Post by: Jason Campbell, Swiftwick athlete.
This year’s Redbull Rampage is hard to put into words. As many times as I’ve watched the event and seen these athletes ride in their videos, there was nothing that could have prepared me for how big Rampage actually is. The elevation, the tricks, the exposure, and the risk involved in this event are only fully understandable in person.
Before even entering the site, we approached the finish gate at the bottom of the venue and came across a bike that had fallen victim to the Gnar that is Rampage. It was cloudy in the morning as we started our climb up Ridge One; we didn’t stop climbing until they told us not to go any further. On the way we ran into a multitude of volunteers, riders, rescue personnel, builders, and media and took some time getting to know them and their story to Rampage.
One of the standouts was Steve O., a local who came out to help build on a few of the riders’ lines, including Andreu Lacondeguy and Tyler McCaul. He was grateful for the bright pair of Swiftwick VISION TEAM socks I gave him, as the brutal environment at Rampage had wreaked havoc on him all week.
In fact we caught quite a few people in the Official Sock of Rampage, with the 10th Edition Redbull Rampage logo (please excuse the red dusty dirt).
The competition didn’t cease to amaze. When we saw Sam Reynolds pull out this laid out superman over the canyon gap, we had no idea it would land him the 2015 Best Trick award.
Electric runs from Brandon Semenuk, Cam Zink, and Graham Aggasiz were some of the highlights of the day, but it would be Kurt Sorge and Andreu Lacondeguy on the top two steps. Sorge joined an exclusive club of two-time Rampage winners, including only himself and Kyle Strait.
It was an honor and a great pleasure to be a part of an event where the athletes exhibited such a high level of passion, sportsmanship, skill and guts!