Ian Collins, 09/09/2019
Prineville, Oregon (September 9, 2019) – Deep in the heart of Oregon’s western wilderness a freeride competition concluded today with Reed Boggs, Juan Diego Salido and DJ Brandt atop the podium, their performances earning them the last three qualifying spots for the 2019 edition of Red Bull Rampage. The man-made course featured multiple lines to let athletes choose their own path and style, with huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections that allowed the rider to showcase their creative line selection and capacity to go big when it means qualifying for the biggest show in freeride.
22-year old, Bend native Reed Boggs set the tone early in the day with a big first run featuring two backflips, a frontflip and a 360. Shortly thereafter rain and wind blew in and put a temporary hold to the competition, but after patiently waiting a few hours the course dried enough to conclude a full second round of competition.
2019 PROVING GROUNDS RESULTS
Reed Boggs – 73.50
Juan Diego Salido – 72.00
DJ Brandt – 71.75
The first run out of the gate after the wind hold was Juan Diego Salido, a young talent out of Mexico who put in a huge run in front of an anxious crowd. “I can’t believe I’m going to be the first Mexican to compete in Rampage, carrying the flag!” said Salido shortly after stepping off the podium. “I’ve always seen Red Bull Rampage as my main goal! I’ve got Red Bull Hard line coming up and then it’s time to head to the desert and get ready.”
DJ Brandt’s day nearly ended before it had even begun. At the very beginning of his first run he blew a tire coming off one of the start drops and was forced to abort his run. “I can’t believe it actually happened, it was a hell of a road to get [that second run] in” said Brandt after securing what will be his second trip to Red Bull Rampage.
The Marzocchi Proving Grounds is supported by: Marzocchi, Five Ten, GoPro, BFGoodrich, Magura Brakes, Clif Bar, Fast House, RaceFace, Alpine Bike Parks, 10 Barrel Brewing, Camelbak, Smartwool, CBD Plus, PinkBike and Oregon Dirt Park.
ABOUT THE MARZOCCHI PROVING GROUNDS
The Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by Five Ten will be the first official athlete qualifier for Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR – go to www.h5events.com for more information.
ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE
Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv.