There's one day till Red Bull Rampage and the competitors are experiencing a wide range of feelings. The vets are getting excited about the potential for fresh lines, and the rookies are battling butterflies as they're faced with the sheer scale of the drops and ridges for the first time. Some riders are stoked on the pre-built, wooden features and the opportunities they provide, while some would rather see the natural terrain beneath them.
Everyone sees the venue and the event itself in their own light, so we asked the competitors to tell us what they were most looking forward to at Red Bull Rampage 2012. Read on to see what they said and check out the latest course pics.
Curtis Robinson: The most exciting part for me is getting to see so many of the top riders from our sport riding lines that most wouldn't even think were possible. Having the option to create your own vision into a contest line is every athlete's dream.
Thomas Vanderham: I'm just looking forward to getting back down to the desert. It’s always such a wild week. This will be my seventh Red Bull Rampage and I've seen the event change a lot through the years. I'm hoping that they don't groom the hill too much and keep it like the good old Rampage.
Cam McCaul: Mostly I'm just looking forward to spending as much time on my bike as possible. It's easy to get overwhelmed at Red Bull Rampage and spend too much time scouting and building, but what I really want to do is just enjoy the riding. I'm really pumped for the canyon gap [shown above]. I've seen some photos of it online and it looks amazing! I want to get some good tricks on that thing.
"The Claw always builds a good line, all hand-built and natural, pure freeriding. I'll be trying to do the same with my line." -- Wil White
Brendan Fairclough: Just looking forward to seeing the mountain and what everyone has to throw down. I think it’s going to be a big learning experience for me. I’m just stoked to throw down what I have and enjoy myself. Maybe a scare here and there won't hurt, either.
Sam Pilgrim: I'm just excited to see everyone and have a good party!
Cam Zink: I just can't wait to be there and start riding. It's like a second home and a place where I am always happy.
Mick Hannah: I am most looking forward to the opportunity to create my own line and hit some of the biggest jumps in the world -- certainly the biggest jumps within competition. Red Bull Rampage has been a huge part of really pushing the boundaries of our sport so it's exciting to be a part of it finally. I love our sport and I love seeing it grow.
Greg Watts: I'm always excited to see what they've built for us. What I'm most looking forward to is finding a new, unique line and building it. I think that is the coolest part about Red Bull Rampage, because you can find something that best fits your riding style and make it your own part of your run. It's always cool to see what other people are building, too.
Wil White: I'm looking forward to seeing longer lines from the top. I've heard the builders are cutting new trails so the start this year will be higher up. I'm really hoping that they leave the man-made features to a minimum. The only man-made features should be things that are necessary to continue a line from the top or add flow to the trail. I appreciate the merging of slopestyle and freeride, but to me it's not what Red Bull Rampage is about. For this reason I'll be looking forward to the lines that guys like Darren Berrecloth put up. The Claw always builds a good line, all hand-built and natural, pure freeriding. I'll be trying to do the same with my line.
"People are coming early and bringing full pit crews, build crews... It has changed -- a lot. I’m most looking forward to riding and watching the riders who can show what this event is truly about: some serious big mountain shredding." -- Mike Kinrade
Martin Söderström: Because it's my first year at Red Bull Rampage and I have been watching videos from the event since I was a little kid, I’m just looking forward to seeing the area and am very curious to see how it feels to ride. Because it's such a different event than I am used to I'm also really looking forward to just seeing everyone throw down!
Andreu Lacondeguy: I'm looking forward to seeing everyone pushing it to the next level and for sure I want to see the craziest lines!
Brandon Semenuk: The new higher start and the potential for more natural-built lines.
Tyler McCaul: I'm looking forward to seeing how all of the guys who don't typically ride big mountain do. Things are looking a lot steeper and deeper this year so it'll be interesting to watch all of the Red Bull Rampage rookies. I was a Rampage rookie last time, and I'm definitely glad I got that out of the way for this year!
Garett Buehler: I'm excited to see how the course is built this year. I hope it’s not too much of a slopestyle event with too many buffed-out, built features. I'm also stoked to see my friends and see how everything unwinds in the finals.
Ramon Hunziker: It's my first time to be part of Red Bull Rampage, so I'm really looking forward to riding the terrain in Utah. We don't have anything similar in Switzerland.
Geoff Gulevich: I’m looking most forward to seeing each rider's own vision of the mountainside we get presented. It interests me a great amount to see different rider's styles and visions of what we all love and live to do.
Mike Kinrade: I'm kind of indecisive about all the wood features and how it has all evolved over the years; it's not at all what it used to be. There is a lot more at stake for every rider on the roster. People are coming early and bringing full pit crews, build crews, all sorts of stuff. It has changed -- a lot. I'm most looking forward to riding and watching the riders who can show what this event is truly about: some serious big mountain shredding.
"Red Bull Rampage is a proving ground and a great opportunity for people to make things happen. Some of the guys let Rampage scare them and don't even show up, but I love every minute of it." -- Chris Van Dine
Casey Groves: Honestly, I'm just looking forward to being back at Red Bull Rampage. I'm very interested to see what the lines are going to be like this year and all the wooden features that are built on the massive hills -- I'm always so impressed!
Kelly McGarry: I'm just looking forward to being out there in the desert. It's a unique part of the world and it's cool to be able to head out there with your bike and a bunch of your friends to take in the views and shred all the cool stuff the crew has built.
Chris Van Dine: I'm looking forward to getting out there on my new carbon Yeti and seeing which of the young guns emerge and put big lines together as this chapter unfolds. Red Bull Rampage is a proving ground and a great opportunity for people to make things happen. Some of the guys let Rampage scare them and don't even show up, but I love every minute of it.
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