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Hannah Bergemann with Brooklyn Bell and Krystin Norman, who helped shape her line (Photo: Catherine Aeppel/Red Bull Content Pool)
Hannah Bergemann with Brooklyn Bell and Krystin Norman, who helped shape her line (Photo: Catherine Aeppel/Red Bull Content Pool)
  • Red Bull Foundation is the female equivalent of the Rampage extreme mountain biking event
  • It returned this year, after being locked down in 2020
  • And the eight riders present, set a new standard for women's mountain biking

Most people have watched a clip of extreme biking on a dizzyingly exposed desert ridgeline, with huge crash consequences.

Those images and videos, often source from the wildest gravity mountain bike event on earth: Rampage. Hosted in the Utah desert, on treacherously steep terrain, Red Bull’s Rampage is mountain biking at its most dangerous.

World Cup winners and World Champions are rarely present. Or even invited. The attendees are a select group of fearless and talented extreme mountain bikers. And part of the challenge, at each Rampage, is having to sculpt and build their riding lines, into the Utah cliffs.

Impossible tricks are attempted and huge crashes ensue. Legends are created. Careers prematurely ended. Rampage is pure. Dangerous. Undiluted. It is the wildest side of mountain biking’s extreme scene.

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Jess Blewitt getting a lot of air (Photo: Photo: Re Wikstrom/Red Bull Content Pool)

Embracing the broader extreme mountain biking community

Since the event was first held, back in 2001, it has featured only male riders. But extreme mountain biking isn’t about a single gender.

A core group of female mountain bikers have the skills and risk appetite, to launch the biggest jumps and navigate down the steepest terrain.

To prove this, eight of the world’s best freeride mountain bikers, who also happen to be women, recently spent a few days digging and riding, in Utah. The result was a breakthrough for women’s mountain biking.

The first Red Bull Formation was held in 2019, with last year’s effort disrupted by the pandemic. Formation’s second coming, made up for lost time.

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Steep enough for you? Hannah Bergemann on her winning line (Photo: Re Wikstrom/Red Bull Content Pool)

Showing that women can ride it all

In the XC racing disciplines, women have proven they have the fitness and desire to do anything. At times, the women’s XCO mountain bike races are better, with tighter bunches and closer finishes.

The gravity mountain bike scene has shown moments of inspiration from women, but the Red Bull Formation event finally allowed a group of talented riders to push each other.

Some male riders joined as guests, to advise on line choice and entry speeds. Carson Storch ‘towed’ one or two of the female riders into their jumps to established confidence. Thereafter, it was an all-girl freeriding party.

How good was the performance by these female riders? Judge for yourself in the video below.

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