5 Things You Need To Know - Red Bull Rampage 2015

Oct 12, 2015 at 15:17
by Fraktiv  


RED BULL

RAMPAGE

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Kyle Strait. First to take a double Rampage win in history. Not to mention taking them both out with suicide no handers.



1. STRAIT IS THE ONLY PERSON TO HAVE WON MORE THAN ONCE



He's not just the only rider to have won more than once, he's also the youngest rider to have ever won Rampage. Kyle Strait is a bit of a living legend in that regard. Back in 2004, Strait was just 17 when he took the win in Utah, beating the likes of Kinrade, Vanderham and Zink at the original site of Rampage, off Kolob Terrace Road, on the western boundary of Zion National Park.

Back then, Rampage was only three years old and riders were finding their limits, with none so more than Strait himself. A week before the event, he was at home preparing for Rampage. Cutting his visor with a sharp blade, he cut into his right hand right down to one of his flexor tendons. His doctor recommended rest because any further injury to the tendon could mean Strait would lose the ability to lift his finger forever. Instead, Strait splinted his finger and headed to the desert. If you look closely at the footage and photos from 2004, you can see the splint that held his finger in place. Want to go back in time and look at the tricks, bikes and body armour everyone was rocking back then? Check out the video below.



As the years went by - with some years being Rampage-less - there was increasing talk of whether it was possible for a rider to win Rampage twice. Perhaps freeriders are just as superstitious as World Cup riders who often say that winning the Rainbow Stripes means you'll have poor results the subsequent year, because soon there was talk of the 'Curse of the Rampage Win'. Strait obviously didn't believe in any of it and in 2013 he took the win again. Pulling a manual on the ridge, he weaved his way through the dirt to land a huge step-down like it was a mere curb drop. Throwing in a huge suicide no-hander, Strait's run was immense and booked him a well deserved place in the history books.



Winning run winning move. I wasn t really planning on doing the suicide on my first run but it just felt right so I threw my arms back for what felt like forever. -Kyle Strait.
2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah

bigquotesI did a couple of whips and a drop that I always over clear during practice and I over-cleared it again. I came down to the bottom and took my hands off of the handlebars for the longest I've ever had them off for. I was scared during the last jump, but thought to myself, let's make this. - Kyle Strait talking after his 2013 Rampage win

RED BULL RAMPAGE - TOP THREE RESULTS PER YEAR
YEAR1ST PLACE2ND PLACE3RD PLACE
2014Andreu LacondeguyCam ZinkBrandon Semenuk
2013Kyle StraitKelly McGarryCam Zink
2012Kurt SorgeAntoine BizetLogan Binggeli
2010Cam ZinkGee AthertonDarren Berrecloth
2008Brandon SemenukKurt SorgeThomas Vanderham
2004Kyle StraitGee AthertonSteve Romaniuk
2003Cedric GraciaAndrew ShandroGyn O'Brien
2002Tyler KlassenCedric GraciaDarren Berrecloth
2001Wade SimmonsGreg SmithRobbie Bourdon


So who else is on for a double Rampage win? Lacondeguy, Zink, Semenuk and Sorge are all out there this year, and you never know, Strait might make it a triple...



2. LACONDEGUY'S 2014 RUN WAS THE HIGHEST SCORED RUN EVER



With a score of 95.25, Andreu Lacondeguy's run is the highest scoring run in Rampage’s history to date. Riders are going to have to make a huge impression on the judges this year to come close to this score, especially as 2014 second and third-placed finishers (Zink's 89.5 and Semenuk's 89.2), also scored higher than anyone else in previous years bar Zink's podium-topping score of 89.2 in 2010. Going back through the years, here's the run-down on the winning scores from highest to lowest.


