2023 Red Bull Rampage Riders List Announced

Sep 13, 2023 at 9:51
by Dario DiGiulio  
Boggs chucking another hefty flip and flying into fourth place backing up his podium finish last time around.

With one month to go until this year's Rampage event in the Utah desert, Red Bull has finally unveiled the rider list for the 2023 competition. There's a great mix of old and new names in there, which should make for a wild and diverse time out there on the mesa.

With 18 riders competing in the event's 22nd year, there won't be any shortage of unique lines cut down the slopes.

Godziek, Van Steenbergen, Strait, *Brendan* Fairclough, Atherton, and Storch.

Volokhov, Riddle, Genon, Zink, Johansson, and Brandt.

Silva, Kaudela, Boggs, Turk, Alba, and Sorge.

Line planning and digging will be kicking off fairly soon out there, so get stoked.

Check out the 2022 Finals Highlights here:

The competition will return on Friday, October 13.

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  • 364 30
 Here are my lukewarm takes, with the caveat that people don't respect how difficult it is to make decisions for an event like this. So many factors, and nobody is ever going to be happy with what you decide.

1. Nice to see some new faces overall. In general a good mix of veterans and new blood.

2. Bummed to have Brandon and Brage skip it. That's kind of huge actually.

3. I would have chosen Dylan Stark over a bunch of these riders—I will never understand how tucking Moreno Valley doesn't get you an automatic in. Makes me want to find a tinfoil hat. Also I would have invited Kade, Hayden, and a few other folks over some of the existing list.

4. It's overdue for the ladies to get the call; there are enough women who have proven that they can hang in Rampage terrain. Even if it's 4 riders in 2023 and grows over the years, there's no reason not to have a ladies field. And yes, I'd be okay cutting down the men's list to make room.
  • 98 1
 Can you do a poll of the names for us to vote who wins and who gets robbed?
  • 77 2
 agreed brian. stark is a madman and a really nice guy to hang out with
  • 9 4
 I would say just get a a field of riders for the women themselves but allow them to collaborate with the guys on lines. I'm not the organizer so idk what they could do scheduling wise. Even if its only 6-8 ladies its still enough for a small. competition
  • 22 3
 Totally agree, especially with 4. And for Brage and Brandon skipping it - it tells a lot about change in importance of this event - I don't write 'decline' on purpose, I belive it's just a change. Freeride is evolving and maybe in a few years we will see some different channels of expression
  • 91 3
 I appreciate that take BP! The ladies are ready to fly, no doubt. And truly I don't think we need to take anyone else's spots given we're not competing against the boys but would rather team up on builds and sharing lines. There's space for everyone in that arena.
  • 17 0
 They should bring back the Qualifier day and then just have a wider window for runs. I liked it better when people could show up and give it a go and the field was bigger.
  • 13 2
 @brianpark 100% agree with you on all points and I wish there were some ladies competing. They proved themselves more than capable in Formation.
  • 37 0
 Kade would be Awesome
  • 5 0
 Last DH world cup is just a week before Rampage. Even if Kade gets invitation, there isn't enough time to travel and build features probably?
  • 37 0
 Agreed, Dylan Stark for Rampage! He's Rampage personified IMO and should be given an invite. But I agree, there are tons of capable riders, not an easy decision for sure.
  • 38 1
 What happened to Andreu?
  • 17 0
 Would you be willing to bet that the skate rail stunt last year is what got Dylan bumped? I love Dylan - definitely not stoked that he's missing. Also wondering about Brage.
  • 11 0
 @WaterBear: one of my buddies was helping stark with rampage, and i distinctly remember him telling me on the lift. ,"he's gonna do something no ones ever done at rampage before so pay attention to his run"
  • 82 76
 My take on this....

1: Rad to see so many new faces. Agreed.

2: Bummed to see 6 of the top 10 pull out. Gonna miss Brandon and Brett for sure. But I figured both of those guys were no's a long time ago. Did not know Brage was a skip... figured he was an oversight on the invite...

3: Choices... not terrible. Stark is a tough leave off but I have a hard time pushing him out of the way for any of those that were chosen. He did do the Marzo leap but the rest of his submission video was meh. Turk definitely earned that spot. Interesting to see Emil come back only after Brett and Brandon step away. I'd love to see Kade do it but I highly doubt he asked for a spot. I mean if we're throwing names out there then let's hope and dream that Goldstone does it.

4: Could not disagree more. You can NOT put the women in the same field... quote possibly ever... at this event. They have their own event out there. I would not try to shoe horn them into this event as we have already proven that they have a hard time getting all 18 riders 2 runs. And no way in hell can you justify pulling 4 dudes off this list for 4 lades. No hit at the ladies. Any of the women out there riding that stuff are a million times better than I have ever been. But they are leaps and bounds behind the men still. They're not ready yet. Keep them in a stand alone event.

5: How are we not talking about Gee Atherton. This dude's crash literally looked like a snuff film. Gnarliest thing I've ever witnessed. And not only is he back running World Cup tracks but he back at Rampage. He has a feature there. I can not not wait to see what this man does.

6: Gutted to not see T-Mac out there again. It will not feel like Rampage for me without him.

7: If this is out last go with Kyle and Cam... please let's appreciate it and celebrate it.
  • 2 0
 @mrhollin: good question. We know why the other 2 guys from the top 10 are out...
  • 56 6
 @onemanarmy: Gee's presence is arguably more interesting than Brett and Semenuk's absence. We gain a beast and lose some tailwhips. Shame about Brage. That is a loss.
  • 2 1
 @onemanarmy: not to mention Aguado. Podium contender.
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: aguado is cool. looking forward to his run
  • 32 21
You are aware that Formation was cancelled, yes?
There are plenty of women that shred and could lay it down at Rampage. Where are they?
  • 19 1
 can't believe that Dylan Stark isn't invited
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flag s100 (Sep 13, 2023 at 12:50) (Below Threshold)
 I won’t watch until they invite some women.
  • 153 38
 @notthatfast: You honestly think there is a woman in the field that is capable of putting a better run down than any of those 18 guys plus the 3-4 guys that aren't on that list that could be?


Who do you pull off?

I know it's an un popular opinion but facts are facts. There are not.

Formation isn't happening but that doesn't mean there's not opportunity for it to be revived or something similar.

These woman are going huge. I take nothing away from them. The group of women out there doing this stuff are amazing. They're changing and progressing the game. They're miles better than I've ever been. But I've watched them ride this stuff first hand. I watched Casey getting towed into hits at proving grounds and STILL not being able to clear some of them just due to physics. And she's 100x's gnarlier than me. She amazing. One of my favorite individuals. I'd love to see her ride it.

Watch any crankworx events where they're doing speed and style. They are adding tricks but they're also getting destroyed on straight backflips. Downhill times are behind. Tricks are behind. Amplitude is behind. Trick selection is behind. It's all very very far behind... at the moment.

Can they make it down the course. Absolutely. These woman are gangsters.

Can they do what the men are doing on this same course. Absolutely not.

Would I love to see them compete? Absolutely. Against other women. In a different event.

I knew I'd be downvoted for that opinion. Because it's not social acceptable to say there's a gap. But truth is truth. I don't mind getting the downvotes.

Will they get there... I hope so. But they're not there yet and I'd be willing to bet that every one of them would admit that. I'd 100% support and watch formation or another event around women competing against each other.
  • 3 1
 @mior: same. Dude styles out every trick to the fullest. So fun to watch ride. Hopefully his frame stays in one piece this year.
  • 13 2
 @daniel-dh-colombia: I'm curious if it has anything to do with him sneaking a metal rail onto the course.
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flag lifeofloon (Sep 13, 2023 at 13:07) (Below Threshold)
 @onemanarmy: you do realize that equal playing fields doesn't mean that the women have to do everything the men can on the same features? It means you give them an chance to do their own thing on the same features. Yeah it may not be as cool to you as what the guys can do but the competition isn't happening for your sole enjoyment. It seems like there are a lot of people asking for the women to be included and for good reason.
Its folks like you that like to talk about how women just aren't at the same caliber as the men so they should just go off and do their own thing that slows that progression.
  • 3 9
flag Bushmaster123 (Sep 13, 2023 at 13:13) (Below Threshold)
 @s100: LOL...
  • 8 1
 @onemanarmy: I wonder about Gee. I couldn't respect him more. However, I can't help but wonder if he wants to be doing all of this or does he feel like he has to to get his brand more off the ground to show what the bike is capable of. I hope the latter isn't the case. Seems like a super good dude.
  • 70 13
I agree with you - likelihood of any woman winning Rampage would be slim if any were to be included this year, but I don't agree with your reasoning.

