Red Bull Rampage Returns Plus New Qualifying Competition Announced

Jun 18, 2019 at 8:09
by James Smurthwaite  
Sorge finally gets a wind window and heads for his mid-run super-sender.

Red Bull has today announced that the next Red Bull Rampage will take place on October 25th in the same venue as 2018's competition. Also announced are the first 10 pre-qualified athletes and a new competition that will allow athletes a shot at the main event.

Proving Grounds will run in tandem with Black Sage Fest at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR. The event won't involve any digging but the man-made course is apparently designed to challenge riders in a similar way to the Rampage site including multiple lines, "huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections". Already confirmed attending are: Antoine Bizet, Nicholi Rogatkin, Louis Reboul, Reece Wallace, Conor Macfarlane, Sam Reynolds, Tomas Lemoine, Jordie Lunn, DJ Brandt, Jaxson Riddle, William Robert and Casey Brown.

Event organizer KJ kicking it off to the side.
Black Sage Fest event organizer KJ kicking it off to the side.

Rampage itself will be made up of 21 riders with the top 10 from last year already pre-qualified, wildcards will be announced further down the line and then the final spots will be given to competitors at the Proving Grounds competition. The full breakdown of the qualification process is below:

2019 Pre-Qualified Athletes

1. Brett Rheeder (CAN)
2. Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
3. Ethan Nell (USA)
4. Tom van Steenbergen (CAN)
5. Thomas Genon (BEL)
6. Tyler McCaul (USA)
7. Kyle Strait (USA)
8. Szymon Godziek (POL)
9. Kurt Sorge (CAN)
10. Brendan Fairclough (UK)

Key 2019 Red Bull Rampage Dates

● July 15th - Red Bull Rampage Tickets on Sale
● August 8th - Red Bull Rampage Wildcard Athlete Announcement
● September 7-8th - Marzocchi Proving Grounds - Bend, OR
● September 8th - Final Three Rampage Qualifiers Announced
● October 25th - Red Bull Rampage - Virgin, UT

Kyle Strait into super hero mode for a 7th place finish.


Press Release: Red Bull

The date has been set for the 2019 edition of the biggest show in freeride mountain biking: Red Bull Rampage returns to Utah soil on October 25th. This fall, 21 of the world’s greatest freeriders will return to what was a new venue in 2018 and continue to evolve their innovative descents, features and drops into a winning run with the hopes
of standing atop the podium at the end of the day.

Red Bull Rampage fan favorites Andreau Lacondeguy and Ethan Nell top the list of returning riders this year after takinghome silver and bronze, respectively, in 2018. After five seasons in the Utah sands, Brett Rheeder took home the gold last year and plans to return to defend his title.

The elite group of 21 riders will once again shape and build their ultimate lines down the mountain with the help of their two-person build crews. As a result, no two rider’s path down the near-vertical sandstone ridges will be the same. In advance of the competition, the riders, along with their build crews, will spend four days building and then will have four
additional days to practice in order to build their dream line in what is touted as one of the most intense contests in the world. Red Bull Rampage is supported by Kia Motors America, BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission and Red Hydrogen.
2019 Pre-Qualified Athletes

The inaugural Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by 5.10 will be the first official athlete qualifier for this year’s Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR. The course design will be built to allow current pros as well as young-and-hopeful a chance to show their metal and earn an invite to the big show. The man-made course will feature multiple lines to let athletes choose their own path and style, with huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections. Top prospects that plan compete this year, include: Antoine Bizet, Nicholi Rogatkin, Louis Reboul, Reece Wallace, Conor Macfarlane, Sam Reynolds, Tomas Lemoine, Jordie Lunn, DJ Brandt, Jaxson Riddle, William Robert and Casey Brown.

This inaugural event will take place in coordination with the 3rd annual Black Sage Fest (part of the Fest Series). This will ensure an action-packed weekend with the World’s top pros and amateurs. Hosted by Carson Storch and Kyle Jameson the event features a jam session format with top Pros including Graham Aggasiz, Kurt Sorge, Cam McCaul, Tyler McCaul, Ryan “R-dog” Howard, Cam Zink, Kyle Strait, Nico Vink and others.

The Black Sage Fest and Proving Grounds weekend will feature onsite camping, food trucks and music. For more event information visit www.h5events.com or Marzocchi Proving Grounds Facebook page

The Proving Grounds is supported by: Marzocchi, 5.10, Red Bull, GoPro, Fast House, RaceFace, Alpine Bike Parks, 10 Barrel Brewing, Continental MTB tires, Canyon Bikes, Camelbak and Oregon Dirt Park.




