A few of the women started easing into hitting parts of their lines on Thursday, as digging officially wrapped up at the Red Bull Formation site in Virgin, Utah. Hannah Bergemann guinea-pigged a huge drop on the line she’s sharing in part with Casey Brown and Sam Soriano, while Cami Nogueira towed Vaea Verbeeck into another big-commitment line, but mostly the women stayed on the mellower features below the mid-road, conserving their energy and excitement for a big day ahead on Saturday. The guys on site, like Carson Storch and DJ Brandt, also tested some of the features, offering advice on things like roll-in speed, but are there primarily to play a support role, watering lips, or pitching in on builds, while the ladies take the lead.
Most of the day was spent perfecting builds in advance of tomorrow first day of sessioning, with the ultimate goal of cleaning top-to-bottom runs and further pushing the progression women’s freeride, a discipline that has historically been male-dominated. Formation follows in the footsteps of Red Bull Rampage, the 2o-year freeride event, held on the same cliffs above Virgin, Utah, but Formation is about camaraderie over competition, with teamwork and the elevation of the entire sport held in higher regard than whose line is the most consequential or tricks the most technical. Both Formation and Rampage take place on private land in Virgin, and offer a rare opportunity for creativity, where riders and their diggers can envision lines and sculpt them into reality.
Formation continues through the weekend.
- Red Bull Formation: Dig Day in the Desert
- Hannah Bergemann on the Importance of Freeride
- The Future of Freeride is Female