Red Bull have stepped up their event coverage this year of the Rampage and have been brining multiple videos, interviews and amazing imagery to their site. This very cool clip on Kona Gravity Team Rider Graham Agassiz just surfaced and is well worth checking out!
VIRGIN, Utah — Graham Agassiz is one of the most exciting riders in the two-wheeled universe. His playful-yet-aggressive riding style is truly one of a kind, and his “always having fun” attitude is the best in the biz. The people love him, and his fellow riders do too.
Red Bull Rampage has been hard on Aggy, with the Kamloops, B.C., rider failing to make his mark in the final the past two years, despite creating and riding two of the most progressive and mind-blowing qualifying runs ever thrown down in the Virgin, Utah, desert. It doesn’t bother the happy-go-lucky shredder though.
I’m actually feeling really good. I’m not really putting pressure on myself. I’m just having fun and taking it day by day.
“Rampage really is Aggy’s contest,” says Matty Miles, who holds a spot on Agassiz’s Rampage dig team. “That’s where he shines. He’s a true freerider. He charges this line like no one else.”
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While every line at Rampage belongs to the rider who built it, Aggy’s meticulously built and expertly chosen line has been a site of some contention this week.
Rampage really is Aggy’s contest. That’s where he shines. He’s a true freerider. He charges this line like no one else.
Many riders want to use Agassiz’s line, but he has been adamant that it belongs to him and his line-building partner, Andreu Lacondeguy. It’s a strong-but-fair stance in an emotionally charged contest where riders hang everything on the line. Still, the pressure doesn’t seem to bother Aggy.
“I’m actually feeling really good,” says Agassiz. “I’m not really putting pressure on myself. I’m just having fun and taking it day by day. Tomorrow I’ll put my line together and get ready for [qualifiers on] Thursday.”
Will Agassiz find his place on top of the podium? Watch 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.)