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Meet the riders dropping in at Red Bull Rampage’s 20th anniversary edition

After a nearly two-year hiatus, the premier big-mountain freeride event will make a triumphant return to the Utah desert on October 15.
Written by Rajiv Desai
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Red Bull Rampage

Red Bull Rampage has evolved over 18 years to …

Red Bull Rampage

In the 20th anniversary of the MTB event, riders …

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Szymon Godziek

One half of Poland's premier bike-riding family …

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Brandon Semenuk

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Carson Storch

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Jaxson Riddle

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Thomas Genon

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Emil Johansson

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Red Bull Rampage returns in 2021, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of some of the biggest and baddest tricks, lines and moments in freeriding history. The 15th edition of the legendary event will feature 15 of the world’s best riders as they descend upon rugged desert landscape of Southwestern Utah on Friday, October 15.
Red Bull Rampage has become the truest test of big-mountain skill and mental toughness on a mountain bike. Touted as one of the most challenging events in the world, featuring the world’s best mountain bike athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations, the event has become the most coveted title in freeride mountain biking.
Tyler McCaul doing a backflip during practice at Red Bull Rampage.
No holding back for Tyler McCaul
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How it works

This year, an elite group of 15 riders will carve their ultimate lines into the side of near-vertical sandstone ridges with the help of their two-person build crews. In advance of the competition, riders and their support crews will spend four days building their lines, followed by a rest day and then four practice days.
Builder using pick axe to chisel line at Red Bull Rampage.
Picking at the rock
Brett Rheeder as seen in the finish area at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, USA on 26 October, 2018.
Who'll be celebrating in the finish area come October 25?
The competition format itself will remain the same, with each rider having the ability to take two runs, but will be ranked based on their highest single run score. All the preparation will end in an epic showdown where only one will ride away as the champion of the 2021 Red Bull Rampage.
To get an idea of what Red Bull Rampage is all about, watch the 2019 highlights below:
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Rampage event highlights
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Invited athletes

Fifteen of the top freeride mountain bikers in the world have officially been invited to compete at the 15th edition of Red Bull Rampage. The top ten finishers from the 2019 event were automatically pre-qualified, while the other five wildcards and five alternates were voted on by a committee of former Rampage competitors, pro athletes, judges and industry experts.
From the original invited list, Brendan Fairclough and Brett Rheeder have had to unfortunately pull out due to injury, and have been replaced by alternates Reed Boggs and Thomas Genon, who have accepted invitations to compete.
Five former winners and two event rookies are amongst the list of athletes invited to compete at the 20th anniversary of Red Bull Rampage, highlighting a true cross section of the sport today.

2021 Red Bull Rampage athletes list

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20 years of Rampage

The first edition of Red Bull Rampage was held in 2001 and since then, 14 different events and nine different winners have earmarked their place in the history books. For the 20th anniversary, get ready to celebrate as we not only look back at some of the best moments and stories from over the years, but also highlight the progression, athletes, tricks and technology that have helped shape the contest throughout the years.
Kyle Strait looks out across the Utah desert ahead of Rampage.
Kyle Strait looks out across the venue
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How to watch

Red Bull TV will once again broadcast all the unbelievable action live on October 15, bringing fans closer to the massive drops, intense steeps and insane tricks than ever before. Download the Red Bull TV app now for free and enjoy unrivalled access to other sports events, esports, music and dance videos, movies, clips, documentaries and series.
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Red Bull Rampage

Red Bull Rampage has evolved over 18 years to …

Red Bull Rampage

In the 20th anniversary of the MTB event, riders …

United States

Szymon Godziek

One half of Poland's premier bike-riding family …

PolandPoland

Brandon Semenuk

One of the best freeride mountain bikers ever, …

CanadaCanada

Carson Storch

A stylish freerider, the USA's Carson Storch …

United StatesUnited States

Jaxson Riddle

Competing in slopestyle and freeride events, …

United StatesUnited States

Thomas Genon

As an unknown teenager Thomas Genon won Red Bull …

BelgiumBelgium

Emil Johansson

Emil Johansson, Sweden's slopestyle star, is an …

SwedenSweden