Making History - Red Bull Rampage 2013 Finals

After weeks of build up, the Pros took to the Utah desert one last time, each of them searching for Rampage gold. Battling time, traction, mental blocks and weather, the riders all put their best foot forward, making the plunge down the massive mountain. From record setting flips to broken curses and first time senders, these are the stories that highlighted the incredible day.

Photos by Brandon Turman, Dave Trumpore, Ian Collins and Fred Robinson
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  • matt?

    10/16/2013 4:18 AM

    any chance of making that Agassiz photo of that dumped 3 (by Robinson) a vital computer background? I could happily see that every day

  • sspomer

    10/18/2013 12:10 PM

    Here's a wallpaper of Graham's 360 thanks to Ian Collins - - for your screens only!

  • matt?

    10/21/2013 4:09 PM

    You bunch of heroes! I need to check my emails more often to find follow up comments of goodness like this

  • Ian Collins

    10/16/2013 9:39 AM

    I second this....and I have a full size version of it....spomer? turman? let's make this happen!

  • NoahColorado

    10/15/2013 7:40 PM

    Why didn't Zink finish his run?

  • Shrockie

    10/15/2013 7:53 PM

    He was too stoked from landing the flip. he was worried he'd crash and get no score. Which makes sense after watching Aggy miss his last big move.. He was on a helluva run, too.

  • faster_than_u

    10/15/2013 3:47 PM

    Best Rampage run of all time for me is Gee in 2010

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    10/16/2013 3:55 PM

    Hard to disagree with you there. Strait definitely had the speed/flow going, which is why I feel he deserved the win, but when you let a world champ lose he's gonna pin it. The speed Gee carried all the way down was such a fun variation as opposed to the creep-n-huck that we're so used to seeing. Too bad the WC stakes are so high, obviously he and Mick have too much to lose if they wreck. Hope to see more WC pros at the next Rampage.

  • faster_than_u

    10/18/2013 1:34 AM

    Red bull pay for spectacle, a big 360 (or flip) is the best. The best in terms of pure mountain biking perfection in rampage...its Gee's run!

  • bikes_bikes

    10/19/2013 4:09 AM

    agreed it was the best for 'pure' mountain biking...that is subjective of course...but tricks are from bmx, mountain biking is from mountain biking.

  • faster_than_u

    10/15/2013 3:46 PM

    Is it just me or has rampage become too much about one BIG trick, and the rest of the run is of little importance????

  • kvnsimons

    10/15/2013 12:17 PM

    I went for the first time. Utterly speechless to how HUGE these lines are...I think that the riders should be ready to go for Saturday morning, take a vote, and when the wind is right, DO IT! Saturday, Sunday...whichever. These lines were so SICK and dangerous that taking the wind out of the equation with a two-day window would be the safest bet. Make the decision and let the crowd watch practice or go ride the old course!

  • davetrumpore

    10/15/2013 2:16 PM

    Saturday is for riders who qualified on Friday to build lines for Sunday. The schedule was already cut short a day after the rain shut everything down for the entire day on Thursday, and riders were scrambling to finish.

    Most lines were not even ridden until Sat. night including the Oakley Sender, and T-Mac and Aggy finished their lines just before finals Sunday morning.

    And when you are doing live TV and working with NBC sports with such a large scale operation it is not so simple as just saying, hey lets go.

  • Shrockie

    10/15/2013 10:59 AM

    Good to hear Norbs backing up Strait about not dropping in the 2nd time due to wind.

  • canadmos

    10/15/2013 10:58 AM

    Its incredible how sitting there, on my couch, watching dudes fly down this hill was getting my adrenaline flowing harder than it does when I ride my own bike.

    These guys are nuts. This competition is nuts.

    And I love it.

    Biking is the best sport on the planet and we as a collective have the most amazing set of athletes, amateurs and all around awesomeness in the sport.

  • Big Bird

    10/15/2013 8:56 AM

    Perhaps they should hold the event in the morning if they know that a storm is coming in the afternoon. But then one of them said it was windy in the morning too. How bout a giant Red Bull tent over the entire venue?

  • canadmos

    10/15/2013 10:44 AM

    A Biodome perhaps.. :D

  • davetrumpore

    10/15/2013 11:11 AM

    @big bird, the rapid temp changes in the desert make the mornings windy more often than not. On Sunday morning the event was delayed due to the fact that the wind was nuking through the venue. At 9am it was so strong even at the sheltered base camp that I had serious doubts there would be any comp at all.

  • sideshow

    10/15/2013 8:40 AM

    Forever the rowdiest mtb'ing event; Insanity indeed.

  • sspomer

    10/15/2013 8:33 AM

    ALL TIME AWESOME! way to go boys!

  • LTdslr

    10/15/2013 7:44 AM

    Such a rad event. I need to make it out there next year to shoot!

  • Philkmetz

    10/15/2013 7:32 AM

    VitalMTB slideshows are the best, you guys rock!