2021 RED BULL RAMPAGE FINALS
Words & Photos by Ryan Cleek
It’s been 20 years since the inaugural Red Bull Rampage took place in Virgin, Utah. Few could have predicted the impact that groundbreaking event would have on the sport of mountain biking. On Friday, October 15, the fifteenth Rampage took place (the event took a few years off, plus 2020 was well, you know…), and 15 of mountain biking’s most accomplished freeride athletes once again put their skills, both line building and riding, to the ultimate test.
The Rampage has evolved from a loose and dusty skid-and-pray fest in the early 2000s to a display of highly skilled big mountain freeriding that combines jaw-dropping slopestyle tricks on the iconic Utah mountainside. Fifteen of the world’s most elite freeriders were selected for this year’s Rampage, yet by the time the red dust from practice settled on finals eve, just 11 riders were healthy enough to compete on freeride’s most hallowed ground.
Of the fifteen Red Bull Rampages, three riders have won a total of 9 of those events, while six riders have a single Rampage. For 2021, the Rampage returned to the stage of the 2016 and 2017 Rampage, and once again putting the winners of those two years, Brandon Semenuk (2016) and Kurt Sorge (2017) head-to-head, along with a collective who’s who of freeride mountain biking.
After each rider threw down their best effort on Friday, Semenuk would once again beat Sorge for an unprecedented fourth Rampage title (Kurt Sorge is the only other with three Rampage wins), and Sorge finished in second place. First-time Rampage participant, Reed Boggs, began the month of October as Rampage alternate, but after a few riders dropped out for injuries, Boggs stepped in and made a name for himself by landing on the final podium spot in third place.
Final Red Bull Rampage Results
1. Brandon Semenuk: 89.00
2. Kurt Sorge: 88.33
3. Reed Boggs: 87.00
4. Cam Zink: 86.33
5. Tyler McCaul: 78.33
6. Kyle Strait: 77.66
7. Thomas Genon: 77.00
8. Ethan Nell: 73.33
9. Jaxson Riddle: 72.66
10. Szymon Godziek: 54.33
11. Vincent Tupin: 0.00
12. Thomas Van Steenbergen: 0.00
Other competition awards included the Toughness Award by BFGoodrich, Style Award by Michelin, Digger Award by Kia, and Best Trick Award by Utah Sports Commission and were voted on and decided at the conclusion of the event. The final honors list is below:
- Awarded to the participant who displayed strength and grit through adversity during the contest, the Toughness Award by BFGoodrich was awarded to Cam Zink.
- Awarded to the competitor who displayed the most finesse and creativity in his run, the Style Award by Michelin was presented to Jaxson Riddle.
- Awarded to the dig crew who were the most successful in bringing the competitor’s vision to life, the Digger Award by Kia was presented to Joel Shockley and Samuel Mercado for Jaxson Riddle.
- Awarded to the competitor who performed the trick with the most scale and technicality in the contest, Best Trick Award by Utah Sports Commission was presented to Tom Van Steenberg, who executed a front-flip on the flat drop.