204 Comments

  • + 160
 I feel like now is the time to reiterate Brendawg got robbed!!! Props to him if he even shows up this year.
  • + 19
 He said he is looking for redemption.
  • + 4
 @MikeyMT: BRENDOOOOOG!
  • + 1
 @MikeyMT: yeah he will be back hungry
  • + 3
 Couldn't agree more. I wouldn't have blamed him if he had told them to go shove it.
  • + 5
 @MikeyMT: He doesn't need to redeem shit: He crushed it.
  • + 5
 Brendog for the win !! He's freeride top to bottom ! For slopestyle we have Crankworkx
  • + 2
 adolf got robbed even more
  • + 136
 All I want for this Rampage is to see Jordie finish his line.
  • + 3
 THIS!
  • - 15
flag fphayton (Jun 18, 2019 at 10:16) (Below Threshold)
 Don't think Jordie will be there this year Will have to go to proving ground and won't be able to compete with the tricks Being thrown by the boys there, and it will essentially just be jumps, no way they can test big mountain lines at Black Sage fest. Reece Wallace, Conor Mcfaralane, William Robert, DJ Brandt, Tomas Lemoine, Nicholi, Bizet can all throw down on these big jumps.
  • + 11
 No joke dude.

Did I read right that there will still be 2 wild card entries? If so, that's got Zink and Lunn written all over it. Both of those dudes had banger runs set up last year that I really want to see completed.
  • - 39
flag deco1 (Jun 18, 2019 at 10:32) (Below Threshold)
 @onemanarmy: Did you watch last years comp, Jordie walked down most of his run, he kind of embarrassed himself and in my opinion isn’t a good look for competition so surely he can’t be there when riders like McFarlane, Wallace, Bizet, Lemoine and Robert all want to compete.
  • + 13
 @deco1: pretty sure he was super sick and his line wasn’t done making it nearly unridable. From what I understand a lot of riders look at the 2’ish year venue cycle to start a line in year 1 then dial it in year 2.
  • - 10
flag fphayton (Jun 18, 2019 at 10:39) (Below Threshold)
 @onemanarmy:
8 wildcards and 3 from the proving ground.
Would be very unfair if Jordie got a wildcard, he didn't complete his run last year, think it would piss a lot of other riders off.
Proving ground will have some insane riders throwing insane tricks which I don't think he will able to compete with.
  • - 9
flag deco1 (Jun 18, 2019 at 10:48) (Below Threshold)
 @daugherd: oh sorry I didn’t know it was a 2 year invite, so why have qualification event, isn’t it just going to be the same riders as last year then?
  • + 2
 @daugherd: well I guess he will have to prove himself at BlackSage
Or are you saying that the competitor list should be the exact same as last year?
  • + 31
 Are you guys kidding me? He’s one of the few people I’ve ever seen throw a cork 7 on a dh bike. Have you guys not seen his rough af 3 video? If not I seriously recommend giving it a watch. To top off my argument here Jordie was literally the first person to do a cork 7 in competition, but that was on a slope bike.
  • - 18
flag fphayton (Jun 18, 2019 at 11:05) (Below Threshold)
 @Hardtailhooligan: Of course I've seen his RAF video, it's awesome, just from what I've seen don't think he should be at rampage is nowhere near as confident on huge jumps and on big mountain terrain, and I have seen it live, which is a hell of a lot different to an edit
  • + 28
 @deco1: You have no clue what you're talking about. Despite being massively sick during the comp. and the days leading to it, he still threw down a cork 7 on a sketchy jump and nailed the top part of his line. He made the smart choice to not send his massive canyon gap which he hadn't hit before due to being sick so he had to ride down a line that wasn't his, hence the walking.
  • - 8
flag fphayton (Jun 18, 2019 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes:
If he is a serious competitor he will have no problems at proving ground then
  • + 4
 @fphayton: proving grounds should not be in oregon. It's no where near the same type of riding it is here. It should be held in virgin.
  • + 4
 @deco1: did you? He was suck af. Puking. Dehydrated. Its crazy he even tried.
  • + 7
 @deco1: if jordie is walking a line you know something is wrong. He is about as committed to mtb as a magnet is to metal
  • + 9
 @giantwhip: Any dude that's willing to bust his sack open has my respect.

Trust me man. I've stood on those the rampage lines. The last freaking thing you want to be is less than 100% mentally rolling into one of those drops. Dehydrated, sick, dizzy... no way. The drop in he backed out of was freaking GNARLY. You literally need to rappel down it if you're not sending it on a bike. No other way down.
  • + 5
 @Dhfreeride345: Could have been cool to do it at the old site.

