If World Cups are the pinnacle of downhill mountain biking, Red Bull Rampage is the absolute pinnacle of big mountain freeriding. After ten days of digging and testing, 16 riders lined up last Friday to carve their names into Rampage history. This year was filled with plenty of historical moments, the usual scoring controversy, and some added drama with wind complications and the live broadcast quality.
We sat down to discuss all the madness from the event, and pulled in our good friend Jon Simek, who attended the two-week event as a digger for Kyle Strait (get well soon, Kyle!). We chat with Jon about how riders approach building lines, the science of stacking dirt in the desert, riders running out of time to finish builds, and Kyle's crash and recovery. We then get into Rampage scoring and the need for more transparency, Dylan Stark's crank arm grind, wind and weather delays, ESPN+ coverage, tricks versus big lines, and much more. Enjoy!
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