After a longggggg hiatus, freeride mountain bike competition came back to life last weekend in the Oregon desert with Proving Grounds 2021 gathering the best riders both male and female into one badass venue. Think: a slopestyle course on steroids. It’s one thing to watch a skilled rider put together a bunch of style for a film part, but it’s something entirely different to watch a dozen riders link together mind-bending competition runs one after the other. Facing some challenging conditions with storms nearly flooding the venue, riders put down some groundbreaking runs, with Cami Nogueira and Hannah Bergemann taking first and second for the women’s field and Carson Storch, Reed Boggs and Dylan Stark on the men’s podium. Check out some of the winning runs and highlights from the event in the official 2021 recap.
When they say that Rampage riders are hitting jumps akin to falling out of a four-story window, they’re not kidding. Nicholi Rogatkin and Jaxson Riddle go full Mythbusters in trying to explain what exactly goes down when a rider drops into a Rampage run. Remember, the whole competition was inspired by freeride skiers like those in TGR films hitting big Alaskan spines. We’re talking the same exposure and arguably worse consequences if you mess up. So for us mere mortals, what does that even
The big day is finally here. After more than a year of waiting, the best freeride mountain bikers in the world return to Virgin, Utah for 2021 Red Bull Rampage. For the last week, athletes have been busy digging their lines and practicing, but it all comes down to putting wheels on dirt today for their finals run. We’ve already seen some insanity from riders in their practice runs, but expect the levels to get turned to 11 for finals. For more info on the info, check out the Red Bull TV page
TGR Optics team member Nick Clark (@rowdyflow) might know the trails of Teton Pass better than just about anybody. If you’ve ever ridden there, you might recognize some of these iconic features – but we bet you haven’t seen style smothered on them like this before. Nick teamed up with Tannus inserts to see how low of tire pressure he could get away with running – but in reality it was just another reason for him to go out and hit his favorite features.