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yeew! gonna be so sick. I wish I coulda stayed down there longer to help out. Soo a bit of info on the course... the canyon gap is 72ft. so virtually the same size as last venue's but with a shorter, mellow takeoff which seems perfect for tricks. The top section is very gnarly and many more riders this year are dropping off into the face rather than taking ridge lines. The downside to this venue is its much steeper and seems overall a smaller area so at least up top, there aren't many different line choices. However, Bourdo and a few others towards lookers left are building some insane lines and there are options for double/triple and even a quad stage cliff drop if someone decides to go that way. However some of the lines formed like Norb's/Howey's, I never would have seen as an option so they're coming up with stuff. You've got that stepdown which a few riders are very stoked on with the re-built landing, there's a massive moto-style hip towards the bottom (right-hand sided hip I guess you'll call it?) and I'm not sure if anyone will step to this but there is a death gap possibly/maybe where you jump from one finger/ridge to an adjacent one... its gonna be bonkers this year and much more like a FWT stop than a mtb event for a number of the riders, haha.
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How many DH tracks have you been on that are made for 10 people to race down at the same time? It doesn't leave many options... and as we've learned from criticisms of almost every DH stop, helmet cams can be very deceiving. I'm waiting until the edits come out and what kind of racing action happens before making any judgments.
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If I remember right, the first place duder gets around 15k.
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I've always wondered what would it be like if Ryan Leech grew up in the ghetto... now I know. That buswalk was wild, haha.
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In terms of the mtb industry I'm no one aside from previous trail volunteer work at Highlands a couple seasons after they opened and for local races back in NH... and I love ripping in the desert and grew up watching the Rampage. I know exactly how to behave out there. However, I did venture out in 2012 around a week before the event and even though the guys there didn't know me, they didn't mind me walking around scoping things out because they must have noticed I wasn't some gaper and I never got in the way of anyone. I said hi to some of the duders and one asked me what I thought (again they have no idea who I am, just a random biker), and could only respond with that it's insane. They seemed stoked more than anything. I also helped a buddy with building up dirt for a jump in his qualifying run (that's basically what volunteers will do anyways, haha) One thing I've learned from this industry is that its fairly open and if you're respectful, just randomly approaching and asking if they need a hand with anything ends up with them being stoked on your help. There's a world outside of the internet, you idiot. (omg I'm like totally tollin!!lolz~~!!) But really though, I love kids who insult you then follow up with, "not hating here, just wondering!" haha so strange but I figure he's not a fan of mine from my blatant insulting and random comments on NS... oops.
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The dirt becomes more clay-like, sculpt-able, perfect for building/riding. While the finals of the 2004 Rampage was rained on previous to the contest, it was considered one of the best because of that. The same thing happened in 2008 when it was pushed back to Monday. It fairs out pretty well considering the circumstances of flash flooding, etc. haha.
Back in SLC now, haha. My suby had no chance of making it out to the site and it didn't look like many had attempted to. Maybe next Thurs./Fri. But yeah, the amount of erosion on the dirt roads around the area is wild. Went to the OG site and the area where people camp is littered with small rocks and washouts. A lot of the jumps/drops (over by where Ethan did his superman backie on a DH bike and out towards Darren's ridge line, Phantom drop, etc.) survived but the lines in/out need some work. Oh and found many messed up big features/lines out there including this approx. 50ft across, 25ft. drop down if cased...
Because the riders don't have enough time to do it. It takes an insane amount of effort to build a line. Chill out, 3 features total on a massive face (it's big, trust me), is nothing. Also the riders will be building bigger/crazier features than that step-down... it's relatively average compared to what was built previously (it's that insane out there).
I'm heading down there now to hopefully lend a helping hand. May take a few GoPro shots depending on how tightly controlled they want the content to be.
Well the format of the Rampage has changed much since the years (2001-2004) where they had no wood, one of the biggest being back then the riders had multiple days to scout/build their lines and now it's heavily restricted. Anyways, most of the wooden features were located in spots where a rider-built feature wouldn't have been possible or if possible, it wouldn't have been anything special. The wooden features don't take anything away from the comp. and have instead proven to be features where legendary moves get thrown on. Not to mention there has always been plenty of space for riders to build completely natural runs (al la Berrecloth 2010). I think people are overreacting about a non-issue and the wood-free purism attitude is overboard and really strange.
With that said, I'd love to see the Rampage or an invitational event like the Rampage where the riders create their lines on a completely blank canvas.
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And how smooth they are going through that gnarly stuff. It looks like in that first rock section, the line to rider's left and then the gap was very buttery... of course it coulda been just Ratboy and a few others making it look like that.
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hahaha, love it. they're definitely making that look much harder than it is but its so entertaining.
waking the course in previous years, i honestly cannot imagine the lines they can come up with... it really does look like death cliffs at top with steep spine descents below, very quick runs. guess we will see! this is well needed though.
tramp bikes... my god so much fun.
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Only 20ft. bigger than Andreau's flip at FEST... they're all insane. I can't wait to watch him stomp this.
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Is this the same Finn Finestone? You'd figure his dad would be able to pull some strings being the head of the bike park and all. Those whips were insane and it's kinda strange they won't let him compete in something that's supposed to be about having fun. It's not like the Crab hits are insanely dangerous.
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Blenki did... didn't work out so well http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/Windham-World-Cup-Carnage-Tree-1-Sam-Blenkinsop-0,26638/sspomer,2
I WILL KILL YOU IF YOU TALK TRASH ABOUT MY SIS... TRACK AGAIN!!!
Aaron Gwin- 0:15:00
Rachel Atherton- 2:50:12
And no, that wasn't a mistake. Gwin really is going to finish this race in 15 seconds. Better give me the brakes now and save everyone else the embarrassment.
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That was so sick, Whistler is incredible.. Don't let the kids on PB see this, they'll start going on tirades about how they should be wearing full faces and they're being bad influences
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