The Best of Red Bull Rampage Photo Gallery
Welcome to Rampage
The mountain bike community returned to the desert of South West Utah for the Superbowl of freeride, Red Bull Rampage. Local hero Ethan Nell sent this suicide no-hander off the huge drop on the lower part of his line to the cheers of the crowd and high marks from the judges, repeating as bronze medalist, proving his rookie year podium last year was no fluke.
Former champion Cam Zink is no stranger to the days of physical labor it takes to perfect the rider's lines, digging here at the top of the course.
Defending silver medalist Cam Zink spent the evening prior to competition day perfecting his fastplant 360 out of the start gate, before a crash later in practice would re-injure an already separated shoulder and force him to withdraw from the competition Friday.
Axe in hand
Pick axe in hand, riders like Tyler McCaul pound away at rock and dirt alike to each form their own unique lines down the near vertical rock faces of the Rampage course.
Defending champion and the event's only three time winner Kurt Sorge sent big lines in early morning event day practice, despite gusty winds that delayed the first competition runs by a few hours.
Britain's Brendan Fairclough picked his way down a highly technical line, including this near vertical cliff face, an effort that, along with his good nature all week, earned him the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award, in memory of the late Kelly McGarry.
Tom Van Steenbergen
Tom Van Steenbergen's backflip over the massive flat drop wowed the crowd and the announcers, earning Van Steenbergen the Best Trick award.
Canada's Graham Agassiz, still recovering from a broken scapula, nevertheless put in an impressive show for the fans, with a rowdy line down course and a stylish whip to finish.
2016 Rampage Bronze medalist Carson Storch suffered crashes on both runs, but didn't hold back on this massive 360 off the flat drop before washing out on the run out.
Fresh off his brother Dawid's X Games Sydney BMX Dirt Gold medal last weekend, Syzmon Godziek set out to prove the strong biking genes in the Polish family with a top 10 finish, executing this huge front flip near the fan viewing area, no small feat on a dedicated downhill bike.
Former X Games gold medalist Brett Rheeder nailed his first run with a trio of technical tricks and a dicey line down the the Rampage face, nailing the top score of the first runs.
No stranger to Red Bull Rampage, veteran Kyle Strait has competed at every event. Strait sent both his runs, finishing with this Superman over the final hit for a seventh place finish in his thirteenth appearance of this legendary event.
Rampage rookie Adolph Silva proved his invite was justified, hitting two of the largest drops on the course and earning the People's Choice Award.
After a crash on the day's first run, Tyler McCaul cleaned his second line, finishing with this backflip on the step up, finishing in a solid 6th place.
Two time winner Brandon Semenuk was another rider who couldn't clean his line on two attempts this time around, yet still sent this complex double drop for the crowds below.
Going in to the second run in second place, Andreu Lacondeguy ratched up the difficulty on his second attempt, throwing this massive backflip before a slip up on the last hit, ending the day in Silver medal position.
With his first Red Bull Rampage win secured based the strength of his first run, Brett Rheeder sent a victory lap down the Rampage course throwing a final backflip to the cheers of the crowd.
The crowds gathered at the podium to see the final medalists, Ethan Nell in third, Andreu Lacondeguy in second and Brett Rheeder with his first ever Rampage gold.