But this is a cool way to get a lot of dudes (and lady) out there and not have as much risk of injury and poor weather. Give it a chance... I'm curious to see what they build.
  • + 5
 @deco1: He never got to finish building his line and got off course. He had no route, no options. I was there.
  • + 2
 @onemanarmy: I’m just glad they’re at least returning to last years site. I can’t speak for anyone else but I prefer the two year rotation. This way on year one we get to see all new lines and innovations, year two we get to see these guys go all out
  • + 7
 @deco1: booooooo! You don’t know enough. Being up at the top of the course and talking with Jordie it was very obvious that he was not doing well. To ride what he rode in his condition is an accomplishment. It would be epic to see him come back and finish his line.
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: I don't know what your talking about the weather is perfect this time of year
  • - 2
 @onemanarmy: it's just not the same type of riding. Once they get out here they are out of their element

They shouldn't have to worry about risk if they want to be in it it's rampage..
  • + 5
 @Dhfreeride345: Not worried about risk? Of course they think about and worry about the risks.

And no it's not the same exact type of riding. But a lot more goes into it than just going... well it's rampage. Ride rampage to qualify for rampage. The expense and effort put into organizing and marketing an event like rampage is massive. Do you really think they're going to do it twice in a matter of a month or so. And beyond that... will Red Bull let someone else put something on in essentially the same location. That waters down the RB Rampage brand. Not to mention rider expense. Time digging. Etc. They can't just show up and ride.

People complain about who is and is not included in rampage every year. So they're looking for ways to improve it. Just like they did with the judging. Give it a chance to succeed or fail. Worst case... it's a gnarly event that we'll all get to watch with riders we normally wouldn't see riding together expect at Rampage. So it's win win.

And these lines are freaking huge. It's not a Slopestyle course. You're not going to see people out there on hard tails. Unless they're freaking insane.

Don't know about you but I'm going to try and make it to Oregon.
  • + 3
 @giantwhip: uh, the magnet I have is only attracted to one of the 7 bikes in my garage - I am pretty sure he is way more committed then that!
  • - 1
 @deco1: Shut up nerd.
  • + 2
 @onemanarmy: I ride Kong everyday alone(faster than remi Baggett) I don't worry about the risk. It's the type of riding here. Dont like the risk? Don't compete here. And qualifications use to go down in Utah a few days before the event. It is so stamped out here already they wouldn't have to dig at all. I'm just saying as soon as those "qualified riders" with the exception of kickstand and Jaxon cause we all know they can ride rampage way better than any of these other qualifiers. And doesn't it seem like it would cost more money to do it in a completely different state? It just does not add up.

