Tomorrow is the big day, the finals of the biggest event in freeride mountain biking, Red Bull Rampage. Riders have spent all week hiking, building, shaping, and now finally riding their lines. Of course, this involves testing speed, and sometimes that means coming up a little short on those absolutely massive features. Here are a few clips from riders getting a little sketchy on course during their practice runs.
Vincent Tupin dropping into his massive chute:
Reed Boggs overshooting a 100-foot canyon gap:
Conor Macfarlane coming up short on his big drop:
Tom VanSteenbergen’s frontflip got him a little off line:
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