No Brendog or Brage at this year’s Red Bull Rampage

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Insert sadface emoji here. The competitors eligible to compete on October 21st in this year’s Red Bull Rampage have been announced.

No space for Rampage vet Brendan Fairclough nor nu-skool Norwegian beast banger Brage Vestavik as Rampage continues its seeming drift towards being just A.N.Other trick-heavy slopestyle event. Yes, I’m moaning.

Press Release:

Athlete Lineup Announced for 2022 Red Bull Rampage

Jaxson Riddle at Red Bull Rampage 2021 (Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool)

Top 18 Mountain Bikers in the World Are Invited to Premier Big-Mountain Freeride Competition.

Eighteen athletes have been invited to the 2022 Red Bull Rampage, the premier big-mountain freeride competition, where they’ll compete to determine the best in the sport. The world’s top mountain bike athletes will descend on Southwestern Utah, marking the 16th edition in the event’s history. Red Bull Rampage is scheduled for October 21st and tickets will go on-sale to the public on Tuesday, August 30th at 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET via the event website.

“Red Bull Rampage is the pinnacle of the freeride mountain biking scene, so it’s exciting to see who I will be competing alongside,” said local Utah competitor and the 2021 Style Award recipient Jaxson Riddle. “After a groundbreaking event last year, myself and the other riders are ready to get back out there and push the sport further than ever.​​”

The top ten riders from the 2021 competition were automatically pre-qualified for this year’s event, while the other 8 wildcards and 5 alternates were selected by a committee of former Rampage competitors, pro athletes, judges, and industry experts based on competition results and video submissions. Six former winners and three event rookies are among those set to compete, highlighting a blend of seasoned veterans and hungry newcomers ready to leave their mark at the event.

“Competing in Red Bull Rampage has always been a career goal of mine, so I’m stoked to receive this invitation to be on the biggest stage of freeride,” said Dylan Stark, a first-time competitor. “To compete in the pinnacle of the sport alongside all the riders who push me to be better and further my craft is a huge honor. I’m ready to put together all my skills and years of training in the desert this year.”

2022 Red Bull Rampage Invited Athletes

Pre-Qualified Athletes:

Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
Kurt Sorge (CAN)
Reed Boggs (USA)
Cam Zink (USA)
Tyler McCaul (USA)
Kyle Strait (USA)
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Ethan Nell (USA)
Jaxson Riddle (USA)
Szymon Godziek (POL)

Wildcard Invites:

Alex Volokhov (CAN)
Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
Brett Rheeder (CAN)
Carson Storch (USA)
DJ Brandt (USA)
Dylan Stark (USA)
Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN)
William Robert (FRA)

Alternates:

Vincent Tupin (FRA)
Bienvenido Aguado Alba (SPA)
Adolf Silva (SPA)
Johny Salido (MEX)
Ryan McNulty (USA)

This year, the event will be streamed live exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S., and on Red Bull TV in all other countries. In addition, the complete event will be available on-demand on both ESPN+ and Red Bull TV following the competition. Then on October 30th, viewers can also tune-in to a condensed 2.5-hour replay that will air on ESPN.

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  • No Brendog or Brage at this year’s Red Bull Rampage
  • kayak23
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    That’s a real shame. Love to see Brendog in it. The event massively needs a bit of uk humour to break up the Murcan Yahoos and standing behind desks with earpieces style commentary.

    Best bit of the event for me is watching Bren, Ollie and Ben’s vlogs of it..

    I’d love Rob Warner to commentate. Somehow the American style they have doesn’t sit comfortably.

    Insane event though. I’ll be watching.

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    What makes you say it’s drifting towards “just A.N.Other trick-heavy slopestyle event” ? Still looks Rampage-y to me 🙂

    johnjn2000
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    With you on the commentary @Kayak23 I think it is the same who do Joyride? No humour or natural feel to it, very cold.

    wordnumb
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    Bring back the guy who kept saying “shut the front door” every twenty seconds (probably years ago).

    keefezza
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    Brage not being in the show this year is a bit crap, was hoping to see some of his mentalism.

    Dylan stark could be good to watch, his riding is pretty damn insane.

    Imo I’d like to see Jordan Boostmaster get sponsored and do it!

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