the true test is up on the hill with exposure. I get they might have big jumps and drops but it's not exposed (completely different) so NOTHING will compare
  • + 1
 @Dhfreeride345: That's true nothing compares but we've seen very talented dudes with little previous experience out here doing pretty well, most recently Adolf Silva. I'm thinking it wasn't logistically possible to hold it at one of the old sites which is why they're holding it in conjunction with a FEST stop.
  • + 4
 @scott-townes: Adolf Silvia is just a liability even adreu had to calm him down he's just a pshyco. He wanted to double flip his biggest drop on the mountain. That's surley landing or death.
  • + 1
 @Dhfreeride345: haha so I've heard. He's young and wanting to prove himself but no reason he can't learn, mature and become one of the better freeriders out there.
  • + 81
 Go Casey!! Get it done!!!
  • + 8
 Yeah Casey!
  • + 16
 Nothing against Casey, i think she is rad and shreds harder than i ever will and harder than most girls. But, there are so many other people who should get in before her. It would be sick to see but i dont see it happening for many more years.
  • + 23
 @bike2850: Sure, but that would open a whole new window of opportunity and a new perspective on women in freeride. I think Casey could pave the way to a new generation of ladies who like to go big and empower young female riders to push back the boundaries. In the last years, we've seen women step up their game in gravity-assisted disciplines and what was seen as unimaginable a few years ago is now a reality. This is why I think Casey has her place in a Rampage or Rampage-like event.
  • + 7
 @cool3: it would be so cool to see Casey there. If any girl could make it to Rampage it would be her. Who knows what she would attempt at the least she would have a run like Remy Metaillers. And have some steez and whips in it!! It would be cool to see Nicholi Rogatkin on it again! I think he could crush it!
  • + 7
 @bike2850: The whole world isn't a 100% meritocracy. I bet every single rider who 'should get in' would want her in, too.
  • + 2
 @DigRenno: Whats with the insults towards Remy, the guys is literally one of the best mountain bike rides on the planet.
  • + 0
 @DigRenno:
Lol were you drunk when you wrote this
Serious question
  • - 26
flag Dhfreeride345 (Jun 18, 2019 at 12:44) (Below Threshold)
 @cool3: Casey does not belong at rampage. The stuff she's ridden has been ridden by 9 year olds. Should we let them in too?
  • + 6
 @Dhfreeride345: check out Kids Rampage dude. Some of those groms throw down huge in Utah during Rampage week.
  • - 26
flag Dhfreeride345 (Jun 18, 2019 at 13:01) (Below Threshold)
 @Dropthedebt: I f*ckin live here she does not belong in rampage. Wait til those kids get a brain an take their first real slam. Yea they send it but that's not the point
  • + 13
 @Dhfreeride345:
Stoked for you living there, must be nice for you. Unfortunately I've only had the chance to visit Rampage twice over the years but I do know what the terrain is, obviously not to the extent of a resident. What makes Casey Brown doing Rampage different from say someone like Thomas Genon? Thomas is a lightweight rider and handles the terrain, why wouldn't Casey?
Is it experience? Well everyone has a first time.
Fitness? Casey is an athlete and trains beast mode.
Why wouldn't Casey be capable of creating a line from top to bottom?
I am genuinely interest is the reasons why Casey "does not belong in Rampage."
Beer
  • + 1
 hell yeah- love seeing her name on there.
  • + 9
 @Dropthedebt: Because the Zion 'F*KIN!!!!' local says so. He lives there, after all.
  • - 1
 @Dropthedebt: here we go again.
The reason is because Rampage is a showcase of the best 20 riders in the world, and she isn’t one of the best 20 riders in the world.
Unless you’re talking about the best in a subclass of riders who happen to have been born without penises.
If she gets in it will be because she’s a woman. That is discrimination. Aren’t we all meant to stand up and fight discrimination in this day and age?
  • + 4
 Just booked my stay in Hurricane to see Casey at Rampage... represent!
  • - 21
flag deco1 (Jun 18, 2019 at 17:05) (Below Threshold)
 @Dropthedebt: F@CK you mate, don’t every compare a rider of Tommy G’s calliper to Casey brown against you F@CKwit. Tommy G is liget one of the best bike riders in the world and honestly should have been higher then 5th last year, you can tell that Rheeder was looking most worried after Tommy G came down. A rider of Casey Browns level couldn’t do a single feature on Tommy G’s line let alone trick them let alone even being able to do tricks.

Seriously F@CKHEAD don’t comment on something you are so uniformed about that it’s not funny. Bro I’ve seen Tommy G ride and he’s probably one of the top 5 jumpers of his bike in the world and dud let me tell you he’s better at technical riding then 99.999999999% of others apart from maybe some World Cup pros and some other big mountain specialists.@Dropthedebt:
  • - 1
 @Dropthedebt: @Dropthedebt:
Dude you must be new to MTB, Tommy G is one of the best free riders on the planet, that double drop he shared with semenuk was one on of hardest lines on the hill. I've seen Tommy ride Tresspasser flawlessly.
Serious question is your idea of light weight riding crankworx courses and trespasser.
  • + 11
 @fphayton:
Wow... Just wow!!
So many people seem to have a problem where a woman may or may not ride at Rampage.
What is it guys?
Is it because someone else might not get an Invite?
Is it because you think it's tokenism?

@jaame
You make a fair point. I would expect Casey would have to qualify. We would have to wait to have that discussion when we know all the facts.

@fphayton So you seem to fail to understand the comparison of Thomas Genon's body type being a lightweight one and Casey having a similar frame. I don't see any disrespect to Thomas Genon in that, do you?
As for your assumption that by me having an opinion that may be different to yours, it must mean I'm new to mountain biking. Well that's some stunning deduction. Unfortunately, you could not be further from the truth.

@deco1
Dude, take a chill pill, go for a ride or something. Did I say anywhere that Casey Brown could ride Genon's line or any of his features? If Casey did get a spot at Rampage she would be working her own line, maybe sharing a couple of features, who knows. If she does get a spot she has a whole bunch of C3 riders to advise her on every element needed to complete her line.
It's a good debate to have in a civil manner.
Beer
  • - 2
 @kelleyhalephoto: too bad she won’t be ridding haha
  • + 7
 @jaame: Discrimination? That's a bit of a stretch...
One woman drops into Ramage this year, maybe 2/3 do next year - this is the start of the Womens rampage field, she's not stealing anyone's place. It's really not that hard to figure out.