RED BULL RAMPAGE - WINNING SCORES
YEAR1ST PLACE RIDERSCORE
2014Andreu Lacondeguy95.25
2010Cam Zink89.2
2003Cedric Gracia88.8
2013Kyle Strait87.5
2012Kurt Sorge86.75
2004Kyle Strait85.8
2008Brandon Semenuk82.2
2002Tyler Klassen79.6
2001Wade Simmons73.4


After moving away from the FMB Slopestyle World Tour and riding the FEST Series, Lacondeguy was very much the maverick coming into the 2014 competition. Lacondeguy had been hovering around the podium points for a good few years; in his previous three Rampage competitions he had consecutively made fourth spot. It was only a matter of when, not if, the young Spaniard would make it to the top three steps, but which one? Lacondeguy's run immediately began with a humongous drop from one of the sheer cliff-edges near the start gate. He made it look effortless and his ease of style swallowed up the various hips and gaps on his way down. With moto-whips a plenty, Lacondeguy dialled one of the smoothest flat-spin 360s we've seen to date; a trick he had tried and failed in the previous Rampage. With that final trick in the bag, he crossed the finish line leaving everyone pretty speechless. See for yourselves in the video below.



Lacondeguy putting on a show after he found out that the big hitters didn t beat his score.
Andreu Lacondeguy red bull rampage podium

bigquotesI've been getting fourth for the last three years, so this year I was like, "I'm going to go down the gnarliest things and try to go for the win." I'm super pumped and stoked that it happened. Stoked to put my name on the Rampage board. It's good! - Andreu Lacondeguy speaking in 2014 just after his win.



3. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SLOPESTYLE RIDER TO PODIUM



Of course Red Bull Rampage has been open to freeriders, slopestylers and downhillers throughout its history (but so far no current Enduro World Series riders have competed). In its second ever incarnation, a young World Cup racer called Cedric Gracia turned up to play. It was 2002 and Gracia carved his way down the ridge line and like everyone else, dropped some fairly gnarly looking step-downs. Gracia managed to make the run look faster than anyone else that day which earned him second place behind Tyler 'Super-T' Klassen.

After riding the World Cup circuit, Gracia returned to the desert in 2003 for more glory. Gracia had been hanging out with a teenager called Kyle Strait and the skiing legend Seth Morrison in the build up to the finals. With a little encouragement from his friends, Gracia pulled a backflip mid run. He had never attempted a back-flip like this before, certainly not one at an event like this, and with that trick he landed himself first place. But the story doesn't end here. Gracia's trick jump-started Rampage into the contest we see today. Back then it was unheard of to see a trick like that mid-run, but now, with dig teams and wooden features thrown into the modern-day Rampage, big tricks are a staple for the competitors. Want to relive the glory days? Check out Cedric's winning run, as well as everything else that went on in the desert that year in the video below.



Another successful World Cup rider to podium at Rampage was Gee Atherton. Atherton came into the 2004 Rampage with his eyes wide open. He put on an impressive performance, so much so that he secured second place that year. He returned in 2010 where he rode an all-out gnarly downhill line with big air, including a massive step-down gap to wallride, but was pipped at the post by the mighty Cam Zink with his massive 360 off the Oakley Sender.

Things turned out differently for Atherton in 2012 when he tried to make a transfer line work. Unfortunately, the side of a ridge got in the way and cartwheeled Atherton off his bike. Atherton landed pretty heavily, and knowing the consequences of a second impact to the head, he sat out the rest of the competition. Atherton’s respect for Rampage has since fostered him and his brother Dan, the ambition for creating Red Bull Hardline in the UK.



Gee Atherton went down fairly hard in practice today but he s okay. But probably not okay enough to ride in the final...

It's also worth noting that Kyle Strait was a World Cup racer, successful racing against the best of them in the mid to late 2000s. Kyle even managed a bronze medal as a Junior at the 2004 World Downhill Championships in Les Gets, France.



4. THE PRIZE MONEY FOR RAMPAGE IS NOW $100,000



Bubbly for the winner...
champagne baby

Red Bull Rampage Prize Money

At the first ever Rampage, the prize money for the event was $8,000, which in today's money - bearing in mind the rate of inflation - equates to nearly $11,000. Jump to 2015 and the total prize fund is a juicy $100,000. To the victor and the runners up go the spoils - a split of the $100,000 from first to the top few runners-up - and to the People's Choice award winner, a Polaris RZR. The timeless debate will continue as to whether the prize money for the competitors should increase to reflect the challenges faced by the riders, or whether it should be kept reasonable so that riders don't feel the pressure of unduly risking themselves for a mere wad of cash.



