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Few mountain bike events can rival Red Bull Rampage for fear or excitement, as the very best riders in the world face almost vertical drops down Utah’s sandstone. Getting from top to bottom as fast as possible, and with as much style and flair as you go, is a task only for the very best in the game.
This is the ultimate MTB event, asking riders to tackle terrifying heights on unstable terrain. Whether a freerider or a slopestyler, this is one of the toughest tests of skill and balance than a rider can face.
Red Bull Rampage is a freeride mountain bike competition held near Zion National Park in Utah. Riders must be invited to race, with the winner taking home $100,000.
At the 2017 event, Canadian Kurt Sorge took home his third Rampage title, having already been victorious in 2012 and 2015. Sorge said: ‘I am speechless. I can’t believe it. It was a lot of work out here for a couple of weeks, and to make my diggers, everyone back home and the fans proud, is out of this world. All riders were going huge and doing technical tricks off all of the big features – putting together really technical flowy lines.’
The competition was made up of 18 riders, who were allowed to create their own manmade lines down the route, using power tools to do so. The consequence of this, of course, is that no two riders have the same path, with each taking on the near vertical challenge in their own personal way.
RED BULL RAMPAGE 2017, TOP FIVE:
1. Kurt Sorge (CAN) – 92.66
2. Cameron Zink (USA) – 90.33
3. Ethan Nell (USA) – 90.00
4. Brandon Semenuk (CAN) – 89.66
5. Brett Rheeder (CAN) – 89.33