Words & Photos by Ryan Cleek

We’re in the final countdown to the biggest bicycle show on Earth! The Red Bull Rampage is just hours away, barring any weather delays, and it seems that riders are pushing the limits more than ever. Leave a comment down below with your thoughts on this year’s Rampage, if you ever plan to watch the event in person, and vote who you think is going to win.

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Three-time champion, Kurt Sorge, roosted through his line all day with head-turning effortlessness.
He was the first rider to win three Rampages, and there’s no reason to believe why he won’t be the first rider to win four.

Three-time Rampage champion, Brandon Semenuk, takes advantage of the damp dirt in the early morning shade to pack down a landing.

Belgium’s Thomas Genon is running an interesting setup at this year’s Rampage. He appears to have a dual-crown fork mounted to Canyon’s 175mm-travel Torque enduro bike frame.

Southern Utah local, Ethan Nell, burst onto the elite freeride scene in 2017, where he scored a remarkable third place at his very first Rampage event.
Nell followed it up the next year with another third place result, and he looks poised to once again grace freeride’s most coveted podium.

Kyle Strait and Cam Zink are no strangers to Rampage or working together to build their lines. Now in their mid-30s, they’ve carried the freeride torch since the early days of Rampage and are always podium threats for the big show in the desert.

Poland’s Szymon Godziek is a slopestyle ripper who sets foot on the Rampage terrain for the first time this year. He and his dig team flew to the US from Poland for the event.

Building a line is a team effort. Hank Wilkins soaks down a landing for Strait and Zink.

From dawn until dusk, Carson Storch was pounding out lap after lap on his line. 

Brandon Semenuk burst onto the mountain bike scene in the early 2000s, he’s been setting trends ever since. What’s old is new, again, and Semenuk has turned heads by running a single-crown fork on his Rampage bike. In the early days of Rampage, a few other riders, including Paul Basagoitia and Cam McCaul, gave a similar setup a shot. Bikes, and riders, have come a long way since Bas and McCaul began competing at Rampage.


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