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Red Bull Formation Returns in 2021

All Women’s Freeride Mountain Biking Progression Session Headed Back to Southern Utah.

Press Release: (Virgin, UT – April 7, 2021)  –  The much-anticipated return of Red Bull Formation is here, May 24th – June 1st in Southern Utah, one of the most iconic locations for the freeride mountain biking movement. The inaugural 2019 event was a transformative moment for women’s freeriding, marking a tangible shift in the scene. The past 18-months have seen an acceleration of progression in the women’s field, with new talent, an abundance of tricks, and added opportunities to pursue freeriding as a career within mountain biking as a result. 

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 2021 event will welcome 8 of the top athletes back to the camp alongside a selection of industry mentors and peers that will help guide and coach the athletes throughout the week. Together they will work to create top-to-bottom lines that will illustrate their skill, style, and power on the terrain. 

Red Bull Formation is a women’s big-mountain progression session. The event’s goals include progressing and developing the women’s freeride field, shining a spotlight on the athletes through media and storytelling, and ultimately creating a future path for women in freeride mountain biking.

To read about the inaugural 2019 Red Bull Formation, please go here.

Vero Sandler digs her line. Photo: Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool

Vinny Armstrong whips at Red Bull Formation 2019. Photo: Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool

2021 INVITED ATHLETES 

  1. Casey Brown (CAN)
  2. Vaea Verbeeck (CAN)
  3. Vinny Armstrong (NZ)
  4. Jess Blewitt (NZ)
  5. Sam Soriano (USA)
  6. Chelsea Kimball (USA)
  7. Hannah Bergemann (USA)
  8. Vero Sandler (UK)
  9. 1st Alternate: Camila Nogueira (ARG)
  10. 2nd Alternate: Alma Wiggberg (SWE)
Rebecca Rusch digs a line for Micayla Gatto at Red Bull Formation 2019 Photo: Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool

Jill Kintner, Casey Brown, Vero Sandler, Vaea Verbeeck, Micayla Gatto, Rebecca Rusch, Hannah Bergemann, Katie Holden, Vinny Armstrong, Jordy Scott and Tahnee Seagrave pose for a portrait on the course at Red Bull Formation 2019 in Virgin, Utah. Photo: Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool

“The first year of Red Bull Formation was a huge step in the progression of women’s freeriding. It proved that there is space for women in that realm, and that people want to see and are inspired by the content. The significance of having Formation for pushing women’s freeriding is that it provides a platform for women to collaborate which accelerates the sport’s progression. My broad goals for Formation are to use the event as an opportunity to collaborate with other women to progress the sport, produce more media of women’s freeride mountain biking, and ultimately inspire the next-gen to keep taking it further.” –  Hannah Bergemann 

“I’m so excited and honored to be invited to Formation. Being in the desert with some of the raddest women, many of them I have looked up to for years, building and riding our own lines is something that I’ve looked forward to since I switched to freeride. Formation has become the pinnacle of progressing women’s freeride, finally giving the proper attention that women’s freeride has lacked for so many years. I hope that impact that Formation has will continue to inspire other girls who have aspirations in freeride, progressing the sport further and further.” – Sam Soriano

Watch this space… In the meantime, Beta’s premiere print issue features a look at the women’s freeride movement in ‘The Future (Of Freeride) Is Female’. Sign up to get access to that story and much more.