5. MCGAZZA'S GOPRO RUN IN 2013 WAS ONE OF THE MOST SEARCHED THINGS ON THE INTERNET



It's not every day that you actually 'win' the internet, but Kelly McGarry actually did that thanks to his 2013 Rampage run which eventually landed him second place. With a field dominated by North Americans and Europeans, it took huge effort, courage and tons of style for the humble Kiwi to beat the majority of his peers and score so highly.

With the likes of Cam Zink landing the biggest step-down back-flip the world had seen to date during the finals, McGazza - being a master of the back-flip - packed his run full of insane style and skill, including his monster back-flip over the Canyon Gap that had 'Danger! High consequence!' written all over it. McGazza made it look like he'd been doing it for weeks but, in fact, it was his first attempt. Bold? Crazy? All of the above, it was epic. And as a result, McGazza's GoPro run made it into the top 100 things people searched for on Google in 2013. Now, not everyone can claim to something that immense just for riding a push bike!



Kelly McGarry s backflip off the canyon gap.This was the first time anyone has ever flipped the canyon gap. Second place for McGazza
Perfect invert-form from the man from an upside-down country. There were whispers McGarry would go for it and when he came screaming in it was clear it was on.

bigquotesThe canyon gap...she is a whopper! Haha, but it was built well. Coming into it with a bunch of speed, I definitely wanted to flip it. I was stoked to get around, just sneak her in and ride away! Being on the podium at Rampage is obviously a dream come true having grown up watching the event. Being the dude from New Zealand, having my mates back home cheering me on I am pretty stoked. It's an amazing feeling. - Kelly McGarry speaking after his run at Rampage 2013



Red Bull Rampage will take place between the 15th and 17th October 2015, with qualifications on Thursday and finals on Saturday. This is all, of course, subject to change, particularly because of the weather. Talking of which, thunderstorms will be looming in the area on Friday and more-so on Saturday. We'll keep you updated on the schedule if (and when) it changes.

Words by Farah Ahmed. With thanks to Red Bull Media House for the additional data on the prize fund.


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108 Comments

  • + 85
 On the topic of scoring: While I think Andreu deserved to win last year, his first run score was way too high; it killed a lot of the tension in the second runs. I will also never understand how Strait's second run didn't podium, especially over Zink's (admittedly awesome) half run.
  • - 48
flag HutchJR (Oct 13, 2015 at 12:32) (Below Threshold)
 he won, who cares by how much? freeriding isnt meant to be a spectator sport although thats what it appears to be developing into...
  • + 12
 I actually thought that Kyle Strait had the best run. I agree that Andreu's was scored way too high, it was a one of the best runs tho. This type of thing will always be a problem in competitions with judges involved. The fact that Andreu is a redbull sponsored rider may have something to do with it, I am not saying it did, but it is an interesting consideration. To me it seems a big conflict of interest to have the main event sponsor also sponsoring individual athletes. All in all I watch the rampage because it is a super cool event. I would watch even if they didn't keep score. Perhaps they should have individuals vote online as to who had the best runs and choose a winner that way!
  • + 9
 davevdw He got duped many years in a row so not sure that holds water
  • + 40
 Norbs got...something. What was it? Can't remember, never mind.
  • + 4
 For anyone who was there last year, it was plainly obvious that Andreu won. He rode the biggest line, executed perfectly, and was easily the crowd's favorite. Unfortunately the replay doesn't capture the energy, or how massive the main drop in that line really is. Can't wait for this weekend!
  • + 3
 It was just a back flip, NOT a flatspin. He had the smoothest big mtn line and charged it, thats we he won.
  • + 6
 I doubt there was any funny business going on with redbull, but the judges aren't immune to the buzz surrounding the event. So when everyone was saying that Andreu was sick of getting 4th place and was really going for it this year, I think the judges were already primed to give him a very high score if he pulled it off.
  • - 3
 I'm just putting this here but remember when we all had gripes with the prize money Red Bull was investing? $100,000 FREAKING DOLLARS!!! HOLY CRAP! That is insane. I'd love to see the payout system but would assume first gets 50k.
  • + 2
 At least this year Red Bull doesn't seem to be running a promo campaign that chooses a favorite. It was a bit overwhelming last year.
  • + 3
 Having made a trip down there this spring, I walked everyone's line seeing it all in person from the riders perspective... Andreau/ Aggy had the most nutty line in my opinion! I couldn't even walk half of it cause it was so insane. I do think Kyle deserved at least top 3 tho. That Sui was no joke.
  • + 10
 I'm not saying Strait had a bad run or anything, but he just didnt deserve to win over McGazza or Zink in 2013.
He was the only man ever to win Rampage twice... I mean that alone should be reason enough to make extra extra sure whether that run deserved it, especially since there were so many other stomping runs like from Kelly and Cam.
I totally remember how Kelly blew my mind and I was like "OMG... ok... if he doesn't win this... wait what? WTF... Judges are you serious?!".
As for Zink, you just literally expect that man to deliver something special. It's kinda normal already. That man ist just fearless.
Also, in 2014 people asked very loudly for Lacondeguy to win, so the judges were under pressure to not score him too low once again. I think everybody agrees that ultimately his score was too high, but yet a deserved win.
I hope judges keep open minded and nobody gets robbed in 2015. But even more I hope nobody gets killed. I'm afraid to watch actually.
  • + 1
 off subject a bit: Ill be there, been planning since last year. Rain is forecast (80+% chance) - steady crappy rain. Been dry for months. Sucks, but looks inevitable. I'm guessing not much will happen in the rain - ain't DH WC. Sunday? Anybody got info on this? what is the contingency plan?
  • + 2
 yeah. i agree. if i have to be honest, both 2014 and 2013 wins are not right, IMHO. McGazza had e better run than Strait in 2013, and Andreu got scored too high...and i can't avoid to notice how redbull itself launched Andreu as more or less its favourite. this year things seem to be a bit more neutral.
  • + 1
 From very early on Andreu made it clear he was going all or nothing for the win because he was sick of 4th. Knowing the skill he has theres a reason he was favourite. He had one of the biggest lines and rode it much faster than most others so to me the points reflected that. In 2013 everybody knew zink was going to flip the sender hence he was probably favourite and had he not got lost in the bottom half he would of taken the win.
  • + 74
 6. You dont have to know $hit about bikes to be one of the announcers.

Damn it is painful to listen to some of that announcing again....
  • + 33
 SPEED WHEELIES!!!
  • + 34
 We play the rampage drinking game. Every time the announcer chats shit you drink. It's brutal
  • + 8
 I'd still rather see CMac do another Rampage line. Even if that did mean throwing up in my mouth a little when I heard that BMX commentating, again.
  • + 24
 "that is what the rear fork is made for, to really take a beating."
  • + 20
 "When they pedal, they actually are losing speed"
  • + 7
 They called Andreu flatspin a backflip.
  • + 54
 5 things you need to know about Red Bull Rampage:

1.You must be stoked
2.It is sick, better than Enduro
3.Riders are pumped
4.Wooden features have no place on Rampage, 'should be natural
5.IMHO Somebody Else deserved to win
  • - 18
flag geerumm (Oct 13, 2015 at 13:59) (Below Threshold)
 6. Red Bull's corporate attitude has no room in freeride I'd rather this event be the Utah Sports Commission Rampage!
  • - 8
flag SithBike (Oct 13, 2015 at 14:22) (Below Threshold)
 Is it better than UCI DH?
  • + 31
 7. Without Red Bull, Rampage would have never existed in the first place.
  • + 14
 More Rampage, less enduro. Also, hating on Red Bull is pointless and goofy. Name another corporate entity that has stepped up to the plate to encourage exponential progression in more or less ALL action sports. No, I don't drink their sugary chemical beverage, but good on them for continuing to get behind this and many other events.
  • + 10
 8.During Rampage time Pinkbike prop system is overheating.
  • + 1
 "This guy likes Rogatkin. I don't like Rogatkin's helmet. BAM, NEG PROP. DAMN YOU ALL TO HELLLLLL"
  • + 29
 Theres only one thing you need to know about rampage, its going to be sick!
  • + 23
 McGarry's flip was one of the craziest thing's I'd ever seen. It was so f*cking unexpected! The whole world knew Zink was gonna go for the flip off the drop, so it was kinda like "wiw, that's really impressive, cool, good for him!" But McGarry's stands out way more, because when he was rolling into it, I was thinking "eh, prolly gonna dead sailor it like every single other guy to hit it." But when he started the rotation I said out loud "no..." then he landed it and I screamed "OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH" at my screen, it was something nobody expected, craziest thing.
  • + 16
 The only things I wish they would change about Rampage:

