The winds were calm and the skies clear in Virgin, Utah, on Saturday, as Formation riders started sessioning features from the lines they spent the better part of the last week digging. A few of the eight invited women worked their way nearly all the way up the face of the mountain, starting with the warm-up jumps below the mid-road and continuing to just below the apex. Hannah Bergemann, a Bellingham, Washington, local with a penchant for fearlessly going huge, linked up large parts of her line on Saturday, offering a teaser for what’s to come in the remaining two days of the event. While Casey Brown, Vinny Armstrong, Jess Blewitt and Sam Soriano also worked their way through significant portions of their lines, which include the Plastic Bag jump and an optional double drop.
The riders were still fine-tuning parts of their lines as well, working with their dig crews to refine the canvas as they tested out features. There were a few crashes—Bergemann, Vaea Verbeeck and Cami Nogueira all went down at one point—but thankfully nothing serious that would keep anyone from finishing the weekend.
Red Bull Formation is a women’s-only jam-session-style event staged on the cliffs of Virgin, Utah, on the same terrain that hosted Red Bull Rampage in 2008. Formation is designed to push the progression of women’s freeride, and it’s working. The riders are creating lines that are bigger and more technical than Formation’s first time around in 2019, and are sending the drops, jumps and features with skill and precision. They spent most of the past week envisioning and digging their lines, and Saturday was the first full day they had to suit up and send it. The session continues on Sunday, and on Monday, the women will attempt clean, top-to-bottom runs.