Virgin, Utah (August 8, 2018) – Red Bull Rampage is mountain biking’s truest test of skill and mental toughness. Featuring the sport’s best athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations on the planet, the event has evolved over 18 years to become freeride mountain biking’s most coveted title.
The 2019 edition promises to be the best spectator and athlete experience in the event’s history. Today, the near-complete lineup of those world-class athletes has been set, comprised of 10 pre-qualified and 8 invited Wild Card riders. Riders like Reece Wallace and Gee Atherton have competed in the past but haven’t been part of the mix for a few years will return and look to mix it up with veterans like Cam Zink, Carson Storch and Graham Agassiz.
The pre-qualified riders earned their right to compete in 2019 by finishing in the top 10 in last year’s Red Bull Rampage. The remaining eight riders who make up the Wild Card athletes were chosen by a Red Bull Rampage Committee — consisting of pro riders Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, Nico Vink, Randy Spangler, Dave Smutok along with event organizer Todd Barber — and invited based on the following criteria: past results from similar big bike contests, proven skill, and current video segments.
2018 PRE-QUALIFIED ATHLETES (2018 Top 10)
- Brett Rheeder (CAN)
- Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
- Ethan Nell (USA)
- Tom van Steenbergen (CAN)
- Thomas Genon (BEL)
- Tyler McCaul (USA)
- Kyle Strait (USA)
- Szymon Godziek (POL)
- Kurt Sorge (CAN)
- Brendan Fairclough (UK)
RED BULL RAMPAGE 2018 WILD CARD ENTRIES
With the edition of the Marzocchi Proving Grounds many of the still hopeful Wild Card athletes will receive a final chance to earn a spot to this year’s Rampage. This event will take place September 6-8 near Bend, OR., and will allow athletes like Emil Johansson, Jaxson Riddle, Max Fredriksson and for the first time a female Casey Brown the opportunity to compete on the world’s biggest freeride platform. The event will be on a totally new, custom-made course that will mimic Rampage-type features including huge drops, doubles and rhythm sections. For more details on athletes attending and ticketing information visit www.h5events.com
Red Bull Rampage is supported by Kia Motors America, BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission and Red Hydrogen.
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.
Limited tickets will go on sale later this summer — find updates at redbull.com/rampage.
ABOUT RED BULL TV
Red Bull TV features beyond the ordinary live events and videos featuring inspirational stories covering sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. Anytime, anywhere. Red Bull TV is available on the web, connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more. Accessible via the web atwww.redbull.tv and its Android, iOS and Windows Phone applications, Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs and as a free, downloadable app on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku Players, Roku TV models and Xbox consoles.
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 UTAH SPORTS COMMISSION:
The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com