With nasty weather moving in at a threatening pace from West of the venue, Red Bull Rampage moved the go time up by half an hour at the last minute in hopes of avoiding the high winds coming along with the approaching storm. Most riders got their lines buttoned up at the very last minute and this year saw substantially less practice time than usual. With that in mind, the final went surprisingly smoothly. Here’s a recap of the day…
Barspins on death gaps for breakfeast. Semenuk slipped a gnarly one in during the morning practice while *almost* no one was around. He actually says that this was far sketchier than his caveman out of the start gate – largely due to the downhill takeoff. The actual quote was “nothing like starting starting your day with a video part ender”…
Dylan Stark was another newcomer that impressed everyone. He took the rider’s right ridgeline and threw down a stretched tuck suicide no hander on the 75 foot canyon gap. Speaking of first time Rampage attendees, Alex Volokov had an unfortunate crash that took him out on the morning of finals. This was particularly devastating because he has been absolutely charging all week and making a mark. We wish him a speedy recovery.
After suffering one of the worst crashes in Rampage history last year, Tom Van Steenbergen pulled off an incredible recovery and got back in the game this year. Everyone was happy that he exercised restraint and rode relatively conservatively and just had fun while getting down the hill safely.
Another rider who’s been generating buzz all week was DJ Brandt. He’s been riding like a boss all week but had a bobble in his run. Here he is with a 450 on a hip toward the end of the course.
Local boy Jaxson Riddle brought his signature FMX inspired style to the course and stoked the crowd out in a big way, even if it didn’t result in a super high scoring run.
Another local, Ethan Nell ended up with a solid run but didn’t pull out any big guns like last year’s backflip double drop. He kept it slightly “safe” with a big suicide no hander on the lower drop.
Reed Boggs landed in 4th place with a super impressive run, following up his podium finish last year. He tossed this suicide no hander on an exposed ridgeline jump then followed it up with a 360 drop that went directly into a huge drop that he backflipped. Dialed as always.
It all came down to the Don, who was the only rider in Rampage history to drop right into the heart of the course out of the center of the start gate. His caveman went right into an ultra steep landing pad for a double drop into a massive chute. This and a handful of other big tricks weren’t enough to best Rheeder or Godziek and he ended up in third place.
With mega heavy wind picking up in the afternoon, the call was made to skip second runs entirely. This was unfortunate for Tyler McCaul in particular who had a pretty decent sized bobble and didn’t get the run he hand in mind…There is always next year.
Last but not least, Dylan Stark and his insane crew went out to the site late at night and buried a handrail on his course then raised it up for him to crank grind in his final run. Here they are marching it proudly back out. Thanks to all the riders, diggers, organizers and staff on the ground. This was one for the books!
Brett Rheeder CAN 90.66
Szymon Godziek POL 86.33
Brandon Semenuk CAN 84.00
Reed Boggs USA 82.66
Thomas Genon BEL 81.00
Carson Storch USA 77.00
Kurt Sorge USA 74.00
Andreu Lacondeguy ESP 73.00
Jaxson Riddle USA 67.00
Cam Zink USA 66.00
Ethan Nell USA 65.33
Tom Van Steenbergen CAN 63.66
DJ Brandt USA 62.33
William Robert FRA 58.00
Dylan Stark USA 53.00
Tyler McCaul USA 37.66