Mark October 25 in your diary for Red Bull Rampage 2019

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Written by Rajiv Desai
With news of a new athlete qualification process that offers a new route to competing at mountain biking's wildest freeride contest – find out what's in store for the 2019 edition of Red Bull Rampage.
Red Bull Rampage returns in 2019 for its 14th edition with the biggest show in freeride mountain biking taking place in Virgin, Utah on October 25, 2019.
The world’s greatest freeriders will be returning to what was a new venue in 2018. A roster of 21 riders will be able to evolve the many innovative descents, features and drops worked on last year in the hope of producing a winning run that will see them standing atop the podium at the end of the day.
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?

What to expect

Once again riders, along with their two-person build crews, will shape and build their ultimate lines down the mountain at the site in Virgin. In advance of the competition, the riders, along with their build crews, will spend four days of building and then four additional days to practise in order to build their dream line in what's touted as one of the most intense contests in the world.
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Invited riders

Rampage organisers have selected a 10-strong group of pre-qualified riders that get automatic invites to finals on October 25.
Among that list are Red Bull Rampage fan favourites Andreu Lacondeguy and Ethan Nell who took home silver and bronze respectively in 2018. Brett Rheeder, who won the gold last year, also plans to return to defend his title. Rampage veterans Kurt Sorge, Kyle Strait and Tyler McCaul also featured in the pre-qualified list.
  1. Brett Rheeder (CAN)
  2. Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
  3. Ethan Nell (USA)
  4. Tom van Steenbergen (CAN)
  5. Tyler McCaul (USA)
  6. Kyle Strait (USA)
  7. Kurt Sorge (CAN)
  8. Brendan Fairclough (UK)

New qualifying procedure

In a departure from previous years, there will be an official athlete qualifier for this year’s Red Bull Rampage. Riders competing in that event will have a chance to earn coveted places at finals. That event, the inaugural Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by 5.10, will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of the city of Bend, over the weekend of September 7-8.
The course design at Marzocchi Proving Grounds will be a man-made course built to allow current pros as well as young and hopeful participants a chance to showcase their talents and earn an invite to the big show. Riders that plan to compete at Proving Grounds include previous Rampage entrants Antoine Bizet, Nicholi Rogatkin, Sam Reynolds, Conor Macfarlane and DJ Brandt.
Antoine Bizet in action at RedBull Rampage in Virgin, Utah on October 13, 2016
Antoine Bizet finds his line at Rampage 2016
Marzocchi Proving Grounds will take place alongside the third annual Black Sage Fest (part of the Fest Series) which is held at the same location in Oregon Dirt Park on that weekend.

Wildcard entry

Organisers still plan to offer wildcard entries to Rampage, but that announcement will come in August. See below for the key 2019 Red Bull Rampage dates on rider announcements
  • August 8: Red Bull Rampage wildcard athlete announcement
  • September 7-8: Marzocchi Proving Grounds in Bend, Oregon
  • September 8: Final three Rampage qualifiers announced

Broadcast info and ticket information

Red Bull TV will be be broadcasting the finals live on Friday, October 25 at 9am PST/12pm EST/4pm UTC. As ever a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul will be your presenting hosts.
Limited tickets to watch the action at the Red Bull Rampage location will go on sale later this summer – find those updates here.
Red Bull Rampage 2019 is supported by Kia Motors America, BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission and Red Hydrogen.