Women’s Progression Session: Highlights from Red Bull Formation

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Red Bull Formation is such a pivotal event for women’s freeride. It puts female freeriders in the spotlight, allows them to push their limits, and do it together. At the end of May, eight of the world’s best female freeriders headed out to Utah to build lines and progress their riding. Here are the highlights from the women’s progression session.

The event consisted of three dig days, one rest day and three ride days. On the final day, the mountain was host to some gnarly women’s freeriding including a top-to-bottom run.


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Vaea Verbeeck, Cami Nogueira, Sam Soriano, Casey Brown, Katie Holden, Hannah Bergemann, Jess Blewitt, Vinny Armstrong, Chelsea Kimball pose for a portrait on the final day at Red Bull Formation.

Riders:

  • Hannah Bergmann
  • Camila Nogueira
  • Casey Brown
  • Chelsea Kimball
  • Jess Blewitt
  • Samantha Soriano
  • Vaea Verbeeck
  • Vinny Armstrong

Red Bull Formation MTB camp is a wrap for 2021 after a week of building and riding lines in the Utah desert. From May 24, eight world-class female riders gathered to author a new era in the world of women’s freeride mountain biking. Crafting lines, sessioning hits and fuelling the progression, the week’s work culminated into a day of epic top-to-bottom lines. For the athletes it was time to go big one final time before this edition of Red Bull Formation concluded.

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Chelsea Kimball does a speed check on her drop.

Formation

As the camp neared a close, one athlete walked away with an accolade: the Evolution in Action Award, presented by event sponsor Arc’teryx. While Formation is about collaboration rather than competition, athletes had the opportunity to vote for a participant that represents the values of Red Bull Formation: leading with a ‘rising tide’ mentality, pushing themselves to their full potential, but also lifting those around them with excellence on and off the course. Walking away with the award was none other than Hannah Bergmann. We’d like to thank everyone involved in the development and implementation of Red Bull Formation and cannot wait to see this event grow in the future.

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Chelsea Kimball rides the ridge.

This was the most spectacular women’s freeride mountain biking that we’ve seen to date. Each athlete got out of their comfort zone when envisioning their lines and it paid off in a huge way. It just shows how hungry and talented the women in this sport are to progress. Everything that we do in this moment at Red Bull Formation matters for those that come behind us. This is a space for us to come together to progress and push the sport forward.

Organiser, Katie Holden

Look out for the YouTube series and documentary, coming soon! To see more, check out #RedBullFormation on Instagram.


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