Red Bull Rampage 2013: Behind the glory

Photographer Margus Riga captures the best moments at Rampage away from the action.
By Mike Berard
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The Early Bird Gets the...Big Mountain Worm
 		 Mountain bikers hike in to the Red Bull Rampage 2013 venue.
The Early Bird Gets the...Big Mountain Worm Surviving Rampage is all about attrition. Early to rise, competitors and their respective dig teams could be found hiking up the mountainside in the early morning hours of each day. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
The Long Drive In and Out, Every Day
 		 Mountain bikers drive four miles off-road to Red Bull Rampage site.
The Long Drive In and Out, Every Day The Red Bull Rampage site is isolated from the normal world and can only be accessed via a single-lane dirt road found off the main highway outside the small town of Virgin in southern Utah. Travel over four miles down this path and you'll find the biggest of big mountain riding on the planet. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
The Rider's Rider
Mountain biker Tyler McCaul at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
The Rider's Rider The steely gaze on Tyler McCaul’s face says one thing: determination. TMac was on fire during his second run, flipping, railing and gapping like a madman. The burliness of his line had a few of his counterparts concerned, but TMac stomped out every doubt with amazing riding all weekend. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
The Feeling of Red Bull Rampage
Mountain bikers get the goosebumps at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
The Feeling of Red Bull Rampage If Red Bull Rampage were a sensation, it'd be this: goosebumps. Other side effects include, but are not limited to: shortness of breath, eyes bugging out of skull and uncontrolled screams of enthusiasm. Rampage is like no other. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
Big Screens and Big Dreams
The NBC Signature Series film crew at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Big Screens and Big Dreams American television channel NBC was on site producing an episode of the Red Bull Signature Series. The same program that brought Travis Rice’s Ultra Natural and the Volcom Fiji Pro to your TV screen will now feature Rampage. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
Continuing into the Twilight
Mountain bikers dig on the Red Bull Rampage site in the twilight.
Continuing into the Twilight When the sun went down, several dig teams would continue building into the wee hours of the night. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
Each Rider's Dig Team Members are Second to None
Mountain biker Alex Reveles digs at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Each Rider's Dig Team Members are Second to None Golfers can lean on a good caddy for club choice and shot suggestions. A Rampage athlete has his dig team. Riders like Alex Reveles and Kyle Jamieson -- amazing in their own right -- are just an example of the amazing riders and dirt shapers behind each registered rider at Rampage. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
Gully's Grand Slam(s) off the Oakley Icon Sender
Mountain biker Geoff Gulevich at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Gully's Grand Slam(s) off the Oakley Icon Sender The Icon Sender served up a grand slam of Denny's proportion to Geoff Gulevich. By the end, his flesh was fried -- strips of bacon hanging from his shins, a big pork chop sliced from his back and a near-poaching of the eggs in his shorts... It's clear: Gully has a big appetite for big mountain. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
All Three Riders: Equally Ballsy
The Oakley Icon Sender drop
All Three Riders: Equally Ballsy Only three riders attempted the biggest Oakley Icon Sender drop. Guinea pig James Doerfling came up short on his attempt 1 of 1, sliding the length of the landing and running out of the crash with arms raised. The other two riders? They landed and tricked it! Kyle Strait and Cam Zink are like whoa! © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
The High Price of Being Badass: Kenny Smith
Kenny Smith at the Oakley Icon Sender at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
The High Price of Being Badass: Kenny Smith Rampage 2013 saw its fair share of carnage -- a negative side effect of pushing mountain biking further than it's ever gone before. From Mark Matthews’ flight into the side of the mountain to Dustin Schaad’s endo off a cliff -- the cost to be the boss is high at Rampage. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
To the Injured Go the Spoils
Mountain bikers Kenny Smith, Kurt Sorge and Darren Berrecloth in a golf cart at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
To the Injured Go the Spoils Don’t feel too sorry for those on the injured list. Kenny Smith, Kurt Sorge and Darren Berrecloth spent the majority of their time at Rampage hanging out, having fun, cheering on the boys and ripping around in someone else’s side-by-side. Drive it like you stole it, right? © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
The Eye in the Sky
Freeride Entertainment's Helicopter
The Eye in the Sky Rumor has it Freeride Entertainment's producers had a chopper on standby in case Cam Zink’s girlfriend went into labor. Luckily, baby Ayla Grayson Zink waited until October 22 to come into the world -- allowing mommy to watch daddy backflip the Oakley Icon Sender to third place in finals. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
A Pilgrim By Any Other Name is Still a Champion
Sam Pilgrim celebrates winning the 2013 FMB World Tour title.
A Pilgrim By Any Other Name is Still a Champion Sam Pilgrim may not have been comfortable with the terrain of the FMB Tour finals at Rampage, but he certainly got comfortable with the gold trophy of the 2013 FMB World Tour champion. The points accumulated from the rest of the season allowed him to celebrate his victory at Rampage. © Margus Riga/Red Bull Bike
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