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Red Bull Formation Returns in 2021

Apr 7, 2021 at 11:39
by Sarah Moore  
Photo by Paris Gore Red Bull
Hannah Bergemann was the first to drop at the first Red Bull Formation session in 2019. Photos by Paris Gore / Red Bull

Women's freeride mountain biking progression session Red Bull Formation will once again be taking place in 2021. Eight top athletes from Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the UK, Argentina and Sweden will head to Southern Utah from May 24th to June 1st.

bigquotesThe inaugural 2019 event was a transformative moment for women’s freeriding, marking a tangible shift in the scene. The past 18-months have seen an acceleration of progression in the women’s field, with new talent, an abundance of tricks, and added opportunities to pursue freeriding as a career within mountain biking as a result.

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 2021 event will welcome 8 of the top athletes back to the camp alongside a selection of industry mentors and peers that will help guide and coach the athletes throughout the week. Together they will work to create top-to-bottom lines that will illustrate their skill, style, and power on the terrain.

Red Bull Formation is a women’s big-mountain progression session. The event’s goals include progressing and developing the women’s freeride field, shining a spotlight on the athletes through media and storytelling, and ultimately creating a future path for women in freeride mountain biking.
Red Bull Formation

To see our coverage from the inaugural 2019 Red Bull Formation, click here.

Photo by Paris Gore Red Bull

Casey Brown (CAN)
Vaea Verbeeck (CAN)
Vinny Armstrong (NZ)
Jess Blewitt (NZ)
Sam Soriano (USA)
Chelsea Kimball (USA)
Hannah Bergemann (USA)
Vero Sandler (UK)
1st Alternate: Camila Nogueira (ARG)
2nd Alternate: Alma Wiggberg (SWE)

bigquotesThe first year of Red Bull Formation was a huge step in the progression of women’s freeriding. It proved that there is space for women in that realm, and that people want to see and are inspired by the content. The significance of having Formation for pushing women’s freeriding is that it provides a platform for women to collaborate which accelerates the sport’s progression.Hannah Bergemann

bigquotesStrength in numbers means visibility.Casey Brown

bigquotesIt highlighted that everything girls have been dreaming of for ages is possible.Vero Sandler

bigquotesIt’s a taste of seeing what is possible. There are a lot of talented girls we have no idea about that are chomping at the bit, now they will push themselves, having Red Bull Formation as a target.Vaea Verbeeck

bigquotesFormation made me hungry and motivated because there is a space.Vinny Armstrong

bigquotesMy broad goals for Formation are to use the event as an opportunity to collaborate with other women to progress the sport, produce more media of women’s freeride mountain biking, and ultimately inspire the next-gen to keep taking it further.Hannah Bergemann

bigquotesI’m so excited and honored to be invited to Formation. Being in the desert with some of the raddest women, many of them I have looked up to for years, building and riding our own lines is something that I’ve looked forward to since I switched to freeride. Formation has become the pinnacle of progressing women’s freeride, finally giving the proper attention that women’s freeride has lacked for so many years. I hope that impact that Formation has will continue to inspire other girls who have aspirations in freeride, progressing the sport further and further.Sam Soriano

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  • 84 0
 Freeride Miller needs an invite!
  • 58 0
 I believe it's pronounced MillAIR
  • 9 0
 Yeah she has been SENDING lately
  • 1 0
 Where’s tahnee seagrave
  • 34 0
 Awesome news! Congrats to all the invited riders!
  • 4 0
 very exciting stuff
  • 2 0
 @Clavdivs: Indeed.
  • 22 1
 Glad that it's being brought back, but there are more than 8 riders deserving. They need more numbers. Could of easily made it 12-16 for the invite list.
  • 23 0
 Is it weird that there is no mention of Micayla?
  • 26 4
 Part of progressing the sport is creating space and opportunities for rising talent. Gatto is insanely talented on the bike and a pillar of our community, she will be out there in a supporting role!
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 @KatieHolden: from the outside looking in, Micayla lit that event up! The behind the scenes social media she created was incredible and plentiful, and the professional images of her line were insanely awesome! Not sure what goes into earning a spot. But from this side of the screen she more than deserves one!
  • 24 2
 So Rampage is on
  • 23 8
 There needs to be more riders included. Then in a few years we can see a female rider in rampage. Get it done.
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 In reference to seeing a female rider in the current Rampage format- that is a terrible idea for many reasons.

1. You have to take away a spot from a gnarly rider who deserves to be there so a token female rider can compete among the men to make the event can seem "woke progressive". I can guarantee that's the marketing BS NBC will pull.

2. You're playing into the BS idea that women can only prove themselves by competing against men.

3. Rampage needs to strictly limit the number of riders for various reasons. We already went over this "more riders" scenario years ago- it didn't work out well.

