Real estate for new line choices at the Red Bull Rampage site in Virgin, Utah is at a premium. This pushes riders to find ever more remote and challenging lines. Nico Vink is taking that to the limit this year. They had to rappel down a cliff just to build it.
Virgin, Utah – After a few days of the Red Bull Rampage athletes scoping new lines and beginning to build there still remains many unanswered questions as how riders will share lines, or where they can build new ones. Many riders are working out deals with each other and their build teams to utilize pre-existing work from years past. However, some riders are electing to step out into the unknown. At the forefront of this ideology lies Nico Vink. Last year found Nico sitting on the sidelines after he overshot one of the bigger step-downs. This year he is hoping to make his mark, and add his name to the list of legends that have come out Rampage.
I’m trying to find the possible in the impossible. It’s probably the gnarliest thing I have ever ridden or tried.
And so, 2015 finds Nico building his line in an area that no rider has built in before. It is a steep and exposed area with a feature so hard to reach that his team broke out rappelling gear in order to gain access to build. This new line allows him to on the ridge and keeps him close to last year’s 1st and 2nd place lines.
Accounting for 25% of a rider’s final score, a creative and challenging line like this good be just the ticket that Nico needs to reach the podium. He had this to say about this new section, “I’m trying to find the possible in the impossible. It’s probably the gnarliest thing I have ever ridden or tried. It is Rampage, though.”
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