MBA RIDING SPECIALS
Pushing the envelope in
Intimidation, nerves and fear are not familiar emotions for the world’s best riders when it comes to contests. For the downhill racers,
the courses are always steep trails, but with a
carefully planned course, they’re designed to
allow for high-speed action in a relatively controlled environment. That’s not what the Red
Bull Rampage is all about. Instead, this is a big
mountain event where the winner isn’t determined by who makes it down to the bottom the
fastest. Instead, it’s determined by a panel of
judges who rate the riders based on the difficulty of line choice, fluidity, amplitude and style.
Basically, it’s all about who can conquer the
mountain the best. While riders are allowed to
design and sculpt their lines in the weeks prior to
the event, the Rampage is very much about conquering the ruggedness of the unique landscape
the desert of southern Utah has to offer.
Located just 30 minutes south of St. George,
Utah, and roughly an hour and a half north of
Las Vegas, Nevada, the Rampage site provides
terrain that’s unlike anywhere else in the world.
The steep cliffs and massive canyons are the
prime location for the best riders in the world to
showcase their skills and creativity to conquer
the mountain. Each rider is given a week with a
two-person build crew to design a line that will
showcase their skills, and hopefully land them
on the podium and not in the emergency room.
While these guys are arguably the most talented
riders in the world, this event still strikes fear in
More than just freeride: The terrain in southern Utah is home to plenty of this—big, steep
lines with cliffs that only the experts can ride.
However, just a stone’s throw from the venue
is also some of the best trail riding in the
country. Trails like Gooseberry Mesa and Little
Creek are frequented by the Rampage spectators days before the competition begins.
Photo by Christian Pondella
Photos courtesy Red Bull Content Pool