Keep it separate. Let the women shred in their own event where they get the well deserved attention and have the sole discretion to create the lines they want to shred without the pressures of competing or interfering with what the men are doing and the lines they're building. Also sponsors don't care about how well you do against a different gender.
  • 12 10
 @scott-townes: nailed it
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 @scott-townes: I don't think you read that comment correctly. I think what the OP was trying to say was more women should be invited to Formations so that the Women's freeride talent pool would be bigger which in turn would elevate some of them into being able to qualify for Rampage.
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flag scott-townes FL (Apr 7, 2021 at 13:06) (Below Threshold)
 @DirtyHal: Keep it separate, just like FWT, world cup events and basically everything else. I'm sorry but that's some stupid woke BS pipedream.
  • 34 1
#2 is on the money and gets at the heart of the matter.
The recurring woke rant, not so much.
  • 7 4
 @DirtyHal: correct. They need a chance to push themselves to progress and then EARN a spot in rampage.

f*ck handouts. @scott-townes: you wrong.
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 @zstover: I don't think anyone was advocating for handouts
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flag conoat (Apr 8, 2021 at 5:10) (Below Threshold)
 @DirtyHal: except, it will never happen. Women will never be able to compete physically with the best men on the planet in any activity that relies heavily on physical strength. I mean, f*ck....they can't even keep up in golf or bowling. lol

try to put the woke bong down and look at science.
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flag scott-townes FL (Apr 8, 2021 at 6:25) (Below Threshold)
 @conoat: Look at the FWT winning runs, closest comparison to Rampage. They're lightyears apart. I can guarantee everyone here stating women can one day compete with men at Rampage are all boys virtue signaling for them sweet internet brownie points.
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 @scott-townes: FWT is still same venue. The guys and girls do compete together in the sense that they are given the same face on the same day and have the same challenges to overcome. Results can be separated and still have an event run on the same face, same day, with both male and female riders. It doesn’t matter if the level of riding is different, it’s about being together as a community of people who love to push the sport. Building the proper stepping stones to get everyone to a level that makes it safe is what’s important. Stoked to see more a d more events focused on growing the female side of the sport.
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 @larry-mclush: You missed my point which is women are not competing against the men in the FWT. They're separated in their own categories, which is how it should be done.
  • 7 0
 @scott-townes: when do you ever see men and women competing against each other? Doesn’t mean it can’t be the same event with different categories.
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 @larry-mclush: I guess you missed the part about having limited space and area to build different lines. But whatever, just read the parts you want to. Seems to be working out really well for you so far.
  • 4 0
 @scott-townes: space is not an issue. Let’s just all ride together and compete together as a free ride family. That’s the idea right?
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 @larry-mclush: I guess you didn't read the part about them already trying a larger number of people competing at Rampage including a qualifying event on site. Limited space is definitely an issue as pointed out by many of the riders in those years. Its clear you know very little about this comp.
  • 5 0
 @scott-townes: you must be a blast at parties and all the ladies must love you!
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 @larry-mclush: Yeah, I'm not chatting about the integration of women into Rampage at parties. Thanks for conceding.
  • 2 3
 @scott-townes: isn't it fun watching incels castigate themselves online for attention and accolades from women that will never f*ck them? It's doubly entertaining since this is basically anonymous!

dudes....no woman is going to see your anonymous PB handle and all the wonderful cheering for things even they realise aren't possible, and hunt you down and bone you. just stop.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: hahahahahahah you must get laid a lot too. Have fun jerking it in your moms basement tonight!
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  • 5 4
 her riding is absolutely rad....her choice in boyfriends on the other hand....:-D

(before anyone loses their minds, I know Ryan personally...)
  • 5 0
 @conoat: Ryan Rodriguez is awesome, great couple. Glad Santa Cruz and DVO helped him out, he deserves more.
  • 15 6
 When I read "formations" I thought in the aeronautical sense and was like wait, synchronized rampage?!!! Jumping in formation!!!! Awesome!!! But this is cool as well.
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flag fiftypercentsure (Apr 7, 2021 at 12:43) (Below Threshold)
 New to mountain biking then are you?
  • 2 1
 Then you look at the thumbnail and there's just one person riding solo
  • 9 0
 So sick to see Jess Blewitt getting an invite and some recognition, very well deserved!
  • 9 0
 This is gonna be great. Every year!
  • 9 0
 Where's Gatto ??!?!!
  • 6 0
 A little let down that there in no reference to Katie Holden... a driving force in the creation of The Formation.
  • 21 0
 BTS is my happy spot Smile
  • 5 0
 Are we going to see highlights or a replay this time? Did we get one last time and I missed it? I am stoked that this is happening!
  • 6 1
 Very looking forward to this. Some of my favorite riders there. Vaea Verbeeeeeeck!
  • 6 4
 I’d like to see women event at RedBull rampage. Why not have two back to back events. Gender equality is needed this more of the same. Woman can ride same lines at RedBull, tricks any styles may vary, but let’s put events together no more Bull.
  • 5 0
 Ming Goetz should be on the rider list!
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  • 5 0
 So sick to see women's freeride getting more exposure!
  • 5 1
 Kinda surprised Tahnee Seagrave isn’t on the roster of invited.
Anyhow, this is so awesome to see!
  • 4 0
 i think she was invited via her instagram, she couldn't commit to it because of an undetermined world cup schedule
  • 5 0
 Y E A H C H E L S E A !!!!!!
  • 5 0
 I hope they have good coverage of this!
  • 5 0
 im HERE for it
  • 4 0
 hell yeah sisters. get some.
  • 4 0
 Good to see Chelsea in the line up! She’s as freeride as it gets!
  • 4 0
 Pretty much the poster child for SENDING it HUGE!!
  • 4 1
 Okay, okay, ladies, now let's get in Formation
  • 3 0
 Heck yeah! I can't be more excited for this event. Woohoo!
  • 3 0
 So stoked!
  • 3 0
 Hell yeah. Full send!
  • 2 0
 Where TF is Tahnee Seagrave
  • 1 0
 argentina en el rampage? que honor
  • 2 0
 Brilliant new this
  • 2 0
 So exciting!!!!!!
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  • 4 4
 Hopefully Jess doesn't blowitt
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  • 1 0
 Nicely done
  • 1 1
 Are they gonna build their own site from scratch? Or just fluff old line?
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