How do they improve without inclusion? Let them compete.

You could apply the same logic to the DH WC finals - Why even bother having a women's field when every qualifying male is likely putting down a faster time than the female winner. Why not just axe the women's field and let more men have a finals run?
Fairness is why. Equity is why. Let them compete.
  • 10 0
 @DizzyNinja: Emil wins...the rest get robbed.
  • 4 1
 Totally agree with everything here. Surely, the guys at Redbull would have anticipated that everyone will have the same reaction to asking why people like Brandon, Brage (and Brett) aren't there? I'm not sure why they're not attending but it would be good if they could put out a PR statement to explain their decision making such as why Dylan wasn't chosen and why those 3 can't make it for those of us clueless and not following everyone's instagram on a daily basis....

Just a little salt to add on top : the reason we all loved Redbull running the DH race coverage (aside from the horrific commentary...)... is that they were very transparent with the organisation of things and hence, the reason why most of us are fuming at Discovery / Warner at the moment... just some transparency from their end would be good in this regard
  • 24 0
 No Nell, no Andreau, no T-Mac, no Stark, no Aggy, no Solido, no Vinny T, no Zoblotny, no William Robert, no Kurtis Downs. There are so many legit freeriders that should be in an event like this that there really needs to be a qualifier again.
  • 42 0
 @onemanarmy: I took Brian's comment as, they should create a Women's category at rampage at the same week/day. Similar to how all other mountain bike events are (downhill, slalom, etc.). I don't think he's suggesting that women compete against men.

Seeing how rad red bull Formation was in 2022, I think it would be awesome to see a few women raise the stakes and compete against each other (instead of the non-comp version of formation).
  • 6 2
 @chriskneeland: You are assuming those guys WANT to compete. Sure they can and have and they are all sick riders, but lots of riders who can ride this don't want to. It would be interesting to know the start list/cut-offs are made, but I know a lot of these older riders, through a combination of mental stress and physical injuries, eventually become less interested in it.
  • 16 2
 I've been following Stark for years on YouTube and was excited for him last year. But last year his run was very mediocre compared to all the competitors. As much as I would have loved to see him back I already felt he wouldn't be invited back.
  • 2 0
 @chriskneeland: It really is a shame with some of these guys missing.

Back in 2015, which I think was the last time they did qualifying, it seemed like a mess with so many riders on the hill and lots of contention over lines, etc.

I do think some sort of qualifying event at rampage would be good. Maybe it's held earlier in the year. Could be more pre-built dirt takeoffs and landings to minimize build time to accommodate more riders? Similar to proving grounds, but in virgin Utah and no wood. Or maybe it is more of a non-competitive formation-style format where riders are collaborating and not competing for scores, but are showcasing their skills for nomination to finals later in the year.
  • 1 0
 @mrhollin: maybe 2x1... as opposite as last edition...
  • 9 0
 I'm surprised Kyle Strait is back, that takes some determination.
  • 35 2
 @onemanarmy: It sounds like you are arguing against having women compete against the men. Does anyone want that though? Its almost like you've constructed (internet trigger warning) a straw man argument.

What Rampage can do, and what I think Brian is suggesting, is a small women's field that competes against each other at Rampage. Same day, same event, same "course". Separate category. Just like with dowhnhill. It takes away nothing from the men and adds visibility for the women. More so than the "Formation" event IMO.
  • 15 2
 @vaea: VAEA 4 RAMPAGE!!
  • 14 9
 @vesania: I think on the surface that's a great idea.... but it's not possible.

Look at last year... they didn't even get 2 runs in for the men. How do you squeeze in 4-5 more people in the mix and expect to finish.

IF they do that it needs to be a 2 day comp. Day 1 everyone goes. In the late afternoon/evening teams can clean up lines. NO adjustments. Just clean up. Then Day 2 is run 2.

Can't add a women's field in the current format.

Personally I love formation.
  • 13 16
 @bocomtb: This is literally what he said...

It's overdue for the ladies to get the call; there are enough women who have proven that they can hang in Rampage terrain. Even if it's 4 riders in 2023 and grows over the years, there's no reason not to have a ladies field. And yes, I'd be okay cutting down the men's list to make room.

He says add 4 riders and bump men to make room. That to me means he wants them competing together.

I think he's wrong. I explained my stance.

If you want them to have their own sub event to rampage... add a day. There is not enough time in the day to add to the event.
  • 11 0
 @lifeofloon: I hear where you're coming from, but I think giving women the opportunity to go off and do their own thing is precisely what fosters progression AND respect for the athletes. Formation is a prime example, and it's a shame it was cancelled for 2023 because it was awesome!
Giving women the opportunity to compete in Rampage but in their own category, same as WCDH (or a similar but distinctive competition), with physiologically comparable competitors is, in my opinion, far more equitable than having the women compete against the men.
  • 7 0
 @Andypanda82: hahaha put me in coach!
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 @Wamprat: I'd love to see that... after they prove they can get through 2 runs for the men.

Like if they are willing to ditch all the media junk, get through the 2 runs for the men.... then next year adding a women's class of 4-5 women. I'd love to see that. Way easier to get them that exposure than trying to do a stand alone event. Love it.

Just don't love them competing against the men and don't love bumping men to make space for the women.

But love were your heads at.
  • 11 1
So add another day then. Simple.
Nobody said the women have to compete against the men. Just include them in the event.
  • 45 2
 @onemanarmy: the early Rampage days had twice as many riders. The problem isn’t running out of time because of a handful more riders, it’s the live show that comes with it’s announcements, ads and waiting time for the riders at the start.

Put the riders at the start, let ‘em do their runs, film all the runs, and have a slightly delayed live show where you can sneak in the talking, visuals and story telling in between. Keep scores for the live show. But making the riders do the waiting at the top of that mountain, in the mid-day rising wind, is painful to watch for both viewers and riders that dedicate their career to this moment.
  • 2 2
 @onemanarmy: It's already too big an event with weather too unpredictable to hold in one day in my opinion.
I think they should have something like a Rampage week. Live streaming is the problem there, but I mean, I wouldn't care about trying to watch something live from another time zone if it meant a bigger, better, and safer event for everyone.
  • 5 0
 @tokarsky268: the bike has won World Cup races and World Championships. I think we all know how good it is…
  • 4 6
 @vaea: I agree 100%. That's essentially what I said earlier. I don't think any sane person would disagree there.

But so far they haven't proven a willingness to do that or an ability to get through the event as it stands. So changing it and/or adding people to it seems like a bad idea.

I 100% am on board with that idea or some variation of it that aids in getting the runs completed safely before the winds it. They can fill in all the foofoo for the delayed feeds and rebroadcasts.

And I'm 100% on board with women competing in their own field at the same event... once they prove they can get the current load of riders through... which I already stated. I think you ladies 100% deserve some shine.
  • 4 5
 @notthatfast: I agree 100%. And I'd support the inclusion of a women's field at Rampage. Same course. Same event. I think it'd be great for the sport and for women. 100% agree.

Unfortunately, the current format doesn't support that. They did not get through 2 runs for the 18 riders as it is.

So for me it's not an issue of would it be great to see them or do women deserve to compete. That's a no brainer... the answer is yes. Hell yes. For me the issue is does the current format support it and/or are they willing to make the necessary adjustments.... my feeling is no.

Women's DH.... look how much time they have for that broadcast and how quickly they're firing people off. The format supports it. The current leadership wanted some changes so they added scoring and qualifying and made the events longer. And if it gets windy or wet.... so what. Run it. usually. The format supports women's, mens, and juniors all giving it a go.

Format. Support. Reality.

Currently, none of that is what I personally see.

Again... 100% support women being included. 100% do not support the current format/media circus.

Make sense?
  • 4 1
 @vaea: Right on Vaea! Smile Cheers from Montreal!
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 @notthatfast: I misread Brian's comments. I'll admit that.

Add a day... Cut out the media mumbo jumbo... whatever it takes to create more efficiency. Prove you can get 18 riders through 2 runs. Then add women.
  • 7 2
 @Wamprat: They're out there a week.

I honestly think it's as simple as running 2 days.

Same format as now. Got your build days. Test days. Then they have the event.
Day 1: Run 1 for 18 men and 4-6 women.
Day 2: Run 2 for 18 men and 4-6 women.

Afternoon of Day 1 you let the crews out there to clean up their lines. No major adjustments. Just maintenance.

You get a guaranteed 2 runs. Full scores. And there's time for the judges to digest and have more fair and balanced scoring.

Live broadcast is streamlined. Just like a DH broadcast. Great commentating. Minimal BS. Minimal down time.

They compile it all. Add their BS. Create a nice piece for rebroadcast, ESPN, Etc.

Keep saying the same thing really. LOL! Good thing I'm bored and waiting for some things to process over here.
But yeah... If they have issues getting the riders through again I think hopefully they'll understand the need for a format adjustment. And hopefully they make it. Because getting women in there would be rad. Just like getting 2 full runs from the current list of riders would.
  • 7 6
So let's boycott Rampage until they cut the bullshit and do what they need to do to make it a properly inclusive field.
Does the format actually make sense as is? Do we need a bunch of ads and bullshit? I'm going with no.
  • 7 20
flag wda1wustl (Sep 13, 2023 at 18:47) (Below Threshold)
 @s100: As a father, husband, and brother to some very athletic and competitive woman, I have no interest in seeing woman putting themselves at this risk level. I’ve been to Rampage as a spectator, it’s not a joke.
  • 15 2
 @wda1wustl: thats nice of a Man to say what women can and can't do... LOL
  • 2 0
 @notthatfast: exactly. Like natural selection.
  • 32 3
 @wda1wustl: As a mother, wife, and sister to some very athletic and competitive men, I have no interest in seeing men putting themselves at this risk level. I’ve been to Rampage as a spectator, it’s not a joke.
  • 4 0
 @DizzyNinja: Norbs will forever be the #1 victim.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: #5 THIS!!!
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flag Bunabe (Sep 13, 2023 at 20:45) (Below Threshold)
 @HeatedRotor: Just a reality check. Women are significantly weaker than men. Even in things that don't require physical strength or reaction speed you don't see women in top 100. Men and women aren't the same. You have to have some sense of reality in your wokeness.
  • 9 7
 @onemanarmy: I fully agree with what you’re saying. I’ve met and rode with a few of the women that potentially could do rampage one day, they are incredible. I’ve been to hangtime, dark horse, and formation, and some of the stuff they do is well beyond my abilities. I respect, support and am blown away at what the women are doing these days. But rampage is not about gender, it’s about the best riders in the world putting down the most insane runs we can imagine. Emphasis on riders. Not men, not women, just the best of the best. I don’t believe the best women in the world have what it takes to compete for a spot at rampage. Can they hang, yes absolutely, but compete? I’m not convinced yet. Let’s not forget that riddle rode a formation line on his dirt jumper, I think that puts this into perspective.

But the future is looking amazing, even by next year I could see some women stepping up to that level, and I hope they do.
  • 6 3
 @Bunabe: I was taking a dig at the current modern society that says women can do whatever men do for the same money. More of a joke in a way lol.
  • 2 3
 @WestC0astWanderer: what about a collab with the women helping in the build the competition lines, and then a non-comp day sessioning some of the features they helped create? It doesn't make sense to me to have a "contest" with only a few people capable of riding this terrain, and the women have proven better at putting on fest-style events than the men.
  • 3 1
 @dmackyaheard: forget about Formation, what about DarkFest? Sure it's more groomed but they hit all of the huge features.
  • 2 3
 @lifeofloon: that's why I'd like to see something like expand the dig crew by one woman, then let them ride in a showcase / non-comp the day before, or something of that nature. Let them participate and get exposure without competing in the same forum/style as the men.
  • 1 0
 Just do a Format 2.0 and have it filmed if they want. Redbull can barely get all the men in for two runs, people are going to be pissed if it cuts into that. They could have their own event tailor-made to what they want or think would be best. Also gotta love that a website for mostly middle aged dudes gets into such giant arguments over women so often. Pretty sure they can fight their own battles.
  • 4 0
 @yetilife101: a reminder that when Redbull were providing DH coverage they were not organising the races. This is a common myth in Pinkbike comments

The structure has changed now. Discovery provides coverage and an organisation they own (ESO) runs the races on behalf of the UCI
  • 12 0
 @grgsmith: this might come as a shocker to you, but these ladies don’t need you to protect them from gnarly terrain. They’re grown ass adults that can make up their own minds about hucking themselves off a cliff. You too scared to watch them do it? Change the channel.
  • 10 1
 @Bunabe: go ride in BC with Hannah Bergemann and then come try to sell me on that logic.
  • 2 0
 Its a shame Brage, kade/kaoss aint invited. Strongly agree they should get some lady team involved
  • 1 1
 @tokarsky268: I wonder if RB want him there given he isn’t really racing DH anymore
  • 2 0
 @kiisseli: pretty sure kade and his sponsors would be happy to ditch last World Cup and do rampage.
  • 2 0
 @wda1wustl: well i guess it´s their choice, in the end...i´d rather ask them what they want/think and involve them into the discussion/organization rather than going the same old road we´ve historically been on.
  • 1 0
 @Wamprat: agreed, and they can do it in the same event rather than having to create new events just for women because others feel they just aren't up to the other guys standards.
  • 6 3
 @onemanarmy: "...don't love bumping men to make space for the women". This seems to sum it up for many in these comments. There NEEDS to be the number of men riding that there are now and since the conditions don't make it easily possible to add more runs/ riders, women should not be included. (Plus the women will only hurt themselves, not be as entertaining to watch, all the usual.) "Rampage is what it is and it shouldn't change." There have been some good comments here too about changing the format to fit in more riders (or even maybe otherwise improve the event), but resistance to change is an interesting thing. Not to mention even slowly striving for more equal opportunities - in this case bumping men to make space for women - is only seen as taking things away from men - which of course has to happen, if men hold 100% of what's available.
  • 4 0
 remeber the year.. 2016 I th?nk. When they had a lot more riders on the line up....
The year Paul Bass got hurt, Nico? (I think) took that huge slam an Rogatkin fell off a cliff................

That year was actually harsh to watch
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy: It's weird to me that we're not also talking about Gee's 2012 Rampage crash.
  • 5 0
 @WaterBear: I saw it in person. Was brutal and one of the first times I honestly wondered if a person was... "not going to get back up" before he got up and dusted himself off. He looked ROUGH the next day. Dude is a pure machine of will power and skill. It was unbelievable. His 2010 run is still one of my favorites. No slope tricks, just twice as fast as everyone else down an awesome line. Love watching this dude ride a bike.
  • 2 0
 @font style="vertical-align: inherit;">font style="vertical-align: inherit;">mrhollin/font>/font>:

pas de Lacondeguy cette année ?
  • 1 1
 @HeatedRotor: I see your gas lighting assumption and raise you, why do you assume I am a Man?
  • 1 0
 100% to number 4!!
  • 1 0
 @wda1wustl: does that offend you? lol
  • 1 2
 @HeatedRotor: It triggers me. LOL
  • 1 0
 @wda1wustl: sucks to be you then
  • 2 0
 @mrhollin: not the same without TMac
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 @Dorkin: It's just scientific facts of men and women. You have to be insane to not agree with it. You mention one woman but you are only proving my point. Compared to men she isn't a top rider she is a weak rider. Never go all woke.
  • 2 0
 I guess what we don’t know is if some those not there are not there because they weren’t invited or because they were but declined the invitation. Clearly some do choose to decline as its hard to see that Brandon and Brage weren’t invited.
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy: Gee being invited is interesting. Does it suggest a movement back towards big lines rather than spinny flippy slopestyle runs?
  • 3 2
 Stark got absolutely robbed last year. The judges are so fukn blind and sucking off the teets of all the old timers riding it's a shame. Dude is an absolute beast.
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 @notthatfast: Not So Fast! LOL! All the shit talking aside and beyond all the BS and issues they have... it's still an amazing event with amazing folks doing amazing things.

I can't wait to see what everyone does. I'm sure I'll be irritated with judging. Think someone got more and someone got less. But come the end of it... as long as everyone is healthy and gets 2 runs I'll be happy.
  • 1 0
 @chrismac70: I think it's balance. It's going to be a challenge to judge for sure. They have a history of judging spinny flippy over gnar. My hopes is that they're listening to the riders and they find a middle ground.

But I see a lot of balance in this rider list. Killer mix of young and older. Gnar/Speed. Tricks. Mix. Etc.

I think if the wind stays down and they cut the BS and get us 2 runs we could see an amazing event.

Interesting time to see a couple guys have a shot at cementing their status as Rampage athletes and a few athletes possibly saying farewell to Rampage.

I for one can't wait. All bitching aside.
  • 2 0
 Dylan got the 5th Alt spot. Announced yesterday.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: still sucks though. highly unlikely 5 others will drop out
  • 203 0
 Pidcock got robbed.
  • 80 5
 Mathieu van der Poel wasn't invited out of concern someone might remove a ramp or landing where there was one in practice.
  • 6 0
 @westcoastatheart: This is funnier thinking how serious that would be in Rampage vs a XC course...
  • 3 0
 Tori got robbed!!
  • 5 0
 Can't wait to see Brendan get robbed!
  • 2 0
 @LemonadeMoney: Still the best run IMO.
  • 191 83
 Get Strait and Zink out and give some other riders a chance. We get it they "helped shape the sport to what it is today" blah blah blah. Time for some new blood!
  • 38 30
 Couldn’t agree more
  • 38 57
flag HenkkaK (Sep 13, 2023 at 10:50) (Below Threshold)
 Sorge too
  • 25 45
flag Korbi777 (Sep 13, 2023 at 11:14) (Below Threshold)
 yeah sorge too.
  • 8 5
 Yeah, but my guess is that the biggest contribution these guys make is the knowledge and experience they bring. Having no actual knowledge, I'll disclaim that this is pure speculation but given the steep learning curve my guess is that some of the younger riders might benefit from having the old goats around. But from a purely competitive standpoint I don't disagree with your point.
  • 98 4
 Kooks. Sorge has podiumed five times with three wins. He was second in 2021. He is there because he earned it.
  • 27 12
 What are you talking about? lol
They helped to blow Rampage up and still compete at a high level and could even win. I love these know-it-alls, always providing their thoughts when they know nothing about the sport. I feel like your commentary is on par with the UFC shit-talking lol.
  • 31 8
 It's so difficult for me to respond to this comment nicely. Cam and Kyle live and breathe this event, it clearly means the world to them. And they continue to ride at the gnarliest level, you cannot deny they still earn their entries. But you're going to trivialize their accomplishments and demand they're thrown out because 'new blood' would be more entertaining for you?

When the riders have genuine complaints about Rampage it's always because the production and event teams prioritize the 'show' over rider safety, rider concerns or just what makes for the best riding. YOU are this problem.
  • 3 24
flag Islandbear (Sep 13, 2023 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 @Rudy2455: Who are you talking to? I'm in support of Cam and Kyle, learn how to read please, before responding.
  • 35 12
 This pisses me off. Kyle Straight obliterated his back last year in practice, suffered through surgeries and all the hassles of rehab, drugs, doctors, hospital stays, and tons of pain. He was in so much pain he could barely walk, let alone pick up is young daughter. Despite this, he is still willing compete again. Please, show some respect for these athletes and mountainbiking in general.
  • 40 20
 @Islandbear: I've been watching Strait do the same suicide no hander for the last 12 years. Is dude good? Yes does he deserve to still be there? No. The sport isn't going to grow if you keep inviting the same stale riders. Looks like the people agree with me too just sayin.
  • 7 4
 @Rudy2455: New blood is good for growing the sport not just for my entertainment. How else are we supposed to see what could be done if they keep inviting the same people all the time?
  • 13 5
 @MT36: three strikes and you should be out. Or podiums in this case. Give them a crown and retirement. Seriously. Doing this forever until you kill yourself doesn’t make for great retirement planning.
  • 12 5
 @mildlyokmatt: People complain about the slope style tricks taking over at Rampage but want to get rid of Kyle because he doesn't do them. Cam and Kyle have built and ridden some gnarly lines over the years and deserve to be there. But I would love to see some different riders too. Maybe we need two Rampages. One as a qualy and then a final. No semi's though!
  • 5 5
 @s100: Good retirement planning? who the heck gets into pro mountainbiking for retirement benefits? Thank you for your arbitrary, overarching moral judgment but no.
  • 3 0
 @MT36: Gee did the same and will be present
  • 8 1
 There's a lot of new blood in there. Both of those dudes have proven they can still compete. I wouldn't be surprised if this is it for both of them. So let's appreciate it. More new blood will be coming over the next 2-3 years.
  • 8 0
 They will age out eventually. I really enjoy some of the older riders still competing. They survived thru the days of hucking old bikes on to a barely prepared landing and going straight OTB. They have earned the spot more than any of the other riders, so they should be able to stay.
  • 15 3
 Hell no! Strait and Zink are the ones keeping this even raw and not a a Utah version of Joyride. Nothing wrong with chucking slope tricks at rampage by stop making highways down the mountain.
  • 3 7
flag f00bar (Sep 13, 2023 at 23:25) (Below Threshold)
 @Islandbear: of course they could win, the whole bromance voting is a joke, the winner is picked long before his run even starts...
  • 1 4
 @MT36: Suffering through something self inflicted is the name of the game in this sport. We’ve all been there, whether it’s a small injury or big one. Only reason to push through something like that is to push your limits forward, finding the limit, with some sort of reward on the other end. He’s already reached his pinnacle. Both him and Zink are better than I’d ever be in a lifetime. My thoughts are, him and Zink could probably get the same rush by just doing a trip out to Utah for a long weekend. It’s time to make room for some newer talent at Rampage. They can still be involved in the event, but how many times do they have to put their wives and families through this, for little to no gain, expect for pride. As far as women being there….get them there own event. Putting woman in this event would not be fair. Believe it or not, there are huge biological advantages men have over woman (hot take in 2023) If you had a men and woman’s category it would actually be more fair to the women. They could actually have a shot at winning and making some money for risking their lives.
  • 4 0
 @teejaaymtb: Thats fine, but are these other athletes besides the veterans like Zink, Straight, etc. actually performing at a lower level then the "new blood?" Because if they aren't, they don't deserve to be ranked above the veterans. What a lot of posters here are proposing is essentially selection/ranking process based on a popularity contest. Competitive sports need to be merit based, otherwise it's just a glorified beauty pageant. "Zink could probably get the same rush..." that is blatant speculation. This is not the place to call out speculation, but sounds like BS to me.
  • 3 0
 didn’t age well huh?
  • 1 0
 @SeanDRC: Haha, no it did not. Clearly Cam Zink is a better rider than I gave him credit for. Hats off to him and those who saw things clearly.
  • 87 2
 Really hoped to see Dylan back, bummer!
  • 14 2
 Man I though for sure Dylan was gonna get an invite, sucks
  • 23 6
 That's what happens when you bring a rail onto the course. Banned for life.
  • 9 0
 Same, but he kind of blew it after he injured his ankle and didn't do anything spectacular at rampage. I think every rookie should have an automatic 2 years invite so that can learn from their first year. Still can't believe Jordie didn't get another invite.
  • 4 0
 @slayerdegnar: Agreed. I love Stark. But his run was not on par with others last year. It wasn't the rail that got him banned. He even talked about being out of his element on the big mountain riding.
  • 79 5
 Brage got robbed.
  • 2 0
 Frown (((((((((((((((
  • 92 0
 I believe Brage was invited and chose not to go this year.
  • 88 0
 @brianpark: I think he still isn't done falling from the top of Jah yet.....
  • 13 5
 @brianpark: completely understandable, he doesn't have to prove anything to anyone or win a competition in spinning a bicycle around any of its axis. Still robbed, it feels right that one of the future Rampage wins belongs to him. Apparently it's not the time yet
  • 23 2
 @matheas: LOL what? He's just focusing on other projects. People look into things way too much.

So happy to see Gee is back! So insane.
  • 8 1
 @scott-townes: I intended that maybe Brage doesn't find competing in Rampage as much important step on his way/developement and was ok with skipping it, as you say, for another projects. Not that he isn't ready Wink
I also feel that maybe actual concept of Rampage, isn't ready for his style and abilities and they wouldn' be properly judged...
  • 3 0
 @Mtbdialed: might be just bored after sending the Jam drop...
  • 14 0
 A recent study determined that the environmental impact of the beastly Norwegian freight train of freeride destruction, aka Brage was just too catastrophic for the fragile desert. He wouldn't have made it past customs.
  • 8 2
 It's approaching slope style in a lot of ways. I don't blame a guy who is trying to do big-hit freeride for wanting to avoid it.
  • 7 1
 @jayacheess: Yeah realistically Brage seems more like a classical freeride guy. Personally I think it's awesome. High scores at Rampage now happen with technical slopestyle tricks.
  • 1 4
 @matheas: You look into every post way too much.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: that says everything about the event
  • 67 2
 Kade got robbed.
  • 2 1
  • 7 0
 I don't see a reason for not inviting him. He's clearly a fan favorite at every world cup, still has the world cup pace and a big bag of tricks and does some freeride events. It's like that kid is made for rampage. Same for Goldstone
  • 4 0
 @shr3d: But the last wolrd cup is too close to Rampage.
  • 62 0
 Gee should have a wild line - he's not a slope/trick guy, so, he's gonna keep it old school and bomb it big! Go Gee!
  • 2 3
 Great to him back and agree he’ll do something wild…but he’ll also destroy himself again Frown
  • 1 0
 Isn't this the same venue as the wall ride he built?
  • 5 0
 @onemanarmy: Romaniuk tried it first iirc
  • 3 0
 Ask Brendan, sadly the judges do not like this kind of runs.
  • 1 0
 @squarewheel: I don't think he cares.
  • 2 0
 @case1: yeah, it was just too obvious Frown
  • 61 0
 It'll be nice to watch a comp with Emil in it, that he might not win
  • 47 1
 Prediction: Someone gets robbed.
  • 10 1
 Red Bull Robbery
  • 13 0
 This post has only been up for 40 minutes and apparently there were a bunch of robberies already.
  • 10 1
 @DizzyNinja: It's basically RobBull at this point SMH
  • 43 2
 Where is Norbs? Robbed again.
  • 39 1
 I fucking love BRANDON Fairclough!
  • 26 27
 ....lets go Brandon???? Big Grin
  • 5 0
 Brondon rules!
  • 16 0
 Bronson Fairclaw
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: every. f*cking. time. He should also borrow one of Gee's RedBull helmets if he doesn't want to get robbed....again.
  • 4 0
 He’ll get robbed for sure
  • 4 1
 Brendan Clairflaw
  • 1 1
 He should team up with Agee and make something super huge, gnarly but above all FAST!
  • 3 0
 I can imagine the editorial meeting.....

RB Content Intern #1: Wanna have some PB comments fun?
RB Content Intern #2: Do bears sh#t in the woods! What you thinking?
RB#1 shows RB#2 the spelling.....
RB#2: Cool dude, hey and add D-A-W-G as an auto-correct while you're at it!!

Has it been every year? It sure feels like it!!
  • 39 3
 Some of those guys are really putting the age into Rampage.
  • 3 0
 Lol. Underrated comment.
  • 10 1
  • 37 4
 No Dylan Stark?!?!
  • 31 2
 I guess Dylan's rail slide last year did not impress. That is a bummer, I would love to see him back,
  • 2 0
 Redbull's official IG account just said they loved it. Other criteria were in play.
  • 4 0
 They do this every year. There's the locks. The pretty much locks. Then they have like 15 people to choose from for 3 slots. So they mix it up. Try to give new people opportunities. I'm sure he was given a lot of consideration. I'm sure he'll get a lot of consideration next year. Figure with Emil and Gee both saying yes... that is probably what bumped him.
  • 4 0
 @onemanarmy: Dylan Stark was announced as the 5th Alternate yesterday - mainly due to the outcry from fans. 5 other riders needs to drop out and he'll get a ride.
  • 4 0
 @suspended-flesh: That is better than nothing, props to RedBull for listening.
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: he was already 5th alternate before any public outcry. The entire list is finalized long before the public announcement...
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: 1- where did you see the full alternate list. 2- I doubt it. His slot was likely established well before any public outcry.

I highly doubt a few people on pb and a few instagram comments changed their minds. They are well aware of his popularity and his abilities. That's why he competed last year. They make their decisions over the course of months and the list doesn't change because pink bike says so.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: I'm just going by what Dylan said in his IG Story, thanking the fans for the "support and comments" that (he implied) led to his Alt selection. I'm not an insider - just going by what Dylan said and it may have been 4:20 in Elsinore.....

@Joyrode : See above
  • 23 1
 they gotta get more of the up-and-comers in.... so many older guys there for "Fun" and not throwing down as hard as they once did.
Brage got robbed.
would have loved to have seen dylan back.
even Hayden Zablotny
  • 7 3
 I had big hopes for Hayden. Now I hope someone told Emil it is not a slopestyle event.
  • 12 1
 The older guys make me feel good about my age. I say keep 'em in forever.
  • 23 1
 I'm guessing there's a rally on again this year...
  • 24 3
 No Semenuk?
  • 19 1
 I think he said there are scheduling conflicts.

Here: www.bikeperfect.com/news/red-bull-rampage-2023-lineup-and-venue-announced

It's around the same time as the ARA Rally race in Marquette MI.
  • 17 1
 @unkindthrower: Worth nothing that he's not currently on the entry list for Lake Superior Performance Rally, but he's expected to attend.

Last year he somehow pulled off both events. Heavily criticized here on PB for not doing enough digging on his Rampage lines, but won the rally (battling every stage with the late and great Ken Block) and locked up the ARA championship, then returned and stomped that ridiculous caveman drop.
  • 2 0
 @unkindthrower: It's on the same day.
  • 21 2
 Dylan Stark was robbed! How is he not at least an alternate?!
  • 19 1
 Punishment from the Redbullinati for being a snowboarder in a world of twin-plankers in the year 1988.
  • 26 9
 No Stark, LaCondeguy, Semenuk, Brage .... what is going on. Emil in? Is this a slopestyle contest now? Happy to see Brendog back it though and Gee Man!!
  • 36 4
 You're surprised by the best slope rider of all time getting an invite? LOL

Dude, they've always invited the top slope rider.
  • 4 0
 @scott-townes: lol you right
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: lucky for him he didn't have to go through qualies
  • 9 0
 If you watch back his first go at it... he was clearly not ready for big bike stuff but he very clearly showed he's capable. The line was not terrible. More than likely he'll be taking over where Brett and Brandon left off and he'll have a very well prepped way down. I think he'll throw a killer line down. My hopes is that the hype train doesn't give him a free 2-3 points like he usually gets. If he comes in and wins this by doing a safe run with huge tricks at the bottom people will riot.
  • 11 0
 Emil did just fine in 2019, and he's added a ton of experience since. www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jJXVWmuFO8
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: Agreed. He did better than I expected him to do. But you can't be that surprised... he's got some of the best bike skills of all time.
  • 15 0
 I think last year LaCondeguy said he was over it and was upset with the way the comp and judging.
  • 4 1
 It's been a slope style contest for the last few years, maybe that's why Brage has swerved it.
  • 4 0
 @DrM12: He was one of a couple to make that statement.

Along with the way they ran the event. All the media BS. Time outs. Etc. Created a 1 run event. Which in my opinion makes it an exhibition.
  • 9 1
 @DrM12: And Lacondeguy got way robbed. Like way...
  • 1 1
 @onemanarmy: I do not blame him.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: agreed on this - im not a huge slopestyle fan but will watch & enjoy when it's up. Emil's 2019 run was blazing & he got little credit for it. It's all judged so - whatever, but it was smooth & badass for having been a last minute alternate. Four years later now... he's gonna destroy
  • 1 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: I would not be surprised to see him win. My only hope is that it's clear he deserves it and there's no like obvious robbery going on.

