Your Essential Guide to Red Bull Rampage 2017

Oct 23, 2017 at 12:10
by Fraktiv  
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson


There's a storm brewing in the desert of Utah, USA for the 12th installment of arguably the most challenging thing ever invented to do on a push bike; Red Bull Rampage.

As if battling the desert's harsh conditions isn't quite enough, riders have a limited time to build their line out of the raw, red dirt, only to then face the ultimate mental challenge of doing something that the majority of people on this planet would shy away from. Hurtling down the jagged canyon edges formed over the last 150 million years, launching, styling, and staying in one piece is what makes Red Bull Rampage so thrilling to watch.

The risks for the riders are high and we've witnessed a fair few serious injuries happen right before our eyes. But the reward? To be crowned the champion of Red Bull Rampage is a rare honor, and if you're really, really good, you might earn that crown more than once in your lifetime.

With riders and their build teams already out in the desert in the same zone they used last time, there's not long to go until we see who takes the champion's crown this year. Until then, here's a brief run through of all the things you need to know before the action really starts in a few days' time.


Props to everyone who made the pilgrimage... For those about to watch we salute you

It all ends here on Friday.
Man of the match - Carson Storch in fully flat flight. What a day for the young American bagging best trick and 3rd place.




The riders

Darren Berrecloth // CAN
Logan Binggeli // USA
Antoine Bizet // FRA
Reed Boggs // USA
Pierre Edouard Ferry // FRA
Thomas Genon // BEL
Ryan Howard // USA
Andreu Lacondeguy // ESP
Conor Macfarlane // NZL
Tyler McCaul // USA
Ethan Nell // USA
Brett Rheeder // CAN
Brandon Semenuk // CAN
Kurt Sorge // CAN
Bas van Steenbergen // CAN
Tom van Steenbergen // CAN
Carson Storch // USA
Kyle Strait // USA
Vincent Tupin // FRA
Cameron Zink // USA

*All riders are correct at the time of writing.




The triple

Out of everyone competing this week, only five riders have won before, and in that group of champions, only three have managed to win Red Bull Rampage twice. No one has yet claimed a third Rampage crown... could this year be the year? Over to Semenuk, Sorge, and Strait...

No grey areas here at Rampage you re either in or you re out. Brett Rheeder drops in.




#RedBullRampage






What happened last year?

Last year we saw a blizzard of talent rain down on the red dirt in Utah. We saw some Rampage firsts, and some pretty hard crashes. As ever, the wind played a part throughout the finals, as well as injuries from the previous days putting riders out of contention.

Early on in the finals, the freeride gods had already dealt blows to Aggy, Zink, Norbs, Macfarlane, and Rheeder – to name but a few – in their first runs. With the likes of Bizet doing a double backflip early on, the competition was clearly on for both the top step and serious progression. In the second round, we saw even more courage and determination from the riders, including Storch's beautiful table-360.

With the wind picking up as the clock ticked on, riders began either dropping in or dropping out; sometimes the risk in exposed conditions isn't worth the reward. However, with Bizet and Semenuk waiting for the wind to settle, it was Bizet who took to his line with the top step of the podium in his sights.

Bizet had to beat Semenuk's first run score; however, the wind meant he wasn't able to do another double backflip, opting for a suicide no-hander instead. It wasn't enough for the Frenchman, and with Semenuk's first run score unbeaten, the Canadian was crowned the 2016 Red Bull Rampage champion. Semenuk also won the viewer's choice award, and the persistent Kiwi – Conor Macfarlane – won the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award.

Norbs dust-bombing the hell out of the upper ridge.
Brandon Semenuk on a run to win on his first and only run.

Semenuk Bizet and Storge your winners and owners of the biggest cajones in MTB if not planet earth.





The weather forecast






Previous podiums

Red Bull Rampage Previous Top Three 2017




Winning scores

Red Bull Rampage Previous Winners 2017




Predictions

1st // Brandon SEMENUK (CAN)
2nd // Brett RHEEDER (CAN)
3rd // Conor MACFARLANE (NZL)

bigquotesSemenuk has been unbelievable this year, so I'm predicting he throws down the highest scoring run. It will be neck and neck between him and Brett Rheeder though, but I think Rheeder will just lose out on that top step. Meanwhile, I'm going to go for Conor Macfarlane for third place. It's going to be all or nothing for the New Zealander, and a solid run could see a surprise podium for the Kiwi.Paul Aston, Rampage's Crystal Ball Geezer

Brandon Semenuk




If you're in the area

Hashtag Road to Rampage...

You are here.
There s nothing about Rampage that isn t scary... At least these fellas aren t poisonous like the rattlers


Close to Virgin, you'll find Zion National Park. The place is full of activities upon activities, upon activities. From to hiking, to canyoning, to camping under the stars, the park has it all.

Be warned, however, among the cute-looking deer, dormice, porcupines, tortoises, and foxes, a world of venomous spiders, rattlesnakes, scorpions and other bugs are hidden in the shadows. Outside the national park, you'll find mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV-ing and river-rafting, to name but a few things to keep you occupied.

If you are lucky enough to have your bike with you then there are plenty of trails in the area.

Virgin mountain biking trails




Some memorable moments


Lacondeguy muscles his way through

Having won Rampage the year before, Lacondeguy was in the running for a back-to-back victory in 2015. His brutal style over the biggest of features made the crowd and the fans at home wow with amazement at his ability to stay on his bike, even after landing a multitude of tricks at a consistently high speed. His moto-approach to his run was jaw-droppingly wild, but it just wasn't enough to take the first placed spot. That went to Kurt Sorge.



Zink's 360

Cam McCaul called Cam Zink's incredible 360 off the Oakley drop in 2010 "One of the biggest accomplishments in two-wheeled action sports". He wasn't wrong. At the time, it was edge-of-the-seat kinda stuff and still looks incredible to this day. Zink's efforts were made all the sweeter as this incredible run gave him the top step on the podium.



McGazza's backflip

The kindest and gentlest of giants, Kelly McGarry won the internet a few years back at Rampage when he decided to backflip the 72ft canyon gap. Coupled with him humming one of his favourite tunes and calling out to people trackside, McGarry's run was a pure joy to watch. Most of us remember where we were when McGarry did his incredible run, and I'm sure that like me, the majority of those people were screaming with a mixture of joy and relief at the TV screen, watching him safely land his jump across the canyon. #McGazzaForever



Claudio being humbled

With what he described as his "personal challenge of the year", coupled with jet-lag and no sleep, saw us hide behind our hands as our favorite World Cup track preview guinea pig, Claudio, somehow managed to survive getting down the slope without injury. We know Claudio is fast and capable, but watching his POV run, we can really appreciate how incredibly talented each and every one of the Red Bull Rampage riders is because they make it look so much easier than it really is.



Rogatkin's tumble

Nicholi Rogatkin's rise in the world of freeride took him to Utah in 2015 where we saw him begin to create an incredible run. However, it was abruptly halted midway down the hill during a practice run, after he crashed hard. The GoPro footage is painful and jaw-dropping to watch, not least because the young American didn't seem too worried once the tumbling ended. He brushed the dust off, wiped a bit of blood off his face, and rode on, completing his run.



Simmons' charge

It feels quite strange looking back at the setup of the very first Red Bull Rampage. The early days were raw and nothing like the scale it is today, with broadcast trucks streaming near-live feeds around the globe, hundreds of fans and helicopters filming helicopters. Back in the day, it was a more basic affair, but riders were still finding their limits and still going beyond them. It only seemed right that the Godfather of Freeride won that day. Wade Simmons, we salute you.



Atherton's cross-over

Rampage isn't just for the freeriders. Early on in the life of the competition, we used to see a lot more professional downhillers joining in. Making it look easy by crafting their way down the steep slopes, downhillers like Gee Atherton are now amongst only a handful of riders to have successfully crossed over to the freeride world at this level. With his smooth, buttery style, Atherton made his 2010 Rampage run look like a walk in the park. These days, without huge tricks to throw down, we're unlikely to see another downhiller take the win at Rampage again.




