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  1. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Nov 5, 2018

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    And now for something completely different...

    For years I have sat with sweaty-palms watching the awesome insanity that is the Redbull Rampage, wishing I had 1/10th of the skill involved. This year was no different.

    Major difference this year is, for some reason, POV clips have taken more than a week to come out, and even then the winning run POV is not out.

    If you have no idea what I am talking about ... its a competition akin to big-mountain-skiing, but on bicycle, without any soft snow, so much higher risk, and a bit more skill involved (IMHO). Riders are allowed to bring 2 buddies, and have 10 days to build their line.





    2018 Winning run ...



    2018 Second place run ...



    Anybody else follow? For those that see this for the first time...how sweaty are your palms?!
     
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  2. neilfrancis

    neilfrancis Nov 5, 2018

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    totally insane.
     
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  3. Om3ga321

    Om3ga321 Nov 5, 2018

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    These guys have got big balls or no brains.I am undecided as yet.
     
  4. Tet

    Tet I prefer Dilmah do try it Nov 5, 2018

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    Balls of steel and skills of a cat, absolutely incredible.
     
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  5. Canuck

    Canuck Nov 5, 2018

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    An unfulfilled death wish, as I see it.
     
  6. Lucasssssss

    Lucasssssss Nov 5, 2018

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    I watch this every year, and have been lucky enough to ride with some of the UK guys who have competed in the past. I thought it was a good year this year, but would have given first to Andreu, but I come from a BMX background and favour the tricks rather than the technical MTB drops and lines.

    Whenever I watch Rampage, I am really nervous for the guys out there, am always reminded of the famous crash by Cam Zink in training. He was fine, but it really shows what is at stake.
     
  7. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Nov 5, 2018

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    My mountain bike is underutilized these days but when I was riding back east, the one thing you needed to learn was to pick a line, shut your brain down and trust your bike, (Same as skiing really) ... Still I used to bleed a fair amount and all I was doing was taking on the short rocky down hills on trails. These guys make the incredibly hard look effortless.
     
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  8. Wivac

    Wivac Terribly special Nov 5, 2018

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    My big drops days are a long way behind me (I'm happy with not increasing the % of me to titanium thangyewverymuch, although I have just started rebuilding my surviving Trouble Maker :D ) however, I would have been in a lot more trouble had Rampage been around back then as inspiration, next level stuff.

    Rampage has always been super nuts, the lines, the gaps, the risks. I'm aware some of the Pros view it as a no-go given the risks vs the perceived reward / kudos ,one small mistake and that could be your career over, guess it depends on what drives you in sport.

    Having said that, think RB have done well with the series, its one of their more entertaining events and certainly seems to have captured folks attention.

    [Edit] The old banger in a new suit and boots for those that are interested
     
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  9. Waltesefalcon

    Waltesefalcon Nov 7, 2018

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    Maybe a combination of the two.
     
  10. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Nov 7, 2018

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    I love watching it.
    In Florida, there is not much "mountain biking" to speak of, although we do have some good trails and built up tracks.
    Used to do it a lot but I am more of a rodie now...
    However huge respect to those guys, they certainly have guts I'd never have hah.
     
  11. MCC

    MCC Nov 7, 2018

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    Never seen this before, it is completely nuts !!
     
  12. sdre

    sdre Nov 7, 2018

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    Very cool but I definitely get that sinking feeling whenever I see this.
     
  13. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Nov 7, 2018

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    Let’s not forget Kelly Mcgarry (RIP), the first guy to backflip the 72ft canyon gap...



    Or the first guy to attempt to front flip it...

     
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  14. Wivac

    Wivac Terribly special Nov 7, 2018

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    Yeeeeeeeeh.....Nope from me.

    Stunning though.
     
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  15. Wetworks

    Wetworks Nov 7, 2018

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    I'm pretty much a roadie, but I have started to dabble with MTB, and that's the hardest part for me. What's weird is on the road I'm pretty fearless descending, so you'd think that part of my brain would kick in for MTB as well, but thus far no.

    What's always impressive to me about these runs is that people figured out the runs in the first place. Lots of math and trial and error I would think
     
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  16. Lucasssssss

    Lucasssssss Nov 7, 2018

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    Having built a load of trails from dirt jumps to downhill, after a while you get a feel for it and for how fast you should be going. Also bear in mind that you probably have about 30% leeway with the landing depending on how you ride the jump, pulling up/squashing/breaking to go shorter and pushing through/cranking to go further. I don't think there is any math involved, trial and error on the other hand...
     
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  17. Vercingetorix

    Vercingetorix Nov 7, 2018

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    I always thought this was a rampage.::puke:: dodge-rampage-min-768x454.jpg
     
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  18. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Nov 7, 2018

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    And Danny MacAskill!




     
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  19. Wivac

    Wivac Terribly special Nov 8, 2018

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    MegaAvalanche was always the one I wanted to do.
    Racing down an entire mountain, every type of terrain, always good value to watch. I can't find the hilarious vid from a couple of years ago where there are a big group of riders all piled up together sliding down the mountain with the bikes riding them, so this will give you an idea if not familiar:

     
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  20. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Nov 8, 2018

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    You missed one of my favorites!

     
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