Red Bull Rampage is the mountain bike freeriding frenzy that always offers up a plethora of show-stopping moments.
From world’s firsts to dramatic title wins and gargantuan bails, Rampage has it all. Over the years we’ve seen the biggest 360s, huge backflips – and now double backflips – the ballsiest lines and of course some frightening, heart-breaking crashes as well.
The spectacular came into criticism after the 2015 edition which saw five-time Rampage rider Paul Basagoitia shatter his T12 vertebrae; one of the most memorable moments in Rampage history, but not the kind of thing anyone wants to commemorate.
Rampage has been dangerous since it first got going in 2001, taking a break in 2004 after it got a bit too sketchy and returning in 2008 with more man-made features and continuing to progress and push boundaries.
This year Rampage was tweaked after 17 riders out of 42 were injured in 2015. There’s a new venue with more natural terrain and no giant wooden kickers, and the prize money has doubled from $100,000 to $200,000, with each rider also being given $5,000 to have builders who can work for nine days before the event.
The 2016 edition did not disappoint. Brandon Semenuk laid down one of the greatest runs ever and Antoine Bizet landed the first double backflip in the history of the event.
Here are just some of the most memorable moments from the history of Red Bull Rampage…