A historic moment in freeride?
Red Bull Rampage will take place on October 25th this year. This year could be remembered as the first time a female freerider has competed.
There were rumours last year – check out our story Casey Brown to be first female to compete in Red Bull Rampage? – but this time it’s really on the way to happenng.
There’s the little matter of Casey Brown qualifying first at a Rampage quali event called Marzocchi Proving Grounds at Oregon Dirt Park.
Good luck Casey!
Red Bull Rampage press release
The date has been set for the 2019 edition of the biggest show in freeride mountain biking: Red Bull Rampage returns to Utah soil on October 25th. This fall, 21 of the world’s greatest freeriders will return to what was a new venue in 2018 and continue to evolve their innovative descents, features and drops into a winning run with the hopes of standing atop the podium at the end of the day.
Red Bull Rampage fan favorites Andreau Lacondeguy and Ethan Nell top the list of returning riders this year after takinghome silver and bronze, respectively, in 2018. After five seasons in the Utah sands, Brett Rheeder took home the gold last year and plans to return to defend his title.
The elite group of 21 riders will once again shape and build their ultimate lines down the mountain with the help of their two-person build crews. As a result, no two rider’s path down the near-vertical sandstone ridges will be the same. In advance of the competition, the riders, along with their build crews, will spend four days building and then will have four additional days to practice in order to build their dream line in what is touted as one of the most intense contests in the world. Red Bull Rampage is supported by Kia Motors America, BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission and Red Hydrogen.
2019 Pre-Qualified Athletes
The inaugural Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by 5.10 will be the first official athlete qualifier for this year’s Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR. The course design will be built to allow current pros as well as young-and-hopeful a chance to show their metal and earn an invite to the big show. The man-made course will feature multiple lines to let athletes choose their own path and style, with huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections. Top prospects that plan compete this year, include: Antoine Bizet, Nicholi Rogatkin, Louis Reboul, Reece Wallace, Conor Macfarlane, Sam Reynolds, Tomas Lemoine, Jordie Lunn, DJ Brandt, Jaxson Riddle, William Robert and Casey Brown.
This inaugural event will take place in coordination with the 3rd annual Black Sage Fest (part of the Fest Series). This will ensure an action-packed weekend with the World’s top pros and amateurs. Hosted by Carson Storch and Kyle Jameson the event features a jam session format with top Pros including Graham Aggasiz, Kurt Sorge, Cam McCaul, Tyler McCaul, Ryan “R-dog” Howard, Cam Zink, Kyle Strait, Nico Vink and others.
The Black Sage Fest and Proving Grounds weekend will feature onsite camping, food trucks and music. For more event information visit www.h5events.com or Marzocchi Proving Grounds Facebook page
The Proving Grounds is supported by: Marzocchi, 5.10, Red Bull, GoPro, Fast House, RaceFace, Alpine Bike Parks, 10 Barrel Brewing, Continental MTB tires, Canyon Bikes, Camelbak and Oregon Dirt Park.