The Red Bull Rampage 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the mountain bike event, and held the 15th times. Red Bull Rampage is a free-ride mountain bike event where mountain bike athletes showcase their skills, and tricks by riding down high mountains and ridges in one piece. They must impress a judging panel with their physic capacity, skill, and mental fortitude on a mountain bike. It is a competition beyond sports borders, it pushes mountain bike riders to think beyond the limits of bike riding. The riders ride on dry sandstone dirt, and mountainsides characterized by cliffs and near-vertical chutes. It’s a spectacular and exciting event. You can watch the event on Red Bull Tv in the following languages: English, Brazilian, French, LatAm Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, and German.
- Part 1: The Location and Terrain of the Red bull Rampage 2021 Event
- Part 2: List of Competitors for the 2022 Red Bull Rampage
- Part 3: How the Red Bull MTB 2021 Athletes Were Selected
- Part 4: Bike Specifications of the Red Bull MTB 2021 Winner
Part 1: Location and Terrain of the 2021 Red Bull Rampage Competition
The Rampage Red Bull 2021 took place near the little town of Virgin in Utah, the world’s best mountain bike athletes descended on a new venue in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the free ride competition, on October 15, 2021.
The terrain is steep and exposed, with a huge mountain top. There are mandatory drops with exposed cliffs on either side of the riders called knoblin and Goblin respectively. The knoblin to the rider’s right side and the Goblin to the rider’s left. Individual athletes build these features. Although, it is off limits for others to ride as part of the unofficial diggers’ code of conduct.
The mountains where the events take place will usually change every few years, in order to enable riders to start afresh and carve out new lines.
The riders can choose their line down the mountain before the event begins.
The athletes dug and shaped lines and jumps on the mountain to make their ride down as smooth as possible because the terrain was not configured for them by the event planners.
Part 2: List of Competitors for the 2022 Red Bull Rampage
This is the Red Bull Rampage list of athletes for 2021:
Reed Boggs (USA)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Tyler McCaul (USA)
Ethan Nell (USA)
Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
Carson Storch (USA)
Kyle Strait (USA)
Vincent Tupin (FRA)
Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN)
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP-CT)
Jaxson Riddle (USA)
Kurt Sorge (CAN)
Brage Vestavik (NOR)
Cam Zink (USA)
The winner of the rampage Red Bull 2021 was Brandon Semenuk from Canada. He is a KMC athlete and professional freeride mountain biker. Besides, he won his fourth Red Bull Rampage, making him the first competitor to win the event back-to-back, with an unmatched four wins. He is also the first to land a tailwhip during a competition.
Kurt Sorge, also from Canada, emerged as the second runner-up.
Part 3: How the Red Bull MTB 2021 Athletes Were Selected
The Red Bull rampage 2021 has invited 15 athletes. Also, six of them were former Red Bull Rampage winners. The top ten riders from the previous competition were automatically prequalified for the event. Based on video submissions and competitions, a committee of pro athletes selected five wildcard athletes and five alternates, former Red Bull Rampage competitors, industry experts, and judges.
Among the 15 riders last year, there were two rookies.
There are some alternate athletes for the emergency that in case anyone dropped out of the event, or was unable to attend.
The invited athletes confirmed their attendance by the 27th of September.
Part 4: Specifications of the Red Bull MTB 2021 Winner’s Bike
The Red Bull rampage bikes are different from the traditional downhill bike in terms of frames, gears, saddles, wheels and tires. So, find out how different rampage 2021 bikes are from the regular downhill bike in our article about Red Bull rampage.
Brandon Semenuk’s 2021 Red Bull Rampage Mtb has big truck potential, big travel, and a custom-built trek session 27.5 / 26 mullet, paired with a BlackBox AXS, and a single crown 190mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate. Also, a master mechanic Seun Murphy of fluid function assembled his bike.
The Specifications of Brandon Semenuk’s Rampage Bike 2021
The bike frame is a Custom built Trek Session 27.5″ / 26″ Mullet, with Maxxis Assegai 27.5 x 2.5″ EXO+ Maxx Grip front tire and the rear tire is
Maxxis Minion DHR2 26 x 2.4″ DH Casing Maxx Grip.
Also, his pedals, handlebar, stem, saddle, and grips use the brand Chromag.
Front brakes from SRAM Code RSC routed through Zeb steerer tube and rear brake SRAM Code RSC with extra-long brake hose for 3 full rotations of handlebars.
Besides, his bike shocks are a 270 PSI RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH with MegNeg air can with 4.5 Positive tokens, 2 Bands Negative tokens, Rebound 5 clicks to closed, and LSC 9 clicks to closed.
Also, the bike frame is a Custom built Trek Session 27.5″ / 26″ Mullet, the derailleur is BlackBox XX1 Eagle AXS short cage.
Controllers are from SRAM AXS, Cassette is SRAM X01 DH, and Chains from SRAM Eagle.
Rotors are SRAM HS2 200mm both front and rear, wheels are a combined 27.5 and 26” industry Nine.
The cranksets are a 165mm SRAM X01 DH DUB with a custom crank damper. Also, forks are 190mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate, with 44m offset, 3 Tokens, 63.5 PSI, HSC open, LSC 9 clicks to closed.
Seat posts are Truvativ Noir T40.
In summary, the 2021 Red Bull Rampage shows us spectacular skills and complex tricks, it shows what can we use mountain bikes, and it is an exciting event to watch and recap in preparation for the Red Bull Rampage 2022.