Tahnée Seagrave takes her hand off floating above the Utah desert. Katie Lozancich photo.
There’s a new crop of freeriders looking to leave their mark on the Utah desert. Tahnée Seagrave, Vaea Verbeeck, Hannah Bergemann, Veronique Sandler, Vinny Armstrong, and Micayla Gatto have gathered for a new event called Formation. Formation is a week-long progression camp that aims to push women's freeride mountain biking forward. For the next week, they’ll be digging their very own lines at the 2015 Red Bull Rampage venue for a jam-style riding session. The hope of this historic event is to spur new opportunities for women, who currently have limited options beyond downhill racing and Crankworx events.
Digger Jordy Scott sure knows how to throw down on a bike too. Katie Lozancich photo.
This week will test the riders and push their boundaries. “It’s been a dream of mine to do this,” said Sierra Nevada athlete Casey Brown. She’s sidelined from the event due to a shoulder injury but can’t help but be in awe watching her friends at work. “This exact environment is so perfect for progressing women’s free riding," she says.
Getting up top the good old-fashioned way. Katie Lozancich photo.
Brown is joined on the sidelines by Michelle Parker, Rebecca Rusch and Jill Kintner, who are supporting the girls in whatever way they can. With digging for Red Bull Rampage 2019 to commence next week, it’s only fitting to see Formation expand the community of free riding and break new ground for the sport.
Vaea Verbeeck pushing her limits. Katie Lozancich photo.
With heavy hearts we learned this morning that pro freeride mountain biker Jordie Lunn passed away after a crash while trail riding in Mexico on October 9th. According to reports, he was riding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with close friends Greg Watts, Darren Berrecloth and Brayden Barrett-Hay. RELATED: The Best POVs From Past Red Bull Rampages Lunn was an inspiration and a leader in the mountain bike world, who spanned all disciplines from XC to DH racing before shifting his focus to
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Until Formation, there’s never been an official women’s freeride event. Katie Lozancich Photo. Spirits were soaring when the crew of riders and diggers arrived at Virgin, Utah for Formation, a women’s progression freeride camp. Spearheaded by Katie Holden, who spent the last ten years fighting to make freeriding more accessible, the goal of Formation was to push the sport forward in a way that created accessibility. Invited were Micayla Gatto, Vaea Verbeeck, Veronique