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Throwback Thursday: 35 Minutes of Retro Action from Rampage 2002

Oct 3, 2019 at 8:38
by Ed Spratt  
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With the 14th edition of the biggest event in mountain biking coming up at the end of the month lets take a look back at the 2002 round of Red Bull Rampage with the full highlights. See what transpired 17 years ago in Utah with Klassen, Berrecloth, Schley, Bourdon, Vanderham, Canfield, Strait, Watson and Gracia all sending crazy gaps at the second edition of Rampage. Back in 2002 28 riders (12 in finals) battled it out and risked everything for a prize fund of just $10,000, this amount has increased greatly since the start of the event and in 2016 riders could expect $200,000.


1st. Tyler Klassen: 79.6
2nd. Cédric Gracia: 76.2
3rd. Darren Berrecloth: 75.4
4th. Shaums March: 75.0
5th. Dave Watson: 73.0
6th. Kyle Strait: 72.2

7th. Richey Schley: 71.4
8th. Lance Canfield: 70.8
9th. Thomas Vanderham: 66.4
10th. Robbie Bourdon: 63.2
11th. Andrew Mills: 61.4
12th. Chris O'Driscoll: 59.4

Start List

Although only 12 riders could advance through to finals the original start list of 28 riders was stacked with riders that reads like a who's who of mtb.

- Steve Peat
- John Cowan
- John Waddell
- Dave Fleming
- Gareth Dyer
- Robbie "Air" Bourdon
- Mike Kinrade
- Greg Smith
- Darren Berrecloth
- Brett Tippie
- Aaron Peters
- Josh Bender
- Chris O'Driscoll
- Lars Tribus

- Bas de Bever
- Richard Gasperotti
- Andrew Mills
- Randy Spangler
- Shaums March
- Dave Watson
- Andrew Shandro
- Thomas Vanderham
- Cedric Gracia
- Tyler Klassen
- Richie Schley
- Lance Canfield
- Kyle Strait

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  • 47 0
 I always think that getting a new bike is going to suddenly make me a way better rider. Then I watch a video like this and see dudes ripping on sketchy old school bikes (in today's standards), and realize the only thing holding my riding back is my riding.

