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.
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.