The mountain bike riders on the Rampage roster tell us what it takes to make the finals and win.
At Rampage, you need to have an ambitious plan, then spend the entire week doing whatever it takes to make it happen. When the starter calls your name on the radio followed by "dropping in 3,2,1…” your only thought is stomping your line and hopefully adding in the tricks.
If you get to the bottom of the course and everything came together exactly how you'd envisioned all week, it’s a victory. The judges are comparing apples to oranges because everybody rides a different course. Regardless of what number they assign to your run, if you stomped your plan -- you gotta be stoked!
Strap down your balls of steel and apply speed, fluidity and control to your run.
You make finals by being: lucky, unpredictably calculated, stupid and creative. Plus, you have to hope the judges see all your lines.
I certainly couldn't tell you that.
By doing my own thing and keep on going at it.
Stay focused and committed. [Something that is] easier said than done at Rampage.
You really have to go out of your comfort zone.
Any line you ride at Rampage could be something you’re not used to, but you really have to go out of your comfort zone. Riding a line that challenges you but showcases your own style will separate you from other riders.
Find a sick line and shred it. Then see where you end up.
You make finals by challenging yourself with a mix of technical riding, big airs, tricks and originality -- in one fluid run from top to bottom. Sounds simple, but it's pretty dang hard.
To make finals this year you are going to need a very diverse line. Some tech sections, big jumps, drops, carrying speed with style and flow. Judges want to see well-rounded riders riding all sorts of terrain.
You have to read the judges and see what they want. Ride the biggest line with tricks on the obstacles no one does. And ride the line like it’s a ride on a paved sidewalk.
There's no formula to making finals, but you have to do a few things for sure: build a good line, survive practice and ride with confidence.
Have a clean run and make it to the bottom in one piece.
Tom Van Steenbergen:
I would imagine that it takes a really good and gnarly run to make it into finals. I don't think this contest really allows you to do “chill” runs.
I asked the same question to Bender. He answered simply but true, "Go as big as you can and where nobody goes!"
Don't bail. Keep it flowing.
You have to have a good line to make finals. No matter how well you ride, if your line isn't great, you're not making it anywhere. Once you have a good line set, you have to combine everything: speed with tricks, big air with flow and fluidity. It's the combination that makes you a finalist.
Watch the world's best riders conquer Red Bull Rampage during the live webcast of finals on October 13, 2013, starting at 1:00 p.m. MT on the Red Bull Rampage site.