1. Pay the people who show up to compete a decent appearance fee for covering some of their costs and risks. Plus better insurance.

2. Announcers that don't suck.

And maybe, if they can pull it off smoothly and get the first two sorted:

3. Switch up the locations for variety
  • + 16
 Hey PinkBike, can we get a tools and builders of rampage, right now is all about the build, for us dirt nerds at home....what are people building with?

We saw a dirt shoot and picks, any big guns, saws, special trail tools etc out there?
  • + 1
 Build videos are almost as fun for me to watch as the actual event. I'd love to get on Red Bull's build crew for the major features.
  • + 14
 Finally the riders are getting paid proper amounts of money for what they're doing. It's almost an insult to be recieving about $6000 for competing in a competition where death is a possibility
  • + 22
 My opinion... $100k is still way less than they should be getting. This event draws so much social media, internet and now tv attention it's insane. Rebull can afford more.
  • + 12
 It's a solid chunk of cash for one week. If there was an "entry payment" or "qualifying" payment of like 15 that'd be better. Because all those guys are putting on a show, they all deserve a reward. And then the top 5 should get solid chunks of change, because the amount of views, searches and sight visits redbull gets from rampage is insane. I think 5th should get an extra 30k and tally it on up to 1st with 100k
  • + 13
 All the riders should get a certain amount for only competing!
  • - 5
flag ironhorserider7 (Oct 13, 2015 at 17:52) (Below Threshold)
 REAL freeriders dont ride at rampage for the money. REAL FREERIDERS do it for the progression of the sport and because they love pushing them self to the limit they never thought they would go to. to old rampage riders did this for pennies just to get a group of dudes out to go send it! look at the huck fest they are sending so much bigger then before purely for the progression and for themselves
  • + 5
 Enjoy being a broke and hungry free rider who can't afford to drive or fly to events, repair their bike, or house themselves or even afford lift tickets. This is their job, they should be paid well for the crap they have to do
  • + 2
 That's what I said, you qualify or are even invited, you get a starting payment, since you have to dedicate a whole week to making lines, and pushing the limits.
  • + 1
 I agree. It's like a fight card. Just because you're not in the title fight doesn't mean that you're not part of the draw. Even the under cards get paid.
  • + 1
 "The timeless debate will continue as to whether the prize money for the competitors should increase to reflect the challenges faced by the riders, or whether it should be kept reasonable so that riders don't feel the pressure of unduly risking themselves for a mere wad of cash."

Yeah, well, I don't think that this statement above accurately describes the debate. Nice to see that RB has increased the prize $, but still a long ways to go to make it right. I can't imagine any of the riders will be intimidated by proper compensation for such risk. As for now the word "mere" is unfortunately accurate.
  • + 13
 i kinda disagree with #3.. no way someone with just a good line, no tricks at all, will win over a slopestyle guy frontflipping the canyon or something like that.. It was true in the past but these days forget it there is way to many rider pulling out big tricks on huge stuff at rampage.
  • + 14
 Norbs got robbed in 2013?
  • + 5
 #letaggyin - 2014
  • + 13
 McGazzas 2013 run was fucking badass, he attacked that top section
  • + 8
 Just me or was he humming? f*cking awesome haha
  • + 9
 Watching Straits winning run made me remember the worse thing about Rampage: The lack of enthusiasm of the commentators...
At least Rob Warner makes the biggest party, even if the riders are carrying the bike on their backs with a flat tyre
  • + 7
 nice one, don't know much about rampage but the amount of publicity it is getting, wow. Hopefully no fatalities and a great event, GL lads
  • + 5
 It's all Slopestyle on steroids - Gee was an anomaly - very talented and the balls to back it up. I don't think anyone outside the core Free Ride guys has a chance anymore - the lines are all well made, thought out, groomed and too much wood. Tough to throw down tricks when the transitions, take offs and everything between are very sketchy. It needs to go back to the early days. But that's me - I like it rough.
  • + 4
 I agree that RedBull Rampage evolved from a "get down that crazy untamed mountain alive on a bike"-festival into a truly "man-made-freeride-slopestyle-bigjump-event". But apart from wondering how so much tinkering and building can even be allowed in a National Park, I don't think the evolution was necessarily bad for rampage, though. It is kind of the Superbowl of Mountainbiking and it just looks way more extreme now, such that it's easier to attract the masses... and in the end that's what RedBull does. They sell the craziest shit you can see in any kind of Extreme-sport.
I also miss the racers and I don't think they will ever come back as the risk is not worth to be taken without a serious chance of winning... but as a compensation they gave us the RedBull Hardline for the Racers... so I'm not mad.