Time to tune in

Pinkbike will be providing you with coverage of the build-up, practice, and finals action from our hardworking team of photographers in Virgin, Utah throughout the week, including Facebook and Instagram content. Brett Tippie will also be reporting from the scene, so stay tuned for more Tippie-induced laughs as riders prepare to do battle for the 2017 crown.

Cam McCaul and Aaron Chase will be hosting 'Red Bull Rampage – This Is Live' on Thursday (26th October) evening local time/PDT via the Red Bull Bike Facebook channel, bringing us highlights of the action from the final practice session of the week.

The finals will be broadcast via Red Bull TV on Friday, 27th October at the following times:

• 09:00 // Friday // Vancouver, Canada // PDT
• 10:00 // Friday // Salt Lake City, Utah USA // MDT (local)
• 12:00 // Friday // Washington DC, USA // EDT
• 17:00 // Friday // London, UK // BST
• 18:00 // Friday // Berlin, Germany // CEST
• 03:00 // Saturday // Sydney, Australia // AEDT
• 05:00 // Saturday // Auckland, New Zealand // NZDT

* Schedule subject to change.

Mark your jumps and drops with a brewski if you want to win Rampage... Semenuk will tell ya.



MENTIONS: @fraktiv / @natedh9 / @davetrumpore / @mdelorme / @parisgore




117 Comments

  • 99 1
 I want mcfarlane to win deep down. He just seems like a true lad that continues to embody the spirit of this wierd ass sport we do of throwing ourselves at often high speeds at stupid sheet.
  • 13 1
 and because kiwi
  • 7 0
 I just hope he makes it to the final
In one piece (I think that was his biggest problem last year). If he makes it to finals healthy & makes it down his line in one piece he's in with a good shot given the buzz that was surrounding his line last year.
  • 8 0
 This shot of him at the top of his run last year. The real feels. bit.ly/2laRhz0
  • 6 2
 Prediction 1. Andreu Lacondeguy 2. Brandon Semenuk 3. Carson Storch 4. Conor Macfarlane 5. Kyle Strait This isn't a slopestyle event, and the judges shouldn't score it as such...
  • 2 0
 @NYShred: Love your picks with Andreu at the top. I love the speed that he rides with and he is just fearless! Storch too, such steeze and he lives not far from me over in Bend!
  • 26 1
 1000, 1500 and 2000 dollers for 3rd to 1st when Wade Simmons took the podium. Man that is crazy. I wouldn't hike that for 2 grand.
  • 7 0
 Wade threw down on an RM7. RESPECT!
  • 1 0
 What are the prizes this year?
  • 1 0
 Probably not that different unfortunately
  • 4 0
 Seems there is no info out there about what 1st, 2nd, 3rd get... only thing I found was this for 2016: Red Bull has allowed a $5,000 budget for each rider to have builders who can work for nine days before the event and the prize money has increased from $100,000 to $200,000. Fore perspective, in 2001 TOTAL prize money was $8,000.