@Dhfreeride345 You should man the gates of Rampage this year and vet the unworthy people out. Dumbass.
  • + 1
 @Clarkeh: that assumes we want a women’s field. Do we want a women’s field?
I guess if we do want a women’s field, this would be a good start.
I am more of the opinion that we want a riders’ field. It could have men, women, boys, girls. Hell, even dogs, I mean why limit yourself? The only qualification would be that you are good enough to be in the top 20 in the world.
If there is one day a women’s field, and people want to watch it, that’s great. This is entertainment at the end of the day and if people want to tune in to watch some women ride down the rampage course then let them do so.
  • - 9
flag bike2850 (Jun 18, 2019 at 21:43) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: just put them on a separate venue not to be a dick but don’t mess with the man lines.
  • + 7
 @jaame: It'd be great if there was a woman that was up there with the top guys and would be able to get in that way that'd be sick, but as it stands there isn't. But if Casey goes and completes a Rampage run, that's setting the bar and hopefully in a few years we could see someone at that level.
Look at the whip offs in like 2014, it used to be just Casey and maybe one other, now you get 5ish women giving it a shot. Are they as good as the men? No. Are they getting more sideways each year? Yes.
  • - 12
flag jaame (Jun 18, 2019 at 22:33) (Below Threshold)
 @Clarkeh: so what? Give pushies to a bunch of five year olds and they will get more sideways than each other. Give skis to chimpanzees and they will get more sideways than each other.
I can only speak for myself and I understand that people have different opinions about pretty much everything.
The reason I watch sport is because I want to see the best. Unqualified best. If chimps are the best, f*ck watching the men, I’m going to watch the chimps.
As it stands men are the best so I want to watch the men.
The day I will watch the women is the day the women are the best. If that ever happens, and I doubt it ever will in sport, I’ll be all about it.
Women don’t need a leg up in most aspects of life. Why are we giving them a leg up in sport, and pretending their contribution is equally valid?
Beach volleyball, that’s a sport I’m all about watching women play. There is pretty much no point having a men’s competition in that! I mean, who wants to watch sweaty blokes diving around in speedos? Not me!
  • + 2
 @jaame: Each to their own then.
  • - 1
 @kelleyhalephoto: she won't make it past proving grounds unless they "defalt let her in cause she's a girl."
  • + 1
 @Dropthedebt: she won't be able to ride it the same. She won't be able the take the big drops that are rampage. She's an amazing rider but just not rampage worthy. Show me one thing that sets her appart from all the world cup girls that smoke her at the races?
  • + 0
 @Clarkeh: oh I f*cking would send then right back to their countrys.
  • + 0
 @Dropthedebt: that's f*ckin snow. And she was payed to film it. It's like the

Isle of man tt.
Are their women competing in that against the men?
This is the highest level of riding there is and she's just not at it
  • - 1
 @Dropthedebt: it is crazy because it’s not true.
  • + 5
 I'm a Casey fan .. Glad to see her getting a shot at the qualifier... Check her IG.. Even she knows it's not going to be easy to get past the qualifier... Pretty sure she doesn't to get in just because she's a woman..
  • + 2
 @cool3: really??? That's the bottom of the venue smallest setup drops and doesn't even hit the jump and sounds scared as hell
  • + 1
 @Dropthedebt: once again we're they strait up competing with the men? No cause they just can't get to the same level. That's why we haven't seen girls beat the guys WC times? It's a different categorie. There needs to be a full women's feild sepret from the men
  • + 3
 @Dhfreeride345:
Actually, yes I think you may find they were.
I don't get your racing WC comparison in this context as Rampage is not a race. As we know it about putting your interpretation on the terrain presented.
We all know Rachel would smoke Casey on a WC track. We also know Rachel, by her own admission, would not ride stuff Casey rides.
If she qualifies then fair play, she's earned it. I don't see any tokenism being applied in any announcements or social media posts.
Do we not want our sport progressing and inspiring all people to ride a bike and test themselves whatever their level?
Casey rides everyday with THE World's best Freeriders. The knowledge pool she has at her disposal is incredible. She has bigger balls than Randy Marsh trying to get in to the Dispensary. Why shouldn't she have the chance to test herself, her abilities?
So far I can't see any valid reason presented by anyone.
Beer
  • - 1
 @Dropthedebt: and she will test herself at the qualification event and not get into the event.
  • + 6
 @Dropthedebt: That's because the only reasons presented are being done so by chestbeaters who feel they have had their macho event sanctity violated by a girl.
Id take their comments seriously when i saw any of their names on the start list, because you can guarantee the actual riders at the event will be supporting her fully.

Meanwhile this lot will be outraged that a woman left the kitchen long enough to ride a bike, have a vote and can do anything other than provide dangerwank material by playing beach volleyball apparently...
  • + 3
 @Dhfreeride345: if everyone had your attitude, there would be no women in MTB at all.

