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Red Bull Formation Is Back, Dropping this May

Red Bull Formation is back and it's going to be bigger and better. Katie Lozancich photo.

The most highly anticipated women’s freeride mountain bike event is returning to the Utah desert on May 24th-31st. Following in the same format as the first Formation back in 2019, the event will be a big-mountain progression session, bringing together the industry’s most promising talent to push women’s freeride onwards. The event’s goal is to further develop the women’s freeride scene, and spotlight existing and new athletes through storytelling. 

Who are you most excited to watch this year? Vinny Armstrong won us over with her whips in 2019. Katie Lozancich photo.

This year we’ll be seeing a mixture of familiar and new faces. Returning from the 2019 event are riders Hannah Bergemann, Vaea Verbeeck, Veronique Sandler, and Vinny Armstrong. Joining them will be newcomers Casey Brown, Jess Blewitt, Sam Soriano, and Chelsea Kimball. Camila Nogueira and Alma Wiggberg are the alternate riders. This year the event will be held at the 2008 Red Bull Rampage venue and will consist of three dig days, one rest day, and three ride days. Given the immense success of the first event, we can’t wait to see how these athletes turn things up for this year. Let the countdown begin!

The inaugural 2019 event was a transformative moment for women’s freeriding, marking a tangible shift in the scene. The past 18-months have seen an acceleration of progression in the women’s field, with new talent, an abundance of tricks, and added opportunities to pursue freeriding as a career within mountain biking as a result.

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 2021 event will welcome 8 of the top athletes back to the camp alongside a selection of industry mentors and peers that will help guide and coach the athletes throughout the week. Together they will work to create top-to-bottom lines that will illustrate their skill, style, and power on the terrain.

Red Bull Formation is a women’s big-mountain progression session. The event’s goals include progressing and developing the women’s freeride field, shining a spotlight on the athletes through media and storytelling, and ultimately creating a future path for women in freeride mountain biking.—Red Bull Formation

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