Sports News: Red Bull Mountain Bike Freeride champion crowned in Utah

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The winners (L-R) Reed Boggs, Szymon Godziek, Brett Rheeder, and Thomas Genonat celebrate at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, USA on 21 October, 2022.

Brett Rheeder has been crowned champion of the mountain bike freeride, Red Bull Rampage 2022, which took place in the red desert of Utah on Friday October 21st. Red Bull Rampage is known for pushing progression in the sport and 2022 was no exception. Across the event there was a number of world-first tricks alongside some incredible combos in the mountain bike slopestyle.

Overall, the top three competitors were:

1. Brett Rheeder (Canada): 90.66

2. Szymon Godziek (Poland): 86.33

3. Brandon Semenuk (Canada): 84.00

Brett Rheeder rides his bike at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, USA on 21 October, 2022.

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 like he was in a video game. 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.

Rheeder told Sorted: “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.”

Szymon Godziek, after winning second place at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, USA on 21 October 2022.

To catch up on all things Red Bull Rampage 2022, watch globally on demand on both ESPN+ and on free sports tv app, Red Bull TV following the competition. On October 30th viewers can watch a condensed two and a half hour replay which will air on ESPN.

Val Fraser

Val Fraser is a trained journalist with over 12 years’ experience working on staff in various demanding media environments. She has authored/edited thousands of articles including news, travel and features. Val has authored/contributed to nine non-fiction books. A regular columnist, she stepped up to the role of Digital Editor in September 2022 and is responsible for the Sorted Magazine website.
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