I'm actually really looking forward to Genon.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: I don't even care really - I thought Brendon got robbed (seriously) for his 2019 run and I still do... sticking by that spilled milk (!) but in the end, its all just fun, good times and we all saw what he did. I'm kinda just stoked to see it at all, though the past 2 years have been a bit butt-clenching as the risks have gotten bigger & bigger...kinda makes it hard to watch any of these guys potenially go down.
  • 13 0
 Interesting not to see Semenuk and Stark on this list. Pumped Alex is getting another shot after not being able to ride finals last year!
  • 14 0
 Holy Toledo!! No Johny Salido?
  • 6 0
 Forreal why does he never get invited? I wish there was a way to pre-qualify for the event!!
  • 3 0
 @lalientoxc: I mean don’t get me wrong I’m pretty satisfied with this years list, I really got no complaints but Johny is my favorite rider and honestly he deserves another shot at it!!
  • 3 1
 @Theysayivebeentheone: Yeah they got some heavy hitters this year no doubt but still Red Bull should let fans pick at list 1-3 athletes every year
  • 1 9
flag t-swing (Sep 13, 2023 at 11:51) (Below Threshold)
 @lalientoxc: they invited him, he wasted a roster spot, didn't finish building his line, and pretended to be sick on the day of the event.
  • 9 0
 @t-swing: "pretended to be sick"... lol. Did you know he got a spleen puncture, was internally bleeding and ended-up in the hospital
  • 1 3
 @danielgarcia: weak spleen = no invite. not my rules.
  • 3 0
 @t-swing: you’re f*cking silly. Just keep your comments to yourself dumbass
  • 2 0
 @t-swing: you know you’re a f*cking loser when you go on the internet looking to start shit!!
  • 1 3
 @lalientoxc: why you mad, i just answered the dudes question
  • 2 0
 @t-swing: it’s not what you did it’s the way you did dumbass
  • 2 0
 @t-swing: You didn’t even answer the question you just threw your opinion on why you believed he wasn’t invited in a very condescending and stupid way. Imma give you some advise.. STFU!!
  • 1 0
 @Theysayivebeentheone: you still sound mad. calm down its just the internet bro. nothing i say matters.
  • 20 6
 Invite Stark or I'm not watching
  • 13 0
 Really stoked to see Talus made the cut, but it doesn't make up for not inviting Dylan Stark. So bummed.
  • 5 0
 If people are sleeping on him they won't be after this. Kid and throw down. And he's very much like Riddle. Just goes bigger than everyone else on the same hits.
  • 8 0
 Cool to see Gee back on the list. Personally I'll probably skip watching this live this year and watch the highlights. Honestly the last few have been a snooze fest bar one or two riders. That along with the wind delays and suspect judging it's not really worth the effort anymore.
  • 15 5
 Gee. WTF. That body is going to let you know very soon. Reed Boggs takes it!
  • 2 0
 Zink and Lyle too then?
  • 5 1
 I thought the same thing. Wait until he hits forty. I struggle to get off the toilet
  • 1 7
flag ace9 (Sep 13, 2023 at 10:44) (Below Threshold)
 why would he accept? hes a racer. geezus
  • 13 1
 No Ethan Nell?
  • 3 0
 Woah. That's a tough one if true. That's his bread and butter. Ouch.
  • 1 0
 weird to see dj but not ethan.
  • 3 3
 @adrennan: dj is in a other league of skill than nell. Dj deserves it
  • 3 0
 Nell just posted on his IG about it. It was a personal choice.
  • 10 0
 Gee is absolute mad man, nearly murders himself on a Welsh Ridgeline and decides the best recovery is to find a bigger one
  • 6 0
 Have you seen the teaser for ridgeline IV dolomites? I think he found a bigger one yet.
  • 11 0
  • 6 0
 This is the biggest mystery to me. Anyone know why he's not listed? He should be one of the first wild cards. His lines are always one of my favorites each year.

He was 5th place 2019 and 2021.
  • 1 5
flag DrM12 (Sep 13, 2023 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 he came in last place last year so i bet that was part of it.
  • 1 0
  • 3 0
 @adriemel83: Yep, I saw Tyler just posted: "No Rampage for me this year. Been fighting the pain in my ankle for way too long and it was finally time to go back under the knife to get it fixed up right...."

Hope he makes it back next year.
  • 1 0
 @DrM12: False.

He came in last place because they organizers suck and didn't get people a second run. He was up top for 45 minutes.

He's not riding because he got surgery a week ago.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: Agree. I was so bummed he didn't get a second run. He cased the jump on his back flip right before the gap to wall ride and had to stop. His massive double drops were impressive.
  • 9 0
 The best part of red Bull event coverage on PB is the complaining in the comments section.
  • 6 0
 Wait until another company takes over the series. That is when complaining goes next level.
  • 10 0
 Why isn’t Caleb Holonko in this?
  • 1 0
 Holonko got robbed?
  • 1 0
 He should just show up and pretend he got invited. There's no way he shouldn't be there.
  • 10 0
 No lacon???
  • 1 0
 Was about to ask the same thing.
  • 9 1
 Damn.. so pissed when I didn't see Dylan Starks name.
  • 10 1
 Where's Dylan Stark?!?!?
  • 4 0
 At Lake Elsinore.
  • 7 0
 Not superstitious or anything, but can we not schedule the most dangerous sport’s competition on Friday the 13th???
  • 4 0
 Brilliant to see Gee back at rampage,hopefully he'll put in a solid gnarly line,forget the tricks and concentrate on riding extreme lines,he wont win with a line like that but plenty of people prefer rampage how it used to be. Taking Dyfi to the desert...go on G-man Smile
  • 4 0
 I don't actually give a toss who wins. These subjective points scoring comps leave me a bit cold. Everyone gets robbed it just depends whos eyes you are looking through. However I am super stoked about the prospect of watching all these guys throw down their best runs. Should be be all time gangster
  • 8 1
 Brendan Fairclaw dropping
  • 2 0
 Take the raw with smooth!
  • 3 0
 This is from the Singletrack World web site:

2023 Red Bull Rampage Invited Athletes

Pre-Qualified Athletes:

Szymon Godziek (POL)
Reed Boggs (USA)
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Carson Storch (USA)

Wildcard Invites:

Adolf Silva (SPA)
Alex Volokhov (CAN)
Bienvenido Aguado Alba (SPA)
Brendan Fairclough (GBR)
Cam Zink (USA)
Clemens Kaudela (AUT)
DJ Brandt (USA)
Emil Johansson (SWE)
Jaxson Riddle (USA)
Kurt Sorge (CAN)
Kyle Strait (USA)
Talus Turk (USA)
Tom Van Steenbergen (USA)
Gee Atherton (UK)

Absent from the list this year is former four-time champion Brandon Semenuk, who cited scheduling conflicts. In his place, first alternate Gee Atherton will get the opportunity to come back to the venue he last rode in the 2012 Rampage.

Source: singletrackworld.com/2023/09/red-bull-rampage-semenuk-out-atherton-in
  • 4 0
 Probably busy winning WRC or something similarly crazy...
  • 7 0
 Fairclough (GBR); Atherton (UK)
Pick a political territory...
  • 7 0
 Sorge FTW
  • 6 0
 Hell Yeah Talus!!!!! Well deserved!
  • 7 1
 Whos this Brandan Fairclough chap? never heard of him
  • 7 0
  • 3 0
 Brendan's gonna be pissed his stunt double got the invite instead of him.
  • 3 0
 You know, Brandan Fairclaw!
  • 1 0
 He's the Dan with the bran.
  • 6 0
 #1 Snub goes to Dylan Stark!
  • 8 1
 Dylan got robbed
  • 2 0
 Gee back at Rampage is as good as it gets. You guys can cry and complain about who is or isn't there and why or why not or who got robbed.... but its Rampage.....so tune in and enjoy! I don't watch for the judges decisions, I watch to see the riders sending insane steep lines and jumping off huge f##king cliffs!
  • 4 0
 super sick that C-dog got the invite, stoked to see that Silva is back at it again, and mispelled brendog is the man.
  • 6 2
 What else…… the judges will go for Semenuk. Doesn’t matter how the other guys perform.
  • 1 7
flag Dittli14 (Sep 13, 2023 at 10:54) (Below Threshold)
 Do you get the joke?
  • 3 1
 No Andreu? Makes no sense!
T Mac should be in there as well unless he is taking some time off now that he's a father. understandable.
It would be nice to see Brage in the mix as well.
  • 4 0
 Andreu didn‘t want to come back - not surprisingly seeing the way he got robbed last time.

They should drop that ridiculous judging, it might be good for a laugh, but adds nothing useful to the event and just prolongs everything unnecessarily. None of these judges would be able to score a run to within 5 points of each other if in separate rooms, so just don‘t do it anymore, it won‘t be any loss at all.
  • 6 1
 On a serious note, totally agree about bringing women in.
  • 8 3
 Formation cancelled and no women in Rampage? That sucks.
  • 5 0
 honestly, Hardline is a lot more fun to watch than Rampage
  • 9 8
 Now imagine how many more qualifying female riders would emerge if you opened the gate to female competitors?
Names that could have been there:
the list goes on...

