2021 Red Bull Rampage in Glimpses and Frames [Photo Essay]
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What started as a chilly Friday morning slowly began to heat up as athletes and media arrived. Riders made their way up before the sun passed the higher ridgeline to session their nervewrecking lines as the masses poured in. Brandon Semenuk, Jaxson Riddle, and Szymon Godziek were among the first to get warmed up. These superhumans didn’t wait long before throwing flips and getting comfortable with their afternoon plans. The pulsing exhaust notes of helicopters and shuttles started flooding the canyon as the PA speakers blasted music and previous years’ Rampage highlights. It was going to be an action-packed event as usual.
Rampage kicked off with some incredible runs but not without any drama, crashes, and mechanicals. Cam Zink had a little bobble toward the bottom, Riddle and Reed Boggs suffered rear tire blowouts, Vincent Tupin had a heavy slam, and Godziek unfortunately couldn’t piece together a clean run, but thankfully came out reasonably unscathed. Tom van Steenbergen nailed his front flip, but unfortunately took the hit of a lifetime on the following backflip sending him to the hospital with severe hip injuries. Semenuk disposed of his first run near the top only to make his second run count before the others. He earned his fourth Rampage win and his second consecutive since 2019.