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2017 Red Bull Rampage Wildcard Rider List Announced

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Kurt Sorge

Acouple weeks ago when Red Bull announced the dates for the 2017 Rampage event, Virgin, Utah, the list of invited riders was included in the announcement. Most of the usual hammer-dropping freeride suspects were given the green light to huck. Cam Zink, Aggy and a few other hitters weren't on that list, however. That left us wondering which lucky (or unlucky, depending on how your fear of heights plays into things) cliff-senders were hanging on pins and needles to see if they would get a chance to skirt the red Utah ridge lines for a chance at fame and glory. Today, Red Bull announced the wildcard riders with Zink, Fairclough and Aggy making the cut in addition to some new blood to be thrown into the gladiator pit. Dig in to the press release and start losing sleep in 3...2...1... -gordo

Virgin, Utah (August 11, 2017) – Red Bull Rampage, the most coveted and challenging event in Freeride Mountain Biking, promises to make the 2017 edition the best spectator and athlete experience in its 12 year history. Expanded ticketing levels offer three different spectator experiences, attendees will be able to choose from the traditional General Admission, General Admission Plus and the Rampage Experience. Ticketing will be released on Wednesday, August 23; to get exact timing and first access, follow the Red Bull Rampage Facebook Event Page. In addition, 21 of the World’s best riders have officially been selected to compete and preparation is underway for another challenging and competitive event.

Returning athletes for 2017 include some familiar faces, and some you’re sure to see much more of in the future. Cam Zink returns for 2017, hoping to repeat his 2010 show stopping ride that put him at the top of the podium. Darren Berrecloth, Brett Rheeder, Graham Agassiz, James Doerfling and Logan Binggeli are all returning Red Bull Rampage veterans hoping to take advantage of the new terrain and put their stamp on the history of the World’s most challenging mountain bike event. Then, of course, there’s the three way battle for the first hat trick between Brandon Semenuk, Kurt Sorge and Kyle Strait.

Then there are the local rookies. Ethan Nell and Reed Boggs both live within a crank’s rotation of the Red Bull Rampage terrain in Virgin, Utah. Could their years of experience in the Utah silt pay off for the rookies? Or will the wily veterans of years past prevail? Only time will tell.

WILDCARD ATHLETES FOR RED BULL RAMPAGE 2017

  • Brandon Fairclough (GBR)
  • Brett Rheeder (CAN)
  • Cam Zink  (USA)
  • Conor MacFarlane (NZL)
  • Darren Berrecloth (CAN)
  • Ethan Nell (USA)
  • Graham Agassiz (CAN)
  • James Doerfling (CAN)
  • Logan Binggeli (USA)
  • Reed Boggs (USA)
  • Rémy Métailler (FRA)
  • Vincent Tupin (FRA)

PRE-QUALIFIED ATHLETES FOR RED BULL RAMPAGE 2017

  • Antoine Bizet (FRA)
  • Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA)
  • Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
  • Carson Storch (USA)
  • Kurt Sorge (CAN)
  • Kyle Strait (USA)
  • Pierre Edouard Ferry (FRA)
  • Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN)
  • Thomas Genon (BEL)
  • Tyler McCaul (USA)

In an effort to build upon the spectator experience, this year three different ticket packages are available: General Admission remains unchanged with a free bike valet, hike-in access and amazing views of the competition; General Admission Plus offers spectators a 2-way shuttle ride in and out of the venue; finally the Rampage Experience provides VIP access to Thursday practice sessions and a guided hike to the start, on-course access on Friday, prefered parking at the base, two-way shuttle from the venue, bike valet, Friday lunch voucher and a 7-day Zion National Park Pass. All ticket levels include a donation to Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association (DMBTA) and the Wings for Life Foundation.

Brandon Semenuk

TICKETING PACKAGE DETAILS

GENERAL ADMISSION

Friday Event Access; Bike Valet; Donation to DMBTA and Wings for Life Foundation

GENERAL ADMISSION PLUS

Friday event access; Bike Valet; 2-way 4x4 shuttle from parking to venue; Donation to DMBTA and Wings for Life Foundation

RAMPAGE EXPERIENCE TICKET

Custom VIP credentials; Thursday practice access; Thursday guided hike to the start; Friday designated “on-course” event access; Preferred parking at base area; 2-way 4x4 shuttle from parking to venue both days; Bike valet access; lunch voucher (bag lunch Thursday & meal voucher Friday); 7-day Zion National Park pass; Exclusive Rampage merchandise item; Donation to DMBTA and Wings for Life Foundation

* All ticket levels include a $5 donation to both Dixie Mountain Bike Trail Association and Wings for life Foundation.

Rampage airs as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive and innovative events in action sports. Fans can watch the event live on Red Bull TV or as a highlight program on NBC Sunday, December 24. The event is supported by BFGoodrich Tires, Utah Sports Commission and Lifeproof.

More info on Red Bull Rampage can be found here: redbull.com/rampage

ABOUT THE RED BULL SIGNATURE SERIES

The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Joyride, Straight Rhythm, X-Fighters, Volcom Pipe Pro and Hart Lines.  These events represent a collection of the most innovative surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, and motorsports events, on custom courses inspired by the athletes themselves.  Red Bull Media House and the NBC Sports Group showcase this world-class property of action sports events all year long on NBC through state-of-the-art production and storytelling.  For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.  Be sure to follow the Red Bull Signature Series on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

ABOUT THE DMBTA

The Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association is dedicated to enhancing and maintaining mountain biking opportunities and trails in Southern Utah. To learn more, please visit www.DMBTA.org

ABOUT THE WINGS FOR LIFE FOUNDATION

Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. To learn more, please visit www.wingsforlife.com

ABOUT UTAH SPORTS COMMISSION

The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah's economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com