Champions return for Rampage

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It’s that time of year again when the earth’s best mountain bikers head out to the desert in Utah for Red Bull Rampage.

Cameron Zink of the USA competes during finals of the tenth edition of the Red Bull Rampage, Virgin, Utah, USA on October 16th 2015. // Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20151017-00239 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Cameron Zink of the USA competes during finals of the tenth edition of the Red Bull Rampage, Virgin, Utah

The most-watched mountain bike event of the year will see riders tackle drops of over 25m in the remote town of Virgin nestled in the Zion National Park.

Sam Reynolds of the UK competes during finals of the tenth edition of Red Bull Rampage, Virgin, Utah, USA on October 16th 2015. // Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20151017-00236 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Sam Reynolds of the UK competes during finals of the tenth edition of Red Bull Rampage, Virgin, Utah

The 2016 course has been modified, however the 11th edition still poses a difficult test for the MTB athletes competing across downhill, slopestyle and freeride.

Rampagers must study the course carefully to ensure they enhance their chances of scoring highly from the judges – made up of former competitors for the first time – in difficulty of line, air amplitude, control and fluidity, tricks and style.

Kurt Sorge competes at the finals during the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, UT, USA on 16 October, 2015. // Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20151017-00190 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Kurt Sorge competes at the finals during the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, UT, USA

Rule changes this year include fewer riders and crafting your own line with each competitor allowed two diggers for four days, while the obstacles tend towards nature rather than man-made ones.

Andreu Lacondeguy competes at the finals during the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, UT, USA on 16 October, 2015. // Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20151017-00198 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Andreu Lacondeguy competes at the finals during the Red Bull Rampage

In terms of riders to look out for, the last seven champions will take to the dirt again including 2008 winner Brandon Semenuk, 2010 king Cam Zink and reigning champion Kurt Sorge.

Not only that, Briton Sam Reynolds will be looking to replicate his daring form of last year when he scooped Best Trick for ‘Superman over the Canyon Gap’.


Watch Rampage live on Red Bull TV, October 14


 

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