Video: Danny McAtee Hits Brage Vestavik's 47-Foot Rampage Drop

May 24, 2022 at 8:36
by Alicia Leggett  
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Utah local Danny McAtee, known as Danny Mac, has hit the monstrous drop that Brage Vestavik and his team built for last year's Red Bull Rampage, which measures 47 feet vertically. After Brage crashed and injured his arm, that drop has been waiting for any willing takers... and has already found one. Captured by Tylar Furr.

What made you decide to line up that drop?

Danny: I hit it because it's the sketchiest drop I've ever seen, thought it would be rad!

How certain were you that you could hit it successfully?

Danny: I figured I had a 50/50 chance I would land it, either way it would be cool.

Do you have any other big hits next on your list?

Danny: I don't know if I can top this drop, if someone has a bigger one I'd love to hit it!

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 Brage's drop got robbed
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flag tylarfurr (May 24, 2022 at 10:30) (Below Threshold)
 It’s Danny’s Big Mac drop now! Props to Brage for pioneering. It’s also 55 feet measured with a rope lip-lip. I’m so privileged to film this and support Danny
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 @tylarfurr: good idea for a possible pay cheque.
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 @tylarfurr: So true vertical is 47' with roughly 29' length? (55' for the hypotenuse). That must have been so damn wild to actually get to see it in person ! He was in the air soooo long !
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flag KeithShred (May 24, 2022 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 @tylarfurr: No it's Brage's and you're still a douchebag.
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flag tylarfurr (May 24, 2022 at 12:01) (Below Threshold)
 @KeithShred: haha okay. Didn’t see him land it.
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 @tylarfurr: chucking shade at the guy who built it. are you for real? you only filmed it.
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flag Davy-Gravy (May 24, 2022 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 Love ya buddy@tylarfurr:
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 @isaacgibson: you tell’em gibbles.

Also imo using the diagonal measurement doesn’t really say a whole lot about how gnarly a drop really is. A 55’ diagonal feature could also be a 54’ gap with a 10’ drop. Still a big hit. But nowhere near as wild or hard of a landing as a 47’ vertical drop.
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flag danielfloyd (May 24, 2022 at 12:31) (Below Threshold)
 @isaacgibson: @tylarfurr is just jealous he didn't land it himself. If he had landed it, he'd be taking all the credit. It's the classic "I'm not talented, so I have to tear down everyone around me" mentality.
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 @danielfloyd: Dang, Danny MacAskill robbing Brage harder than the Wallace brothers robbed Reece Wilson.
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 @danielfloyd: it’s just a bad way to conduct yourself. this video is definitely controversial for some people, and to then go and chuck shade at brage doesn’t shine these guys in a good light.

@brycepiwek there’s been a million 70 foot step downs built. measure with a tape from the take off, vertically down to the height of the landing, then along which would be the length of the jump. then you just add those together. so a stepdown 40ft out and 30ft down is 70ft. hahaha
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 @isaacgibson: naw I didn’t say that. Brage is the goat for pioneering it. I just gotta support the man who completed it with no sponsors or a paramedic near by. He made history with no one pushing him to do so. And yeah I admire Brage and Danny. Both bad asses in my book and I hope they both continue to kill it! (Admiration is just jealousy but you like the person)
  • 36 1
 It sure is disappointing that Brage hasn’t gotten revenge yet, but knowing Danny I know he did it in absolute respect for Brage and his builders. Either way, I’m just glad to see the sport growing and great riders pushing eachother.
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flag isaacgibson (May 24, 2022 at 14:10) (Below Threshold)
 @tylarfurr: Do you ride bmx with a cassette? Because you’re really good at back pedalling.

Come on man. I get that you’re excited but no need to start a pissing contest with everyone.
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 @tylarfurr: not sure why you're getting poo poo'd on in this thread. The drop was insane, keep on riding brother.
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 @BoobyHill: He didn't do drop. He filmed someone else doing the drop.
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 @pmhobson: Oh I see.
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 @shawn-in-action: 1200 milliseconds of airtime, to be exact.
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The other part of the argument being that while obviously there are no rules about it. The honourable thing to do would be to allow the rider (In this case Brage), who was injured on their attempt and lives on the other side of the world the opportunity to stomp what he built. Or atleast get in contact with him. I’m sure there are plenty of other mesa’s that size to chuck off of if that’s it.
  • 26 1
 Zink and Straight sent the "Bender Sender" and call it the "man size drop after they cleaned it. Who cares
  • 7 0
 @brycepiwek: I do understand that. There's a similar sentiment in the BASE community as well.
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 @brycepiwek: dudes in his prime, so why should he have to wait for Brage to send it successfully first? Its a public area. Show up and send. It surely never came down to a “respect” thing. Could also say it reverse, like Brage could be open and respectful to anyone willing to come and ride it. Everyone is quick to throw shade when it is completely out of context. Are they not out there to do the same thing? Everyone needs to relax. Fools out here like the dirt jump police and probably arent even fit for the sends anyways. Nor do they even have a bmx background. f*ck off to the haters and props to Danny for the righteous send!
  • 23 6
 @eg-bikes: These guys ride and film all the time with each other. @tylarfurr wasnt out for a paycheck. He was out supporting his boy.
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 @slayerdegnar: But it's still called the Bender Sender. You didn't have a random no-name filmer proclaiming "It’s Danny’s Big Mac drop now!"
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 @samanual: Will the real Danny Mac please stand up?

