Watching coverage of Red Bull Rampage might convince you that the competitors are robots, entirely incapable of feeling normal emotions like fear and self-doubt. For better or worse, that isn't actually the case. While the competitors are undoubtedly the MTB freeride world's cream-of-the-crop, Rampage is enough to put fear in the heart of even the rowdiest sender. This video takes a look behind the scenes at DJ Brandt's mental and emotional state in the lead-up to Rampage 2018, and there are some ugly bits.
As Ethan Nell says, "It makes you forget that you know how to ride a bike." When a single false move almost guarantees serious injury, the mental game is equally as important as the nuts and bolts of bike riding. Will DJ be able to overcome his cerebral struggle and put down a clean line? You already know the answer if you watched last year's Rampage, but it's still worth a watch.
Check back on Friday for coverage of Red Bull Rampage 2019!