Awesome vid, brings back the memories.
  • 18 2
 "that bike would be urideable today" Is something that makes me cringe every time I read it on this site which is often enough for concern.
  • 7 1
 While that does get said ironically a lot, I don't think anyone actually thinks a bike from 15 years ago is unridable.
  • 4 0
 Those bikes took skill to ride
  • 3 6
 The real trick back then was the terrible, terrible music. You rode faster cuz you just wanted it to stop.
  • 2 0
 @sherbet: Bike are rideable. The brakes all sucked though. I had some Hope's that were pretty good but they leaked and always needed seals.
  • 8 0
 after this i had to watch some compilation of josh bender and realized that this dude is or was insane. i seems like he has crashed more drops than he landed on a bike which has more fork travel than wheelbase.
  • 1 0
 I just need to watch some Sam Pilgrim free bike challenge videos, to realize that Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @K1maxX: He was the best. I remember huddling around an old computer with my buddies trying to watch those videos over dial up. Crazy to think what he would have been doing on today's bikes, he might have even landed some of those drops!
  • 3 0
 @dthomp325: so funny I was thinking just the opposite.
  • 27 1
 Wheres the slopestyle course?
  • 4 0
 That's funny because I believe slopestyle wasn't invented yet. I think the first slopestyle event was at Whistler two years later, coincidentally when smoother/bigger lines were first created at Rampage due to a perfectly timed rain storm.
  • 1 0
 No oppo tricks either
  • 15 0
 Super T! One of my all time favorite riders to watch growing up. The Dave Watson crash that year was insane and I'm still amazed he walked away from that. It's crazy watching the event from that year, knowing the bikes, rims and suspension of that era, seeing how unrefined the lines were, and looking at how small the margin for error were on those moves. We have some amazing athletes in the sport currently- but credit to the pioneers for doing crazy things on terribly built bikes and trails (looking at them in retrospect).
  • 3 0
 One of my all time favorite forks too!!
  • 15 0
 Right proper free riding.
  • 14 0
 I wonder how many kids are watching this and go 'oh man, Tippie rode Rampage?'
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  • 9 0
 I’ve mentioned this before, but I would LOVE to see a regular feature on riders from the past. What are they doing now, do they still ride, do they still bust big, what are they riding, do they still have sponsorships or get some product? etc. I would love to see what these guys are up to and where they live now.
  • 13 1
 That's way more raw riding that the groomed jump park we get today.
  • 1 0
 Yes. But then no.
  • 11 0
 Break out your Monster Ts, Balfas and 26rs
  • 6 0
 I have a monster t and a super t. I'm ready.
  • 3 0
 never put em away.... im a loser.
  • 1 0
 @gorideyourbikeman: hanging on the garage wall
  • 2 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: no under my legs! I'm also poor.
  • 1 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: I wish I hadn't have sold mine. Classics
  • 1 0
 @krashDH85: i sold my shiver. i may or may not cry about that one
  • 1 0
 Sold my Banshee Scream with Shivers. I still regret it but I needed the space!
  • 1 0
 @old-banshee-rider: my scream only had the Super-Ts... Still proud of almost 60lb bike
  • 8 0
 Crazy that with all the advancements in technology, I like that footage/view more than the current footage. Seeing it up close from cameras on the mountain is way better than the modern zoomed out helicopter footage.
  • 7 0
 I thought my ISP was buffering pinkbike video, then I realized that in 2002 480p was HD. So many epic names in that lineup. Great throwback.
  • 8 0
 Thanks for spoiling the results *shakes fist*
  • 2 0
 That was cool. Lots of front tires getting swallowed up, rear shocks pogo-ing, and short bikes sending riders on perfectly landed drops right over the bars. That drop that Robbie Bourdon in a tank top did near the end was really insane, that looked like it was front last year's Rampage on a 20 year old bike.
  • 5 0
 Back when rampage was a freeride competition
  • 2 0
 Dude, Lance was in that?! Badass! Been a Canfield fanboy thru a "the one", two balances, and a Jedi just cause they were awesome rigs. Had no idea he rolled so psychotically big. No wonder those bikes rip!
  • 1 0
 I really like Rampage as it exits now, evolving into an extreme slopestyle event.
but I also want to see a pro level "raw line" event ( w/o a digging crew).
maybe a separate event...maybe a different date,separate trophies for the big air event, and the raw line event
it would be rad
  • 4 0
 Randy Spangler - Best name ever!
  • 1 0
 Riding a santa Cruz!
  • 3 0
 Thank you for this PB, brings me back to my roots and why I got into this sport
  • 4 0
 I think I spotted Mike Kazmirs Brodie 8 ball.
  • 4 0
 Pretty crazy to think Strait is still killing it at Rampage
  • 1 0
 Well he was 15 back then...
  • 3 0
 This was so fun to watch and remember! Crazy times competing in early Rampage!! Thanks for putting this up.
  • 4 0
 Freeride never die.
  • 3 0
 That brings back some memories. Super T!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Love the good old times, this was the golden Era of freeriding, and nearly everyone is wearing proper protection, don´t know why this didn´t evolved like the bikes
  • 1 0
 FLip, the nostalgia... My friends and I were just getting into DH around then and this was just mind-blowing to us. Still have some 2002 Shiver DC's hanging in my garage!!
  • 1 0
 Why are so many landing so far forward over the handlebars? Is it the geometry of the bikes? or skill/technique that has evolved? Every landing made me cringe.
  • 3 0
 Now I feel really old.
  • 2 0
 you are....
  • 3 0
 I miss my Foes...
  • 3 0
 I can sell you one! I have my 2004 Foes Fly - in perfect condition! Seriously! I had just put $2k in to it - new Boxxer with Charger damper, direct mount stem, new tires and Zee brakes, bars, grips - rode it once and it was too damn short wit the direct mount stem! I had just gotten the Curnutt shock rebuilt at Foes too. It’s been sitting in my shed ever since!
  • 2 0
 @sledMXer: now THAT is a thing of beauty!
  • 2 0
 3:36 to 3:51. Like a Friday Fails on steroids!
Awesome video.
  • 1 0
 How many of you watched this a couple of times to try and name all of the bikes???
  • 1 2
 New metal sound track f’n killed this for me. Sht music WTF. I used to build my playlist on these vids that were packed with good full on non cute core metal and punk rock sound tracks. WTF!!! Seriously!
  • 1 0
 This is what our super sweet 2019 goggle-glasses things are going to look like in 2036.
  • 1 0
 Legend has it that Robbie Bourdon once landed a drop without bouncing sideways.
  • 1 0
 ahhhh oldscool oakley sunglases the best Big Grin
  • 2 0
 That’s some rad s**t
  • 1 0
 death by stereo!! I still listen to this album...
  • 1 0
 Was shaums march on his chumba wumba? I hope so
  • 1 1
 " Cycling is the new Golf " -- Things people said and honestly believed 10 years later than this video
  • 2 0
 The bikes look so small
  • 1 0
 "Regions in this article: Virgin" (as per post)
  • 1 0
 The guy at 1.41 looks like he jumped from the helicopter
  • 1 0
 Bring back the judges couch!
  • 1 1
 i'm surprises no ones died yet...I LOVE THE RAMPAGE!!!!!
  • 1 0
 baby kyle strait
  • 1 1
 We've found randy!!!
  • 2 5
 What is that music? Music as with bikes have evolved only for the good in the last decade and a half.
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