Proof they are not the same person:
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 @isaacgibson: sun peaks misses you
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 That was HUGE!! only bummer is filmer guy who shouts that it is Dannys drop now, its Brages drop, he built it and quineapig it!
  • 14 1
 Brage got hurt trying it, then someone else completed it successfully, no one got robbed. Trails built on public lands are public, so there's no private ownership of that line. It was pretty balsy to ride that drop and clearly the guy who completed the drop successfully is a skilled rider. There are lots of riders who have the skills of professional athletes, but without the sponsorship, just saying...
  • 3 1
 MTBs are too nice. I want to see some beef in the game
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 @WoeNelly: I dunno man. There's too many red bulls in the game as it is.
  • 143 3
 Buddy is riding a Specialized Status 2014 with 26” wheels ! Take that industry standards!
  • 7 0
 repetitive impact standards working pretty well for S...
  • 6 1
 With QR dropouts I believe?
  • 9 2
 26 for life bro
  • 5 0
 Those southern locals are a different breed. Good god what a gnarly drop.
  • 128 5
 Can everyone stop picking this apart? Who cares who built, hit, or filmed it? Its a 50' f*cking drop. Nobody in this comment section (myself DEFINITELY included) has hit or landed anything this big. Big ups to everyone involved. We're all here for the same reason.... overpriced kids toys.
  • 13 1
 No flip whip = No points.
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 @CantClimb: Damn... forgot about that rule hahaha
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 I get that we all feel bad that Brage got hurt and couldn't hit the drop in Rampage. But once it's built and he got first attempts to try it, I think it is fair play to hit it months after. After all, it was built by a team of builders on public land, and an unsponsored rider will never have the support system to build it out themselves. I say Props to anyone who can hit it successfully.
  • 14 0
 The Jaw drop is still up for grabs. Just wanted to leave that here.
  • 28 1
 Yeah this whole, "YOU CAN'T HIT THIS DROP!" crap is so childish. If you want to be immaturely defensive of territory, pick up surfing.
  • 4 5
 Actually, I don't feel bad that Brage got hurt doing what he chooses to do and gets paid to do, the risks he takes are his choice, all his choice.
  • 10 0
 @nurseben: You must be an ER nurse. I think I met you after my recent bike park crash as I recognize your bedside manner. ;-)
  • 61 0
 Now, that's a committed drop-in!
  • 53 2
 That doesn't look safe.
  • 40 1
 If there isn't an account named 'your mom' that just chimes in about 'wearing your helmet' and 'crazy kids', there needs to be one.
  • 8 0
 @jlang002: Woah, hold your horses there Jonathon Braden Lang002! 'Your Mom' is going to drive us all up the wall with those kinds of comments.
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flag KeithShred (May 24, 2022 at 11:47) (Below Threshold)
 Good thing staying safe doesn't fucking matter.
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 @jlang002: shes to busy at my house
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 @KeithShred: It really does. Can't ride if you're hurt.
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 @Blerger: truth to that one brother
  • 39 0
 Looks like a pretty brutal landing tbh, even without injury, the compression Danny Mac took on impact looks huge. Wonder if a rebuilt landing might help reduce the risks.
  • 15 0
 Yep, brutal. Even by rampage standards that looked painful!
  • 18 20
 47 feet is 47 feet. No matter what that is going to hurt
  • 9 6
 Dude is SMBA (super mega bad ass) he broke his back Feb 2021 over shooting a drop!
  • 17 1
 @VtVolk: I mean, yes and no. Depending on the angle of the landing and how rapidly it curves back to level or uphill, the G-out could be anywhere from peaceful to unsurvivable.
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 @VtVolk: Not if the landing is of sufficient size and transition.
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flag VtVolk (May 24, 2022 at 11:01) (Below Threshold)
 @redrook: please post a video of this painless transition on a 40+ foot drop
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flag Canyonh (May 24, 2022 at 11:08) (Below Threshold)
 @redrook: theoretically, yes- however, finding a place large enough for that AND having a rider land it perfectly is a waste of time. Sure, ski jumpers can do that, but free riders probably wouldn’t bother building a mega compound for a
  • 8 0
 @redrook: That's him landing deep too, if he landed in the transition better it would have been smoother, and that's a LOT bigger than this one. Of course you can make a smooth fort footer.
