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

“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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