Day 2 Photo Epic: Labyrinth - Rampage 2019

Oct 22, 2019 at 22:24
by Sarah Moore  



It's the second day that riders are out on the mountain and the lines that weave back and forth across and down the mountain are starting to become more defined. That being said, it's still a bit of a maze to try and figure out who is riding what line when you're out in the middle of them as so many overlap and look completely different depending on the perspective from where you're standing. Navigating your way amongst them, trying not to step on a carefully built line or fall down the cliffs that surround them, is no easy task.

It's also impossible to see every rider's line from anywhere on the mountain. From Brendan Fairclough's line on the far left of the mountain to Reece Wallace and Emil Johansson's intertwined lines on the far right, there's a whole lot of tricky terrain to navigate between. It's not a place you want to be caught out in after dark, but with the temperatures cooling in the evening and the winds light, there were many riders and builders still on the hill as sunset turned quickly to nightfall.


Dusty digging is the name of the game.
Diggers have been hard at it. Some harder than others.

Kurt Sorge was hard at work perfecting his line this morning.
Kurt Sorge was hard at work perfecting his line this morning.

Andreau putting the hammer...axe...down.
Andreu putting the hammer...axe...down.

In fact not Emil Johansson but Ray Syron of Kyle Straits dig crew getting angry with the pick-axe.
In fact not Emil Johansson, but Ray Syron of Kyle Strait's dig crew getting angry with the pick-axe.

Lions wolves and Nells... just a few of the dangerous creatures found on the Rampage mountainside.
Lions, wolves and Nells... just a few of the dangerous creatures found on the Rampage mountainside.

Make sure that landing is rock solid boys.
Make sure that landing is rock solid boys.


To help with the builds, riders are allocated 75 sandbags each, which they and their build teams of two can lug up as high as they want on the mountain. To make the landings solid, keep the dust at bay and keep the sharp lips from crumbling, the main build crew for the event has strung out close to 2 miles worth of hose throughout the mountain.

bigquotesWe are pretty lucky that we are on land that has cattle in certain times of the year and there's a water system for them. Luckily we're able to use a bit of that water as well as some of the city water that we pull in with a water truck. With that combination of water pumps and systems that we've come up with, we pump water to the top of the mountain in storage tanks throughout the mountain and then we gravity-feed it back down off lines that are spread out through the hill and riders attach their hoses to get to their landings. It's a pretty elaborate system but it works out.

That's our main work since it takes a lot to haul that piping in, get all the connectors set up and get it where we can get all the faucet heads for them to hook their hoses to. We've been doing it for the last couple years now. It just gets more elaborate every year and of course, the riders take more advantage of it if there's more of it. Which is great - they're able to get pretty dialled lines now from top to bottom which makes it a bit safer for everyone and lets everyone see things be thrown down like we do.
Randy Spangler


One of this years fresh faces at Rampage is up-and-comer Johny Salido qualifying from the Proving Grounds event in Oregon.
One of this year's fresh faces at Rampage is up-and-comer Johny Salido, qualifying from the Proving Grounds event in Oregon.

The shaping continues.
The shaping continues.

Ethan Nell does some last checks of his gap jump before dropping in this morning.
Ethan Nell does some last checks of his gap jump before dropping in this morning.

Brandon eyeing up his large bottom drop.
Brandon eyeing up his large bottom drop.

The Tip always looking to help out his interviewees.
The Tip, always looking to help out his interviewees.

Carson Storch was at it early today. Big back flips as practice got underway.
Carson Storch was at it early today. Big backflips as practice got underway.


bigquotesI'm just trying to pick away at features on my line. Take my time, feel good, stay calm. I've been having a really good week and digging good and feeling good and riding good so far. So I'm just trying to keep it chill and tick off some boxes - at least ride everything and get to know the speeds really well.

I'll do a few tricks that I want to do in my run but some of the bigger moves I'm going to save for sure. I know I can do it, it's just not worth risking it in practice. For the most part, I'm just trying to learn my line really well and know all the speeds really well. One thing at a time and so far it's going good. Most of the stuff I rode last year, just revamped it this year. Couple new things that I've already tested out and so everything's flowing well and I'm having fun.
Carson Storch


Brandon Semenuk lays it flat in morning practice.
Brandon Semenuk lays it flat in morning practice.

