Kirill Benderoni On His Rampage Experience 22

Kirill Benderoni On His Rampage Experience

The Russian shredder has posted up the following on his VK Page, liberally translated via Google Translate and brought to our attention by OnlyMTB.com:

“Some news about Rampage and my part in it . My motivation to ride in the last year became less and less, but I thought that in Utah it will all change. However, it has not changed. Yesterday was a day of training, I went to last year’s big drop - it was no more than the ones I jumped on a hardtail in the old days - and I realized that I do not want to force myself to jump. And that meant only one thing: I can no longer ride. If you can not or do not want to force yourself to jump, you are no longer mountain biker. For qualifications I did not go on the bike and do not sit down [well, we told you this was from Google Translate]. During qualifying this drop no one jumped, and in the evening Gulevich tried to jump it, but cased it and fell heavily, so it's not that I’m afraid of nothing. However, the fact does not change. Perhaps all this will upset someone, but believe me - the most upset is me ... Perhaps that’s it.”

Here at Vital, we think Kirill is maybe a bit hard on himself. Rampage is different to anything else, and even the gnarliest lines can't quite prepare you for what awaits in Utah.

Kirill Benderoni's open loop at Rampage, just below the canyon gap. - Photo by Ian Collins

Time will heal all scars, and we hope Kirill will be back to delight us with more videos like this one in the future - shred on Kirill!

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22 comments
  • j-herbs

    10/18/2013 3:49 PM

    Rampage is a huge head game. I wouldn't hold any choices he made against him. If he ever gets the fire back and starts to ride for fun again I'll be the first to watch his next edit.

  • erik saunders

    10/15/2013 6:21 PM

    whatevs man.. thats life... it was a big ask.. i dont really know what anyone expects sometimes... dont worry i am not dissapointed Kirill... its just bikes and i think all the people who paid all the money understood the risks, or should have.. so i dont feel sorry for them....

    DJ Brandt needs more sponsorship, and he is pretty awesome, so maybe next time you guys can throw some help his way if want to reduce your risk a bit... PM me...

  • kidwoo

    10/15/2013 5:40 PM

    Dude......number one rule. You get invited to rampage and you don't ride: You hang out and rock out on the clarinet and bongos. It's been like that from the beginning. Everyone knows that. And why does his headtube love slavery?

  • Iggz

    10/15/2013 7:57 PM

    - and chug cheap vodka

  • nismo325

    10/15/2013 4:05 PM

    This is so lame if he's too scared to hit stuff thats rampage big then he shouldn't have gone in the first place. its even more lame that he said 'I went to last year’s big drop - it was no more than the ones I jumped on a hardtail in the old days' if its no bigger than what you hit on your hard tail then whats the problem? this sounds to me like he was unprepared and is now making excuses. anyways props to all the riders with the skill and balls to actually ride rampage!

  • jerryhazard

    10/15/2013 3:30 PM

    Don't know the guy, or maybe I know him just as well as anybody else here - who doesn't really know him. From what I've seen, he's talented, has guts, passion and was invited to Rampage. I don't think anyone else commenting here was invited?

    His resignation is more a reflection on everyone else, rather than him. I think it took more courage to make the wise decision. Yes, too bad he came all that way and backed out. Too bad for who though?

    Maybe people just assume how "easy" Rampage and big mountain is. My opinion is that its a HUGE mental game, almost as big or bigger than the physical game, and I think many people take it for granted. Look how many skipped the large portion of the sender, for instance. We're spoon fed video edits of glory and success, but we don't experience the complexity of emotions and decision making that goes on with these riders.

    I think the prevalence of Rampage the last couple of years may not be such a good thing.

  • Scott_Townes

    10/15/2013 4:41 PM

    Umm... no, we're all quite aware of how gnarly it is and so did Kirill. Anyone with common sense would recognize how gnarly Rampage is. His bravery has nothing to do with it and anyone saying otherwise is wrong. His videos show he's out of his mind.
    His issue was that he simply was not motivated to ride his bike at all- something that has been plaguing him all season according to one interview he gave. I'm wondering why he still decided to take the spot and put in all that effort only to not even try a single run in qualifying... maybe on top of lack of motivation, getting banged up on that loop and riding on new terrain/rigs contributed to his decision. That's what the stink is about, not that he made the decision not to ride because if you push yourself in not the right state of mind, you can easily end up in a bad situation. To be honest I'm just disappointed he didn't ride and thanks to david for posting that video. It makes more sense now as to why he bowed out.

    Screw it, everyone will forget about this by next year and hopefully he will get his mojo back because his edits are entertaining.

  • b-kul

    10/15/2013 12:54 PM

    id like to see all these people hating ride rampage.

  • mhoenisch

    10/15/2013 12:38 PM

    the guy was legitimately worried about hurting himself. When your riding stuff thats as big as it was at rampage this year any ounce of doubt could potentially cost you your life. Stop hating on the guy. I didnt want some of my boys doing the shit they were going to go for even though i wanted to see them succeed. The course was huge this year.

  • demorider55

    10/15/2013 12:35 PM

    So lame. If you come to rampage, ride.

  • Karlkarlton

    10/15/2013 12:32 PM

    Sad to see, but fair call. If doing something is all about balancing the risk and reward, why take the risk if you're not getting the reward of enjoyment?

  • david.thalmann

    10/15/2013 11:42 AM

    here he explains why he did not want to ride:

    Hinweis: Leider hast Du den Flash Player nicht oder nur eine veraltete Version installiert. Dieser wird zum Betrachten der Medien benötigt. Flash Player herunterladen

    Benderoni´s Statement: Deshalb nahm der Russe nicht bei der Rampage teil.


    http://tv.freeride-magazine.com/frontend_dev.php/video/Benderoni%C2%B4s-Statement%3A-Deshalb-nahm-der-Russe-nicht-bei-der-Rampage-teil/41a35c8a36c6c1fc642593e125735632

  • SaddleRags

    10/15/2013 1:43 PM

    Nice find on the video (though a bit depressing). It was good to see him at least give his open loop a shot. Looks like he was out of his element in a number of different ways - bike, Utah soil, magnitude... hope to see him in some web edits in the future

  • Perrizo

    10/15/2013 11:10 AM

    Ah bummer. I like watching him ride. I always check out news and videos if his name is in the headline. He was my favorite underdog for rampage.

  • munichrider

    10/15/2013 10:38 AM

    Wise decision to pull out, if that episode is over. Even you pissed off some dudes. They'll live on happily. So do you ,not having destroyed you health being cautious. Which some of the guys on the "responsability" side coulnd't care less about as long as they are entertained.
    To my experience, if you don't feel it, don't do it. That's when things go wrong.

  • 719mtbblakey

    10/15/2013 10:31 AM

    he no longer deserves having the "bender" in "benderoni"

  • Iggz

    10/15/2013 10:02 AM

    Glad he didn't potentially break himself off for the wrong reasons

  • Scott_Townes

    10/15/2013 6:49 AM

    I feel bad for the people who spent all that money and effort on him only to have him decide that he's not feeling it... without ever trying. If you're not motivated to go then don't go. That spot could have easily been filled by someone else who actually appreciates the immensity of being involved in such a legendary event. My suggestion to any rider who does this in the future, quietly disappear into oblivion. No one cares to hear the excuses of someone who is no longer motivated to ride their bike. I could care less about what he chooses to do but it sucks to know that he wasted an opportunity for someone else.

  • karoliusz

    10/15/2013 6:41 AM

    So why the f... did he go to Rampage? What is the purpose of posting such news? If he wants to stop riding, stop riding but stop this sh.. also. Pathetic!

  • tartallone

    10/15/2013 6:33 AM

    locaso @@

  • Aux

    10/15/2013 6:29 AM

    I really hope that Kirill will return to MTB!

  • Timmy0081

    10/15/2013 5:43 AM

    You're being way too hard on yourself Kirill. To even be invited to rampage is an honour and you prove your qualification in the video above. You're a shredda! The biggest disappoint would be putting down the bike