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flag Canyonh (May 24, 2022 at 15:24) (Below Threshold)
 @redrook: fair point, but look at the size of that landing. Brages landing already took up a large proportion of the wall. The only way to get something that smooth would be to find a new location outright for a steeper and longer landing
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 @Canyonh: Exactly my point, I wasn't talking about this jump specifically, I was disagreeing that a 47ft jump is "always going to hurt". Did you even read the thread you're replying to?
  • 2 1
 Very hefty whiplash.
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 @draggingbrake: I was randomly there that day…he walked down the mountain with a broken back…some people are just wired differently…hats off to anybody with that much mental game.
  • 48 10
 Radical idea: If somebody wants to be the first person to do something, they should do the thing before anybody else does it.
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flag KeithShred (May 24, 2022 at 11:46) (Below Threshold)
 Hahaha you win this thread.
  • 39 8
 I wonder how Van Steenbergen is doing. It’s ridiculous how athletes in our sport suffer devastating injuries and the media glosses it over. Covering it when it happens, then moving onto the next thing while carefully avoiding any press around the long-term life changing impacts.
  • 17 0
 He posted some riding / jumping clips on his insta today. Seems like he's easing back into riding, but still has a ways to go before he's 100%. Good to see him back riding though.
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flag scott-townes (May 25, 2022 at 6:58) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah its not like he has his own social media accounts where he can keep you updated so you don't need to rely on "the industry" to keep you in the loop.....
  • 22 0
 He landed it front wheel up, Josh Bender style! …but he didn’t have to go to the hospital afterwards.
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flag KeithShred (May 24, 2022 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 It would be cooler if you told people who Josh Bender is instead of assuming people know and in the process just inflating your own ego.
  • 46 1
 @KeithShred: not our problem your ignorant as to legends of the sport
  • 22 0
 @KeithShred: what a kook
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 @labrinsky: no joke. His post is gonna end up being one of the most downvoted posts of the year.
  • 14 0
 Does he have no shirt on?
  • 43 0
 aero is everything
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 often rides shirtless. Way to go Danny. Full Send.
  • 15 4
 Whoa that was crazy! Hope to see him in next redbull rampage!
  • 9 0
 That landing looks brutal, props to him for keeping it together. Belief in your ability, upper body strength and bike set up are all required along with humongous testes.
  • 7 0
 I like your name ; )
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  • 9 0
 That hop to pickup off the takeoff was insane!
  • 4 1
 you gotta gym to counteract the pushing gravity of the size your balls...
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 How much is that in a meaningful measurement like meters?
  • 6 3
 Them "meters" don't exist in Murica. We got feet and such.
  • 19 0
 It's 0.07 furlongs if that helps
  • 4 1
 Lip-to-lip > 16.75 m
Vertical drop > 14.3 m
Horizontal > 8.7 m
  • 10 0
 @funny-biker approximately 56 beer steins
  • 14 0
 Just look down at your shoes and imagine 47 of them lined up
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 @enduroNZ: I thought this was commonly known, but an average shoe is one inch longer than the foot on which it fits. So, in standard American length measures, 47 feet = 44.7 shoes.
  • 8 0
 Big time Robbie Bourdon vibes!
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 Don't worry guys, Brage will just build a bigger one this year.
  • 8 0
 This looks a lot like a high stakes huck and hope to me.
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 So stoked to see Danny conquer this! The dude is truly built different. Last time he was at my house he pounded out 100 push ups in a row out of nowhere, now I see why! Not a lot of humans could withstand that impact. Big ups! Over The Edge Hurricane stays representing
  • 6 1
 Man, never thought I'd see the trials wizard doing something like that. All jokes aside, massive props to Danny for hitting that, so sick!
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flag Ashe14 (May 24, 2022 at 17:25) (Below Threshold)
 Not Danny MacAskill
  • 10 0
 This sounds like the beginning of another Wilson/Wallace joke
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 Robbed Brage and stole MacAskill’s name lol. Nice.
  • 5 0
 Wow - Brage is a mad man having this thing as ‘one of the features’ in a run…