Brett Rheeder sends his big drop in the middle of his run.
Brett Rheeder sends his big drop in the middle of his run.

Tommy G lets loose on the high speed section of his line.
Tommy G lets loose on the high-speed section of his line.

Ethan Nell parts the crowd.
Ethan Nell parts the crowd.

Brandon Semenuk testing lines before the sun hits in hooded wringraith mode.
Brandon Semenuk testing lines before the sun hits in hooded Ringwraith mode.

Brandon Semenuk makes his first run at the lily pad drop.
Brandon Semenuk makes his first run at the lily pad drop.

DJ Brandt airing into his double drop.
DJ Brandt airing into his double drop.

Brandon doing Brandon things.
Brandon doing Brandon things.

The breeze was an issue throughout the day and the wind socks were standing.
The breeze was an issue throughout the day and the wind socks were standing.

With winds blowing hard in the afternoon riders took time weighing the consequences.
With winds blowing hard in the afternoon, riders took time weighing the consequences.

Tommy G testing out the speed.
Tommy G testing out the speed.

Cam Zink sending it in afternoon practice.
Cam Zink sending it in afternoon practice.


Cam Zink feels like he's getting close to 100 percent ten months after shoulder surgery and is stoked to be riding the line that took him out last year.

bigquotesI'm feeling amazing about my line. Added a few things, cleaned up a few things, it's awesome. Super stoked. Plan for the day is... got a switch spin over the canyon that I'm going to try and do. If it goes well I'll keep it in my run. If not then I'll fronty it or do something different but I really, really want to get a switch spin to regular spin on a little canyon gap. It's actually 30 feet, but relatively little. Then after the 48-foot tip, flat drop. And that's the biggest thing that I'm looking forward to. That'll be a big one. It's a lot of braking off a steep pillow line into the jump so it's going to be hard to switch spin but if that goes well then everything I'm feeling really good about.Cam Zink

He has one more lip to build on a big stepdown in the Price is Right area and is essentially done building after that. He says he's as motivated as ever to stand on top of the box.

bigquotesI have two runs planned in case I need the second one and I'm really confident that if the first one doesn't do it and secure it then I should be starting later in the starting order and be able to up it and take the win. As long as I can land my line I think I could be on top of the box.Cam Zink


Cam Zink getting the speed right before he tries his switch 360.
Cam Zink getting the speed right before he tries his switch 360.

TVS and Nell on the morning commute to the top.
TVS and Nell on the morning commute to the top.

Ethan Nell on his first attempt on the top drop.
Ethan Nell on his first attempt on the top drop.

T-Mac always pushes hard at Rampage and this year is no exception for the now Utah resident.
T-Mac always pushes hard at Rampage and this year is no exception for the now Utah resident.

T-Mac nailing the back-flip off the first drop and ticking a big one off the list well ahead of finals.
T-Mac nailing the back-flip off the first drop and ticking a big one off the list well ahead of finals.

A front flip from Tom Van Steenbergen was definitely the move of the day during the top drop session.
A front flip from Tom Van Steenbergen was definitely the move of the day during the top drop session.

Nell with perfect style over the enormous hip step-up he shares with TVS.
Nell with perfect style over the enormous hip step-up he shares with TVS.

Van Steenbergen pioneering the giant hip.
Van Steenbergen pioneering the giant hip.

Szymon Godziek take a run at the lower section of his line.
Szymon Godziek takes a run at the lower section of his line.

Szymon Godziek has a bag of tricks much deeper than most and an unfair share of the steeze to boot.
Szymon Godziek has a bag of tricks much deeper than most and an unfair share of the steeze to boot.

Not much room for error on Carson Storch s step-down and the playground below.
Not much room for error on Carson Storch's step-down and the playground below.

Godziek blending in to the epic Utah terrain.
Godziek blending into the epic Utah terrain.

Vinny T tried to squeeze as many runs of the middle of his line as possible as the got low and the winds died down.
Vinny T tried to squeeze as many runs of the middle of his line as possible as the light got low and the winds died down.

