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that was sick. the editing was a bit cheesy but that's based on me really wishing this was unedited, raw clips with no music. the trail and riding were that good that nothing else was necessary. that looked like so much fun. please whoever you are, put up a completely unedited version. i love you long time.
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jesus h christ
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hahaha loved it. another banger episode.
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Didn't know it was the first one ever... The one he does in his newest flick is insane... like a cartoon using that fence.
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Damn, I was expecting so much more from that but it was entertaining... mainly hearing that whirring and not the classic sound of a 2 or 4 stroke. So strange... science is weird.
He's in because this is an FMB stop and he's one of the top dudes who could take the overall. This is his first time riding a full on DH bike, of course he's out of his element but he still kills it harder and goes bigger than most who have been doing it their whole life. In actuality, he's an insanely talented bike rider and only seems to receive hate because he used to focus only on BMX... which is exactly what Darren Berrecloth used to do before borrowing a bike for the '02 rampage, substituting for an injured friend.
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that was awesome. Storch's seemed way more bike parkish in terms of how manicured everything was but looked really cool. Gully's... holy crap those ridges are knife-edge. That was a perfect balance of both and that backie was nutty. Rampage is love, Rampage is life.
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Sooo... how do you adjust tire pressure? Well at least its a great idea for rental bikes and commuters.
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Huh... looking at the canyon/finger gap, I thought it'd be impossibly high risk to go for it. Well, aint surprised they're sending it but still the consequences are so fucking severe. they're all insane. (i think this was the big one that Bas/Deane is going for that people were causally joking about but coulda easily been looking at Fairclough's). its hard to tell when its all so fucking big.
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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.
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.
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.
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.