The names listed (and I assure you many are out there whom I did not) are capable of competing on the Rampage Stage in any capacity. Women’s category or WITH the men. The women I listed participate and compete in numerous free ride events - right alongside the men: Vanta Jam, Dark Fest, Tour de Gnar, Freeride MTB World Tour (Silver and Bronze only - boo) etc. and many of the women execute BETTER than the men. ESPECIALLY on the technical lines (just watch Hannah Bergemann).

Red Bull 1) Cancelled Formation with no public explanation for why, and then 2) Ignores women once again on their highest stages. The men's event has evolved. Imagine if they had made space for @katrina or Stephanie Nychka? The women or women's event would show equal caliber athleticism and skill. I’m saying that patriarchal exclusivity doesn’t look good on anyone anymore. The riders are there.

If it is regarding ROI, Red Bull didn't broadcast the event, and it was poorly covered so it was difficult to follow.

In October 2022, Sports Business Journal published a report stating that:
- The average fan only spends 15.4% of viewing time watching women’s sports
- This is because in overall airtime, womens sports only get 5.4% of available airtime vs. 94.6% going to mens sports.
- 74% of fans cannot name a single corporate sponsor of any major women’s league.
- This is related to the above issue.
- 76% of fans cannot name a leading female athlete.
- Again, this is because there is limited media coverage.
- 60% of fans believe sponsors should invest more money into women’s sports and raise viewership
- 42% of fans say they would never consider buying a piece of women’s sports merch, regardless of price
- U.S. broadcast networks spend just 0.2% of media-rights budgets on women’s-only sporting events (figure excludes broadcast packages that feature both men’s and women’s competition, such as the Olympics).

Do you notice anything that stands out about those statistics?
- They do not publish survey demographics; I'm willing to bet the pool was male dominant.
- Women’s sports get less broadcast time, which accounts for less female viewership.
- (Why would we as women want to always just watch the bro-fest?).

The potential for viewership is THERE. But the people making the decisions are MEN.
The National Research Group published a study showing that 39% more Gen Z and 29% more millennials are watching and engaging with women’s sports.

The profits could be there. The potential viewership is there. The caliber of athlete is THERE. Just look at other sports.

- 2023 FIFA Womens WC: more than 2 billion viewers watched this years women's world cup garnering a prize pool of $110mil.
- 2018 Womens Tennis US Open: 3.1 million viewers watched Serena Williams beat Naomi Osaka. Men's was only 2 million (aww).
- Gymnastics: Women's Gymnastics has 5x more competitors than the men's events and 5x the viewers. A great analog for Freeride because it demonstrates 2 things:
- Womens and mens competitions do not need to be judged in the same way.
- Womens and mens competitions sometimes are NOT the same, and not for lack of skill - but for natural strengths and weaknesses. I'd like to see a male gymnast pull off Simone Biles' signature, world famous move - the BILES. Name a freeride trick that is named after a rider?
- 2021 Tokyo Olympics: 55% of male viewers stated that they preferred watching the women's Gymnastics and Soccer events because "the athletes were better."

Formation catapulted women's freeride skill 300% from 2019 to 2022. From 2019-2023, the womens field has grown from only a handful of women ever landing backflips, to numerous women hitting double back flips, tuck no handers, nak-naks, can-cans, bar spins, supermans... they have proven they can do your tricks. Now give them the venue to compete in.

Rampage created the stage for male riders in 2001 with stakes high enough for the athletes to WANT to grow. Female progression has been much faster (sure, partially because they had supportive male athletes to watch and be mentored by), but also because female athleticism is undeniable. So, with respect to the amount of time the riders have been practicing, I say without a doubt that, YES, they are just as good, if not better in some instances, than the male riders. I dare Red Bull to open the gate and see what happens.

Build the stage, broadcast it, watch what happens.

Broaden your mind. Maybe the women's runs would be so undeniably different, core to female athleticism, beyond what the men can do, that it would be considered a completely different event but JUST as exciting to watch. No one said we wanted to compete and do the same tricks the men do. They've been doing the same tricks for years.

So stop the bull excuses and open the event.
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 Thanks for the thoughtful post. Inspiring to read.
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 You don't need an event to push yourself, those names can demonstrate why they should earn a spot like everyone else in the comp spent their entire careers proving. Rampage is also a week long digging competition. Go build some wild shit (without hiring other people to build it) and show why you deserve an invite. At the end of the day it's a comp, not a feel good jump jam. Everyone there regardless how you feel about it has earned it, and demonstrated why they are one of the best freeriders.

If one of those lady's went and built a 75 foot road gap themselves and flipped it I guarantee they would get an invite. Hayden did just that and gets ignored.
The men have been doing the same tricks for years? what are you talking about? Have you even watched rampage before?
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 Who are the numerous women doing double backflips? I know Natalia Niedźwiedź can double backflip, and I thought that along with Patricia Druwen doing a backflip triple bar and Caroline Buchanan doing a front flip were the three best slopestyle tricks done by women. I've also know Natalia can do a backflip cancan.

The three best mens slopestyle tricks would likely be the top three from last years District Ride which were Nicholi Rogatkin doing a 1440, Dawid Godziek doing a twister tuck no hander to barspin and Emil Johansson doing a 360 tailwhip to barspin to downside tailwhip - or it could be argued that Brett Rheeder's flatdrop flipwhip displaces one of those. Then below those you've got Paul Couderc doing a double backflip cancan, Tim Bringer doing a flip double tailwhip to bar, Emil Johansson and Erik Fedko doing a 360 windshield wiper, Emil doing an opposite 360 windshield wiper, Emil doing a 360 triple whip, Brett doing a flip opposite double tailwhip, Mike Ross doing a flatdrop cashroll, Nicholi, Dawid and Alejandro Bonafe doing a cashroll tailwhip, Alejandro doing a cashroll tailwhip to barspin, Lucas Huppert doing a flatdrop 360 tailwhip, Emil doing all the 360 barspin double tailwhip variations, Travis Pastrana doing a 360 double backflip, Adolf Silva doing a body varial, Gavin Godfrey and Richard Fert doing a triple backflip, Bienvenido Aguado Alba doing a double front flip, Dawid doing a quad tailwhip, Diego Caversazi and Miguel Guerrero doing a backflip barspin to double tailwhip and Diego doing a backflip cliffhanger to tailwhip.

That's over twenty top level tricks that at the moment the collection of women freeriders are a long way off being able to do. Then you've got the more standard tricks like corked 720 to barspin, opposite corked 720, cashroll barspin, opposite cashroll, flip double tailwhip, half cab barspin, triple tailwhip, 360 double tailwhip, twister, backflip barspin to tailwhip, flatdrop backflip barspin, flatdrop fastplant 360 etc. There's probably forty to fifty slopestyle tricks that the women can't do yet.
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 I’m gonna miss the powerhouses this year. Lacondeguy‘s win in 2014 is one of my favourite rampage runs of all time. Dude just sends. Brage brings the same raw aggression but he’s not here this year either… don’t get me wrong, I love slope style and enjoy its integration into rampage… but I’m gonna miss these boys and the genuine insanity they bring to the event. Pinning my hopes on Bienvenido for the full send in 2023. Also, let the girls at it please! Robin Goomes you’re my hero.
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 Unpopular opinion but stoked to see Emil in the comp, ticks are always more impressive than lines. Would of been great to see him in a comp with Semunuk though. Red Bull is slacking on not inviting Dylan Stark as he is pushing the sport and is clearly a fan favorite. Glad to see Jaxson Riddle still made the cut.
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 Let the ladies ride!
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flag RedBurn (Sep 13, 2023 at 11:32) (Below Threshold)
 no, safety first for the ladies, they carry the future of humanity
  • 16 2
 @RedBurn: Humanity does not rest on the back of a handful of female mountain bike riders. They want to ride, let em ride.
  • 9 2
 @RedBurn: What the heck is this comment? Plenty of women out there who have already proved they belong. Get out of here with this sexist comment.
  • 11 1
 @RedBurn: If you care about humanity, please don't reproduce
  • 2 0
 Crazy that the winner of Proving Grounds 2023 didn't get an invite. Brage and Semenuk missing also sucks but they seem to have good reasons.
  • 2 1
 Can we please have an article of all the different ways Brandon (Brandan, Brendon, Brendan, Brenden etc.) was written over the last couple years?
Also, a caribou-shirt for Marine Cabirou... :-P
  • 2 0
 What I would really like to see is more time for competition runs. Extend the time frame so we can see everyone get two runs. EVERY TIME
  • 4 0
 Unfortunately, wind is a 100% guarantee in the afternoon there and they for some reason haven't figured this out.

