The riders are set, the course is being constructed for the pinnacle of freeride mountain biking as Red Bull Rampage gets set to take stage in Virgin, Utah. After a thrilling contest at Red Bull Joyride, the final list of riders has been selected to participate for the the throwdown in picturesque desert of Utah taking place October 5-7, 2012.
There will be a deep list of riders hailing from 10 nations, including Utah's Logan Bingelli from veterans who have rode every Red Bull Rampage like Mike Kinrade and Kyle Strait, to new phenoms like Anthony Messere who at 16 will be the youngest rider in the field, and heavy hitters like Brandom Semenuk who at the ripe old age of 21 already has a Red Bull Rampage title under his belt. Three riders are coming to Red Bull Rampage with an additional goal in mind – to be crowned FMB World Tour Champion 2012. Semenuk, Martin Soderstrom and Thomas Genon all have the chance to take home the title at this year’s final event of the FMB World Tour in Utah – but with Semenuk's points advantage if he stands anywhere on the podium he will be crowned champion. Soderstrom and Genon need to bring their best game to Utah desert if they want to defeat the defending champion. Red Bull Rampage is guaranteed to be filled with suspense as fans get to watch the world’s favorite riders battle it out on this unique course.
WHO: A top tier selection of riders are geared up to participate in the pinnacle of freeride mountain biking, attempting to be one of twelve to earn their way to the Red Bull Rampage finals on Sunday.
The start list of Friday’s riders, vying for 12 spots to join the already prequalified finalists are: Antoine Bizet, Garett Buehler, James Doerfling, Brendan Fairclough, Pierre Edouard Ferry, Thomas Genon, Casey Groves, Mick Hannah, Mike Hopkins, Brendan Howey, Ramon Hunziker, Mike Kinrade, Cam McCaul, Kelly McGarry, Anthony Messere, Kyle Norbaten, Sam Pilgrim, Brett Rheeder, Curtis Robinson, Nick Simcik, Martin Soderstrom, Utah's Chris Van Dine, Nico Vink, Greg Watts and Wil White.
The best of this group will meet the following pre-qualified riders on Sunday, October 7.
Pre Qualified to Final on October 7th:
Gee Atherton GBR
Darren Berrecloth CAN
Logan Binggeli USA
Robbie Bourdon CAN
Geoff Gulevich CAN
Andreu Lacondeguy ESP
Tyler McCaul USA
Alex Prochazka CAN
Brandon Semenuk CAN
Kurt Sorge CAN
Kyle Strait USA
Thomas Vanderham CAN
Cameron Zink USA
WHAT: Red Bull Rampage rolls into Virgin, Utah for the seventh time since 2001 and is guaranteed to be filled with suspense as fans get to watch the world’s favorite riders battle it out on a unique desert mountain course. Unlike events with a defined course and familiar obstacles, Red Bull Rampage lets the riders determine their own route down steep cliffs; the more creative the line, the better the score.
WHEN: Qualifiers, October 5th and Finals, October 7th
A live webcast will capture all the action on October 7th at 1pm MT at www.redbullusa.com/rampage. Fans can tune into the TV broadcast on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. The event will air on Saturday, December 8th from 2 to 4pm.
WHERE: Remote site near Virgin, Utah located off of Highway 9
TICKET SALES: Tickets are still available for $15 at www.redbullusa.com/rampage. Tickets are good for October 5th and October 7th.
For more information, please visit www.redbullusa.com/rampage