Red Bull Formation Announces 12 Confirmed Athletes for 2022 Event

Apr 13, 2022 at 9:15
by Sarah Moore  
Chelsea Kimball hits a canyon gap at Red Bull Formation in Virgin Utah USA on 31 May 2021.
Chelsea Kimball hits a canyon gap at Red Bull Formation last year. She will be returning this year. Photo: Red Bull

Red Bull has announced the roster of 12 mountain bike athletes who will participate in this year’s Red Bull Formation all-women’s freeride progression session. This will be the third edition of the event and it will take place from May 8th-15th in the desert of Southwest Utah.

bigquotesThe twelve athletes were hand-picked by a selection committee made up of four professional female athletes, members of the media and industry veterans. Invites were based on several factors such as experience, big bike handling skills and control, air awareness, overall style, mental strength, and potential in the sport. In 2021, the athlete roster consisted of eight athletes and two alternates. This year, the event will welcome twelve participating athletes, with four new faces joining for the first time.Red Bull Formation

bigquotesI’m excited to welcome the world’s top freeride athletes in the women’s field to Red Bull Formation. This segment of the sport is rapidly evolving, and we’re excited to see the blend of veterans and Formation first-timers push the sport to new limits this year.Katie Holden

Among the returning athletes is Hannah Bergemann. Bergemann was awarded the athlete-voted Evolution in Action Award last year, presented by event sponsor Arc’teryx to the participant that best represents the values of the event.

bigquotesI’m so stoked to get back to Utah for the third year of Red Bull Formation. This event really kickstarted a movement in women’s freeride and helped open doors for women in the sport. Now there are more events with female riders, more women pushing the sport and more opportunities for women to pursue freeride.Hannah Bergemann

Hannah one of the two ladies who dropped for their finals run. She showed commitment and passion in her riding - a true pleasure to watch.
Hannah Bergemann placed second at Proving Grounds last year. She is currently in South Africa for Darkfest.

Dubbed a progression session, the week-long event will be held from May 8th-15th, and will give participants the tools, resources, mentorship and visibility to help propel the women’s field of the sport forward. Riders will scout the mountain, sculpt their lines and shred top-to-bottom runs.

Robin Goomes was the first woman to backflip in competition during Crankworx Speed & Style. She recently signed for Yeti. Photo: Crankworx

bigquotesI’ve followed Red Bull Formation since the beginning and it’s a dream to be one of the 12 athletes invited to this year’s event. I love the creativity of freeride. There are no rules or boundaries in this discipline, and I’m excited to express my style of riding at this venue.Robin Goomes

Below is the full list of riders invited to join Red Bull Formation 2022.

2022 Invited Athlete List

Cami Nogueria
Casey Brown
Chelsea Kimball
Georgia Astle
Hannah Bergemann
Harriet Burbidge-Smith
Louise Ferguson
Robin Goomes
Sam Soriano
Vaea Verbeeck
Vero Sandler
Vinny Armstrong

To stay up to date on the latest event info visit the event website here.


  • 50 0
 Casey Brown deserves to be in the MTB hall of fame for pushing female freeriders to the forefront
  • 4 0
 100% agree!
  • 50 1
 Hannah B is a mf'in G
  • 25 1
 Bummer Jordy Scott didn’t get on the invite list. She definitely fits the “well rounded rider” requirement, and hits some of the biggest features at the various old and new rampage sites, as well as some other gnarly desert spots out there. Undefeated in speed and style, races DH, dual slalom, and pump track. Hopefully the organizer will see take note of her and throw her an invite so she can do whatever she needs to “prove” herself worthy of it. #Jordy4Formation
  • 8 0
 I get that they're keeping the list short, but went from 8 last year to 12 this year. There's hope for next year... For now, that is one hell of a list.
  • 7 0
 Big Jordy fan here too! I agree she is a really well rounded rider and it would be a joy to watch her throw down in this event if an invite is sent her way.
  • 13 0
 Been watching Chelsea Kimball's dark fest posts and Holy Shit. Talk about sending it!
  • 23 3
 She should identify as mail, cause all she does is send it!
  • 6 1
 @lehott: *Groan*

Have an upvote anyhow.
  • 10 1
 Hell yea. So cool to see what this event has sparked...handful of these ladies going HUGE at Darkfest this week which you can't help but believe its because of what this event has sparked.
  • 8 0
 Kinda like that they're keeping it a small "progression session." Pressure off, progression curve steep.

But damn I still wish they allowed fans on site. Maybe just me and my closest 1,000 friends? lol
  • 9 0
 I’ll bet we see a bunch of firsts at this years Formation. This is the year. So stoked to watch this.
  • 10 0
 We are so stoked to see Georgia's name on that list! Congrats Geo!
  • 7 0
 A very stacked riders list! Chelsea Kimball continues to blow my mind with her fearless and powerful riding style. I'm very stoked to tune into the coverage and see what these riders throw down, Lets Go!!!
  • 10 0
 Go ladies!! So cool!!
  • 7 0
  • 6 0
 Feeling all sendy just looking at the previews! This is going to be rad
  • 6 0
 Jesus that Canyon shot of Chelsea is...large
  • 4 0
 So stoked to watch this! Would be cool to see Madison Pitts there in the future
  • 5 0
 Spectators allowed? I want to take my wife so bad!!
  • 5 0
 Love seeing Vero’s riding, super stylish
  • 4 0
 Vinny turndown for what?!? Smile Can't wait
  • 3 0
 Its only a matter of time before LF ends up with a fancy painted helmet. I'm calling it right here and now.
  • 3 0
 Keep your eye on Sam Soriano! Rad!!!
  • 3 0
 hell yea!!!
  • 2 0
 The list just keeps on getting longer! Congrats ladies.
  • 3 0
 yeah the kiwi's.
  • 3 0
 We're claiming Casey and Louise too right
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Alrighty Yeti, with the athletes you are sponsoring, its time for a new DH bike. Don't you think?
  • 1 0
 @ndefeo96: I meant for the male roster. I shoulda taken the time to read the article lmao
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 Alma next year!
  • 1 0
 Go girls!
  • 2 1
 What about VanCan???????
  • 1 0
 Nick is pretty much a dude so...doesn't really meet the requirements lol
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