Recent Mountain Bike News
It’s nearly “go-time” in Virgin, Utah. The athletes have arrived, and the storms came with them. Between the thunder and lightning, lines have begun to develop out of the red clay and rocky mountainside. Red Bull Rampage is the “final hurrah” of another long freeride mountain bike season, as Cam Zink puts it, and it’s a fitting exclamation point.
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.
Storybook Ending: Minnaar Wins Mountain Bike Downhill World Championship At Home; Rachel Atherton Dominates
It was as if Hollywood was looking down on the hills of South Africa, creating a script set for the big screens. The pageantry, the story board, the stars were all aligned for local hero Greg Minnaar to complete a performance for the ages in the sport of mountain biking and for his country of South Africa.