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.
The Icon Sender braintrust is at peace. After six rounds of sketches, with elements added and subtracted, taking into account safety and performance , the concerns of the athletes and builders and designers, a final sketch has been decided upon. And it’s ridiculous. Five launch points. Three landings. A hip. The “Big Girl.” 360s. Backflips. Crash potential. It’s all there. The standards have been raised. Cam Zink wanted height and a kicker. Red Bull wanted something the audience had never seen. The result: heart-pounding excitement flying down each approach into each line. It’s what’s to be expected for Rampage.
Perfect O Storm: Cam Zink Throws Down 360 Off of Oakley’s ‘Icon Sender’ to Triumph at Red Bull Rampage 2010
It was a perfect O storm…literally. Oakley Team Rider Cam Zink threw down a huge 360 off of Oakley’s much-feared, artistically stunning feature, the ‘Icon Sender,’ to emerge victorious with the ‘Best Trick’ Award and the overall win at Red Bull Rampage 2010. To top if all off, the triumph secured him the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour Season Overall Title. Just a day before the finals in Virgin, Utah, intense wind and lightning storms tore through the event site as athletes prepped for the big day. Fast forward to Sunday: despite rapidly changing weather conditions – marked by sporadic rain, lightning and wind – the most insane finals in Rampage history went down. And Oakley was clearly the star.