Cam Zink (USA) is new Red Bull Rampage Champion 23

Virgin, Utah (October 13, 2023) – This year marked the 17th edition of Red Bull Rampage, the legendary big-mountain freeride event, and once again it did not disappoint. Seventeen of the world’s best riders brought their A-game to the Southwest Utah desert, and in the end, it was Cam Zink of the U.S.A. that came out on top with one of the biggest and baddest lines of the day. The event made history with the help of T-Mobile, as 5G-connected first-person view (FPV) drones captured runs of each competitor for the live show, providing viewers never-before-seen angles and more.

The event featured no shortage of mind-bending tricks and harrowing terrain. The coveted prize was ultimately claimed by Cam Zink with 95 points, wowing the judges as the only athlete to drop fall line into the incredibly steep and consequential “Grandfather drop”, then sticking a 55-foot jump leading into a massive backflip on a 63-foot step down recreated from his iconic 2013 Rampage run.

“It takes a lot for a run to line up, and after I cased that jump [on run 1] my jitters and nervousness switched to competitiveness. I was ready to go again and tackle my second run, and I knew the wind wouldn’t ruin this for me,” Zink reflects. “I’m glad I reached for the stars and got the win. The original Sender was ten years ago, and my last win was thirteen years ago…and it was still the biggest step-down flip I’ve ever done, and here we are again. It’s still just as intimidating and scary. I’ve put in a lot of work, and I feel fortunate to still push it at the 37—as the oldest to compete here.”

Tom Van Steenbergen’s run was a comeback story two years in the making. He dropped straight from the start gate with a caveman drop and kept the momentum going by throwing a big 360 and a highly technical flat drop backflip on his biggest feature to take home the second-place trophy.

Sharing the same line as Van Steenbergen, Carson Storch trailed closely behind his good friend in third place with an impressive run featuring a backflip, and two of his signature 360 spins. The duo, happy with their first runs, skipped their second runs and did the first Red Bull Rampage party train down to the finish corral.

Beyond the top three riders, plenty of moments wowed the crowd. Spanish rider Bienvenido Aguado Alba won three different awards for his massive 70+ foot front flip over the canyon gap taking home the Utah Sports Commission Best Trick Award, the T-Mobile People’s Choice Award, and the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award. Kyle Strait won the BFGoodrich Tires Toughness Award after returning to the event and conquering the same line that he injured his back on last year. Sweden’s Emil Johansson won the Michelin Style Award for his fluidity and flow on the course, as well as his unique trick combinations. And the Carvana Digger Award went to the team of local rider Reed Boggs.

“I’ve been thinking about the front flip for the whole year. The speed required is so scary, and that was the big challenge for pulling it off. And it worked—twice! Since 2019, when I made my rookie mistake, I’ve been working to get back here,” said Bienvenido Aguado Alba.

Final Results
Cam Zink                         USA        95.00
Tom Van Steenbergen     CAN        89.00
Carson Storch                  USA        87.00
Brendan Fairclough         GBR        86.66
Talus Turk                         USA        84.00
Kyle Strait                         USA        83.58
Emil Johansson               SWE        82.83
Bienvenido Aguado Alba  ESP        79.44
Thomas Genon                 BEL        77.41
Reed Boggs                      USA        76.73
DJ Brandt                          USA        73.51
Alex Volokhov                   CAN        72.00
Kurt Sorge                        CAN        69.66
Jaxson Riddle                   USA        68.00
Adolf Silva                         ESP        51.33
Szymon Godziek               POL        0.00
Clemens Kaudela              AUT        0.00

Red Bull Rampage has become the truest test of skill and mental toughness on a mountain bike. Touted as one of the most challenging events in the world, featuring the world’s best athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations on the planet, the event has become the most coveted title in freeride mountain biking. More Infos.

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