and I found this in an outsideonline.com article regarding 2016
Winning comes with a check for $50,000, but fourth place netted $800 in 2013. (In 2014, it bumped up significantly to $4,000.)
  • 1 0
 @Rasterman: Seems like all the contestants should get $50k just for risking their life for TV.
  • 18 1
 Ryan Howard is Canadian?
  • 6 0
 nice catch, Santa Cruz, CA for the win
  • 4 0
 Noticed that as well! R-Dog is from Aptos, California, AKA where the post office dirt jumps used to be.
  • 1 0
 Corrected :-)
  • 4 0
 @Katakalism: RIP post office DJ... Frown
  • 16 0
 So Rogatkin broke his visor....and just never put it back on
  • 13 2
 I pick Conor Macfarlane to be on the podium somewhere along side with Brett Rheeder and either Thomas Genon or Antione Bizet!!! PS. Tommy G. because in 2015 Brandon Semenuk did a little bunny hop thing at the end and won in 2016 and Tommy G. did a bunny hop thing at the end of his run in 2016. So this might be his bunny hop to success year. 2017
  • 1 0
 Tommy G best Indian airs in the game since Jamie Goldman
  • 14 0
 Invite Jordie!
  • 13 0
 Gee Atherton quarter pipe landing !!!!!???? WTF!!/
  • 4 0
 Or his whole run! Probably one of the last people to podium without tricking anything.
  • 13 2
 I can't wait for Norbys speed wheelies!!! I can call him that since we're Instagram friends.
  • 2 0
 OK, today's the day to tell you that Kyle Norbraten actually was called Norby back then, see video classic here: youtu.be/0zLuqKNKOqs?t=34s
  • 1 0
 Don't worry about his wheelies, it's all about how he sets up his front forks
  • 2 0
 You know, he does go slower with every turn of the crank.
  • 9 0
 In terms of big moments, surely Zink's massive Stepdown flip in 2013? One of the gnarliest moments in MTB history. Beats his 360 drop I'd say, even though he won with that
  • 10 0
 I see Vinny T on the list, me happy now.
  • 5 0
 SO stoked for him! Yes Vinny!
  • 9 0
 why oh why is this on a friday morning when lots of folks have to work? how come not saturday?
  • 2 0
 Because they planned for a spare day in case of weather issues.
  • 2 0
 This... Won't be watching live this year. Frown
  • 4 0
 @kerberos: ummm, why not Saturday and use Sunday as the spare???
  • 2 1
 So annoying every year, as some how before I return home from work the final results have already been spoiled for me. Takes a lot of fun out of watching an event when you already know whos won.
  • 1 0
 @BornOnTwo: Maybe in respect to timezones? Don't know.
  • 9 1
 Gee Atherton 2nd place 2 times, that's impressive. Today it's more like a slopestyle event. I would love to see brendan fairclough there...maybe next year since he's injured.
  • 3 0
 So gutted that Fairclough is hurt and out!
  • 1 0
 @kerberos: no Brits at all this year. Surprising.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: yeah, heavily overloaded with North Americans, maybe we should have entered Smile
  • 1 0
 @pigman65: ha-ha. I'd be nervous walking down that, let alone riding a bike down it.
  • 1 0
 Sam Reynolds aint there either,probably wont get the invite in the future because he step away from finals last year, it´s a shame, I´d love to see him ride this year as well as Brendan
  • 9 0
 Raise your glass to Kelly ????
  • 8 1
 Mcgazza’s back flip was insane RIP ,actually all of these guys are nuts but the POV is awesome my favorite event of the year. Thanks
  • 3 0
 Thank you, I was looking for this comment. Still can't believe he is gone. Legend!!
  • 5 0
 All I want is everybody to walk into the bar after its over and celebrate nobody got hurt... And the winner hitting the big lines not just doing tricks after all they are just for kids ,silly rabbit
  • 8 2
 Is there a list of riders injured in Rampage with their subsequent rehab and long-term recovery?
  • 5 0
 I want Andreu to throw some the badass style he shows at the Fest series and be at the top spot again!!!
  • 5 0
 I bet you the photographers will take a close up of Semenuk's death stare as he put his goggles on at the start....
  • 6 0
 3rd: Ethan Knell
  • 4 1
 F*cking B*llsh*t !!!!!!! They did not replace remy with an alternate rider, not fare at all considering it was probably Jordie Lunn and he was already down there.
  • 5 0
 Semenuk half cab double drop for the win.
  • 3 0
 Aggy's dumped 360 off that drop in 2013 doesn't make it to the memorable moments!? Shame! Shame!

m.pinkbike.com/photo/10208586
  • 3 0
 Last pic teaser ... Nose Bonk Coors Crush to Stoppie for extra style points !
  • 4 0
 #ED4RAMPAGE #WHEREISEDDIE
  • 3 0
 Dude that run from Gee in 2010 was so awesome. I remember watching that and losing my shit
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I remember how hard everyone who tried that hip jump crashed... and then he did it smooth as butter lmao!
Watching that replay I can't believe Cam McCaul was already commentating by that time. He stopped way too early in his career :/
  • 1 0
 Is the livestream 2 days this year? I saw some riders are listed on Saturday but there are no times or schedule mentioned anywhere.

