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12 months after the last rider touched down and the dust settled, the main build crew at Red Bull Rampage is already out in the Utah desert laying the foundations for what promises to be another off-the-charts celebration of all things freeride. The event is still a couple of weeks away, so for now, it's the official course builders doing their thing. We'll be bringing you updates as the build progresses, and of course, we'll have coverage from the event itself, so keep it locked on Vital MTB over the coming weeks. To get us going, here are a few pictures and videos that the builders and course designers have been sharing - it's looking pretty wild out there already!
First introduced in 2010, the Oakley Icon Sender has become somewhat of a symbol of the event - at the very least, one of the most eye-catching features and also one of the most demanding to build. This year, Oakley ran a contest to crowdsource the main design idea for the new Sender, which landed us with this:
With the event looming over us like an angry Utah thunderstorm, now it's time to take the design idea to dirt. Jeremy Witek from Gassparks, main contractor for the build, shared this little video clip from the site. Work on the Oakley Icon Sender is progressing nicely - apparently, it might be of world record height, too...
Comboversteve shared this shot of a lip for flips, also part of the Oakley Sender.
October 5, 2013: The riders are starting to arrive in Utah. Andreu Lacondeguy shared this shot of the Oakley Sender in all its glory. Duuuude....
Jeremy Witek showing off some kind of boner-log inspired madness - in typical Rampage fashion, until you start seeing riders on some of these features, it's hard to even imagine where the line actually goes and where you might be supposed to be landing...
Looks like the step up near the bottom of the course is back for another year of big whips and mega flips, courtesy of Jeremy Witek.
Kyle Strait's line shaping up too!
Canyon Gap in da house! Shot from comboversteve.
The far left ridge line is also getting some love thanks to Bender, Spangler, and dailyshredder.
If you wonder how they build some of this stuff, Red Bull has some interesting snaps from the work in progress. When you need a skid steer to lift the boom-lift, you know you're doing it right. Check in with Red Bull's Rampage site to keep up with the news and discover related stories.
One day soon, somebody is going to have to guinea-pig this thing. Not it.
Stay tuned as the desert madness revs up. This year Rampage will once again start on top of the highest possible elevation within the pre-existing venue, opening more options for riders on the way down. Riders will have just three days to build their lines, starting Tuesday, October 8th, and are limited to a build crew of three people, unlike last year.
We can't wait to see it all go down on October 11-13, 2012. For more details, visit the official Red Bull Rampage website and be sure to keep it locked on Vital MTB for more coverage as the event unfolds. Yeow!