Apart from physical prowess, it takes iron will and balls bigger than Danny Hart's to compete in a sport where everyone tells you that you can't do it. Looks like only Casey has all of this now. Maybe other women would be even better than her, but if they grow up with people like you, picking up freeride wouldn't even cross their minds.

What we need is to show people that women can be freeriders too - because why wouldn't they? And then more and more girls can pick up this sport and be happy doing what they love instead of what other people think they should be doing. And freedom and fun is basically the essence of MTB, if you ask me.
  • - 2
 There would be no women in mtb? So what?
Men and women are all humans. Everyone is free to ride if they want. Girls don’t ride because girls don’t want to ride. Personally I’m fine with that. I e tried to get my wife riding a hundred times but she doesn’t want to. If she wants to go shopping or paint her toenails again, who am I to tell her she should be out riding a bike? If she wants to, she will. She doesn’t want to. I accept her desire not to. Guys like riding bikes more than girls do. That’s why there are more guys riding bikes. Every guy who has a wife and a daughter who don’t ride, despite all the persuasion in the world, knows what a load of shit this argument is.
  • + 2
 @Dropthedebt: @bike2850 Plus, I think people aren't realizing or recalling that Casey was on a dig/build crew last year so it's not like she is just hoping for some sympathy entry! She's worked so hard to try to get there. Source: www.instagram.com/p/BpE4SB1hVO9/?utm_source=ig_embed
  • + 2
 @Slabrung: how do you get that from what I said? I said their needs to be a womens category so more women could join. Read a little
  • + 2
 @Dropthedebt: Rachel has been here and ridden lots when both her brothers competed.
  • + 1
 Why does “their need to be a women’s category”? Why?

@redbull please, please make a women’s category for rampage as soon as possible. Then publish the viewing figures for the men’s and women’s categories and let us know if it’s financially viable to run the women’s category again.
I doubt enough revenue will be created by those 18 viewers to pay for the satellite feed for the women’s event.
By the way I love women and I’m not sexist at all. That’s why I hate gender classes. Segregating the sexes is, by definition, sexism in its purest form!
  • + 6
 @jaame: fully agree that not all women want to ride, just like not all men want to ride. But we are less free that you think - girls are brought up thinking that they should dress pink and be cute and this is what everyone expects from them. Just like boys are brought up thinking they should be manly and rad. Social pressure is a huge thing. Oh and by the way I'm a woman Wink
  • + 1
 @Dhfreeride345: sure, I agree - but it's obvious there are not enough women to form a separate category at this moment. Just like in other biking disciplines years ago.
  • + 1
 Not in my family. The girl was brought up to play football, go on bike rides and go body boarding. She was taken to the driving range. She was given nerf guns. My freedom evaporated when she was born, and I tried my hardest to get her into all the stuff I was into or wanted to do. Guess what? She still wanted to play with hello kitty dolls, play at doing hair and makeup, and watch shit on TV like strawberry shortcake and the berryfest princess. I literally treated my son in the exact same way four years later and guess what? He loves boxing and body bashing, and he’s the top scorer in his year in football.
Anyone who says girls are forced into doing girly stuff and boys are forced into boyish stuff, and that’s the only reason for gender differences, is plain wrong.
Honestly the whole argument is so retarded I don’t know why adults with university degrees are even giving it the time of day.
Men and women are different. They are good at different stuff. We should celebrate this diversity, instead of trying to aim for 50:50 participation in everything and pretending that women’s contribution to sport is just as valid as the contribution of men, even though having gender classes is irrefutable proof of the contrary.
There are tons of stuff that women are better at than men. So what?
Celebrate diversity!
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 @jaame: The same arguments were used when women were starting to get civil and legal rights in the early 20th century. It is true, men and women are different, but social pressure amounts to more than people imagine. You are far from the only influence on your children.
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 @jaame: yes, thankfully women and men are different and I totally don't negate it. But we also underestimate social influence. I really like the way you are bringing up your children, but this approach is rather rare. People tend to think in stereotypes because it's easier. And at some point peer influence is much stronger than parents'. Most children have a strong need to get accepted by their peers and feel part of a group, and no matter the amount of time spent on the bike, if friends have hello kitty dolls then hello kitty dolls are the best.
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 @Slabrung: yes, hello kitty dolls are the best! But why does everyone think that? Because all of their parents forced them to have hello kitty dolls, and like them, all at the same time, and independently of each other? My mum tried to get me to like peas but it didn’t work! We don’t like things because people tell us we should. Well to a degree maybe we do, but my experience with my daughter, in an isolated ex-pat bubble in Taiwan, and at the age before friendships develop, was concrete evidence for me that girls are girly for some reason other than peer pressure.
Didn’t they do some experiments in years ago where they tried to raise kids in exactly the same gender-neutral way, only to have the girls dressing each other up and the boys stabbing each other with toy knives?
As I said, I wish my wife would get into mountain biking. Some girls ride, not many in comparison to boys. I have no problem with girls riding, but I don’t single out any demographic for special attention. I don’t understand this idea that we have to promote women’s sport above and beyond all else, with the goal being 50:50 participation. Why is that the goal? Why are we putting numbers on it? Shouldn’t it simply be we want to get 100% of the human participants to have a great time riding? No one is stopping girls getting into it. I welcome it. Just like I welcome boys, Chineses, blacks, Latinos and gays. It’s all good. But the constant harping on about it’s not fair, we need more female participation, they are socially pressured into not partaking blah blah blah. It gets right on my tits.
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 @jaame: This is a pretty famous experiment that may help you understand the mechanics of girls not being good at some manly things;
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103198913737
(...) when the test was described as producing gender differences and stereotype threat was high, women performed substantially worse than equally qualified men did.
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 So do i take it that your assertion is that the only reason not many women ride is because of peer pressure to not partake in manly things, and the reason women do not perform as well as men at bike riding is because of stereotype threat just before a ride?
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 @jaame: of course not the only reason, but one of the reasons and also a very underestimated one, one that people easily dismiss and/or not take into account. Another reason for worse performance is for example women being on average physically weaker than men.
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 @Dhfreeride345:

Two words: Maria Costello
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 Wait a minute, what about SEMENUK????? I want to see him finish what he started last year.
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 I'm sure he will be a wild card invite. He'll be there if he wants to be.
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 He may not want to compete this year. And I highly doubt he needs to go to proving grounds. All he has to do is call and say he wants to ride Rampage.
  • + 1
 I thought there used to be a rule stating that previous winners were automatically invited every year. Either way I'm confident he'll get an invite.
  • + 1
 So many good riders out there, seems shit that any one with the balls to qualify cant just do that?
Not that I have skill too even try!
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 @aljoburr: or even someone without balls!
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 @jaame: Yes your right, Why make the even so exclusive, it is not like there is any point too not allowing other people too step up, but the more that enter, does make it more likely for some one too die, so maybe Redbull dont want that, but what is a contest with so few even allowed
  • + 1
 I beg he decides to go cause his run last year would of been insane if he had got to the bottom
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 Casey!!
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 Yeah proving grounds is necessary so Reece Wallace doesn't get screwed over like last year.
  • - 1
 Cause all he can do is jump. He's got his tail between his legs up on the ridges and exposed lines.
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 Ok. That’s you’re opinion. Proving grounds will prove my point. @Dhfreeride345:
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 @Noahgg: they are facts.
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 Adolf silva killed it, thought he’e be a top finisher in 18’ hope he comes back
  • + 1
 I'm sure he will.
  • + 1
 Yeah his run have me the goosebumps when he went off that HUGE drop. I sure hope he’s doing it this year!
  • + 1
 I was disappoint it did not score higher. With hitting and sending the biggest features at rampage.
  • + 1
 Not to mention the crazy bastard wanted to toss down a double backflip in his run... rumors being off a drop.... he was so entertaining to watch. I hope he comes back.
  • + 6
 Was really, like REALLY, hoping to see Kaos Seagrave, Kade Edwards and/or Ratboy in there. Riders don't get much more creative than these dudes, would be awesome to see what they would do.
Would be really awesome to see a "People's Champ" kind of entry, where you could vote for one rider among a list to get an invite.

