Courtesy of Red Bull TV Media Service
WHAT: Red Bull Rampage, the most challenging contest in mountain biking, will return on October 27, marking the 12th edition of the storied competition. Touted as the most coveted title in Freeride Mountain Biking and one of the world’s most intense events, 21 of the world’s greatest riders will once again descend upon the other-worldly terrain of Virgin, Utah, as they get to claim their place atop the Red Bull Rampage podium.
This event is supported by Lifeproof, DJI, Utah Sports Commission, BFGoodrich Tires, Camelbak, Go RVing and Polaris RZR.
WHO: The 2017 Red Bull Rampage roster includes 10 Pre-Qualified and 11 Wildcard athletes. The 10 Pre-Qualified riders earned their right to compete by finishing in the top 10 in last year’s event. The remaining 11 riders who make up the Wildcard athletes were chosen and invited based on the following criteria: Past Red Bull Rampage results, results from top bike events, proven skill on a mountain bike and current video segments.
Returning athletes for 2017 include some familiar faces, and some you’re sure to see much more of in the future.
Cam Zink returns for 2017, hoping to repeat his 2010 show stopping ride that put him at the top of the podium. Darren Berrecloth, Brett Rheeder, Graham Agassiz, James Doerfling and Logan Binggeli are all returning Red Bull Rampage veterans hoping to take advantage of the new terrain and put their stamp on the history of the World’s most challenging mountain bike event. Then, of course, there’s the three-way battle for the first hat trick between Brandon Semenuk, Kurt Sorge and Kyle Strait. On top of all that, there is a major threat posed by the up-and-coming local rookies. Ethan Nell and Reed Boggs both live within a crank’s rotation of the Red Bull Rampage terrain in Virgin, Utah.
The full list of athletes includes:
1. Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
2. Antoine Bizet (FRA)
3. Carson Storch (USA)
4. Kurt Sorge (CAN)
5. Kyle Strait (USA)
6. Thomas Genon (BEL)
7. Tyler McCaul (USA)
8. Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
9. Pierre Edouard Ferry (FRA)
10. Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN)
1. Ryan Howard (USA)
2. Brett Rheeder (CAN)
3. Cam Zink (USA)
4. Conor MacFarlane (NZL)
5. Darren Berrecloth (CAN)
6. Ethan Nell (USA)
7. Bas Van Steenbergen (CAN)
8. Vincent Tupin (FRA)
9. Logan Binggeli (USA)
10. Reed Boggs (USA)
11. Rémy Métailler (FRA)
WHERE: Located roughly 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Red Bull Rampage goes down in the rugged desert hills of Virgin, Utah, just outside of Zion National Park.This year, a brand new section of the mountain (rider’s right) will be open for competitors and their teams to dig and create their own lines to ultimately put their skills to the test.
Virgin’s other-worldly landscape lends itself beautifully to Freeride mountain biking as it provides riders with a blank canvas of moldable red dirt and limestone in which they can create their own dream lines. Riders are responsible for crafting lines that showcase their technical skills as well as willingness to conquer obstacles on the mountain such as huge canyon gaps and sheer drops that top out at over 25 meters. Red Bull Rampage’s venue is paradise for Freeride mountain bikers looking to push the limit of their sport and prove the impossible is possible.
WHEN: October 27 at 10:00am MDT.
TUNE-IN: Red Bull Rampage airs as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive and innovative events in action sports. Fans from around the world can tune-in LIVE on Red Bull TV on October 27 at 1:30pm EDT for an all-access pass to Red Bull Rampage or as a highlight program on NBC Sunday, December 24 at 4:30pm EDT.
ABOUT THE RED BULL SIGNATURE SERIES
The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Joyride, Straight Rhythm, X-Fighters, Volcom Pipe Pro and Hart Lines. These events represent a collection of the most innovative surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, and motorsports events, on custom courses inspired by the athletes themselves. Red Bull Media House and the NBC Sports Group showcase this world-class property of action sports events all year long on NBC through state-of-the-art production and storytelling. For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com. Be sure to follow the Red Bull Signature Series on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
ABOUT UTAH SPORTS COMMISSION
The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com.