Freeriders prep Rampage test

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service

Brandon Semenuk & Thomas Van Stenbergen dig during the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, UT, USA on 23 October, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

MTB’s finest descend on Utah for rocky Red Bull Rampage spectacular.

Red Bull Rampage is back again at the Zion National Park in Virgin, Utah with the world’s best mountain bike freeriders keen to carve out a winning line for Friday’s event.

Rampage is fairly unique in the elite sporting world for letting the competitors prepare their own insane natural lines into savage drops, jumps and berms to try and score the best points total from the judges.

This week’s 12th edition boasts a new ridgeline, which sits to the rider’s right of the existing terrain from last year’s event where Canadian Brandon Semenuk wrapped up his second title from Antoine Bizet and Carson Storch in dramatic windy conditions.

Connor McFarlane digging at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, USA on 23 October, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool

Kurt Sorge and Kyle Strait are also targeting the first Rampage win hat-trick as the field of 21 and their two-person build crews create their own man-made line down the near-vertical sandstone mountain without the use of power tools.

A few days of building are followed by four more days on their bikes to hopefully carve out a winning run that can elevate or keep them at MTB’s freeride top table.

Course Builders dig during the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, UT, USA on 23 October, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Using a pickaxe and shovel for days can cause blisters on the riders’ hands, which is not the best preparation to help control landings from 65-foot gap jumps on their two race runs – something that marks out Rampage on the annual MTB calendar.

The crack line-up of riders from seven different countries will be judged on their line choice, airtime, tricks, style, fluidity and speed down the mountain to the finish line below packed with loud fans.

Pre-qualified riders

Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
Carson Storch (USA)
Kurt Sorge (CAN)
Kyle Strait (USA)
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Tyler McCaul (USA)
Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
Pierre Edouard Ferry (FRA)
Tom van Steenbergen (CAN)

Wildcard riders

Ryan Howard (USA)
Brett Rheeder (CAN)
Cam Zink (USA)
Conor MacFarlane (NZL)
Darren Berrecloth (CAN)
Ethan Nell (USA)
Logan Binggeli (USA)
Reed Boggs (USA)
Rémy Métailler (FRA)
Bas van Steenbergen (CAN)
Vincent Tupin (FRA)

Course Builders dig during the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, UT, USA on 23 October, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
Andreu Lacondeguy practices at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, USA on 23 October, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool
Ethan Nell rides during the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, UT, USA on 23 October, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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