The Best of Red Bull Rampage Photo Gallery
Welcome to Red Bull Rampage
Welcome to Red Bull Rampage, the premier freeride mountain bike event worldwide and the final calendar stop of the mtb season for most freeride specialists. Riders and a crew of diggers spend a week in the desert building individual lines down a near vertical cliff face. Rampage and freeride legend Cam Zink battled repeated crashes during final practices, and couldn't clean his line on either attempt in finals, but still sent it over the large final drop for the Rampage fans.
Carson Storch threw massive threes off the republican before a tire blowout forced his potential podium run to a halt.
Rampage rookie Reece Wallace finished a massive line just the evening before the competition, cleaning it with this suicide no hander.
Frenchman Vincent Tupin calls the rugged Alps his home, a perfect background for picking technical lines through the equally steep and rocky Utah terrain.
Always a crowd favorite, Graham Agassiz styled his way down the course.
Style master Brandon Semenuk laid down a masterful 1st run in the desert, including this backflip into the lilypad feature midway down his run, claiming the only score in the 90s for most of the event.
Local boy Ethan Nell left it all on the course in an attempt to maintain consistent podium places in only this third year at Rampage, but crashes low on the course kept him out of the top three this year.
Tyler McCaul's move from Santa Cruz to nearby Toquerville gave him local access to the terrain surrounding Rampage throughout the year, all that practice paying off as he greased his line for a top 5 finish, plus earning the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award from fellow riders for his great energy and morale boosting attitude during the 10 days of practice and build time leading up to the event.
Brendan Fairclough's gnarly line included a massive canyon gap and this near vertical cliff line midway down his run, cleaning everything and finishing just off the podium
A true veteran of Rampage, competing in all 14 events, Kyle Strait always puts on a show for the crowd. Part of a rare breed of two-time winners of the event, he's always giving the event his all. "If you're not here to win, what are you doing up here?" he's often quoted as saying.
Poland's Szymon Godziek threw this no-hander front flip low on the course in front of the gathered fans, earning the People's Choice award during online fan voting in the broadcast.
Tom van Steenbergen
Tom van Steenbergen sent his backflip deep into the landing, with his only good enough for a spot on the podium
Reed Boggs came out swinging this year after a crash sidelined his Rampage run last time, heading to the Proving Grounds qualifier event and taking home first place. At Rampage, his line included this stylish backflip low on the course.
Ethan Nell showcasing talent beyond his years before the hometown crowd in the Utah desert, and while he couldn't repeat his back to back podium finishes, a respectable 7th guaranteed his automatic invite to return next year.
Coming out of the first runs off the podium, defending champion Brett Rheeder cleaned up his 2nd run to move his score into the 90s, but it wasn't enough to top Semenuk's first run mastery.
Poised at the top as the final rider of the second run, ready to defend his lead, Semenuk instead was able to drop in for a stylish victory lap, cruising in to the finish corral to join the rare ranks of Kurt Sorge as the only other three-time winner of the event.
The Winner's Circle
Brett Rheeder, Brandon Semenuk and Tom van Steenbergen bask in the champagne showers of the Rampage podium.