Brett Rheeder from Canada has been crowned champion of Red Bull Rampage 2022, which took place in Utah. Sixteen hand chosen pro mountain bikers competed in the event.
Overall, the top three competitors were:
- Brett Rheeder (Canada) – 90.66
- Szymon Godziek (Poland) – 86.33
- Brandon Semenuk (Canada) – 84.00
After nailing his massive entry drop, Rheeder aced a flip can on his burly 48-foot drop to tail whip his step up only seconds later. The two-time Rampage champion kept the tricks coming, spun in both directions, and linked together combinations. His run was the perfect recipe of complex tricks and steep technical riding, rightfully earning him a 90.66 score to secure his second win.
“I was pretty unsure what was going to happen this year. I had a lot of changes I went through as a person, and I didn’t know if I’d ever get back to this level of riding. So, I didn’t come out to win, to be honest. I just want to make sure whatever I do is for me. Only for me. Not for any sponsors, not for my competitors, not for any ego. I want to make sure it’s for guiding the sport in the right direction and having a good time while doing it,” Rheeder said. “It’s the most positive I’ve seen [freeride].”
Brett Rheeder opened the door for other complex runs, with Szymon Godziek trailing closely behind him. Godziek took 2 nd place, one of the few riders opting to ride Kelly McGarry’s infamous canyon gap. The Polish freerider linked together a daring run which landed him his first-ever Rampage podium.
“I wasn’t sure if I should do the 360 in the first run or the second run. It was a last-call decision, and it was super scary. It was by far the scariest thing of my life. It worked out but it was super heavy. However, the backflip on the canyon gap was always the plan from the very first day. Once I landed the 360, I remember thinking, “this flip is going to be easy,” said Godziek.
Beyond the top three riders, plenty of moments wowed the crowd.
If you would like to catch up on Red Bull Rampage 2022, you still can still watch it globally on-demand on both ESPN+ and on free sports tv app, Red Bull TV following the competition.