Reed Boggs scopes out the middle section of his line.
Reed Boggs scopes out the middle section of his line.

All the roost and no riders through the middle of the day Matt Delorme had to step up.
All the roost and no riders through the middle of the day, Matt Delorme had to step up.

Loose conditions for Kyle.
Loose conditions for Kyle.

Cam Zink makes one last run into the setting sun.
Cam Zink makes one last run into the setting sun.


bigquotesI try not to look at what other people are doing. It gets kind of convoluted. You watch 20 different riders doing highlights of their run and you forget that that's not all the same person in the same run. Keep an eye out but don't let it affect you too much.Cam Zink


Carson Storch was going big in the final moments of practice.
Carson Storch was going big in the final moments of practice.

Aggy getting after it in the golden hour.
Aggy getting after it in the golden hour.

Tommy G waited all day to send his large drop we re glad he made it happen.
Tommy G waited all day to send his large drop, we're glad he made it happen.

Cam Zink.
Cam Zink.

Carson Storch looking down as the light fades.
Carson Storch looking down as the light fades.

Sorge dropping the saddle ready for some big hits before sunset.
Sorge dropping the saddle ready for some big hits before sunset.

King Kurtis going for gold for the fourth time.
King Kurtis going for gold for the fourth time.

The end of another day over much too soon here in the desert.
The end of another day over much too soon here in the desert.

Pray for calm on the mountain tomorrow and we can expect the big names to tick off their biggest moves ahead of finals.
Pray for calm on the mountain tomorrow and we can expect the big names to tick off their biggest moves ahead of finals.



80 Comments

  • 84 7
 Fairclaw has been robbed of some coverage there...
  • 24 0
 and apparently Reece Wallace is not there either..
  • 93 4
 @CloseCall: Reece is yet to touch a bike and same for Brendan... their lines are also at the two extremes of the site. It's a hard venue to access and change between lines so for now we've been playing it safe in the middle area during all the waits on wind. 3 days still to go, they'll come up soon!
  • 27 5
 @nathanhughes: Means he's gonna ride a unique line far from main line and get robbed again.
  • 6 0
 @nathanhughes: noted ! thanks for the good visual material anyway !
  • 15 0
 It doesn't help if people can't get Brendan Fairclough's name correct.....
  • 1 3
 Brendan > Brandon
  • 43 0
 I dont know how these guys stay on their lines, its gotta be confusing with all the varying criss crossed lines...."%@$& was the 40 foot blind drop to the right or left of the cactus?"
  • 13 1
 To the left.
  • 13 1
 No RIGHT... RIGHT....
  • 9 1
 ****CRASH*****
  • 9 2
 Ooops... Sorry. I'll get my coat.
  • 5 0
 It's easy. just remember your line like left left right left right right left left right jump 80 ft.
  • 7 0
 @chyu: doesnt that get you unlimited lives in Contra Smile ?
  • 1 0
 That was a close one.
  • 28 0
 Stay safe out there gents, so stoked to watch you shred on Friday! Regardless of how the points add up, you’re all heroes just for being there.
  • 14 0
 Pinkbike.....this year’s coverage of Rampage is simply ....awesome!!!! Thank you!!
  • 11 1
 Zink is such a sick rider and definitely could be king of the hill but I just hope he holds it down and smashes his line....safely
  • 13 0
 Tommy G's gap.... WHAT
  • 11 0
 Tommy G gap WTF?!?! Eek
  • 10 4
 As its rampage. We should see who can hit who's lines. Then once only brendog can hit brendogs line clean give him the crown Smile

