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Atherton and Semenuk Among Wildcards Announced for Red Bull Rampage 2019

Gee Atherton, Reece Wallace and Brandon Semenuk head list of eight wildcard athletes selected to compete in Utah in October.
By Sean Calvert
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The list of eight athletes who'll join the pre-qualified top-10 finishers from 2018's Red Bull Rampage has been announced and it includes two former champions among a list of names very familiar to Rampage fans.
The 2019 edition, which takes place on October 25, promises to be the best spectator and athlete experience in the event’s history. Riders like Reece Wallace and Gee Atherton, who've competed in the past, but haven’t been part of the mix for a few years, will return and look to mix it up with veterans like Cam Zink (2010 champion), Carson Storch, Brandon Semenuk (2008 and 2016 champion) and Graham Agassiz.
Gee Atherton riding at Red Bull Rampage 2012
Gee Atherton riding at Red Bull Rampage 2012
Red Bull Rampage 2019 wildcard athletes
  • Brandon Semenuk
  • Cam Zink
  • Carson Storch
  • Antoine Bizet
  • Graham Agassiz
  • Reece Wallace
  • Vincent Tupin
  • Gee Atherton
The pre-qualified riders earned their right to compete in 2019 by finishing in the top 10 in last year’s Red Bull Rampage. The remaining eight riders who make up the Wild Card athletes were chosen by a Red Bull Rampage committee – consisting of pro riders Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, Nico Vink, Randy Spangler, Dave Smutok, along with event organiser Todd Barber – and invited based on the following criteria: past results from similar big bike contests, proven skill and current video segments.
Red Bull Rampage 2019 pre-qualified riders
  • 1. Brett Rheeder (CAN)
  • 2. Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
  • 3. Ethan Nell (USA)
  • 4. Tom van Steenbergen (CAN)
  • 5. Thomas Genon (BEL)
  • 6. Tyler McCaul (USA)
  • 7. Kyle Strait (USA)
  • 9. Kurt Sorge (CAN)
  • 10. Brendan Fairclough (UK)
With the addition of the Marzocchi Proving Grounds, many of the still-hopeful wild card athletes will receive a final chance to earn a spot at this year’s Rampage. This event will take place from September 6-8 near Bend, Oregon, USA and will allow athletes like Emil Johansson, Jaxson Riddle, Max Fredriksson and for the first time a female rider, Casey Brown, the opportunity to compete on the world’s biggest freeride platform.
The event will be on a totally new, custom-made course that will mimic Rampage-type features including huge drops, doubles and rhythm sections. For more details on athletes attending and ticketing information head to h5events.com
Red Bull Rampage is mountain biking’s truest test of skill and mental toughness. Featuring the sport’s best athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations on the planet, the event has evolved over 18 years to become freeride mountain biking’s most coveted title.
Get in the mood for Red Bull Rampage by watching the winning runs from last year in the story below:
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Brandon Semenuk

One of the best freeride mountain bikers in …

CanadaCanada

Gee Atherton

A multiple world champion and World Cup winner …

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Thomas Genon

As an unknown teenager Thomas Genon won Red Bull …

BelgiumBelgium

Szymon Godziek

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

PolandPoland