2022 Red Bull Rampage: Brett Rheeder takes the win
Perhaps that most exciting, demanding, and gnarliest event of the year, the Red Bull Rampage has come and gone, and this iteration has been just as eventful as the last. Brett Rheeder who last won the event back in 2018 came in to the event as one of the favourites and managed to nab the overall Rampage victory ahead of Szymon Godziek (2nd) and Brandon Semenuk (3rd).
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Sixteen riders descended upon Utah to create crazy lines and push the boundaries in the sport of mountain biking in the biggest freeride event on the calendar. All attention was on Brett Rheeder who had won the event in 2018 and was awarded as a runner-up in 2019. He had his eyes set on the top spot of the podium.
His run included a huge entry drop, leading him on to whip out a flip can on a massive 48ft drop only to tail whip seconds after. After finishing his tech and tricky heavy run, Rheeder scored an impressive 90.66 which secured his second Rampage title.
Of course, it wasn't just Rheeder who laid down an impressively technical run as Szymon Godziek performed almost equally as awe-inspiringly, though he scored 86.33 to take home second.
As per usual, big things were expected of Brandon Semenuk who was spotted acid-dropping into his run from the starting platform on social media. And he did exactly that during his scored run. He finished off with a 360 flat spin knack, earning his run a score of 84.
Usually, riders would get a second run in order to refine their lines and improve their scores but any chances of a second run were scrapped due to high winds.
What's really awesome about Rampage is that it's not just about the podium as plenty of other awards are given out. For example, Jaxson Riddle claimed the Michelin Style Award for his moto-inspired tricks while Cam Zink won the BF Goodrich Toughness Award for his perseverance. Finally, Tom Van Steenbergen earned the McGazza Spirit Award for his return from a life-changing crash with the Kia Digger Award going to Brett Rheeder's team.