Red Bull Rampage takes place on Friday, October 13th this year and the 17th edition of what is without a doubt the best freeride mountain bike event on the planet is set to be bigger and wilder than ever. With eighteen invited riders competing on the gnarliest and often risky terrain, they throw some of the biggest and best freeride tricks ever seen.
Red Bull Rampage goes beyond sporting borders, it's the ultimate action-sports event, high adrenaline stuff with the best mountain bike riders putting their bodies on the line, and leaving it all out there amongst the breathtaking cliffs and near-vertical chute lines of the Utah desert mountains.
With excitement building for this year's event, here at the Bike Perfect HQ we had a delve into the Red Bull Rampage archive to find the wildest and most stylish runs ever seen...
1. Brandon Semenuk, 2016
Brandon Semenuk raised the bar of what was possible at Rampage in 2016 with this flawless winning run. The former four-time champion sadly misses out this year due to a conflict with the last round of the ARA (American Rally Association) National Championship, which he is currently leading. This run from 2016 is etched in the minds of every freeride fan as the Rampage master sends himself down one of the gnarliest lines ever seen, stomping huge backflips and throwing in a massive flatspin, all while pinning it down an insanely exposed trail.
2. Gee Atherton, 2010
Before the birth of Atherton Bikes and the Atherton Continental DH Race Team, Gee Atherton was a regular at Rampage competing in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, and 2012. He landed 2nd place in 2004 and 2010 and his run from 2010 is what we've picked here. Gee returns this year having bagged himself a wildcard invite. Fresh from his latest epic short – Ridgeline IV shot in the Dolomites, we can't wait to see what his all-or-nothing approach delivers in 2023.
3. Jaxson Riddle, 2021
Jaxson Riddle sporting his trademark glasses and fist bump to the camera delivered a unique line and style second to none on his first-ever Red Bull Rampage appearance. The local young gun who is back this year got creative on his second run after suffering a flat on his first. Pulling off some insane tricks on his next attempt with so much style, Jaxson and his dig team took home both the Best Style and the Digger Award. Look out for Riddle this year as the wildcard dark horse for the win.
4. Brett Rheeder, 2018
Regarded as the greatest slopestyle rider in mountain biking, Brett Rheeder is one of the Canadian atheletes who have had a monopoly on Red Bull Rampage, with riders from the Great White North taking eleven wins since the first event in 2001. In 2018 he laid down an incredible first run to secure the win, picking a line that none of his rivals had ridden, and showing his hunger for the win from the start, he left it all on the course and delivered exactly what he wanted, crossing the line with a triumphant fist in the air. Rheeder also won last year's event, before announcing he was stepping away from competitive riding, going out at the very top at Rampage.
5. Kurt Sorge, 2015
Another Canadian win in 2015, saw Kurt Sorge drop a run that earned him the highest points total seen at Red Bull Rampage since the inaugural event back in 2001. Sorge cemented his name in Rampage history by laying down an insane winning run with backflips, exposed ridgelines, precise bike control and a lot of speed that earned him the top spot on the podium and his second Rampage win. This POV GoPro footage puts you right in the saddle and gives a unique view of what the competitors see during their runs. Surge won again in 2017 for a hat trick of wins and lines up this year seeking his fourth.
Theres no doubt whoever wins this years Red Bull Rampage, their run will be added into the Rampage history books. ESPN+ will exclusively stream the event in the U.S., and the competition will be available live on Red Bull TV in all other countries.
Following the live show, the complete event will be available on-demand on both ESPN+ and Red Bull TV. On October 22nd, viewers can also tune in to a 90-minute highlights on ESPN.
To stay up to date on the latest Red Bull Rampage information, including venue details, ESPN+ and Red Bull TV tune-in times, and spectator info, visit redbull.com.