Blood, sweat and beers: Behind the scenes at Red Bull Rampage 2012

We’ve all seen the massive hucks, crazy tricks and oh-crap-I-can’t-watch crashes, but what’s it really like to take part in Red Bull Rampage? Hard work, by the sounds of it! Follow Rocky Mountain’s Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich as they prepare for the 2012 event, from loading up on beer and tools, to prepping their bikes and dropping in for practice and qualis.

As Rocky themselves put it: “Rampage is the pinnacle of modern freeriding and words can’t describe the intensity of being there in person. Yet, behind all the glamour and media attention of the finals are countless hours of planning, travelling, digging, testing, sculpting and refining the ridiculous lines that epitomise the competition. This is a short film about all the blood, sweat, and beers that happen behind the scenes of Rampage.”

Source: The Road to Rampage: Thomas Vanderham & Geoff Gulevich from Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Gutted there’s no finals action? You can catch up with that in Red Bull’s official highlights vid.

All pictures by Margus Riga

Thomas and Gully travelled to Utah with a solid crew of builders and photographers. Picture by Margus Riga

Thomas and Gully travelled to Utah with a solid crew of builders and photographers

Thomas almost lost a shoe out of his luggage along the way. Picture by Margus Riga

Thomas almost lost a shoe out of his luggage along the way

In the days leading up to the finals, the whole crew put tools to dirt, scratching lines into the harsh Utah landscape. Here, Thomas works on his line. Picture by Margus Riga

The whole crew put tools to dirt, scratching lines into the harsh Utah landscape

Gully rocks the sun-smart look - important when temperatures top 80F/27C. Picture by Margus Riga

Gully rocks the sun-smart look - important when temperatures top 80F/27C

The team built late into the night. Picture by Margus Riga

The team built late into the night

Get to zee choppa! Picture by Margus Riga

Get to zee choppa!

Gully's line followed a knife-edge ridge, dove down steep chutes and over some nasty, loose drops, and into a gnarly hip line. Picture by Margus Riga

Gully's line followed a knife-edge ridge, dove down steep chutes and over some nasty, loose drops, and into a gnarly hip line

He was the only rider to drop into the approach to the 40ft+ Oakley Sender, and finished by flipping the big double and boosting the wooden booter. His 11th place was well earned. Picture by Margus Riga

He was the only rider to drop into the approach to the 40ft+ Oakley Sender, and finished by flipping the big double and boosting the wooden booter. His 11th place was well earned

Rocky Mountain’s marketing guy, Peter, was too stressed to watch Thomas drop in. Picture by Margus Riga

Rocky Mountain’s marketing guy, Peter, was too stressed to watch Thomas drop in

Thomas's line dove straight down from the top, off a ledge into an exposed transition. He carved down a steep, loose chute, hitting several drops before a double-drop line into a massive compression. Next, he threw a suicide no-hander off a hip that took three days to build before hitting the lower Oakley sender. Picture by Margus Riga

Thomas's line dove straight down from the top, off a ledge into an exposed transition. He carved down a steep, loose chute, hitting several drops before a double-drop line into a massive compression. Next, he threw a suicide no-hander off a hip that took three days to build before hitting the lower Oakley sender

After that he boosted up the other side into a stepdown-stepup with no margin for error, finishing his line with a big drop, traverse and a massive wall transfer drop. Picture by Margus Riga

After that he boosted up the other side into a stepdown-stepup with no margin for error, finishing his line with a big drop, traverse and a massive wall transfer drop

With his eighth place finish, Thomas became the only rider to place in the top 10 at every Rampage ever held. Picture by Margus Riga

With his eighth place finish, Thomas became the only rider to place in the top 10 at every Rampage ever held

With the finals over, Gully brings the pain! Picture by Margus Riga

With the finals over, Gully brings the pain!

The crew review footage and photos on the way home. Picture by Margus Riga

The crew review footage and photos on the way home