The mountains near Virgin, Utah, are beginning to rumble once again as Red Bull Rampage, the pinnacle of freeride mountain bike competition, readies for its return on October 5-7, 2012. Spectator tickets are now available, course construction is already underway and the exclusive invite list — featuring the world’s best mountain bike riders — has officially been finalized (see below).
After a thrilling contest at Red Bull Joyride, riders were selected according to predetermined qualification criteria to fill the open spots on the Red Bull Rampage competitor list, which includes riders from 11 different nations.
The field features veterans like Mike Kinrade and Kyle Strait — who hold the honor of having competed in every Red Bull Rampage event — and rookie phenoms like Anthony Messere who, at 17, will be the youngest rider in the field.
Heavy hitters like Brandon Semenuk, who already has a Red Bull Rampage win under his belt, will join the field with Martin Söderström and Thomas Genon, with all three gunning not only for the 2012 Red Bull Rampage title, but also for the overall 2012 FMB World Tour Championship crown. Semenuk’s points advantage will seal the deal if he stands anywhere on the podium.
For 2012, a lucky 1,800 spectators will get the opportunity to witness all the action firsthand in the picturesque desert of Utah. Tickets are available now for the competition days of October 5 and 7 (course will be closed to spectators on October 6). Tickets are $15 and include entry on both days. Please read the spectator advisory on the ticket page and note that the event site is remote and requires a four-mile hike or bike ride into the venue.
If you can’t make it to Utah, don’t sweat it — there are several ways to catch the event while keeping your shoes clean. A live webcast will capture all the action on October 7 at the official Red Bull Rampage site.
Fans can also tune into the TV broadcast on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. The event will air on Saturday, December 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT.
|INVITED FOR QUALIFIER
||COUNTRY||PRE-QUALIFIED FOR FINAL||COUNTRY|
|Graham Agassiz||CAN||Gee Atherton||GBR|
|Paul Basagoitia||USA||Darren Berrecloth||CAN|
|Antoine Bizet||FRA||Logan Binggeli||USA|
|Garett Buehler||CAN||Robbie Bourdon||CAN|
|James Doerfling||CAN||Geoff Gulevich||CAN|
|Brendan Fairclough||GBR||Andreu Lacondeguy||ESP|
|Pierre Edouard Ferry||FRA||Tyler McCaul||USA|
|Thomas Genon||BEL||Alex Prochazka||CAN|
|Yannick Granieri||FRA||Brandon Semenuk||CAN|
|Jamie Goldman||USA||Kurt Sorge||CAN|
|Casey Groves||CAN||Kyle Strait||USA|
|Mick Hannah||AUS||Thomas Vanderham||CAN|
|Mike Hopkins||CAN||Cameron Zink||USA|
|Chris Van Dine||USA|