Seriously... gonna be epic this year with big mountain riding and slope style riding for the majority. Cant wait.
  • 17 4
 Watch the interview where sorge said he'd like to hit everyone's line... Then take bredan's nuts out your mouth.
  • 6 41
flag deco1 (Oct 23, 2019 at 7:03) (Below Threshold)
 @holdandhope: Lol Sorge,s the best big mountain rider out there he could easily hit Brendogs line. Seriously Fairclough is honestly there for making up numbers his one of the poorer riders there. Sorge, Semenuk, Rheeder, Storch are on a different level to him.
So weird when he was so upset with his placing last year, I would of though that he would think that’s a good placing for him (so arrogant)
  • 7 4
 @deco1: *nobody liked that*
  • 1 1
 @deco1: haha. Funny boy.
Watch last years replay where others tried to hit the big dogs line and had to dismount xxx loveU2. Evidence over words little man.
Now go pick on some kids in the skate park like archie.
  • 2 1
 Plus he can do Hardline and rampage. A bit like when Gee was robbed when he tripled what others doubled and was the only man ever to send the big wall step down. It's not all about flipsnin big mountain riding. I wish I could ride out of the start hut... lol.
  • 1 1
 @deco1: well, deco1, I await your apology after Brendog (who won riders choice in 201Cool was yet again robbed at Rampage.
He was there to show us true big mountain riding, not suiciding a 15ft gap to victory but backflipping a 50ft gap to challenge the smoother lines Smile
  • 1 0
 @betsie: You really are an idiot, brendan was overscored. A 50ft backflip down a drop is so much more gnarly than a 50ft backflip over a gap.
"Watch last years replay where others tried to hit the big dogs line and had to dismount " That was jordie Lunn trying to get down the hill when after he tired to do his run and went offline. Show some respect ...
  • 1 0
 @holdandhope: thanks for calling me an idiot for having an opinion that differs from yours.

Respect...what does my comment have to do with being disrespectful, I pointed out what happened as evidence on how hard BD's line is.
  • 9 0
 That Carson Storch pictures is highly confusing Big Grin
He felt? But where did he came from and where is he going?
  • 9 1
 Been riding my whole life, and that labyrinth would scare me more than the snowy one with Nicholson and his trusty axe.
  • 6 0
 Anybody talking shit about any rider there is a worthless troll! The ability to make it down that mountain and throw tricks in, is a skill set beyond any rider on earth!
  • 4 0
 every year it's the same old story with the wind, yet they keep doing the event in the middle of october when crazy winter storms are starting to make their way south... would seem like they would get a clue and bump this event up to the end of september.
  • 5 0
 Anyone else think that the runs are getting a little too manicured? Kinda losing some of the 'natural freeride' feel when you have berms and jumps smoother than a bike park lol.
  • 5 1
 I would definitely trade off some big tricks for a more natural, unsculpted event. It’s getting to look more and more like a concrete skatepark. Where’s the mountain in that? Looking at footage from the early years, there are less tricks but much rougher terrain, just the way I like it. Rampage should never be slopestyle in my opinion.
  • 4 0
 On Cam Zinks youtube, Andreu did some ridiculous corked out backflip can, I honestly thought he threw his bike away upside down. Was the wildest thing I've seen. Kids still got it.
  • 8 0
 Someone needs to set up some bushes in the finish zone for Andreu to punch and then vanish into, if his line goes well.
  • 6 1
 I hope the industry takes note of the fact Semenuk and several others are on 26" wheels... In a venue where speed, grip, and stability are of utmost importance.
  • 1 0
 I have a feeling Semenuk is now on 650b and that Andreau is the only one left. Could be way off though.
  • 1 0
 I was wrong. From pics on Vital Semenuk is still on 26. Love that.
  • 1 0
 @robito: Quite a few guys are on 26" rear wheels.
  • 1 0
 Great photo epics Pinkbike......THANK YOU! To all the riders, I wish you all the best, you are true gladiators. Here's to each of you completing the runs you wanted to do and I could really care less about the end results.....every one of you is freakin' amazing. Be safe.
  • 12 10
 Why are they still riding with no back or upper body protection at all? Only to fit into the super cool "pro-rider" clichée? I don't get it, just stupid in my eyes..
  • 5 2
 I mean, T-Mac is really well protected, thats good. TvS and Strait also look like they have some protection under their jerseys. (could be wrong tho) But all in all, yeah, not much protection to be seen. Hopefully that will change as we get closer to the finals...
  • 12 6
 So because you can't blatantly see it, you assume they're wearing nothing?

