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Thomas Vanderham Talks Rampage

Wisdom from The Kid

Words by Cam McRae. Video by Matt Dennison.
September 29th, 2013

Wade Simmons may be the Godfather, but The Kid is the elder statesman of Rampage. Thomas Vanderham is now the only rider to have competed in every Red Bull Rampage – a truly remarkable feat. Starting in 2001, when he was just 17, Thomas has lined up under the arch and hucked and carved his way down the mesas and cliffs near Virgin Utah every time the contest has been held; and never finished out of the top ten.

As the 2013 running of the Rampage approaches we asked Thomas to sit down and share some of his Rampage wisdom with us. He gets us up to speed on his preparation, his feelings about the old format vs. the Evolution and finally answers the question everyone has been asking: Did Norbs get robbed?

Here’s part one of our conversation.


It’s hard to believe that Rampage is just around the corner. Who’s excited?