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 here.
Legendary World Cup DH racer Steve Peat had a question he wanted to answer. After dusting off his race-winning 2006 Santa Cruz V10 (with 26-inch wheels, alloy frame, narrow bars, and a super-tiny wheelbase) he wanted to know how fast it would compare to his modern 2021 V10. How different would it feel on track? Would the small wheels be an advantage in some scenarios? Or would it be a sketchy, janky ride that falls apart halfway down the run? Peat headed to Morzine’s famous Le Pleney DH track
Crankworx wasn’t over after British Columbia this year – riders reconvened in the Southern Hemisphere for the final stop of the 2021 Crankworx World Tour. So it all came down to this! Emil Johansson managed to pull off the impossible with six consecutive wins at Crankworx. Johansson took the event win, the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship and the coveted Triple Crown. Never in mountain bike history have they all been claimed by one rider in a season. With his win in the Maxxis
A couple of months ago, the very talented Cam McCaul invited us to an event at his place in Bend, OR called "The SlopeDuroCross Challenge." There was promise of lots of Sierra Nevada beer and excellent bike carnage from many of the athletes competing in Proving Grounds. So we went, we saw, and we were very confused but also very stoked. It's difficult to put the epicness that is the SlopeDuroCross challenge into words, so we'll just let Cam's video do the talking. 10+ points if you can spot