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Photos By Anthony Smith and Morgan Meredith Words By Brice Minnigh First day of class—the world’s best freeriders know to pay attention when Rampage organizer Todd Barber delivers his dissertations. All Quiet on the Western Ridgeline: This is where riders’ dreams and nightmares will become reality. Red Bull Rampage volunteers do the heavy lifting for […]
How do you get yourself in the right mental state to jump off a cliff? Every Red Bull Rampage competitor has his own ritual, from climbing tall trees to playing ukelele in the desert to hitting the jumps. Here how some of the competitors get into the zone.
The flock, ripe with the lanolin-greasy smell of wool and dung, cluttered together in the usual half-stunned confusion, doing nothing to raise the image of the ovine species up from the basement in terms of relative intelligence within the animal kingdom. And as he idled there, rolling slowly into the flock, he knew beyond certainty that this image would be his legacy of the trip.
You’d think we would avoid the Pain Cave at all costs—the name certainly isn’t doing its tourism business any favors. But instead of fleeing from it, we seek it out, sometimes traveling through the night with friends we hope won’t crack 50 miles into the woods. We enter events we doubt we’ll finish and pretend placing at a local race matters more than it does.
Though Grand Junction is renowned for its cross-country trails, its freeride, downhill and slopestyle scenes remain well under the radar. But you’d never
know this if you showed up during the annual ‘Ranchstyle’ event, when pro and amateur slopestyle riders converge near the town for a weekend of flair in the air.
It’s still dark, but the alarm yells at us to get out of bed anyway. After a week like the last one, a long day on the trail is exactly what the doctor ordered. With breakfast in one hand and a much-needed cup of coffee in the other, we traipse around the house collecting gear for the big day ahead.