Nico Vink Gambles on a Steep Line at Rampage 2015

Amid fierce competition for new lines, Vink finds a bold way to stand out at Red Bull Rampage.
By Mike Berard

VIRGIN, Utah — It's two days into building for Red Bull Rampage's 10th edition and the competition for fresh real estate is already fierce. Many riders are bargaining with each other to share terrain, but this is Rampage, and many riders want to put their own unique fingerprint on the mountain.

Nico Vink is a quiet athlete from Belgium whose riding speaks volumes. The friendly freerider spent Rampage 2014 helping friends build lines and then lost out on the opportunity to make his own mark after overshooting the step-down jump leading into the Polaris RZR Moto Booter. He's back though, and if he has his way the world of mountain biking and beyond will know the name "Nico Vink."

I'm trying to find the possible in the impossible. It's probably the gnarliest thing I have ever ridden or tried.

"I wanted to find a different way down than most guys in this area, and still end up on the ridge," he says in the video above. The section of terrain in question lies to the rider's right of the 2015 winning and second-place lines. Not one rider built in that steep, exposed area in 2014, but Vink believes there may be promise there.

"I'm trying to find the possible in the impossible," he says. "It's probably the gnarliest thing I have ever ridden or tried. It is Rampage, though."

Many riders are curious as to what Vink is up to, including 2014 Rampage champion Andreu Lacondeguy. "It's sick to see how someone can turn something ... that you don't think is going to work into something that actually works," he says.

Now it's up to Vink's dig team to help make his cliff drop an achievable goal.

Will Nico Vink create the dream line he's looking for? Watch Rampage finals LIVE on Red Bull TV on Oct. 16 to find out.

Can’t wait for the best event in freeride mountain biking? Head over to the official Red Bull Rampage event page to see highlights of the first nine competitions, as well as more exclusive videos, photos and stories, like these:


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