Btw, Gee's run was exceptional and I would've imagined it to score even better as he was the only man to ever land that crazy Hipjump to date and as you said he was the only man to represent the Racer-fraction. Except for Fairclough maybe but he doesn't count because he is more of a 'Free-Racer' lol.
  • + 1
 @mazze It's not in a national park... It's near one (Zion National Park), but not in one.
  • + 5
 Haha! I made that 2003 Rampage video for a DVD Bonus of Return of the Zeros. As you can hear, i was pretty stoked to see all that shit going on and didn't bother to edit it out of the video. Yeahhhhhh.......(in Peter Griffin voice) Also, the original version on YouTube garnered 2 million views. Probably should have monetized that one...
  • + 2
 That's awesome man I was thinking about that. as I watched the video thinking..."hell ya the filmer is stoked!" Great footage by the way. Thats the first year I bought a full suspension bike. RM7. $1700 complete, shop pro form. The year I got into Freeride.
  • + 4
 Still LOL'ing and completely stunned/bummed at how Strait's run won over McGarry's. One solid drop with a suicide no hander compared to an epic 360 on the ridge and flipping 2 huge gaps. smh, clearly no love for progression..
  • + 3
 There's no question that Lacondeguy deserved the win last year, but I think his score that was over 5 points higher than 2nd may have just been on the judges thinking that they underscored him in the years prior. But it was an insane run top to bottom so its hard to say, as Zink had two awesome runs up to landing his 3 drop but both of them were a bit rough from there to the bottom, since he couldn't make the gap after his drop and had to pedal out of it if I remember correctly.
  • + 6
 surely tom van steenbergen's attempted front flip deserves a mention at least in the comments
  • + 3
 Or Bizet’s FOUR backies in one run... or... or...
  • + 2
 hey pb, maybe you should explain who gets prequalified and why because every year pop up comment like "this is a joke, how is possible that neither the claw nor aggy ar prequalified". Also what the judges take in account when scoring a run
  • - 2
 I might be in a bitter mood, but the 5th fact that "I need to know about rampage" is that the backflip of McGazza was one of the most searched things on the internet sounds just like a shitty clickbait
  • + 2
 I kinda think the prize pool is kinda low. Dota 2 prize pool is nearly 20 million. First place was 6 million, so players would get roughly 1 million for winning The International. Twelfth place team would win 200 Thousand, broken up to five players in a team would mean they would get 40 Thousand. Dota 2 is only a video game, even though it is a great game. They were not in any dangerous situation that would result in broken bones. Honestly Red Bull, way to just rake in the money.
  • + 1
 How many old dudes were trying to name the bikes from the 2003 and 2004 vids? C'mon, admit it. Those of us who are old enough to remember when everyone on a dh bike wore bulky body armor. Pretty wild to see how much Rampage has evolved and changed over the years.
  • + 4
 I'm an old dude - and I still wear my bulky body armor - makes it so much easier to hit the ground.
  • + 3
 can i be honest? Aggy deserves the win. He never holds back, he guinea pigs EVERYTHING he can find. And he has sooooo much style. he deserves a win this year.
  • + 2
 that said, i just watched the video where he gets all bitchy about locking his line from others and claiming stuff built the year before. and that's not cool Frown
  • + 1
 I'll be there. Be planning since last year. Rain is forecast (80% chance) - steady crappy rain. Been dry for months. Sucks, but looks inevitable. I'm guessing not much will happen in the rain. Sunday? Anybody got info on this?
  • + 1
 The best thing about the wooden stuff is the ominous look it gives the mountain. That old oakley sender just looked scary as shit. It adds to the theatricality of it all in my opinion. And frankly all the best lines last year were all dirt with the exception of one big launch ramp towards the bottom of the course. The gnarliest stuff went down on all the natural terrain. Zinks 360, aggys huge drop. Faircloughs double canyon gap, etc.
  • + 5
 Cmon where's claudio's preview?
  • + 8
 Cmon don't rush him its not WC. Theres aggy, semenuk, fairclough etc.... line to do.. so expect at least 10 claudio previews ;p
  • + 2
 I 'm honestly expecting at least 1 steep ass line preview from Claudio almost as much as finals... its going to be Legen-dary
  • + 4
 6. The weather is going to be dicey. Plan on staying a few extra days.
  • + 1
 Hoping for a Sunday final if we get dogged out on Sat. Where's the Sat rain party gonna take place?
  • + 4
 6- Weather is nutty in Utah during October.
  • + 4
 Why was there no Rampage in 05-07, 09, or 11??
  • + 12
 Red Bull was reformulating -- did not have enough caffeine and sugar those years.
  • + 5
 event took 4 years off (lack of funding and other issues), then was supposed to be every 2 years again, now every year.
  • + 1
 Uh...’no current EWS riders’? I know he’s not a regular, but Conor Macfarlane got 35th at the Whistler this year I’m pretty sure...
  • + 1
 You're right, he did, and he rode the NZ round too. But yep, not really a regular/current EWS rider.
  • + 0
 No XC riders though... I guess it is about time we have to call a conclave and settle which is the bestest discipline of MTB. I vote RC for the pope.
  • + 1
 Does no one proof read? WTF are you talking about at number 5?


