How to Make Red Bull Rampage Finals: Teamwork

Rampage sophomores Thomas Genon and Pierre-Edouard Ferry partner up to conquer the mountain.
By Scott Hart
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Riders meeting: It's about to get real…
Mountain bikers receive safety briefing prior to Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Riders meeting: It's about to get real… Standing at the base of the mountain under the early-morning light for the rider’s meeting -- addressing safety needs, competition parameters and all the gnar that Rampage is about to offer each athlete -- is when things get serious… © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool
A decision to make: Go it alone or find a partner?
Mountain biker Thomas Genon attending rider's meeting prior to Red Bull Rampage 2013.
A decision to make: Go it alone or find a partner? You can choose to stand there alone, listening to all the safety precautions from the event organizers and become intimidated and potentially overwhelmed when the seriousness of big mountain’s most prestigious event begins to set in… © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool
Partnership power: Everything is better in pairs
Mountain bikers Pierre-Edouard Ferry and Thomas Genon before Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Partnership power: Everything is better in pairs ...or you can look around and realize: You’re with friends! If you’re Thomas Genon, you look to your right, see Pierre-Edouard Ferry, and make a goofily-excited face to release the tension in a positive way because Rampage is finally here and it’s time for the greatest bike riding of the year! © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
Two isn’t eight, but it’s better than none
Mountain bikers Pierre-Edouard Ferry and Thomas Genon digging at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Two isn’t eight, but it’s better than none Athletes were allowed three dig team members to help create their line, but not all riders could afford the luxury of importing builders. The Genon/Ferry build team consisted of two members: Genon and Ferry. The two riders teamed up to share the same line for Rampage qualifying and finals. © Ian Hylands/Red Bull Content Pool
Free the guinea pigs! Practice Begins
Mountain biker Pierre-Edouard Ferry drops in on Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Free the guinea pigs! Practice Begins With one Rampage under each of their belts, both athletes were familiar with the event’s unique demands heading into their sophomore attempt. No time was wasted pussy-footing around the mountain. By noon of practice day one PEF had already dropped in for the virgin run of his 2013 Rampage campaign. © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
Bromatic approach: Attacking the shared line
Mountain biker Thomas Genon drops in on Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Bromatic approach: Attacking the shared line In what became routine for the week, Genon would quickly follow suit and lay his own tracks on the line. Genon then PEF, or PEF then Genon -- it was a shared strategy that the pair used to overcome each feature and zone, essentially tag-teaming the unknown together. © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
Camera 1: Genon sends the ridgeline drop
Mountain biker Thomas Genon sends the ridgeline drop at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Camera 1: Genon sends the ridgeline drop Back and forth, the pair methodically worked their way down the course. This time, Genon is first to test a high-speed gap near mid-mountain. © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool
Camera 2: PEF sends the ridgeline drop
Mountain biker Pierre-Edouard Ferry send the ridgeline drop at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Camera 2: PEF sends the ridgeline drop Red rover, red rover, send PEF on over! Pierre takes his attempt, which proved successful. By day's end Team France/Belgium have conquered their line and are ready for qualifying. Both riders can sleep a little easier the night before qualis -- confident that their line can be ridden successfully. © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool
Fist bump and say, "See you on the other side!"
Mountain bikers Pierre-Edouard Ferry and Thomas Genon fist bump before qualifying at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Fist bump and say, "See you on the other side!" “Safety first then teamwork” is the mantra on the Pineapple Express -- and big-mountain riding is no different. There is a gentlemanly camaraderie among the athletes who brave the extremely demanding terrain of Rampage. PEF gives final encouragement to Genon before Thomas drops in for qualifying. © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
Camera 1: Watch your buddy do his qualifying run
Mountain biker Thomas Genon drops in on qualifying at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Camera 1: Watch your buddy do his qualifying run Watching with dual interests -- half concerned for his friend’s run, but half concentrating on any final intel that could be gathered to benefit his own run, PEF looks on as Thomas drops in for his qualifying run. © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool
Camera 2: Drop in on your own qualifying run
Mountain biker Pierre-Edouard Ferry drops in on qualifying at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Camera 2: Drop in on your own qualifying run After watching Genon’s successful quali run, PEF was given his opportunity to interpret the terrain he and Genon had prepared together. © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool
Put your name up on the boards
Mountain bikers receive qualifying results at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Put your name up on the boards Only the top 12 riders from qualifying transfer to finals. If you finish high and the person in charge of posting results isn't quite tall enough to hang your name on that list, give her a hand. PEF abides as Thomas looks on. © Ian Hylands/Red Bull Content Pool
Do whatever you want -- you qualified!
Mountain bikers Thomas Genon and Pierre-Edouard Ferry on the qualifying podium at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Do whatever you want -- you qualified! Choose to raise your arms halfway (PEF) or choose not to raise your arms at all (Genon). Either way: You’ve made finals! See what happened in the finals by watching the Red Bull Signature Series (in the USA) on NBC on Saturday, December 21 starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool

Making finals at Red Bull Rampage is no easy feat. Hell, simply riding the course -- if you can even call a raw mountain range void of any trails or footpaths a "course" -- is no easy feat.

Follow Pierre-Edouard Ferry and Thomas Genon in the gallery below as they attempt to tame the mountain and convince the judges of their worthiness.

If you're in the USA, you can see what happened in the recap of Red Bull Rampage on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on Saturday, December 21 starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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