For the 11th edition of freeride’s premier event, the world’s best riders find an all-new zone
Virgin, Utah, October 13, 2016 – The uniquely demanding terrain of Virgin, Utah once again beckons the best mountain bikers to the desert to compete for glory in one of the biggest tests of skill and guts in the world – Red Bull Rampage.
The event will take place on Friday, October 14. Watch Rampage LIVE on Red Bull TV on Friday, October 14 and as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on NBC November 12.
The event brings an estimated $4 million in economic impact to Utah and provides $3 million in media value.
An all-new event zone will provide more natural terrain options than recent years- returning Rampage to the roots of big mountain riding, raw and untamed.
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For the 11th edition, riders will interact with the mountain in the same way the event’s pioneers did back in 2001 – without power tools.
As the only mountain bike contest where each competitor creates his own path down the hill, Rampage 2016 will provided riders, and their two-member dig teams, with the best opportunity to flourish: All new line possibilities with more time to prepare – four build days and four practice days before the finals on Friday – as well as less riders on the mountain.
“There will be no qualifier event this year,” confirms 2015 eighth-place finisher Darren Berrecloth. “So it’s going to be a more intimate event – less riders, less controversy about line choice.”
The contest will have 21 of the top freeride athletes: The top 12 riders from 2015 have received automatic entries to finals with nine “wild cards” chosen by the Rampage selection committee of past athletes and community leaders.
Athletes have been selected on the following criteria: Past Rampage results, results from similar contests, current video parts, etc.
New for the first time, the judging panel will be comprised of five previous Rampage competitors to ensure accuracy of results, as well as a two-day weather window in place to allow athletes the best and safest conditions possible.