Bender: The man who inspired Red Bull Rampage

Meet self-described lunatic who was willing to go bigger than anyone else

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In recent years, Josh Bender has helped build the Rampage course and acts as one of the judges.

In recent years, Josh Bender has helped build the Red Bull Rampage course and acts as one of the judges.

Josh Bender is the Evel Knievel of mountain biking. His “huck and hope” antics inspired (or at least entertained) a generation of mountain bikers, and helped elevate extreme freeriding into the mainstream. Indeed, Bender is the reason events such as the Red Bull Rampage exist in the first place. But don’t just take our word for it. Hit play and hear what riders such as Wade Simmons and Cam Zink have to say about this early freeride icon.

For more on Red Bull Rampage and its history, check out all of Mtbr’s coverage of this revolutionary event.

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