The Red Bull Rampage 2014 took freeride fans on its usual roller coaster of exhilarating highs and dramatic lows, as the world’s most capable big-mountain riders duked it out on fresh lines at a brand-new venue.
Clear blue skies and rising winds heralded the beginning of today’s Red Bull Rampage qualifiers, but despite a few brief windows of hospitable weather, the wind, rain and lightning ultimately brought about an untimely end to the second qualifying runs. Ten riders are still hopeful that they will get a chance to join the 10 pre-qualified riders for a shot at big-mountain glory.
This year Mammoth Mountain celebrated its second year of the Kamikaze Bike Games, since the original race series ended in 2001.
The perusing continued on the second day of Outdoor Demo, with still more products to be seen and more gadgets to be photographed. Fresh shoes, redesigned brakes and of course, innovative electronics were all part of the fun in the south Nevada desert.
For the better part of a week, Interbike is a hustle of bodies moving about, taking quick glances at the latest gadgets of the cycling world and exchanging business cards, and the majority of this happens under great, giant florescent bulbs and artificially cooled air. But for the first two days of the week, the convention attendees head south to Boulder City for the Outdoor Demo. This is what I stumbled upon, during our perusing on first day of the demo days:
Photo gallery of the fourth stop of the Big Mountain Enduro, which was in Moab, Utah.
The trail map for Indiana’s Brown County State Park reminds me of Disneyworld. There are so many highlights that it’s tough to know where to start. It’s hard to believe, standing here among oaks, elms and maples that overlook nearly 30 miles of mountain-bike trails, that a map of Brown County from 10 years ago only offered a few dirt roads for bikes.
Marcelo Gutierrez takes his second-in-a-row win in the Garbonzo DH and finishes first in the Canadian Open DH.
Brandon Semenuk makes history with his third win at the 2014 Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler.
The now-official Crankworx Whistler Whip-Off World Champs went off today, with around 100 of the world's most stylish riders drawing the contest's biggest-ever crowd of about 1,000 rabid fans.
Finishing fourth last year at the Whip-Off Worlds, Bas van Steenbergen is back again as a serious contender for the "Official" Whip-Off Worlds title.
If ever there was a day when enduro racing legitimized itself through raw, gritty, bare-bones mountain biking, today was it. The Crankworx Whistler Enduro race—the toughest competition of the Enduro World Series—delivered racers and fans everything we've come to expect from the sport itself.