2016 Rampage Athletes Announced

Date Aug 2, 2016

Virgin, Utah (August 2, 2016) After 10 editions of historic competition, Red Bull Rampage has become the truest test of skill and mental toughness on a mountain bike.  Touted as one of the most intense events in the world, featuring the world’s best athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations on the planet, the event has become the most coveted title in Freeride Mountain Biking.

The incomparable Cam Zink. Photo - Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

The incomparable Cam Zink. Photo – Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

The list of 21 world-class athletes competing in this year’s Red Bull Rampage has been set. The roster of riders slated to compete is comprised of both 12 pre-qualified and 9 invited “Wild-Card” athletes. There will also be 5 alternates who will be called upon to compete if a rider is unable to attend the event.

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Graham Aggassiz is due for a win in 2016. Photo – Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

The pre-qualified riders earned their right to compete in 2016 by finishing in the top 12 in last year’s event. The remaining 9 riders who make up the “Wild-Card” athletes were chosen and invited based on the following criteria:

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Antoine Bizet canyon flip like it’s no big deal. Photo – John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool

  • Past Red Bull Rampage results
  • Results from similar big bike events
  • Proven skill on a mountain bike
  • Current video segments

Past athletes and community leaders Cameron McCaul, Aaron Chase, Randy Spangler, Nico Vink, and Todd Barber comprised the Rampage selection committee who selected the “Wild-Card” athletes.

The 11th Edition of Red Bull Rampage will take place at a new location near Virgin, UT on October 14th. The new venue and updated event format offer up a blank canvas for the elite group of 21 athletes to create their own personal line down the mountain in one of the biggest tests of skill and nerve in the world.

PRE-QUALIFIED ATHLETES FROM 2015

Kurt Sorge                   CAN
Andreu Lacondeguy      SPA
Graham Agassiz          CAN
Brandon Semenuk        CAN
Thomas Genon             BEL
Cam Zink                     USA
Darren Berrecloth          CAN
Brendan Fairclough       GBR
Sam Reynolds               GBR
Remy Metailler              FRA
Kyle Strait                    USA
Pierre-Edouard Ferry     FRA

INVITED “WILD-CARD” ATHLETES
Antoine Bizet                FRA
Logan Binggeli              USA
James Doerfling            CAN
Conor MacFarlane        NZL
Tyler McCaul                USA
Kyle Norbraten             CAN
Brett Rheeder                CAN
Carson Storch               USA
Tom Van Steenbergen     CAN

ALTERNATES

Bas Van Steenbergen      CAN – Alternate 1
Mitch Chubey                CAN – Alternate 2
Ryan Howard                USA – Alternate 3
Louis Reboul                  FRA – Alternate 4
Ethan Nell                     USA – Alternate 5

Szymon Godziek running the ridgeline. Photo - Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Szymon Godziek running the ridgeline. Photo – Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Can’t wait until October to get your gut-wrenching, nail-biting freeride fix? Head over to redbull.com/rampage to watch exclusive content and storylines leading up to the competition! The great equalizer of all mountain bike events, Red Bull Rampage draws slopestyle riders, downhill racers and natural-terrain freeriders together in one big-mountain test of all-around bike skill on near-vertical sandstone ridges near Virgin, Utah. Don’t forget to join the #RedBullRampage conversation on social media!

Rampage airs as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive and innovative events in action sports.  Fans can watch the event live on Red Bull TV Friday, October 14th or catch a two-hour highlight program on NBC airing Saturday, November 12th.


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Mike
6 years, 1 month ago
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i only know one thing: when the comp ends, there will be incessant whining and complaining about the judging.

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