Red Bull Rampage is Ruled by Zink

The craziest mountain bike event in the calendar came to a close on the 2 October in the Utah desert after Cam Zink wowed all by landing a 360 off the huge 'super booter' drop. Only a couple of hours earlier he was suffering from concussion after his first attempt, which really puts into perspective the super human nature of these competitors.


Gee Atherton sent it for second place with tonnes of flow and huge lines and The Claw (Darren Berrecloth) placed third despite only recovering a week earlier from his broken hand, which he sustained at Crankworx.


What was interesting with Berrecloth's run was that he didn't use any of the man made features. Instead by using his vision of what big mountain riding should be, and with some help, he constructed his own innovative and technical line with big drops and jumps. This raises the question; should kickers and other pre-made obstacles be kept to slopestyle events? Maybe... It would sustain the old school nature of the rampage, but then if ramps attract the new generation of riders then incorporating them into the landscape is probably not such a bad idea. I think the option for riders to go either way is a winner.


But anyway, what a year for ZinkZink! After enduring years of consecutive injuries and surgery, and bad luck during competitions, he proved what he is capable of by winning the most hyped competitions in freeride and slopestyle. Although Cam is renowned in the industry, I don't think anyone could have anticipated this degree of domination.



Photos


The Claw's run


Rampage interview with Darren Berrecloth