Also whatever amount of protection they choose to wear is up to them. The most important factor is for them to ride as comfortable as possible. I'm certain the best riders in the world know themselves better than some rando fanboy on PB.
  • 6 1
 @scott-townes: you can cleary see that for example Nell or Godziek aren't wearing anything under their shirts. I'm not a random fanboy but anyways... Watch the Paul Bas Documentation that comes out soon and you'll know what i mean.
  • 8 0
 @scott-townes: Take a long look at riders who are confirmed to be wearing protection under their jersey, like Van Steenbergen. You can see that they look different than most of the others, so it makes sense to assume that not many ride with protection. The riders themselves also confirm this. "so I know I should wear more protection, but find it hard to implement into my day-to-day routine" - Cam Zink. Tells a pretty clear story imo. They know that it would make sense, but there are other factors preventing them from doing it.

But If you ask some of the other guys, they’ll tell you why it makes sense, so its not just “random fanboys on pb”. Its some of the world’s elite riders, too: “I'm pretty sure I wear every single form of gear possible for Rampage! I don’t f*ck around with that out there because you can get really messed up if you make a mistake.” – Tyler McCaul
  • 3 1
 @lumpfboldbiker121: honestly I’m pretty convinced that the nature of crashes like that Paul B had, protection wouldn’t have prevented the injury. Padding/protection definitely helps getting scuffed or cut up, and maybe even the initial hit (think like falling flat onto your back) but I think rag-dolling or getting bent up or falling onto a concentrated point will cause damage with or without padding.
  • 3 0
 @nskerb: It might minimize the resulting injury though, and especially for you american guys, it should be really appealing to wear a 100$ back protector instead of spending an extraordinary big amount of dollars for all the hospital bills that most of you got to pay yourself. As this 100$ protector is probably lowering that bill by far more than 100$.
Also the fact that you might avoid your family, friends and all the other people surrounding you to take care of you when sitting in a wheelchair, or just plainly caring for you on site after a crash because you were too uncomfortable to wear some effing protection.

It's not always just yourself you got to think of, all the people around you are obligated to take care of you if you crash and you harm yourself.

Cheers, ride on and thanks to all the guys taking care of them selfs, so we spectators, and especially themself, don't have to deal with awefull pictures like 4 years ago.
  • 4 0
 Wheres the classic SHOVEL DICK picture. LOL
  • 5 0
 Swapped out for the the hose ejaculation pic.
  • 3 0
 So many similar riding kits out there with RB helmets...Clone wars?
  • 3 0
 Looks like Zink is on mixed wheel sizes? I may be wrong.
  • 10 0
 I've been told all YT riders are going to be on 27.5" front/26" rear
  • 1 0
 Quite a few guys are going that route.
  • 1 0
 There is a cool video here on zink’s youtube where he builds up his rampage bike and goes into depth about all his set up etc

m.youtube.com/watch?v=FQCONjLsDZk
  • 1 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: Apart from Andreu who is on 26 front and rear.
  • 1 0
 Double drop, that going to be sick to watch! I have a ticket for sale if anyone needs one. PM me. Gonna be a sick day in the desert.
  • 3 0
 *ringwraith

Swear I'm not part of the LOTR fandom...
  • 3 0
 I am. Get it right Nathan.
  • 2 0
 “Brandon eyeing up his large bottom drop “
If I was stood there with my bike I’d be large bottom dropping too !
  • 2 0
 Tommy G Gap is Maaaaaaaasssssssive!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Absolutely stunning imagery . Thank you Pink Bike !
  • 2 1
 That's some interesting way to make sure that landing is rock solid
  • 3 2
 carn zink show these kids whats up
  • 1 0
 RRRRRRAMPAGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
  • 1 0
 Tippie looks like a mountie there
  • 1 0
 It's a mattock not a pick ax...
  • 1 0
 Genon. Damn dude. That thing looks big.
  • 1 0
 The photo of the dude with the hose... c'mon, y'all.
  • 1 0
 Strait's wheels are so sick!
  • 1 0
 So many amazing photos, bring on the next few days.
  • 1 0
 Battle of the Hat Brims!
  • 1 0
 Two more sleeps!
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