Photo Epic: The Final 48 Hours - Red Bull Rampage 2023 Practice

Oct 12, 2023 at 20:48
by Alexa Christensen  



The final days of practice started early, with riders pushing to get their lines before the wind came up around 9am. Thankfully it looks like we're in for less wind tomorrow for Finals.

The first rider to the top today was Kurt Sorge. After a few other people did their hits, everyone focused on the Battleship with Szymon Godziek and Brendan Fairclough. Szymon took four run ins and then hit it perfectly, the relief on the mountain was palpable. Then Brendan went up and, without runup or speed checks, went for it and had a massive case. Thankfully he stayed on top, and greased the feature his second try. Talus did two huge flips off his biggest drop. Amazing to see him stomp this after taking a big slam on the same feature yesterday.

Kyle Strait didn't get his Sender drop or do the top part of his line before the wind came up, and Riddle was still looking for something on a stepdown mid-course; they'll both have to tick boxes at the crack of dawn before Finals tomorrow.


Morning in the start gate.
Morning in the start gate.

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Still not tired of dawn and dusk in this landscape, please indulge us.
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Szymon headed up the hill to the scariest thing on course.

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Heavy moments looking at the Battleship.

Little rider big ridge.
Little rider, big ridge.

Reed Boggs first hit on his lilypad drop.
Reed Boggs' lilypad drop.
Reed Boggs first hit on his lilypad drop.
Reed Boggs' first hit on this line.

Tom sending down his drop
Tom Van Steenbergen sending his drop, but he had bigger things planned.

Tom going absolutely massive flipping his drop
Tom going absolutely massive flipping his drop

Tom Van Steenbergen backflips his step down feature.
Tom backflips his step down feature.

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Szymon flatspin on the ridge.
Szymon laying it out for a Ridgeline superman
Szymon laying it out for a ridgeline superman

Szymon tailwhiping his trick jump on the ridge
Szymon tailwhiping his trick jump on the ridge
Tuck no on the ridge by Szymon
Tuck no on the ridge by Szymon

Szymon tailwhiping his trick jump on the ridge
Szymon definitely has too many options on his ridgeline trick jump.

Cam last minute water before he drops
Cam with some last minute watering before he hits the Sender.

Cam Zink wide eyed after a very fast speed check.
Cam Zink wide eyed after a very fast speed check on the Icon Sender.

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Icon Sender sent.

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DJ spinning his drop at first light.

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Bienvenido Aguado giving us all vertigo.
Bienvenido Aguado getting ready to drop.

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The lower canyon gap hasn't gotten the same hype as Brendan's new canyon, but it is absolutely massive. Bienve and Clemens are boosting it to the moon.

Bienvenido Aguado canyon gapping
Bienve.
Clemens Kaudela crushing the Canyon Gap.
Clemens.

Sorge looking comfortable 2 3 of the way down his line.
Sorge looking comfortable 2/3 of the way down his line.

Carson making the long hike up the mountain.
Carson making the long hike up the mountain.

Carson Storch in motion.
Carson Storch in motion.

Szymon Godziek was the first to hit the Battleship this morning.
Szymon Godziek was the first to hit the Battleship this morning.

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Godziek guinea pigging the scariest thing on course.
Szymon Godziek riding out the Battleship.
Szymon Godziek riding out the Battleship.

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Brendan's first time hitting the Battleship resulted in a pretty major case, but he rode through safely and greased it on the second attempt.

Brendan s second time hitting the battleship. After rebuilding the lip he cleared it with no case.
Brendan getting over the Battleship.

Brendan Fairclough riding into the lower mountain.
Brendan Fairclough riding into the lower mountain.

Jaxson getting first light riding his upper section.
Jaxson rocking his full 80's kit.

Carson on his big drop.
Carson on his big drop.

Szymon Godziek kicking up some dirt.
Szymon Godziek kicking up dust.
Kyle Strait guinea pigging some of his upper drops.
Kyle Strait guinea pigging some of his upper drops.

Talus going even faster than it looks.
Talus pinned.

Talus Turk didn t tell anyone he was gonna do this and it was so sick.
Talus Turk didn't tell anyone he was going to do this beforehand.
Carson making sure everything is solid.
Carson flight testing.


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23 Comments
  • 52 0
 Ride safe tomorrow boys.
  • 27 3
 Why is all the pre race coverage on the guys who will get robbed
  • 20 4
 Fairclough and Godziek should get their US Passports fast and let these judges know about it before risking their life for 9th place again
  • 8 3
 What are you implying? That US riders are favored at Rampage?

The last American to win was Kyle Strait back in 2013. There have also been twice as many international riders to win than there have been americans.
  • 8 0
 I'd hate to have to judge this thing, they should have a whole bunch of different categories and prizes. Slopestyle run 1st 2nd and 3rd, Freeride 1st 2nd and 3rd, Best single trick 1st 2nd and 3rd, Best line 1st 2nd and 3rd etc.
  • 7 0
 Havent seen anything of Emil..?
  • 1 0
 True?!
  • 4 0
 Mb boring line?
  • 1 0
 He did one hander on ridgeline.
  • 5 1
 ...They all got Robbed - $10k for the entire team for the total cost of the event $$$
  • 1 0
 expensive for 75 sandbag Smile
  • 3 0
 "greased it" - never heard that for clearing it. Learning new words everyday.
  • 1 0
 i think that's a moto term for cleaning a jump perfectly.
  • 2 0
 Usually means you hit the landing downslope in the sweetspot
  • 1 0
 Based on "the wire" season 2, I believe it means paying a bribe to get something in return. So I think Brendog threw his wallet at the judges while pretending to do a no hander or something
  • 4 2
 So stoked! Just wanted to say this word!

Anyway: Fairclough and Godziek got robbed!!
  • 3 0
 Just superb pics fellas... thanks lots for the efforts Big Grin
  • 2 1
 They should have a urban rampage where they jump rooftop to rooftop
  • 1 0
 You mean rooftop to pavement.
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