Gnarley, Rad, Sick and Massive

The Red Bull Rampage is an annual mountain biking competition here in Virgin, Utah. This was the 12th edition and is fast becoming a very popular event worldwide.  These extreme riders defy the laws of gravity and common sense physics.  Einstein would have trouble figuring out how these mountain bikers do what they do. As some nearby dudes said, it was gnarley, rad, sick and massive. The photos pretty much give you a good idea of the competition and scene. SPOILER ALERT- Kurt Sorge won the event for an unprecedented third time.    This competition was filmed and will be shown on NBC on December 24th.

Tickets sold out online in 5 minutes.











Dusty Venue

He wiped out but was uninjured


Good shocks required

They filmed the event from the hills, helicopters and drones.

Look mom, no hands!

Not sure where he was going.

Riding uphill would be a lot harder than downhill?


Look out Bro!


Finish Line

Below is a aerial view of the course which shows massive dropoffs!


Or one narley ride by Antoine Bizet who was the crowd’s choice as the winner.

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  1. How do they not kill themselves or end up seriously injured?


  2. They are braver than I would be. But what amazing surroundings to ride in.


  3. Respect to all riders that competed in that. What skill.

    Thanks Michael for posting that.👍

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  4. That is crazy! Wow, these photos!!


  5. Makes me cringe just looking at the photographs. I am attempting more and more off road biking in the sand and I fall over:)


  6. Wonderful captures of a high action event!!!


  7. Great images Michael. I’m just wondering what kind of effect this sport has on the nature.


    • Thanks Cornelia. This event is only for one week. It’s on private property and is mostly desert which bounces back pretty quickly. It was really dusty because we have had rain only once in the last 6 weeks. Wind and rain will bring it back to original shape.


  8. wow, that’s just crazy! Nice shots of the riders.


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