Today, Red Bull announced plans to do just that, and that 2014 Red Bull Rampage will move to an entirely new site, making this the third location for the world's biggest, big-mountain competition. The site is located in the same geographic zone as the 2013 event, but this year the event will take place on the backside of recent Rampage comps, in a fresh, untapped area. Best of all, though, this year's competitors will rely not only on their skills and creativity, but also on their ability to hand-craft their own signature route down the mountain, while winning the judges (and fans) appreciation at the same time.
It's safe to say, pretty much everyone is stoked to see Red Bull Rampage returning to its' roots.
Red Bull Rampage shared an interview with repeat competitor Cam McCaul, who, coincidentally, has ridden in all three legendary Utah zones -- to explain the blank canvas for this year's epic event. Below are a few highlights from the interview:
RedBull.com: The new Rampage site is actually on the backside of the current Rampage venue -- what else can you tell us about it?
Cam McCaul: Yeah, The backside is pretty much in the same area. You use the same road to get out there. I actually spent a bit of time on the backside back in the day [filming] with New World Disorder.
It was time for a new course, a new location. With many years held at the current zone, it seemed like the event wasn't really "find your own line" anymore.
"...having untapped natural terrain makes it Rampage again"
If there is something that hasn’t been done at Rampage before, it’s either because it’s too exposed, too death-defying, or it just doesn’t link to anything else or make sense in a run. So it would have had to be rebranded as a really gigantic slopestyle contest, [rather than] find your own line. So a new location is really important this year.
RedBull.com: Are there any overarching differences about the new zone? Is it steeper or rockier?
Cam McCaul: The lighting is different; it will be more of a challenge for photographers and filmers, but for [athletes] it’s going to be nice not to be riding straight into the sun. In practice, you always gauge your speed and "guinea pig" things based on how fast the lip is approaching -- you decide how fast you’re going to go on a huge jump. But when the sun is pointing in your eyes, you’re pretty much going by feel. So the direction of the hill is way better from the rider’s perspective, and having untapped natural terrain makes it Rampage again.
RedBull.com: Do you predict that there will be more digging this time, that riders will have to put more work in since it’s so virgin?
Cam McCaul: Yeah, that’s what’s cool. I know that contest organizers are sometimes worried about going to new sites; they think, “Look at the level the event is at right now, and the tricks [that were done] last year -- are you going to be able to get to that level?” And the truth of the matter is that I think we are going to be. But it’s going to have way more excitement involved. Each line, top to bottom, is going to be fresh.
"...you will still have those iconic moves happening, but it’s going to be more exciting because of the untapped lines riding to and riding out of those iconic moves."
The official Red Bull release continues below...
RAMPAGE RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS: NEW RED BULL RAMPAGE COURSE UNVEILED
Over 40 Athletes Invited to Prove Who is Ultimate Freeride MTB Champ
2013 Red Bull Rampage Fairclough Gap | Photo: Red Bull Media
August 18, 2014 (Santa Monica, CA) – Since 2008, Red Bull Rampage: The Evolution has taken place on a series of cliffs outside of Virgin, Utah whose big obstacles have catapulted athletes into the record books. In the spirit of progression and always moving forward, the event is going in a new direction – literally – off the back cliffs of the previous course. Often the fodder for speculation on what mysterious ridges lay in the shadows, now the whole world will find out on September 26-28th, 2014 what happens when the best 40 mountain bikers in the world traverse this never-before-used course.
Gone are the claimed lines, groomed run ins and massive built features. Instead the riders will find themselves traversing a new set of exposed ridges, a raw canvas that will be a mix of excitement and challenge to even the most seasoned veterans. Each rider will given equal opportunity to scout the new course with extra days built in for line design, and have a regulated number of build crew to ensure fair chance to conceive and construct their line. Part athlete, part artist, each rider must find their path from top to bottom down 1,000 feet of vertical ridges with untold options only limited by their bravery. With potential options including knife-edge ridges, massive wall rides, and new canyon gap, this year’s Red Bull Rampage presented by Go Pro, will be the biggest challenge yet for those seeking to make their mark in the most hallowed event in the sport.
BY SPEED AND BY SHOVEL
The athlete list unveiled today already ensures an event not to be missed – with the likes of two time champion Kyle Strait and best trick heroes Kelly McGarry and Cam Zink already pre-qualified in to Sunday’s showdown.
Friday’s qualifier will see at least four Rampage rookies, including Logan Peat who just placed an impressive 4th place in this weekend’s Red Bull Joyride. Joining him in the first timers club is World Cup racer Bernard Kerr, Canada’s Jeff Herbertson and Kyle Jameson, who last year was part of previous champion Brandon Semenuk’s building crew, and now will be dropping in to his own line.
The course is accessed by the same road as previous years, utilizing a different turn to access the west-facing ridge. Spectators will access by the road by bike or foot, with a four-mile route into the venue. The tickets are already sold out but there is no excuse to miss the action - the event finals will be webcast live on Sunday, September 28th at 12:30pm Mountain Time. Tune in to see what lies ahead for the riders carving a new path to the future of Red Bull Rampage.
Tune in to NBC on Sunday, November 30th at 12:30pm EST and catch the Signature Series broadcast of Red Bull Rampage. The show is brought to a national audience in partnership with Dodge Dart, GoPro, Polaris RZR, The Army National Guard, and the Utah Sports Commission.
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