!!!!!!!
  • 6 0
 @papaonessa16 Right?! PB dropped the ball this year. And please don't anyone tell me to go to Vital. I simply can't stand that site interface.
  • 1 0
 @pdxkid: I have a feeling pinkbike had to dial down their coverage this year because of the other content that redbull was putting out. Like yesterdays practice coverage, and the series of videos on scoring.
  • 2 1
 Bike checks for Rampage are interesting but could be misleading for those who think "Kyle straight runs a 600lb spring, 15 clicks of high speed compression and 45 lbs tire pressure, so I should too".

I enjoy the bike porn as much as anybody, but these are pretty niche setups and the bikes get used and abused. It's pretty tough to beat pics of the WC DH bikes after they've been serviced and washed, but then everybody likes their own kind of porn!
  • 8 0
 Sometimes Brandon likes winning
  • 2 0
 It would be very cool if they took an aerial shot of the course, perhaps into sections and then overlayed the different riders routes on that in an interactive map. You could see exactly what your favorite rider was doing and the features they were hitting, there are so many lines that are really close together that it can be hard to know exactly what is going on. To take it one step further there could be links on the map to pictures & video of the them digging, Tippie interviews, practice runs and general shenanigans. Pink Bike does a great job of covering this already but this could be a cool feature to add next year, especially for the people watching for the first time.
  • 5 0
 No Connor Macfarlane :-( Very sad news !!!!!
  • 4 0
 Just when you think the lines can't get any sicker they do... how long before a parachute is mandatory equipment?
  • 5 1
 is Kyle doing his riding in Vans? Man, that poor waffle.
  • 4 0
 Ya he is sponsored by vans USA. I'm sure he has some sort of shoe made up.
  • 2 0
 I’m so deppressed for antoine and tommy g team up, they wasted so much time building the drop landing... i hope the line will still be flowy.
  • 1 0
 You Pinkbike should definitely make an album every year with all your best pictures. Your nail each event by far! Keep up the good work!
  • 4 0
 It's Tupin not Turpin!
  • 1 0
 Rampage blows my mind Every Single Year!!! It's like computer games coming to life! My heart is pounding, can not wait to watch it go down
  • 2 0
 weather forecast? will it be fine? no wind?
  • 3 1
 5-8 MPH into the afternoon so it should be perfect until the afternoon!
  • 2 0
 That Kyle strait canyon gap photo is perfect. Stellar!!!!
  • 1 0
 What time does it come on??
  • 1 0
 9 AM PST at RedBulls website. Fair warning, their video playing sucks balls so dont be suprised if its not going by then or if it crashes.
  • 1 1
 Nice pics. But is this still riding or more like falling?
  • 2 1
 Falling in style
  • 1 0
 f**n cool
  • 1 0
 Ya R-Dog!!!!
  • 1 0
 Weather is looking good!
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