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The weather calmed on Wednesday, allowing Rampage competitors time to tick off features and drop into top-to-bottom runs on the fourth day of practice, in anticipation of Friday’s final. The venue for this year’s event is one athletes have seen before—it’s the same cliffside competitors built lines into for the 2016 and 2017 runnings of Rampage—so many who competed then used their previous lines as a foundation, and were able to spend less time building from scratch and more time sprucing up old features. Some riders are incorporating familiar features, like the Goblin Drop or the fall-line chute, into new lines. Others, like Brage Vestavik, the Norwegian rider who blew minds with his X Games Real MTB entry earlier this year, are starting from scratch. Vestavik is etching in an original top-to-bottom line, a time-consuming task, but one that could pay dividends with judges on Friday.
The 14 competitors—the original roster of 15 is down one after Andreu Lacondeguy’s crash earlier this week–have another day of practice today before finals tomorrow. The event will be live-streamed, find all the details here.
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