Competitors Announced for Red Bull Rampage 2014

Over 40 athletes have been invited to an all-new location for the ultimate freeride MTB competition.

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Since 2008, Red Bull Rampage has taken place on a series of cliffs outside of Virgin, Utah, that feature unique obstacles which have catapulted athletes into the record books.

In the spirit of progression and always moving forward, the event is going in a new direction, literally -- off the back cliffs of the previous venue. Speculation over what mysterious ridges lay in the shadows will end when all is revealed on September 26-28 when the best 40 mountain bikers in the world traverse this never-before-used course.

The New Site is a Blank Canvas

Gone are the claimed lines, groomed run-ins and massive built features. Instead the riders will find themselves traversing a new set of exposed ridges, a raw canvas that will be a mix of excitement and challenge to even the most seasoned veterans.

Each rider will be given equal opportunity to scout the new course with extra days built in for line design. Part athlete, part artist, each rider must find their own path from top to bottom, down 1,000 feet of vertical ridges with untold options only limited by their bravery.

With potential options including knife-edge ridges, massive wallrides, and a new canyon gap, this year's Red Bull Rampage presented by GoPro will be the biggest challenge yet for those seeking to make their mark in the most hallowed event in the sport.

The Athlete List

The athlete list unveiled today already ensures a final not to be missed -- with the likes of two-time champion Kyle Strait and best trick heroes Kelly McGarry and Cam Zink already pre-qualified into Sunday's Final showdown. See the complete list of competitors below.

The Rookies

Friday's qualifier will see at least four Rampage rookies, including Logan Peat who just placed an impressive fourth place in last weekend's Red Bull Joyride. Joining him in the first-timers club is World Cup racer Bernard Kerr, Canada's Jeff Hebertson, and Kyle Jameson, who last year was part of previous champion Brandon Semenuk's build crew.

Spectator tickets are already sold but there is no excuse to miss the action -- the event finals will be webcast live on Sunday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m. MT. Tune in to see what lies ahead for the riders carving a new path to the future of Red Bull Rampage.

Tune in to NBC to catch the Red Bull Signature Series broadcast of Red Bull Rampage on Sunday, November 30 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT. The show is brought to a national audience in partnership with Dodge Dart, GoPro, Polaris RZR, The Army National Guard, and the Utah Sports Commission.

Invited Athletes

Pre-qualified into the Final

Garett Buehler (Canada)
Pierre Edouard Ferry (France)
Brendan Fairclough (Great Britain)
Thomas Genon (Belgium)
Ramon Hunziker (Switzerland)
Andreu Lacondeguy (Spain)
Cam McCaul (USA)
Kelly McGarry (New Zealand)
Mike Montgomery (USA)
Brandon Semenuk (Canada)
Kurt Sorge (Canada)
Kyle Strait (USA)
Cam Zink (USA)

Athletes to Compete in Qualifying Round

Graham Agassiz (Canada)
Gee Atherton (Great Britain)
Paul Basagoitia (USA)
Darren Berrecloth (Canada)
Logan Binggeli (USA)
Antoine Bizet (France)
Robbie Bourdon (Canada)
Mitch Chubey (USA)
James Doerfling (Canada)
Yannick Granieri (France)
Geoff Gulevich (Canada)
Mick Hannah (Australia)
Makken Haugen (Norway)
Jeff Herbertson (Canada)
Mike Hopkins (Canada)
Ryan Howard (USA)
Brendan Howey (Canada)
Kyle Jameson (USA)
Bernard Kerr (Great Britain)
Anthony Messere (Canada)
Kyle Norbraten (Canada)
Logan Peat (Canada)
Brett Rheeder (Canada)
Anton Thelander (Sweden)
Chris Van Dine (USA)
Tom van Steenbergen (Canada)
Thomas Vanderham (Canada)
Nico Vink (Belgium)
Wil White (USA)

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