And you left something huge off.... weather can COMPLETELY change the standings.
  • + 0
 I'll bet kyle strait does a suicide no hander again.the same thing Every year. Also a bunch of interviews where he will tell you he is the only one to win twice. Def my least favorite rider.
  • + 2
 If you're going to make a point of noting every other racer, it's pretty disrespectful to not include Binggeli from 2012.
  • + 1
 "Andreu Lacondeguy's run is the *MOST OVER scored run in Rampage’s history"
  • + 1
 The important thing to learn from this is 1)The judging is political. 2)Red bull tastes like cow piss.
  • + 1
 Maybe Rampage should find another place like Turpan,Gobi Desert for the riders to start a new freeriding trip IMO.
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 The should be different rampage editions... One per continent, Africa included
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 A rampage world tour would be so rad!
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 Does Red Bull offer bonus bucks for biggest trick? If not they should
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 Now only 1 thing we need to know............RaMpAgE is now fri morn!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Hope they have a good commentator this year. That dude from last year was not very good.
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 #1 thing you need to know about rampage: There will be stoke!
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 Is it just my machine or is the video player sucking more than usual?
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 poverty computer
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 More likely a poverty-spec Internet tariff like mine. I swear I get 16-bit Nintendo resolution for the first 10seconds of every Redbull vid I see..
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 @cp-gang I'm waiting the run of Nick Pescetto, that's for sure !
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 Can we just have Tippie as an announcer? Why is this even difficult?
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 "Gracia pulled a backflip mid run. He had never attempted a back-flip like this before"

He had flipped in Dual Slalom races before this when washing out early in the race
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 This event is just pure bravery. Awesome they keep upping the prize money.
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 #3 slight correction...might read "World cup big mountain riders haven't been a factor for a decade now
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 Gee atherton
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 "McGazza's Backflip"?? wtf?
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 McGazza is his nickname. It's a Kiwi thing.
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 Gazza is also a very common nickname for people called Gary in the UK. Isn't it common in the U.S. too?
  • + 1
 insane footage
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 Gee, should come back
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