Autumn is my favorite season in Zion, and the weekend of October 1 -3 is a particularly exciting one this year. On top of October’s warm days and delightfully crisp nights, this first weekend features the return of the Red Bull Rampage (after a 2009 hiatus) AND the Springdale premiere of the Banff Film Festival’s Radical Reels tour. If you like active and varied weekends, you owe it to yourself to get here for this one.
While Sarah posted on the Radical Reels tour a week ago, we didn’t give you much beef on the Rampage. The video should give you a taste of the concept and feeling of this competition, a daredevil spectacle of adrenaline, extreme terrain, and helicopter flyovers. For details on how the competition works, the Red Bull website explains the basic logistics and competition framework. Spectators have great views of the action, though binoculars may help you get the best view of all the action.
If you want to take part of the competition… you can’t. Which is probably good. Somehow, Red Bull has found 40 riders for this competition, and looking at the course, its easy to question their sanity. The Rampage in Virgin is the last event of the 18-stop Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour, which carries a $25,000 purse for the overall points winner. Be there to see the winner put the smack down for all the marbles, then head over to Springdale to catch a plethora of other extremists ripping it up on the big screen at Radical Reels!