2013 Red Bull Rampage - FINAL TRAINING

Oct 13, 2013 at 1:54
by Nathan Hughes  


FALLING OUT OF THE SKY



We feel sorry for the people who watched the qualifiers but didn’t stick around for Super Finals practice. Sure, qualification was unreal. It’s nicely scheduled, announced by the always hilarious Brad Ewen, you know who’s going next and where they’re going. And it’s judged, so it’s important. Really, it’s about as spectator "rad" as a sporting event can get.

But in all truth, the real riding went down this afternoon. For the 24 riders who will be competing on Sunday, now was the time to hit the moves everyone had been thinking about. Diggers were finishing upper mountain lines, or crafting in new, last minute ones. And of course, the Oakley Sender beckoned, and the trick jumps needed to get dialed.

Some of the loudest cheers of the day came from those who stayed. Tyler McCaul hit one of his massive drops, Aggy practiced the step down transfer Gee Atherton made famous in 2010, while Zink and Strait got after it by sending the Sender from the top. These are obviously huge airs, some of the biggest in the history of the sport. Ridiculously, there’s talk of tricking them. Zink had organizers add a kicker to the top of what must be a close to 100-foot air. You know what he’s thinking, and it’s not a number.

So, as the sun set on the last evening of Rampage, the nerves stayed tested and the picks kept swinging. We’re a long way from done. Far from it. Tomorrow will be insane.

By Mitchell Scott

Morning of the qualifiers.
  Let there be light. The final sunrise for Rampage 2013.

Gimp shuttle
  The three injured amigos. Kenny Smith, Kurt Sorge, and Darren Berrecloth, carting around the course today. What, did you think they were just 'gonna sit in the Red Bull tent and let everyone else have all the fun?

eh team. 2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah
  The 'Eh' Team getting prepped

Semenuk. 2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah
  Semenuk lacing up for a spin in the grand Virgin bike park.

Thomas Vanderham launching into thin air. For the first time in Rampage history Thomas will not be competing due to a few broken ribs and other minor injuries from a crash he had at the end of the day.
  Thomas Vanderham launching into thin air. For the first time in Rampage history, Thomas will not be competing due to a few broken ribs and other minor injuries from a crash he had at the end of the day.

Alex Reveles crushin rock for CMac. 2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah
  Alex Reveles crushing rock for CMac.

Cam McCaul was looking super solid today.
  Cam McCaul was looking super solid today.

Cam McCaul 2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah
  McCaul's been hard at work with his build team, ready to take things up a whole other notch all over again.

Bizet...2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah
  Bizet bringing the top of the mountain to the bottom in great swathes of rock dust...

Gully had the best day yesterday. He nailed the flip over his top step-down then got in a 360 drop at the bottom and went home grinning ear to ear. He was shredding hard again until he attempted the Oakley sender and the day ended quite the contrary of the one previous.
  Geoff Gulevich had the best day yesterday. He nailed the flip over his top step-down then got in a 360 drop at the bottom and went home grinning ear to ear. He was shredding hard again until he attempted the Oakley sender and the day ended quite the contrary of the one previous.

 I don t understand I went way faster the second time and I still came short. Gully after having cased the landing two times in a row.
  After having cased the landing massively two times in a row...

bigquotesI don't understand, I went way faster the second time, and I still came short - Gully


Gully stacking hard after guniea pigging the original sender. Some how belly flopping the landing he made it away feeling like the dumbass at the bar who couldn t keep his mouth shut.
  The severity of crash one took your breath away just long enough to witness the brutality of crash two. Gully first cased and dug his head and neck into the ground in what was a truly grotesque impact, but still walked back up for another go. Now he has a whole lot of additional courage to find tomorrow...

Gully rides away slightly busted but not as bad as his teammate Thomas. Both guys took some violent crashes today with Vanderham out hopefully Gully can put together everything he has been working for come tomorrow.
  Gully rides away slightly busted, but not as bad as his teammate Thomas. Both guys took some violent crashes today, with Vanderham out, hopefully Gully can put together everything he has been working for come tomorrow.

Agassiz and Lacondeguy take a synchronised step to look out over the edge. Gully s two huge bails had not inspired much confidence.
  Agassiz and Lacondeguy take a synchronized step to look out over the edge. Gully's two unbelievably heavy crashes had not inspired much confidence.

