Legendary Freeride Mountain Bike Event Returns to Utah
Santa Monica, CA – Red Bull Rampage returns to Utah this fall, combining rugged and majestic natural terrain with supernatural mountain bike trickery to produce a spectator-friendly freeride frenzy. From October 1-3, Red Bull Rampage will draw the greatest riders in the world to the legendary venue just outside Virgin, Utah, offering the most challenging terrain mountain bike competition has seen to date. This year a new crop of riders will be invited to earn their chance at mountain bike glory with the addition of a qualifying day.
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
On a dangerous network of ridges near Zion National Park, riders will have free reign to navigate their descent between a designated starting gate and a finish line more than 1,000 vertical feet below. Along the way, athletes will hit a series of hand-built slopestyle features such as the return of the 60-foot canyon gap jump. Friday kicks into gear with a new addition to the format, where a mix of 25 up-and-coming riders and industry vets will test their skills in a qualifying session in hopes of making the cut to Sunday’s elimination round. Each rider will receive 2 runs with their best score counting, and the top 10 athletes will then move on to Sunday’s Super Final. Saturday is slated as a practice and build day – allowing Friday’s top riders to be at their best for the Sunday Super Final competition – and they’ll need it. Here they will join the top 15 finalists from 2008 that are guaranteed a spot in Sunday’s competition, and with heavy hitters such as the teenage event winner Brandon Semenuk and best trick winner Thomas Vanderham slated in, everyone will have to bring their A-game to come out on top. In the finals each rider will get two shots at the course and their best run score counts. Competitors will be judged on style, amplitude, fluidity, and difficulty of line. In addition, the athlete who throws down the most amazing trick during the finals will also be presented with a Red Bull Rampage Best Trick award by the Utah Sports Commission.
This year, Red Bull Rampage will open its doors to new riders, more spectators, and a dedicated camping site will also be added to enhance the experience. A limited amount of spectators will be allowed on site through a free pre-registration process. Details for registering for the spectator spots will be available later this summer via www.redbullusa.com/rampage. Due to the remote nature of the venue, spectators will be required to ride their bikes or walk the 3 miles to the event site from the parking area, but a complimentary bike valet service and water will be provided. Local vendor Sol Foods will be there on Friday 10/1 and Sunday 10/3 where food and drinks will be available for purchase. For those who cannot make it to the beautiful mountains of Utah, Red Bull Rampage will be coming to a laptop near you. The event finals will be webcast live, with details to be released late this summer.
As the new millennium arrived in 2000, a new breed of riders were pushing the frontiers of mountain biking, veering off the established groomed trails to forge first descents down uncharted mountains, similar to backcountry freeskiers. These riders were tackling steep lines and treacherous cliff drops, filming jaw-dropping video parts, and pushing the limits of the sport. With the birth of Red Bull Rampage in 2001, the event gave these pioneering riders a venue to prove that they were among the most skillful riders on the planet – not to mention some of the craziest. Red Bull Rampage immediately became the event that everyone clamored to be at all year; riders from all mountain bike disciplines hoped for an exclusive invite to the event, and the industry held its collective breath every October to see just how far Red Bull Rampage and the riders would push the sport.
After four inspiring and extremely successful years at the same venue, the long search began for a new, even more challenging piece of terrain. Event organizers scoured the globe from Turkey to China to Mexico and beyond to find the perfect location that could match the sport’s progression. Ironically, after years of searching, it was only 20 miles from the original Red Bull Rampage site that the most ideal land revealed itself – and called for the return of mountain biking’s biggest event in 2008. Red Bull Rampage: The Evolution combined big mountain natural terrain with man-made slopestyle elements, including an infamous 60 ft gap. Proving it was truly an evolution, the 17-year-Canadian Brandon Semenuk took the top spot. When the event started, he was still in grade school. With the return of Red Bull Rampage to the same venue in 2010, it’s in anyone’s hands to write the next chapter in freeride history.
FBM World Tour
For the first time, the Red Bull Rampage will also be the Finals for the FMB World Tour. This highly anticipated tour will feature 18 stops around the world and will highlight Big Mountain, Slopestyle and Dirt Jump events. The results of Red Bull Rampage will help determine who wins the 20,000 Euro prize purse. For more information and http://fmbworldtour.com/2010/
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 foster national and international amateur and professional sports competitions to be held in the state of Utah, acting as a catalyst in unifying the states sports community and strengthening Utah’s presence in the global sports marketplace. 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
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**NOTE**: Media credentials will be limited due to the rough terrain and for rider safety. All media must pre-register and receive confirmation as there will be no on-site media accreditation.
Source: Ryan Snyder