Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/20/2015 12:08 PM

Awesome to see Paul sitting up.

BT's article covers a ton of arguable topics. Respectfully, the majority of the comments do not address what insiders seem to know (either factually or instinctively). You aren't going to see a publication run with an...more

Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/20/2015 4:10 AM

When bad things happen the first thing is to find someone or something to blame. Many fingers point at Redbull, after all they are organizing this gladiator show and they will keep doing it as long as its profitable and they are legally allowed to do so. I agree it sucks if the athletes feel exploited. The ones who feel this way the most are probably already doing something else, not competing or taking part in enduro etc.

In the end of the day the competitors (who are the most aware of this exploitation) willingly take part year after year because they feel it's worth it. They know the dangers, concider the consequences, accept the invitation, they know the prize money, they decide what protection to wear, they know the sweat needed to build line they will ride, the tricks they will attempt most importantly they know how they will be portrayed in the eyes of the public if they win it or even compete in it. It's hard to put a price tag on being king of the mountain or THE idol for thousands of kids. If it doesn't seem worth it, it probably isn't.

Redbull provides the stage and the connection for us thursty accident vid clicking viewers to be able to see what is going on in the top level of this particular sport. In this case the discipline happens to be DH MTB or Freeride what ever you wish to call it.
If it was safe it wouldnt be what it is. COuld riding a foot wide ridge with deadly drops both sides be considered safe, not to mention the jumps? In this day and age danger is cool. For many that makes the Rampage tittle one of the most sought after as a freeride mountain biker.
Having airbags, nets, restrictions, safety controls etc wouldn't take a way the possible nasty outcomes. That would take away the 'free' in freeride, in which gnarliness is the point in the first place.

Having higher prize money would be fair and probably deserved, but that is not going to prevent the riders from getting hurt and I highly doubt anyone does it for money in the first place anyway. Higher prize money and travel etc expenses paid might attract more participants, but it wouldn't make it any less dangerous or the injured athletes feel any better.
Having insurance required would be definately be a step forward, but that's not going to prevent the athete from getting hurt. Having insurance covered by a sponsor or competition organizer isn't likely going to happen since it isnt demanded by the athletes. I suppose the events could be boycotted, but there will always be athletes who are happy with the conditions and risk taking related to the skills they have.

Creating a union guaranteeing safety or salary might somehow work in the world cup circuit, but how can it be organized or adapted to these oneoff events like Rampage, Hardline or others with this character. It's not really about money, but proving you have the best skills the biggest cojones.

I sincerely wish all injured riders a fast recovery.

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