By Vernon Felton…with three or four key phrases stolen from the press release
Photos courtesy of Red Bull
From October 5th-October 7th, the world's most skilled gravity riders will launch, whip and flip their bikes at a height and distance typically reserved for commercial airline traffic. There may be no other event that symbolizes the daring, the hubris the, for lack of a better adjective, Holy Shit-ness, of gravity riding.
I am, of course, talking about the 2012 Red Bull Rampage. Three athletes, in particular, will be using the venue as the final opportunity to snag the golden Camelbak Better Bottle and walk away the overall title of the 2012 Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour.
Who will clinch that title? Defending champ, Brandon Semenuk? Sweden's Martin Soderstrom? Belgium's Thomas Genon?
Semenuk, who won this event at the tender age of 18 back in 2008, had the 2012 FMB title in his grasp back in August, but two unsuccessful runs at the Red Bull Joyride in Whistler opened the race wide open again, giving both Soderstrom and Genon a shot at the glory.
To quote directly from the press release,
"With Martin's 2nd place finish at Red Bull Joyride, he heads into the season finale only 32.5 points behind Brandon. Underdog, Thomas Genon stunned the world in amazing style with his victory at Red Bull Joyride and consequently earns himself a place as the third and final rider still in contention for the FMB World Tour title.”
To paraphrase Highlander, There can be only one!
Haven't seen that flick? Really? You should. It's basically the movie that validates Christopher Lambert's very existence...But I digress.
And, of course, there will be a huge range of riders--Gee Atherton, Cam Zink and Andreu Lacondeguy, to name just a few) contesting Rampage. Anything could happen on the slopes above Virgin, Utah.
Fortunately, you'll be able to watch every death-defying run live at www.fmbworldtour.com