New year, new venue & new Limits! A bigger site with more elevation and space offered endless creativity within the Utah Desert, it was definitely a winner amongst the Rampage riders! Surely there's a limit to the lengths these guys can go to… clearly not. Since the beginning of Rampage the development of riders and their impressive lines is incredible, its great to see a new site allowing the next step of development.
After narrowly missing out on a win with Cam Zink last year we came back stronger than ever with a 5 man roster. Andreu Lacondeguy, Cam Zink, Ethan Nell, Jordie Lunn & Adolf Silva were at the helm for YT Industries.
Building their line
Although the new site offered endless possibilities its extremely difficult to imagine a line that can be finished in 9 days from a blank canvas. A big part of being an athlete at Rampage involves selecting your dig crew. Our team of 5 riders each have 2 members in their dig crew, but ultimately help each other out, because that's the mountain bike spirit, right?
Cam Zink even highlights that riders team up together to build their lines, is this a bid to keep morale high whilst working those long hours in the desert?
After just over a week of scrambling around the Utah desert to get their lines finished its time to start testing their creations, as we have seen in the past we have seen the wind play a massive factor in the riders hitting their biggest features, regardless the event must go ahead but it means even more limited time to practice. Some riders even drop into a Final run without hitting all the features on their line.
Watch below as Adolf Silva hits the above drop for the first time.
Cam Zink, One of the favourites after coming 2nd place in 2017. But unfortunately after building a sick line and practising it Cam had to withdraw from Rampage 2018 due to a recurring shoulder injury.
The big day, Race day!
One of the most prolific events on the mountain bike calendar. Rampage puts mountain bike into the public eye.
Rampage rookie Adolf Silva unsurprisingly took the People's choice award! More things to come for this guy.
Unfortunately Jordie Lunn and his build team were sick all week, despite being sick they were able to build one of the craziest lines of Rampage 2018. He wasn't able to put a full run down, but we hope to see him back next year and shred the gnarly line he created!
Thanks for the Good Times Rampage 2018! See you next year.
Photos: Ale Di Lullo