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Rampage Riders Share First Impressions of New Site 2

When the rope drops on day one at Red Bull Rampage, the athletes get serious. The world's bravest big-mountain riders started carving, chopping, and shoveling their uniquely creative visions into the mountainside near Virgin, Utah, on Friday, the opening of the course build period. From big ol' drops to delicately-sculpted, off-camber weirdness, this year's fresh Rampage venue offers a lot for riders to sink their tools into.

"This morning was a mix between a hare scramble, a Baja race... and Vietnam," says 2010 Red Bull Rampage champ Cam Zink, referring to the race to stake claim on fresh lines. "We're just running up the hill."

The uphill race raised some minor tensions between certain riders while they jockeyed for the best lines and features, but in the end most came to agreement, albeit sometimes an uneasy one.

Geoff Gulevich sums up the relationship well: "People are getting territorial already... It's tricky because you have to make little alliances. 'We're going to join up here, that's cool, right?' 'All right, all right, back to being frenemies."

From nervous rookie to Rampage veteran, the overall mood was one of anticipation for what will come next Sunday.

Watch the live webcast of Red Bull Rampage finals on September 28 at 12:30 p.m. MT, on the Red Bull Rampage site and Red Bull TV through its iOS and Android applications, as well as on Apple TV, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Samsung Smart TVs.

Credit: Red Bull

iceman2058 iceman2058 9/21/2014 12:45 AM

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yeew! gonna be so sick. I wish I coulda stayed down there longer to help out. Soo a bit of info on the course... the canyon gap is 72ft. so virtually the same size as last venue's but with a shorter, mellow takeoff which seems perfect for tricks. The top section is very gnarly and many more riders this year are dropping off into the face rather than taking ridge lines. The downside to this venue is its much steeper and seems overall a smaller area so at least up top, there aren't many different line choices. However, Bourdo and a few others towards lookers left are building some insane lines and there are options for double/triple and even a quad stage cliff drop if someone decides to go that way. However some of the lines formed like Norb's/Howey's, I never would have seen as an option so they're coming up with stuff. You've got that stepdown which a few riders are very stoked on with the re-built landing, there's a massive moto-style hip towards the bottom (right-hand sided hip I guess you'll call it?) and I'm not sure if anyone will step to this but there is a death gap possibly/maybe where you jump from one finger/ridge to an adjacent one... its gonna be bonkers this year and much more like a FWT stop than a mtb event for a number of the riders, haha.

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