www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1QG7A6VKD2111/red-bull-rampage
  • 2 0
 They are riding the same lines so I am predicting that Pinkbikes Predictions of 1st // Brandon SEMENUK is spot on!!!
  • 3 0
 Who is judging this year?
  • 4 0
 F that spider
  • 1 0
 Isn't it tge time of year they migrate?
  • 3 0
 Worth taking the day off work to watch?
  • 9 0
 Watch while at work, and get paid while doing it!
  • 3 1
 I'm rooting for Bizet this year. He has paid his dues. It would be nice to see him take one.
  • 1 0
 Awesome!!! Thanks @Biocoug1
  • 3 0
 Claudio Caluoris comments were hilarious!!!! LMAO! Hahahhaa
  • 5 0
 We want Claudio again this year!!
  • 2 1
 Hmm, I thought Rogatkin posted he was riding this year. Maybe just an alternate. Here's to full pulls and may the best man win.
  • 2 0
 i really wanna see Nell and Boggs throw down! Those kids have been so fun to watch coming up.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know why Red Bull TV shows two live events? One on the 26th and another on the 27th. What day is it on really? Or both!?!? Smile
  • 2 0
 The one on Thursday is a pre-show with Cam McCaul bringing us all the highlights from the past few days of practice, plus interviews with riders etc, and the one on Friday is the actual finals.
  • 2 0
 How did Bizet and PEF get in? From Mexico?
  • 1 0
 I'm still gutted about Brendog. Always backed him in this event. Guess I'll just have to drink more now whilst watching...
  • 2 0
 so pumped for vinny t! cant wait to see his line
  • 3 0
 Norbs got robbed
  • 1 0
 Norby
  • 1 0
 "Back-in-the-day-Rampage - so crazed out with all the protective gear they were wearing...
  • 3 0
 No e-bikes?
  • 2 0
 you accidentally used a "?" instead of a "!"
  • 1 0
 a canadian podium would be awesome 1-semenuk 2-rheeder 3- bas van steenbergen 4- tom van steenbergen
  • 1 0
 I'd love to see The Claw podium again. He's been givin'r longer than some of these boys have been around!
  • 1 0
 Do any of you guys know if you miss the coverage on the redbull website you'll be able to see the whole coverage tonight?
  • 1 0
 Can't wait ????‍♂️????‍♂️????‍♂️
  • 2 0
 i love cloadio' singing
  • 1 0
 no will white anymore ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • 1 0
 Yeah mate he held his own with pros Privateers for the win
  • 2 1
 I hope Bizet takes it in Zi ON
  • 1 0
 Good article!
+ 1 for the Conor's podium.
  • 1 0
 More classic Rampage videos please
  • 1 0
 There are plenty around in the PB archives. Here's one from 2002 - it's the full Freeride Entertainment edit www.pinkbike.com/video/280058
  • 1 0
 Well that's my Friday night sorted! Beer, Pizza and Rampage.
  • 1 0
 ohhh yeah!!!! a Tom & Bas throw down Wink
  • 2 4
 Anyone who was on the f×# rampage wagon can go do enduro. Props to the riders for stepping up and putting it on the line. I look forward to this all year. Hope all the riders stay safe and go hard
  • 1 0
 Soon.... Rampage Big Brother edition!
  • 1 0
 Nell with the freeride ferarri giver boys
  • 1 0
 Ethan Nell has been killin it! He's gonna podium for sure
  • 1 0
 1st Semenuk 2nd Lacondeguy 3rd Tyler McCaul 4th Ferry 5th Carson Storch
  • 1 1
 Vinny T! Boggs! R-Dog!...sick group of new riders.
  • 1 0
 CLAW!!
  • 1 0
 This event is too wild!
  • 1 1
 Canadians for the win tup
  • 1 0
 why friday!?
  • 4 0
 Maybe if the weather is bad, they can hold the event on Saturday.
  • 1 0
 @Waterdown: i get that, but the audiences would much bigger at saturday, with option to postpone to sunday if the weather was bad!
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