Aggy was the first person to successfully land the old Oakley Icon Sender. Gully was the first only with not such great results.
  Aggy was the first person to successfully land the old Oakley Icon Sender. He landed around 15ft long and just about up the rear axle in the fresh dirt of the landing

Logan Binggali off the mid-size Oakley Sender.
  Logan Binggeli, off the mid-size Oakley Sender with extra kick.

TMac howling at the moon
  Tyler McCaul howling at the moon next to his beautifully crafted line on the first ridge.

bigquotesI kinda decided I was scared of the big drop and didn't have too many other options so I came back to this line I saw last year with a better build crew. The drop is about the same as the Oakley, but it's dirt to dirt which I like a lot. I hope it gets the same wow-factor cos the other one looks pretty cool. My dig crew has done way more than I could have ever asked for so it's all up to me now. I'll get her done this evening and it should just be a blast tomorrow once I have that out of the way. I could never say if what I'm gonna do is gonna be enough, but I'm gonna try to do what I think is cool and not hold back an ounce and see where I end up - TMac


T-Mac with a big step down of his own. The boys have been putting in some labor getting his run dialed in and will be absolutely nuts once everything gets tied together.
  T-Mac sent it later and it looked pretty righteous. He looked comfortable both times he tested her... could it be tricked?

Vanderham s line ran just next to TMac s and had equal opportunity to go massive. This booter had him flying in low over the knuckle then dropping away tens of feet extra. With a killer looking top section it s a big shame he won t be sending it for finals.
  Vanderham's line ran just next to TMac's and had equal opportunity to go massive. This booter had him flying in low over the knuckle, then dropping away tens of feet extra. With a killer looking top section it's a big shame he won't be sending it for finals.

Zink guiding the hand of the craftsman in the rotation-friendly direction.
  Zink guiding the hand of the craftsman towards an unprecedented level of Rampage 'stuntsmanship'.

bigquotesI plan to hit it right off the new kicker, because if I ride it off the flat I'll still have to guinea pig it again so I might as well just hit it like it will be. It should fly better, coming off that will boot you up nice and be all good over the gap - Cam Zink


Cam Zink spent a good three hours this afternoon on top of the Oakley Icon sender. Lots to think about and figure out. After all if he does what he says he s going to do off it it will quite possibly be the single most impressive thing anyone has ever done on at a freeride competition.
  Cam Zink spent a good three hours this afternoon on top of the Oakley Icon sender. Lots to think about and figure out. After all, if he does what he says he's going to do off it, it will quite possibly be the single most impressive thing anyone has ever done at a freeride competition.

Spectatin
  It was captive viewing in the last light. Would Zink and Strait hit the behemoth before lights out?

To huck or not to huck life at the Rampage s be-all end-all question as the sun dips on the penultimate day.
  To huck or not to huck, life at the Rampage's be-all, end-all question, as the sun dips on the penultimate day.

Kyle Strait also managed to just make it to the lip of the Oakley Icon Sender. He also bounced almost all the way to the bottom of the landing before regaining control.
  Kyle Strait decided enough was enough and it needed to get done the day before finals. He sent it hard and managed to just make it past the knuckle. He then bounced almost all the way to the bottom of the landing, before regaining control and careering to a halt.

Kyle after sending the mighty o
  King Kyle resplendent after sending the mighty 'O'

bigquotesI told Zink go faster than you think, it's kind of like a cartoon... You're coming out fast, you see that landing coming, you feel good and all of sudden lose your forward momentum then just start dropping! A bit like the Wile E Coyote! Kyle Strait


Zink pulls up a pew and thinks through his options.
  Zink pulls up a pew and thinks through his options.

bigquotesEverything's kinda last minute cos you wanna do it and get it done, but here we are again the night before finals and I still haven't tee-d it up. It was the same way in 2010, it was windy and all these things making me say I'll hit it tomorrow. I hit the icon sender twice the morning of that year and it worked out. So I just need to hit it at least once... I would sleep a lot better tonight if I hit it, but I'm exhausted from being on my feet all day, my legs are tired and I'm hungry as hell - Cam Zink


Simple fact if Strait hadn t sent the Oakley sender today neither would have Zink. Takes two to tango. With an added lip on the side Zink plans to go full out tomorrow and flip the sender. Just as the sun goes down and the moon rises Zink sends it rocking out to Black Sabbath on the loud speakers.
  Zink sends it. Simple fact, if Strait hadn't sent the Oakley sender today; neither would have Zink. Takes two to tango. With an added lip on the side, Zink plans to go full out tomorrow and flip the sender. Just as the sun goes down and the moon rises, Zink sends it rocking out to Black Sabbath on the loud speakers.

