Rain Day Insanity at Red Bull Rampage 2013 28

<b>This email on Cam McCaul's phone says it all. Rampage practice was closed today due to weather, and the schedule for the remainder of the weekend has been adjusted accordingly.</b> - Trumpore

<b>With rain falling and the venue closed, we headed into Virgin to see the sites and sample the local flavor.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Rattlesnakes with cowboy hats and raccoon tails? Seems you can buy just about anything at the Virgin Trading Post.</b> - Trumpore

<b>A few slices of pizza later, a plan was made. If you can't practice in one spot, head to another.</b> - Collins

<b>With practice called off, Brendan Fairclough had more than enough time to preen over his reflection in his fresh new lid.</b> - Collins

<b>Several riders migrated to the old Rampage site to get some training in. Anton Thelander and Fairclough head up the ridge for a go.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Fairclough doing what Fairclough does best.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Thelander has been turning heads all year in traditional slopestyle events and is quickly adapting to the elements at Rampage. Keep an eye out for him to surprise some folks on Sunday.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Kyle Strait was all business today. Avoiding the crowded lower slopes of the old Rampage site, he headed high up the ridge.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Makken can lay it over with the best of them.</b> - Collins

<b>Jeremy Witek, one of the Rampage course builders, enjoyed the day off and was out getting sideways with the crew.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Hands off, feet off and sideways was the only way for Andreu Lacondeguy today. #fullmoto</b> - Trumpore

<b>Nico Vink has been spending a lot of time with Lacondeguy and it shows.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Vink again, this time well past flat.</b> - Collins

<b>Sam Pilgrim has no time to shift his eyes away from the Rampage course, so a simple zip tie keeps him on the straight and narrow.</b> - Collins

<b>Thelander looks to be a serious wildcard. Even Sam Pilgrim was nabbing GoPro footage to study back at the Holiday Inn.</b> - Collins

<b>From another angle. Red Bull's newest edition has style for miles both sideways and upside down.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Garret Buehler laying it over.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Brendan Howey goes sky high. BOOST!</b> - Trumpore

<b>Simon says...</b> - Collins

<b>"Heel clicker? I got that." A tribute to the old school. Name this rider, win a Vital t-shirt.</b> - Collins

<b>The unknown ripper threw down hard all day long.</b> - Collins

<b>When a plan comes together...</b> - Collins

<b>When a plan falls apart...</b> - Collins

<b>Don't tell any Red Bull officials, but Brendog did some digging of his own today. Rebel without a cause.</b> - Collins

<b>Pilgrim's reaction to Utah's sub par ABV beers. Priceless.</b> - Collins

<b>Hands down (and hands off), Lacondeguy won "practice" today.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Brandon Semenuk showed up a bit late to the hip-off, but that didn't stop him from quickly throwing down.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Party trains down the ridge as the sun sets on another day. That's the legendary Randy Spangler out in front.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Fittingly, a day of rain ended with a rainbow and hope that tomorrow it will be back to business as usual. Keep it locked on Vital for more action from Red Bull Rampage.</b> - Trumpore

Heavy overnight rain put a day long hold on digging and practice, but that didn't stop the world's best freeriders from having a blast. Luckily the old Rampage site was close by, and it served as the perfect place to let loose and get sideways. With qualifiers now happening on Saturday, they'll get back to business and finish sculpting their lines when the sun rises tomorrow.

Photos by Dave Trumpore and Ian Collins
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28 comments
  • jackanderson2018

    11/14/2013 1:30 PM

    Paul Weston was the heel clicker

  • Andrew Eibling

    10/11/2013 8:02 PM

    heel clicker: paul weston!

  • matt.mazzaccaro

    10/11/2013 3:30 PM

    Its Pauly Weston from winter park... Trestle Representing!!!

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    10/11/2013 12:21 PM

    Holy Balls, what a slideshow! I feel this is a perfect introduction into aggressive riding for your friends who don't really 'get' why you're always nerding out about MTB, busy because you have to watch live feeds of DH races, limping because of your latest crash, etc. The intensity is off the chain.

  • JJM

    10/11/2013 12:01 PM

    Spangler

  • mvh309

    10/11/2013 9:15 AM

    Paul Weston!!!! YEA BOY!

  • Big Bird

    10/11/2013 8:39 AM

    I'm pretty sure that Makken has that trick. The Mads man is my quess.

  • Space Ape

    10/11/2013 8:16 AM

    ill take MY shirt in a medium...Pauly would like his in a children's small

  • Space Ape

    10/11/2013 8:10 AM

    clip 21 my dude, Paul Weston

  • bturman

    10/15/2013 8:01 AM

    We've got ourselves a winner!

  • TREKFOREVER

    10/11/2013 7:59 AM

    Cam ZINK!!

  • dvp8

    10/11/2013 7:45 AM

    is it tom van steenbergen?

  • Philkmetz

    10/11/2013 7:36 AM

    So excited to watch this go down!

  • Cory_Thompson

    10/11/2013 6:54 AM

    Local rider Lorin Whittaker or Jeremy Hottinger maybe?

  • sean08

    10/11/2013 6:51 AM

    I guess I should finish the slideshow before anything, they are on a special ed.

  • sean08

    10/11/2013 6:48 AM

    Semenuk

  • FastNate

    10/11/2013 6:38 AM

    You didn't specify how many guesses we could have...so.. here is my list and hopefully one of them is correct. I spent 35mins trying to work out who it is and my only lead isn't coming through, so i am resorting to this. (yeah i'm determined to get a tshirt )
    Is the rider doing the heelclicker one these people listed below?
    Andreu Lacondeguy
    Antoine Bizet
    Brandon Semenuk
    Cam McCaul
    Cameron Zink
    Geoff Gulevich
    James Doerfling
    Kurt Sorge
    Kyle Norbraten
    Kyle Strait
    Logan Binggeli
    Thomas Vanderham
    Tyler McCaul
    Wil White
    Anthony Messere
    Anton Thelander
    Brendan Fairclough
    Brendan Howey
    Chris Van Dine
    Curtis Robinson
    Darren Berrecloth
    Garett Buehler
    Gee Atherton
    Graham Agassiz
    Jamie Goldman
    Kelly McGarry
    Kenny Smith
    Kirill Churbanov
    Makken Haugen
    Mick Hannah
    Mike Hopkins
    Mike Kinrade
    Mike Montgomery
    Nico Vink
    Nicola Pescetto
    Peter Henke
    Pierre Edouard Ferry
    Sam Pilgrim
    Stevie Smith
    Thomas Genon
    Yannick Granieri

  • PremiumGore

    10/11/2013 6:33 AM

    i think the heelclicker is WIL WHITE!!!!

  • loic.delteil

    10/11/2013 5:15 AM

    Kyle norbraten!

  • Spit

    10/11/2013 4:49 AM

    It's Randy Spangler!

  • matt?

    10/11/2013 4:47 AM

    It's not Thelander is it?