There's 2 options and the first 1 they will not do based purely on expense.
1- Make it a 2 day event. They won't do it because staff and helicopters are expensive.

2- Get rid of the media BS. No graphs. No stories. No filler. No media time outs. None of that. Do run 1. Reset. Do run 2. Live viewers watch that. Get through 2 runs. Then you add in the filler crap for your rebroadcast on Sat and what not. People can then CHOOSE to sit through that stuff or fast forward it.

Long and the short of it is... you can not count on having a ton of time in the afternoon to get this done. It's possible but odds are in favor of wind.
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 I don't understand the complaints about no women being at rampage. If the women want to compete, they should show us some insane tricks and amplitude, but they're just not there yet. Vast majority of men can't ride like the rampage guys, myself obviously included.
Just like why should there be a women's slopestyle at this point? Let them earn it
  • 5 1
 Do you remember the first RB Rampage? It was not what it is now. It has to start first in order to get big one day!
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 @squarewheel: when women can compete with the riders who deserve to be there, they will be. But the big events are for the elite, as it also should be. Being invited to rampage is a privilege that needs to be earned
Actual lol at the people who downvoted my comment. Yall can't accept facts and want a big ol hugbox
  • 8 0
 I don’t see the big deal about creating an women’s category like every other sport on planet earth.
  • 5 0
 @NailsAndTrails: Like in DH it's not a huge thing to have a man and a women category.
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 They need an event where they can show you those insane tricks... that's the point.

Do you understand the amount of time, training, potential set back from injury, coaching, travel, gear, MONEY it takes to compete in a sport? If there is not event for them to practice for, how are they supposed to get there?

From 2001-2023, the caliber of athleticism has progressed at Rampage - because there was a Rampage. in 2001, there were female riders who could have hit the same lines as the guys - they just weren't invited to the event. Imagine where the sport would be if women had been invited to ride those lines in 2001?
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 @MollyJoyce: they should have really pumped formation, that event could have gotten wild.

to invite riders who are doing suicides off 20 foot drops max and just starting to flip is kinda an insult to the riders going and building illegal shit and throwing down 75 foot road gap flips in their own time for an invite. The world is full of opportunities to go do that, but I haven't seen it being done by women. If some woman was to go out and build some next level hucks, without hiring dudes to do build it like all their jump comps, and throw down some next level shit on it, guarantee they would get an invite. To fill the spot only because of identity quota would be an insult.
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 @Dorkin: that was what formation was. Its fine for them to have their own event. I watched it and I enjoyed watching them progress and send big features. But don't add a women's category to rampage until a good portion can reliably compete at an entertaining level. Its like trying to shoehorn the women's world cup into the same schedule as the men's world cup.
  • 3 0
 i totally overlooked Gee Atherton on the list, nice surprise.
  • 4 0
 Gee, be careful buddy!
  • 3 0
 Bienvenido finaly on the list! Yes!!!
  • 3 1
 I think a thew riders turned down the invitation! The judge's clearly pick there friends! Good to see a couple dh legends .
  • 4 2
 You think the judges are in charge of choosing who rides?
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 @BiNARYBiKE: No, but the way they „judge“ the runs makes it understandable that some guys didn‘t want to come back.
  • 3 0
 Is Brandon Fairclough the American half brother of Brendan?
  • 5 1
 Undoubtedly a little shade for wearing the other soda brand's hat
  • 4 1
 Seeing Gee here makes me Stoked!
  • 3 0
 where's Lacondeguy? and T-mac?
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 Stoked to watch, but I see 18 of the same looking dude up there.

Is it too much to ask to let a few women ride?
  • 3 1
 first woman to 360 any drop.. or flip a road gap bonus points if they don't hire a dude to build it for them rampage invites are supposed to be earned, and should be given to those who earn, not who has the biggest army of influencers to swarm a comment section on instagram
  • 3 0
 Gee and Brendan are back!
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  • 1 0
 Did Rheeder retire? I am honestly more surprised to see him missing from this list.

Or maybe Rampage only had room for two guys who's name starts with B.
  • 3 0
 Yeah. He's been very clear that he was done. He came back last year to prove to himself that he could do it. Road 2 events and won them both. I'm not surprised to see him and Brandon both out. Brandon has a rally race on the same day.
  • 2 0
 I believe he said last year was his last year of rampage
  • 4 0
 Josh Bender 50-0
  • 3 0
 it is prophesized. Kyle Strait Damn Zink got second
  • 1 0
 the riders are so much older now a days. youngest dudes are 21, kyle strait was 14 at his first rampage semenuk was 16 (I think)
  • 5 3
 Very stoked to see Emil on this list!
  • 2 0
 No Brage? No Semenuk?

Super stoked to see Gee on the list.
  • 3 0
 we want Brage god dammit
  • 2 0
 He doesn't want you
  • 3 2
 Yay, already looking forward to the annual slopestyle comp. Feeling bad for Brendog's insane freeride line prematurely.
  • 3 0
  • 3 2
 hope they finally do away with the helicopter. noisy and lousy footage anyways drone cameras are way better in every way
  • 3 4
 get gee, zink and strait out! ole dawgs had their time to shine, let the young guns get a chance. especially like semenuk, reeder (who actually can win the thing) are not competing, not to mention lacondeguy
  • 3 1
 It's BS that Dylan Stark didn't get invited back.
  • 2 0
 Glad to see Kyle Strait and Brendan Fairclough back for 2023
  • 1 0
 Where is Andreu Lacondeguy? Additional comments forthcoming after this wind delay. Stand by
  • 1 0
 Would be great to see the live stream filmed from a drone instead of the heli shots from a mile up
  • 1 0
 I would love to watch them compete in formation amongst themselves. just not with the men
  • 1 0
 Big come back for Gee, shame that Brage, Brandon & Brett decided to skip. Not to mention Andreu...
  • 2 0
 No Josh Bender again this year, fingers crossed for next year...
  • 3 0
 Where are the women?
  • 1 3
 Not on the same level. Formation showed what they could do and it wasn't rampage caliber.
  • 1 0
 Called it out, I said Cam and Kyle were still a force to be reckoned with lol. Big congrats to them!
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 No women?
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 correct. zero women.....must be a Big Testosterone conspiracy...
  • 2 0
 Why no T Mac?
  • 1 0
 looks like Emil is missing his closest rivals.....
  • 3 3
 Really excited to see Emil out here after what he has done with Slopestyle. Really bummed that Stark get robbed.
  • 1 0
 Damn, no steezy Vikings on the list
  • 1 0
 Stoked, there's a stacked new and old blood riders. Bring it on!
  • 2 1
 sad to not see dylan stark
  • 1 0
 Same location as last year? Everybody rides their premade lines?
  • 1 0
 Would love to see Kade, Kaos, Brage, and McNulty in that line up.
  • 1 0
 Is this gonna be on gcn+?
  • 2 0
 why wasn't I invited yo
  • 2 0
 Hell yes Clemens!!!!
  • 2 1
 Dylan Stark should be there.
  • 1 0
 It will be cool if someone wears a Jason mask for the event!
  • 2 0
 No Bender?!
  • 1 0
 Talus Turk all the way! Make Bellingham proud my guy
  • 1 0
 Did I miss something about Ethan Nell?
  • 1 1
 Some heavy hitters right there.
  • 1 0
 wheres brage
  • 33 8
 Brage said that its not worth it to come over for the event if you hurt yourself in the US. The state of our healthcare system is a fucking joke and I dont blame him
  • 1 0
 @mildlyokmatt: That's what travel insurance is for...
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 No B-rage is CRAZY.
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  • 4 7
 I would drop Strait, Zink, Sorge, and Storch. Their time is done. Re invite Dylan Stark, Brage, and 2 girls.
  • 1 4
 Still dont know why Emil is there??? He’s is good slopestyle guy but this is freeride!!! Or was Frown
  • 2 0
 Because he wears jeans.
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