Recent Mountain Bike News
Up until this past October, the supposed “Rampage curse” was alive and well. No winner had ever repeated as champion of the illustrious freeride mountain bike contest. Injuries, bad luck, new talents and a range of variables had always come into play. Kyle Strait ended that conversation. With a combination of bold lines, fluid riding and aggressive maneuvers (to say the least), the curse was broken.
In the quiet tribal lands of Qunu, South Africa, 21 shots rang out yesterday honoring a fallen hero, a leader, an inspiration. Although his legend will live on forever and tears will be shed long after his funeral; family, friends, dignitaries and ordinary citizens alike, gathered yesterday and said their final goodbyes. After a lifetime of ups and downs, struggles and conquests, pain and happiness; former South African President, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the town where he grew up, after losing his battle with recent illness.
You can only be so ready. It doesn’t matter how many hours are spent fine-tuning lines, assessing angles, dialing-in bikes – the host mountain for Red Bull Rampage almost always wins. The best riders in the world have slip-ups. Rocks give way, winds kick up, the light plays tricks on the eyes. It’s just the nature of the most challenging and exhilarating steep mountain freeride mountain bike event of the year. And 2013 was no different.