Red Bull Rampage was back for its 18th year and promised to be one of the craziest events of the year, with the biggest drops, steepest cliffs and the best riders from freeride, downhill and freestyle all competing for the coveted Red Bull Rampage Crown.
This year there was an all new course for the riders to contend with at Rampage.
Rampage takes place at the red rocks of Virgin, Utah – showcasing the greatest feats of strength, skill & daring in professional downhill mountain biking. It’s an exceptional event in one of the country’s most stunning locations.
21 of the world’s best freestyle, freeride, and downhill pro riders showed off their death-defying tricks, challenging lines and unbelievable drops to crowds everywhere that hiked into the venue.
At the end of the contest Brett Rheeder stood on top of the podium wowing the judges with a flawless and technical run down the mountain. Rheeder was joined on the winners podium by Andreu Lacondeguy and Ethan Nell, who finished second and third respectively.
The day didn’t come without struggles for Rheeder who admitted he was “feeling a little bit low in spirit” coming out of a hard crash practice before finals. Luckily Rheeder’s unwavering determination outweighed any pre-jitters the second he dropped onto the mountain throwing down a title worthy first run.
“This is my sixth time competing at Red Bull Rampage and my first three years at Red Bull Rampage were tough,” said Rheeder. “I was way out of my element and it took a long time to finally be a contender for the title and it feels unreal.”