Later this morning, the world’s top freeride mountain bikers will realize the days of hard work they’ve put into crafting carefully selected lines at the sport’s biggest spectacle, Red Bull Rampage. Kona Gravity riders Graham Agassiz and Antoine Bizet are among the 21 invited athletes, and both have been toiling on perfecting their line with their build crew and pre-riding as much as possible to prepare for today’s final.
We caught up with Aggy and Antoine on a quick pre-Rampage conversation. Read on below to see how they prepare mentally and how they’ve set up their Kona Operators for the big day with some more practice photos from Ale di Lullo. And at 9:30 am PST, tune in to RedBull.TV to watch the big event.
Kona: Did you manage to get your line dialed in and fully built top to bottom?
Aggy: Yeah, yesterday was pretty aggressive out there, but at the end of the day I managed to get in a full top to bottom run. It wasn’t pretty but we did it!
Antoine: Yes, I rode my line top to bottom yesterday, and I rode the middle section many times working on a few exciting tricks!
Kona: Can you tell us anything interesting about your bike setup for Rampage?
Aggy: Well yeah, I’m running a 2.8 Minion front tire on my rig.
Antoine: I set up the suspension super hard, much harder than you would for a bike park for example. Other than that, there’s not that much else I’ve done to it – my bike is exactly like I normally ride it, so that’s simply perfect. I rode it a lot over the past few days and feel so good on it.
Kona: And do you have any pre-Rampage rituals? What song gets you in the zone?
Aggy: I have a couple, but I’d like to keep those to myself.
Antoine: I love to eat apples and Babybels during my Rampage trips! It’s a “no reason” ritual that has happened for the last three years. My shoulder is sore from some big hits I took during training so I’ll warm it up with gym and physio.
And about the song… that’s THE question! I listen to way too many different things, I love French speaking songs, rap, rock or reggae I love them all. Then I can listen to stupid radio music or revolutionary ragga songs… these days with my diggers we listen to a lot of loud songs by french rapper Nekfeu. He’s from Paris like me and he’s killing it!
Kona: Good luck out there boys! Everyone at Kona will be cheering for you!