Virgin, Utah (August 8, 2018) – Red Bull Rampage is mountain biking’s truest test of skill and mental toughness. Featuring the sport’s best athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations on the planet, the event has evolved over 18 years to become freeride mountain biking’s most coveted title. The 2019 edition promises to be the best spectator and athlete experience in the event’s history. Today, the near-complete lineup of those world-class athletes has been set, comprised of 10 pre-qualified and 8 invited Wild Card riders. Riders like Reece Wallace and Gee Atherton have competed in the past but haven’t been part of the mix for a few years will return and look to mix it up with veterans like Cam Zink, Carson Storch and Graham Agassiz. The pre-qualified riders earned their right to compete in 2019 by finishing in the top 10 in last year’s Red Bull Rampage. The remaining eight riders who make up the Wild Card athletes were chosen by a Red Bull Rampage Committee — consisting of pro riders Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, Nico Vink, Randy Spangler, Dave Smutok along with event organizer Todd Barber — and invited based on the following criteria: past results from similar big bike contests, proven skill, and current video segments. 2018 PRE-QUALIFIED ATHLETES (2018 Top 10) Brett Rheeder (CAN) Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA) Ethan Nell (USA) Tom van Steenbergen (CAN) Thomas Genon (BEL) Tyler McCaul (USA) Kyle Strait (USA) Szymon Godziek (POL) Kurt Sorge (CAN) Brendan Fairclough (UK) RED BULL RAMPAGE 2018 WILD CARD ENTRIES Brandon Semenuk Cam Zink Carson Storch Antoine Bizet Graham Agassiz Reece Wallace Vincent Tupin Gee Atherton With the edition of the Marzocchi Proving Grounds many of the still hopeful Wild Card athletes will receive a final chance to earn a spot to this year’s Rampage. This event will take place September 6-8 near Bend, OR., and will allow athletes like Emil Johansson, Jaxson Riddle, Max Fredriksson and for the first time a female Casey Brown the opportunity to compete on the world’s biggest freeride platform. The event will be on a totally new, custom-made course that will mimic Rampage-type features including huge drops, doubles and rhythm sections. For more details on athletes attending and ticketing information visit www.h5events.com Red Bull Rampage is supported by Kia Motors America, BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission and Red Hydrogen. ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv. Limited tickets will go on sale later this summer — find updates at redbull.com/rampage. ABOUT RED BULL TV Red Bull TV features beyond the ordinary live events and videos featuring inspirational stories covering sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. Anytime, anywhere. Red Bull TV is available on the web, connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more. Accessible via the web atwww.redbull.tv and its Android, iOS and Windows Phone applications, Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs and as a free, downloadable app on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku Players, Roku TV models and Xbox consoles. ABOUT THE MARZOCCHI PROVING GROUNDS The Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by Five Ten will be the first official athlete qualifier for Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR – go to www.h5events.com for more information. ABOUT UTAH SPORTS COMMISSION: The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com
Rolling straight into your ears is Episode 6 of the BikeRadar Podcast. This month the King of BikeRadar (well, content director) Rob Spedding leads the charge with tech editor Tom Marvin and senior writer Matthew Allen in discussing Velominati’s The Rules, before delving into the gritty world of gravel bikes. ‘The Rules’ are a set of maxims by which the keen road cyclist often feels he or she should live by. It could be argued as a tongue in cheek dig at the MAMIL who wants to emulate their road racing heroes, but there’s some method in the madness because many of the rules are actually rather sensible. That said, there are numerous that clearly poke fun at the over-keen amateur cyclist, so we’ve picked a few of our favourites and delved deeper into their meaning. Sock length – a key aspect of The Rules. Sagan seems to be toeing the line here, neither too long, nor too short. Josh Evans/Immediate Media Next up comes a look at the growing gravel scene. What are gravel bikes? What separates them from cyclocross, endurance road and even mountain bikes? Should you consider getting one yourself? With three professed gravel fans, maybe the whole thing gets an easy ride, but there’s definitely a case for a gravel bike being your N+1. Links to all of the previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes are below, but don’t forget to subscribe via your chosen podcast provider to make sure they’re delivered to you as soon as they go live. You can, of course, find our episodes on iTunes and Spotify. We want your feedback Given that this is only episode 6, and we’re still new to this podcasting game, if you have time we would really appreciate your feedback. We’ve created a very simple, very short, totally anonymous survey, so please let us know your thoughts! All the links you need The Rules — Velominati Lauf True Grit review 3T Exploro first ride review Rough Stuff Fellowship Slam That Stem The Cycle Show tickets — use CPLUS1 or MBUK1 for a 10% discount! How to listen to the BikeRadar Podcast If you want to download the BikeRadar Podcast to your iPhone, you can find it on iTunes, alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services. Previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes Episode 1 — Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2 — MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3 — The BikeRadar Podcast | How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4 — The BikeRadar Podcast | SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 5 — The BikeRadar Podcast | Why do all bikes look the same? (Spotify/iTunes) Previous BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast episodes BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 1: Fork Offset — all you need to know BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 2: Mountain bike suspension dampers BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 3: Mountain bike geometry
Tyler McCaul, Joey Foresta, Tom Isted and Joey Gough unleash the new Force 29 on their home turf.( Photos: 2 )
In this episode, BikeRadar’s technical editor Tom Marvin and technical writer Seb Stott cover the somewhat huge topic of mountain bike geometry. While Tom advocates for slightly ‘smaller’ bikes, Seb is definitely a fan of the super-long and slack. Geometry is key to dictating how a bike rides: long, slack bikes tend to be calm, confident and fast, whereas shorter bikes might be a touch more agile and involving to ride. There’s no right or wrong, but that’s not to say that Tom and Seb don’t have opinions on the subject. Not surprisingly, the Pole is immensely stable in fast, uneven sections. Russell Burton After defining a few terms, the guys chat about their preferences, and how the different aspects of mountain bike geometry alter how a bike feels and rides on the trail. The links you need The ultimate guide to mountain bike geometry and handling What’s the future of MTB geometry? How much difference does a bike fit make? How to fit an angle-adjust headset How to adjust your saddle angle Pole Machine EN first ride review Transition Scout long-term review BikeRadar Podcasts If this is the first BikeRadar Podcast you’ve come across, fear not! Links to our previous episodes are below. You can find all our episodes on iTunes and Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe on your podcast provider to make sure you don’t miss any episodes. Episode 1: Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2: MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3: The BikeRadar Podcast — How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4: The BikeRadar Podcast — SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 5: The BikeRadar Podcast — Why do all bikes look the same? (Spotify / iTunes) BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 1 — Fork offset BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 2 — Suspension dampers Any more for any more? Our Tech Talk series covers a range of relatively geeky subjects, all to do with mountain bike tech. Let us know in the comments if there’s a subject you want to know more about, and what we should cover in our up-coming Road Tech Talk series too.
The Big White Slopestyle hosted by Tom Van Steenbergen went off with riders from all over the world tossing huge tricks all the way down the course.
The Big White Slopestyle course is looking bigger and better than last year. The man behind the event, Tom Van Steenbergen, walks us through some of the changes while the riders practice their runs.