Cam Zink needing a few of these after nailing the big one with a bonus lip on it so he can flip it tomorrow.
  Cam Zink needing a few of these after nailing the big one with a bonus lip on it so he can flip it tomorrow.

Rampager-deluxe 2012 now with arm extensions.
  Rampager-deluxe 2012 model, now with arm extensions.

bigquotesIt super tough being on the sidelines, not being able to defend the title and I just want to ride. Lot of new lines been built and it's just looking rad out there. Just wish I was riding with the boys, but stoked to be here to support them and hang out. The digging's been insane. T-Macs line is amazing, those guys killed it finding natural features of the mountain and working them out with the shovels. Pretty rad to see the biggest air over there not having any wood and you know there's a lot of cool other stuff going on elsewhere. Who I am rooting for? My boy Aggy of course! Kurt Sorge


Cam and Chloee share dawn. Lucky charm. 2013 RedBull Rampage in Virgin Utah
  It's goodnight from the night before finals with Cam McCaul and lucky charm, Chloe. It's gonna take more than few nursery rhymes to get the riders off to sleep tonight.



70 Comments

  • 133 1
 AHHH WE WANT TO SEE SOME VIDEOS!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!
  • 18 0
 DAMN RIGHT
  • 9 0
 But before, why don't they put pictures of Genon and others??? Dude he's top 3 in the quali and not a single picture of him?...
  • 9 0
 Surprised there hasn't been any helmet cam footage this year. Last year it seemed there was lots of stuff coming out from the guys themselves....I guess we all await just a few more hours!
  • 33 0
 Am I the only person scared for Zink?
  • 4 11
flag mate1998 (Oct 13, 2013 at 5:26) (Below Threshold)
 imagine and overrotated or an underrotated flip on the sender = zink is dead
  • 5 0
 more or less excited to see it done. hate to see it end badly though.
  • 2 10
flag robin281 (Oct 13, 2013 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 Pretty sure we should all just say our goodbyes to zink now...
  • 6 0
 well you sure are optimistic.
  • 7 0
 I know you're joking, but that's screwed up.
  • 9 0
 Zink will stomp it, and they will have to rename the sender after him
  • 2 0
 Well turn me over and fuck me sideways, that was one of the best things i've ever seen!
  • 24 0
 i'm so ready for RAMPAGE i hope zink stomps his flip!
  • 3 0
 Screw work I'm gunna watch it on the kitchen laptop!!! RAMPAGE FTW!!!! Yeeeewwww!
  • 5 0
 Zink as Cowboy From Hell. Flipin' it dude!!!! Im scarryyy
  • 13 0
 Cam Zink, if you don't flip the drop tomorrow, who cares. Your still my biggest hero for thinking that big, I'd rather see you competing for years to come so when the moment comes, you do what you thinks best, no pressure from me mate. All the best to all the riders competing
  • 15 0
 I'll be praying for Radness Unlimited and a safe landing for all the athletes.
  • 11 0
 Where is Claudio for the course ride!! Come on Pink Bike!! Get with it!! GET CLAUDIO TO UTAH!!!
  • 3 0
 Claudio IS in Utah Smile At least his kids are. So I imagine daddy is with them (and supporting Brendog)
  • 6 0
 Perfect time for the young guys to step up and take podiums! With so many contenders out with injuries Norbs, Aggy and Fairclough would be an epic podium. Gutted for Berrecloth and Vanderham though, 2 guys that deserve podiums in this game.
  • 9 0
 no words needed, all these pictures speak for themselves
  • 12 1
 I have to agree, watching a vid will make it seem almost too easy,until they bin it that is. but a photo..especially of someone still mid-air: your mind has to fill in the gaps,and that's when your balls shrink and mind = blown.
  • 8 0
 Video or it didn't happen!
  • 6 0
 I can't watch Rampage live, so I'll watch the recap when I get home from school tomorrow. Very excited!
  • 5 25
flag Bullitproof (Oct 13, 2013 at 2:55) (Below Threshold)
 on a sunday, you have school? THAT SUCKS MAN
  • 30 0
 @Bullitproof have you never heard of a thing called time zones
  • 2 1
 !?
  • 5 0
 Heh...I don't have school on Sunday. The live broadcast just comes so late, that I rather watch it as a recap when I get back from school on Monday.
  • 1 0
 gotcha mate! haha totally thought thanksgiving was a world wide thing
  • 2 0
 "After all, if he does what he says he's going to do off it, it will quite possibly be the single most impressive thing anyone has ever done at a freeride competition."

