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Photo Gallery—Rampage Practice


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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. 

Calm winds welcomed a full day of practice on Wednesday. Photo: Satchel Cronk

A win on Friday would make three-time Rampage winner Kurt Sorge the only rider to take gold an unprecedented four times. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier
The sheer scale and steepness of the features and landings at the venue is difficult to grasp, until you see a photo like this. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Photo: Satchel Cronk

Jaxson Riddle hikes back up—Riddle packed in the practice laps as he preps for his Rampage debut on Friday. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Riddle had a helping hand from Transition teammate and fellow freerider Hannah Bergemann. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Bergemann, a Bellingham local, has become increasingly familiar with Utah’s desert terrain, through her two appearances at Red Bull Formation. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier
Baby's first Rampage. Rachel Strait displays some impressive mom skills, as Kyle Strait lends a hand. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Three-time winner Brandon Semenuk and his single-crown forked, mixed-wheeled Trek Session (and the tail whip he threw on it) was the center of attention on Wednesday. Photo: Satchel Cronk
Photo: Satchel Cronk

Brage Vestavik shows the intensity of the event during a brief mid-practice break. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Riddle with the Japan Air. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Kyle Strait rides the steep, sketchy fall-line chute he and Cam Zink made famous in the 2016 and 2017 events. Photo: Satchel Cronk
Photographing and filming Rampage is a different kind of endurance sport altogether. Photo: Satchel Cronk
Hurricane local Reed Boggs looking right at home. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

When two legends from different sides of the lens, Clay Porter and Brandon Semenuk, put their heads together, you know something phenomenal is going to happen. Photo: Satchel Cronk

Semenuk, mid-mind-melting tailwhip. Photo: Satchel Cronk
Even in practice, watching Semenuk in the air is mesmerizing. Photo: Satchel Cronk

Thomas Genon, one of the best slopestyle riders in the world, is making his ninth Rampage appearance. Photo: Satchel Cronk

Another Rampage veteran, Cam Zink, practices a section that requires a precise landing to set him up for the biggest drop in his line. Photo: Satchel Cronk

Photo: Satchel Cronk
Local Ethan Nell readies for his fourth Rampage appearance. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Vinny T packs a landing. Photo: Satchel Cronk

Ethan Nell in flight. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Godziek has his eyes on the podium, after winning the People’s Choice Award at Rampage in 2019. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

Reed Boggs pays homage to Jordie Lunn, who passed away ago two years ago this week. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier
Dropping in 3...2—the big show starts tomorrow. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier