Brendan Fairclough Brings Freeracing to Rampage
Red Bull Rampage may be mountain biking’s most iconic freeride event, but that doesn’t mean racers don’t fit in. From Gee Atherton‘s two second-place finishes (2004, 2010) to Cedric Gracia’s win in 2003, the precision and focus that racers have comes in handy in Utah’s exposed terrain. So does the go-for-broke attitude. Brendan Fairclough has it all, and he brought it to the desert along with three of his best mates. The result is a good time.
Being a World Cup guy at Rampage only helps. Being comfortable with braking late in super steep, exposed stuff feels like something we do week in and week out in racing.
Fairclough, or “Brendog” as he’s known, competed in the last two Rampage events with lines that prove that not only can he hang with the best freeriders in the world, but that he may be one of them. Of course, he attributes this to his racing experience. “Being a World Cup guy at Rampage only helps,” he says. “Being comfortable with braking late in super steep, exposed stuff feels like something we do week in and week out in racing.”
Can Brendan Fairclough and his merry pranksters make the final? Watch Red Bull Rampage finals LIVE on Red Bull TV on Oct. 16 to find out. (NOTE: The original live broadcast date of Oct. 17 was changed due to weather concerns.)
Can’t wait for the best event in freeride mountain biking? Head over to the official Red Bull Rampage event page to see highlights of the first nine competitions, as well as more exclusive videos, photos and stories, like these.