Let's be honest, that transcends a simple "freeride competition". If he backflips it, it will go down as one of the singularly most impressive things a human has done since standing upright.
  • 1 0
 I can't really contain my excitement right now! However I feel so bad for those out injured, With Gee absent everyone's nailing his line and he doesn't have a chance to prove himself and i'm pretty sure Semenuk is gonna be hitting a lot of Claws lines too right?
  • 4 0
 goodluck to everyone!!!!!
  • 4 0
 This is gonna be one of the most spectacular Rampage in mtb history
  • 4 0
 I have a feeling T-Mac is gonna get on the podium this year...
  • 1 0
 ahhh can't believe vanderham's out! funny how you always think of claw etc. when you think about rampage, but thomas hasn't missed one, i think we're all gonna notice that today!
  • 1 0
 Does anyone else notice how sexist this announcer guy is?? He is obnoxious!! I wish they would hire someone with a firm grasp of the English language and more up their sleeve than hetero white dude jokes. Blah
  • 3 0
 we wanna see benderonis footage!
  • 1 0
 Got a pic with Kurt Sorge and Darren Berrecloth a couple nights ago! It was so sick seeing them at dinner! Good luck healing up!
  • 2 0
 Gotta love the composition in picture 24....Nathan inadvertently capturing the elusive fuzzy sasquatch pecker....hahahaha
  • 2 0
 Cam Zink: 'This years icon sender is the biggest ever! So im going to add a kicker to the top, then flip it'...
  • 3 0
 welcome to cam zinks rampage
  • 2 0
 T minus 9 hours.. ahh so stoked can't wait
  • 2 0
 nooo Thomas,I will miss you there,get well soon and Cam..good luck !!!
  • 1 0
 The scale of this just hurts my brain. Cannot comprehend the ballsack required. Wish I was there.
  • 1 1
 Fair play to those boys hitting the big stuff but lets not get tunnel vision Pinkbike, there is a lot if other riders shredding just as hard.
  • 2 0
 What happened to Sorge?I missed it...anyone?
  • 2 0
 Am I the only one being afraid to watch it live in case someone dies?
  • 2 0
 Worried for Zink. Hope he pulls it off safely.
  • 2 0
 Amazing photo op as usual. What an event, what competitors...
  • 2 0
 Never Been This Excited For and Event!!!
  • 2 0
 inside straits head-one thought ( GOTTA GO ) the true bar raiser!
  • 1 0
 will they be looping the rampage feed? I have to work and will miss the live broadcast....f*ck!
  • 1 0
 Only a matter of time when someone spots that middle finger...
  • 2 0
 WHERES BRENDAN?
  • 1 0
 Zink is such a savage, broken and beaten and still sends it huge.
  • 1 0
 Strait sets the (gotta go) bar high!
  • 2 0
 VanderSLAM
  • 1 0
 Is that Zink or is it E.T. in front of the moon ?
  • 1 0
 I'm actually super stoked for rampage, it's unreal...
  • 1 0
 announced by the always hilarious Brad Ewen...... yeah right
  • 1 0
 Круто!
  • 1 0
 THE CURSEEEE
  • 1 0
 go Zink!
  • 1 0
 UnReal!
  • 1 0
 You got this Zink!
  • 1 0
 Zink is a heartthrob!

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