Red Bull Rampage 2015: Day 1 Practice Photo Epic

Bad weather forecast forces accelerated event schedule

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The big news from day 1 at the 2015 Red Bull Rampage came courtesy of an email. In an effort to avoid a possible rain out, the event schedule has been accelerated. Qualifying will now occur Thursday, with the finals set for Friday.

Considering the extreme weather and delay that happened at last year’s event, it seems the right choice. That said, the crews digging for riders have been operating around the clock before sunrise and until after sunset to get lines properly dialed in.

Currently, qualifying was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Thursday, with practice to follow immediately until dark. Finals will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. If you cant be there in person, be sure to check out the livestream on Redbull.tv. Here’s a look at day one action through the lens of Eddie Clark.

Camelbak has signed on as a sponsor for this year and is making their rounds with an inflatable dolphin to keep the crews well hydrated. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Camelbak has signed on as a sponsor for this year and is making their rounds with an inflatable dolphin to keep the crews well hydrated (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Anthony Messere is looking to improve his Rampage run on his new 2016 Carbon Morpheus featuring 8 inches of RockShox suspended front and rear travel that rolls on 27.5" Spank wheels. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Anthony Messere is looking to improve his Rampage run on his new 2016 Carbon Morpheus featuring 8 inches of RockShox suspended front and rear travel that rolls on 27.5″ Spank wheels (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Messere's Morpheus has just enough room between the massively fat downtube and seatube to house a RockShox Vivid Air for rear suspension duty. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Messere’s Morpheus has just enough room between the massively fat downtube and seatube to house a RockShox Vivid Air for rear suspension duty (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Cam Zink has healed up from a crash last week, and was out on course and getting his line dialed in. Best guess is that his run will be similar to last year’s with the addition of another extra large step down below the canyon gap seen in the background. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Cam Zink has healed up from a crash last week, and was out on course and getting his line dialed in. Best guess is that his run will be similar to last year’s with the addition of another extra large step down below the canyon gap seen in the background (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Its been plenty dry this week, and the crews are using large quantities of water to get lips and landings packed in. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Its been plenty dry this week, and the crews are using large quantities of water to get lips and landings packed in (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

The venue was buzzing with activity and dust plumes and digging crews worked frantically to get their riders lines manicured for the new schedule.  Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

The venue was buzzing with activity and dust plumes and digging crews worked frantically to get their riders lines manicured for the new schedule (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Tomas Zejda with his custom air-brushed helmet. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Tomas Zejda with his custom air-brushed helmet (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

The base area rider compound is the place to be for hiding from the hot sun in the middle of the day. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

The base area rider compound is the place to be for hiding from the hot sun in the middle of the day (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

It's a team effort to get the lips perfectly packed in. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

It’s a team effort to get the lips perfectly packed in (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Kickstand got to ride, and he kicked up a fair bit of dust on a practice run down the lookers left ridge line. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Kickstand got to ride, and he kicked up a fair bit of dust on a practice run down the lookers left ridge line (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Continue to page 2 for more Red Bull Rampage Day 1 practice photos »

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