Looks like this guy only just survived it! Crazy stuff
  • 6 0
 INSANE. Bummer that there are no other angles of this.
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flag tylarfurr (May 24, 2022 at 10:41) (Below Threshold)
 Haha bruh there was half a million in cameras out there. Just wait for the edit to drop
  • 10 2
 I was out there and can guarantee more angles will start coming out
  • 10 2
 Not sure what external link etiquette is but here:

Taken by @jordansalot
  • 5 0
 Without injury yes but pulled... Pulled and prayed for sure, good on you for sending that, insane move to hold on to.
  • 6 1
 Reading these comments really makes ya realise that 99% of people on pinkbike has ever built anything before.
  • 7 3
 To all the idiots crying about a line being “robbed” from a corporate event that doesn’t have anything close to an open invite……bahahahahahah…
  • 5 0
 Is this Ronnie Macs brother?
  • 5 0
 I was waiting for his parachute to deploy!
  • 4 0
 Looks like he hammered himself good could hear him and that walk off didn't look pain free. Badass drop
  • 1 0
 Looked like maybe there was something wrong with his right wrist, the way his arm was positioned.
  • 5 0
 All that riding an "old and affordable" frame.
A rider is a rider!
  • 8 2
 The run-in is fucked
  • 4 0
 EXT Storia taking like a champ! Way to go Danny!
  • 4 1
 that doesnt look very safe... one of these days you younglings are gonna get hurt!
  • 4 0
 I mean I know he landed but is he okay?
  • 4 1
 This is about the size of the jaw drop. Does this make it the biggest drop LANDED on a bike?
  • 2 1
 f**kn' metal. ...but why isn't the run out more built out (wouldn't the rest of Brage's line continue afterwards)....seems to just dead end into the hill.
  • 4 1
 Was probably going to build a hip jump, sending him left and down.
  • 10 7
 I see the ER in his future!
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flag nert (May 24, 2022 at 18:14) (Below Threshold)
 Wow... are you even a rider?
  • 6 3
 @tylarfurr @piercesPOV get out of here y’all are embarrassing
  • 2 0
 Look what his rear wheel is doing right before the take off. Sketchy, so technical, no room for error.
  • 2 1
 Sounds like that drop would have been hit hundreds of times by pinkbike commenters already if it weren’t for large amounts of respect for Brage.
  • 1 0
 It was the only thing holding me back from grabbing my diamond hardtail straight off the school bus after detention and going full send. But now that it’s defiled I am no longer even interested in it. I’ll just dedicate my time to cage fighting and chatting with LaFawnda on line. She really is my soulmate!
  • 1 0
 Ícaro thought he could fly with wings ,in the time of theres no planes ,those guys think they can fly with bikes .....something is missing
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  • 2 0
 all it needed was some doom metal on a loudspeaker
  • 1 0
 Slipnot was playing over a loud speaker
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 Adrenaline chased. good luck in the future.
  • 3 0
 Fuck yeah!
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 So fun to watch over and over again. Gotta get me some of those camo elbow pads.
  • 2 1
 Danny is a really humble dude. Met him on a trail a few years back shredding on his hardtail. Super nice guy.
  • 1 0
 now we have more two guys that can call Josh Bender and invited him to an asylum party
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  • 3 1
 frekin legend
  • 2 0
 How do wheels survive?
  • 10 2
 Buddy is riding a Specialized Status with 26” wheels that’s what’s up
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 26 so they aren't designed to explode and need new ones right away
  • 2 1
 Now Brage have a contender!!!
  • 1 0
 That’s what I’m talkin about!!!
  • 1 0
 Wow, the air time there was crazy!
  • 1 0
 Slipknot blasting on the boombox. Seems like the ideal soundtrack to me
  • 2 1
 Now Brage is going to come back out and backflip or 360 it Wink
  • 1 0
 The speed is unbelievable
  • 1 0
 Where's the flight attendant?
  • 1 0
 WOW...Kid is LOCO LOCALSmile
  • 2 2
 Big woop. I'd hit it. Wink
  • 1 0
 crazy! He ate that
  • 1 0
 SICK!!!! Nice job Danny
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 My ankles felt that...
  • 1 0
 Sick edit.
  • 3 4
 to be honest,Not that impressive skill wise. But it was huge so props for hitting it.
  • 4 0
 So what’s your biggest hit besides a joint?
  • 1 0
 Exactly how little skill do you think is takes to land a 47ft drop?
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 Poaching is not a crime.
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