Szymon Godziek: Behind Rampage - Video

Dec 16, 2015 at 8:01
by Dartmoor-Bikes  


No one would deny the uniqueness and extremity of Red Bull Rampage. To put it bluntly, it is unlike any other competition out there. Every year, for one week a small part of the rocky desert in Utah becomes the battlefield for the bravest and most skilled bike riders from all over the world. For most of the participants, acquiring an invitation is already a sort of distinction. However, it is where all the fun begins, because you still have to dig your line all the way down to the bottom of the mountain and it's not an easy task at all...

This year Szymon Godziek, after his great performance in 2014, was one of the 13 pre-qualified riders to automatically join the finals. Szymon and his digging crew were working hard all week long to build the sickest line possible. Unfortunately, the effort went to waste after a huge crash occurred while testing the canyon gap.

Below, you will find a gallery full of great shots showing what happened behind the scenes. But first of all, make sure to check the video giving you a fresh look into the reality of Red Bull Rampage – fasten your belts, it is going to be a hell of a ride!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Visting the Wild Wild West. A journey to Red Bull Rampage is nowhere near your average bike trip. You have to be prepared for something totally new and unknown. Remember, a hat might be useful!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Is it the Red Planet? Well, actually the answer is no. Of course, this breathtaking landscape is located in Utah. If you are a fan of extraterrestrial views, you have just found a perfect spot!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Warming up at legendary King Kong trail.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Upon the arrival to Utah riders take their first step to the well-known King Kong trail. This line was built over a dozen years ago and still is capable of surprising even the most skilled freeriders. The old school at its best!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  On the way down with Roots.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  The long way up the hill. Looking for a chairlift in Utah is pointless - it is not another European bike park. Visiting the land of endless rock you have to rely only on yourself. That is why nobody is riding alone out there - it would be far too dangerous.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Dust walk with me!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Rock Desert. There is a reason why Utah is being referred to a rock desert. In nearby Virgin the landscape does not differ a lot. Most of the place is simply covered with stones - yet it looks truly amazing!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  A driving test. Everyday the Polish crew had to drive approximately 50 miles to reach the place and get back home. Some of the roads were very decent, while the rest led through a bumpy, sandy and narrow paths - of course, it brought a lot of fun!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Look mum no hands! While speaking about the off-road part, the real challenge was the 4-mile long desert road that led straight into the venue. Passengers had to hold on tight while catching some dust and gravel!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Ford F150 was a real desert terminator. A 3.7 litre V6 twin turbocharged petrol engine made this car a real beast! Fortunately, the downsizing idea is still not very popular in this part of the globe.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Keeping up the good work. At Red Bull Rampage all of the riders have to prepare their own lines. Szymon together with his mates had their hands full of work while building all of the features. It might sound strange, but water is a rare resource at the venue and it has to be used wisely.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Reaching the start gate. Before rolling down the mountain for 2 minutes, you had to climb up for almost an hour. To avoid extreme exhaustion, riders often used the help of their mates - nothing was simple in Utah.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Getting ready to roll. the start gate. At the top of the mountain there is only one place you can start your run. The ridge is only 2-meter wide and later on it gets extremely narrow and technical - it is not the way for the fainthearted.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  The first section. As mentioned earlier, right after the start the line is narrow as hell. This tiny passage is only half meter wide. Even the smallest mistake would cost you a pretty long fall off the cliff. A safety margin does not exist at all.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Drop it like it's hot! There was an extremely gnarly vertical path before the 4-meter tall drop at the beginning of the Szymon's line. The building process of this feature lasted for couple of days. According to many competitors, this part was almost impossible to ride. Fortunately not for Szymon - big up on that!


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  This section is crowded with spectators and riders have to pass them by.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  Halfway down the mountain. For a brief moment before hitting the canyon gap, one of the features was a huge 7-meter tall drop. Without a doubt, it was very impressive and looked a bit like falling down into the abyss.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  The canyon gap. This year the biggest jump of Red Bull Rampage was redesigned. The landing was a bit higher, which turned out not to be a very good idea. While in the mid-air most of the riders thought that they are going to case. Unfortunately, Szymon decided to land without his bike and the impact was very severe, leaving him incapable of riding.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  The landscape in Virgin, Utah.


Szymon Godziek - Rampage behind the scenes. Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
  The Red Bull Rampage journey comes to the end. The 2015 edition of Red Bull Rampage was full of surprises. During the qualifiers and the finals, we saw a lot of great riding but there were also a lot of doubts and questions about final results and safety of riders.


Photo by Bartek Wolinski courtesy of Red Bull Poland - www.redbull.pl
Video by Flairmotion - Aleksander Osmalek


MENTIONS: @wolisphoto / @redbullbike / @dart-bikes

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34 Comments

  • + 21
 How is it that Red Bull is launching their own TV channel, but the online player can't even make the friggin' mouse cursor disappear!?
  • + 16
 they dont call it a cursor for nothing
  • + 17
 Maybe next time he rides the course he will wear more than a tank top. Or maybe not..... Amazing that these guys approach this terrain so nonchalantly, when there is death lurking behind every rock.
  • + 3
 Not many protectors can help you avoid wrist injury
  • - 5
flag bigburd (Dec 16, 2015 at 12:29) (Below Threshold)
 Armour is for grazes really, unless it's a back plate , not much other than full braces will stop joint damage.
  • + 19
 For some there are no exceptions to suns out guns out
  • + 1
 Is he related to Greg Minaar?
  • + 13
 Does the pretentiousness of the narration get on anyone else's tits?

If I started talking like that to my mates about mtb they'd all cringe and pretend they don't know me...

Amazing riding
  • + 2
 C'mon, they didn't use "epic".
  • + 12
 The narrator is so goddamn close to not having an accent that it's infuriating.
  • + 5
 If I could figure out how to spell the way he pronounced UTAH phonetically, I would. Put a YOU in front of the TA from TATTERED and you have it, I suppose.
  • + 5
 They should let Morgan Freeman narrates.
  • + 1
 Like a twinkie. Like a twinkie.
  • + 8
 Super cool to see a Polish rider on Rampage on a Polish brand bike. Fantastic! All the best of luck in the future Szymon!
  • + 1
 I had a fantastic little Dartmoor Hornet, loved that bike. Sadly there was the gap between Dartmoor pulling out of the US, then returning, and me getting a new bike.
  • + 1
 Dartmoor bikes are rad too. My 26player is about the most fun bike I have ever ridden.
  • + 1
 Szymon is a great guy - best o luck for him Smile

That said I have to mention that RB film is cheeky advertising and should end with #IrideforPaul. No wait! #Idontgiveaf*ck - thats the one.
  • + 3
 Nice shots, but what did that have to do with "behind rampage"? I dont get it?
  • + 4
 Such a sick guy period. Man that pic of the canyon gap tho......
  • + 5
 Szymon GODziek
  • + 2
 Best thing I did all year was to attend my first Rampage. Props to all the brass balls that entertained us mere mortals.
  • + 4
 i farted
  • + 4
 Was it chunky?
  • + 1
 the canyon gap landing is one of the purest landings shape level speaking in the world, so massive !
  • + 1
 He should have won peoples choice, sucks pinkbike didn't give him a vote spot
  • + 1
 I love that hes running a 2014 fork that you could get on pb for $600 new lol.

I have one, I like it
  • + 1
 it may sound like i shouldn't say this but..: did Paul Bas have a gopro during his run ? no offences , irideforpaul.com
  • + 2
 Just Knee pads, a fullface, and a tanktop.....Holy Sh**!
  • + 1
 Anyones knows who is the artist playing ?
  • + 0
 At least some riders appreciate Red Bull's efforts, unlike some other spoilt brats......
  • - 3
 With all these articles it seems like the community and riders want to put an end to redbull rampage. That is all I gather from these which is unfortunate as I have personally attended the last 5 events and feel its over now.
  • + 1
 woo...that wreck...beastly.
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