Still stoked for Rampage though!
  • + 5
 I am really stoked to see a qualifying type event. I have been wanting to see a big mountain series develop fo mountain biking for a while.
  • + 7
 Axe'n Jaxson! Stoked this event is happening.
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 Sorry, I work that day. How about Saturday?
  • + 4
 Wow- the news about Proving Grounds is really cool. It'll be good to see a freeride event that gives new riders a bit of the spotlight!
  • + 4
 cant wait!!!!!!!!!! I hope the event has an emphasis on being natural and rider safety!
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 Any chance of Redbull televising Proving Ground? I'd happily sit in front of the computer sinking beers for 3-4 hours watching that sick ass line up of riders throw down!
  • + 0
 Hmm. So they announced a dedicated qualifying event for Rampage, through which three people will qualify, while eight people get wild cards? Somehow, those numbers sound wrong to me. If you are going to have a qualifying event, why not give the majority of the open spots to people competing there?
  • + 3
 "huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections".... What's a berm press?
  • + 2
 keyboard warriors worried about a woman getting a chance to qualify. hey guys, it's 2019. does this affect your life directly? no. progressive instead of regressive.
  • + 3
 hi 5 events: ur site sucks on iPhone, or at least my iphone Smile
  • + 1
 It's not just you. I've clicked the link about 5 times for info, and after a few minutes I close the tab. Maybe their FB page is better???
  • + 2
 Well, whoever rides in Rampage this year, no doubt deserves it. Here's to a balls deep, but non injury Rampage!
  • + 2
 Isn't there a something in the rules about previous winners always being able to compete? Or is that joyride?
  • + 3
 Fabio Wibmer for Rampage!
  • + 1
 Wonder if they did ask him or not.
  • + 4
 What about Zink?
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 He didn't finish in the top 10 last year so he's not an automatic qualifier. I'm sure he will be offered a wild card spot.
  • + 2
 No Adolf Silva? Dudes crazy!
  • + 4
 Liability
  • + 1
 And in the end, FMB gets together with the Fest Series again, what a shame......
  • + 2
 Jason475 to Jason745, come in. Jason475 to Jason745, come in, over.
  • + 2
 No Graham Aggasiz and no James Doerfling???
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 #CaseyForRampage

Salute
  • + 2
 Brandon Fairclough need a top three place for his line plus run
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 European proving grounds should be on the list for 2020!? Wink
  • + 1
 This is pretty cool. I'm glad to see it expand. Hopefully they can add a couple more Hardline style races too.
  • + 2
 Going to be a good time! Let's roll!
  • + 1
 Lea Weill Veronique Sandler Vinny Armstrong List is long
  • + 1
 Kate weatherly got robbed
  • + 0
 Is Semenuk really gonna attend a qualifying event? Shame to not see the best rider in the world involved.
  • + 2
 Reece Wallace finally!
  • + 0
 Let's play guess the wildcard slots:

1. Zink
2. Semenuk
3. Sorge
4. Storch
5. Aggy
6. Silva
7. Lunn
8. van Steezburger?
  • + 3
 Did you read the pre qualified athletes list in the article before you posted this?
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 @Wardo77: my bad, missed Sorge. Besides that, my list seems pretty realistic..?
  • + 1
 Nm see Reece name in the line up.
  • - 2
 Just a jump guy he can't do exposure
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 @slumgullion: where the ridge lines and mandatory cliffs I just see a roller.
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 @Dhfreeride345: You do know that he's been out there for Rampage before... right? The dudes been going big and riding exposed for a long time. He's been working his butt off for the last year towards Rampage.

He's not a stranger to going huge or to exposure. LOL.
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 @onemanarmy: yea I live here he also littered my local shuttle trail with boards and nails sticking up. Hes a f*cking jump guy. None of the stuff he built went to the top of a mesa. Just stupid slowmo jumps and scub rollers. That's not rampage....
  • + 1
 Quali event is a good idea, but why not hold it at the old rampage site?
  • + 1
 Booked my RV spot today. Im not dry camping on the dirt road this year!
  • + 0
 Brandon Semenuk stopping competing in rampage as well now?
  • + 9
 wildcard. he crashed both runs last year.

How do people still not understand this?
  • + 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Only so many wild card slots but I'd have to say the top 3 options for those are Sem, Zink, Lunn.
  • + 1
 Did Randy Pre Qualify?
  • + 1
 Casey Brown!
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 They don't have to go as big . Can we have a woman's Rampage. Not woman on a Rampage. Woman throwing it down for fun and for prizes.
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 Randy for Rampage 2019!!
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 Dear friends,

Tonight sometime after 7pm Randy Rampage left us to reign in the heavens. A punk legend has moved on. And because he shared himself with you, please share a moment and think of Randy Desmond Archibald aka Rampage. We love you Randy.

Randy played on D.O.A.’s firs two albums, Something Better Change and Hardcore ’81, before joining Annihilator, which he fronted from 1988 to 1989 and from 1998 to 2000. He sang on their 1989 debut Alice In Hell and on 1999’s Criteria for a Black Widow.

Rest in peace, Randy.
  • - 2
 No French riders invited? I thought they were dominating the downhill world series..
  • + 5
 The French lines are suicide. Safety reasons.
  • + 5
 due to budget constraints, they will not be serving complimentary wine and cheese this year.
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 They are, why would you potentially throw away your WC season to ride in a freeride competition?
  • - 2
 I'm making plans for 2020 (if they don't happen to not have to)
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