Emil gives a raw look at what it takes to compete at MTB's gnarliest event
Red Bull Rampage is much more than a day in the desert. This year, Emil Johansson returned to Utah for the first time since 2019 to take on mountain biking’s gnarliest event, and documented every excruciating detail of the experience in a four-video series on YouTube.
Relive Emil’s journey below — the excitement of his arrival, the long, exhausting dig days, the stress of dialing in his line just hours before his first run, and the raw emotions of completing one of the most ambitious feats in cycling.
Emil was given the Best Style Award for his aerial artistry, and earned an automatic invite to next year’s event with his seventh place finish. We can’t wait to see what he might have in store as an encore.
Episode 1 – Arriving in Utah
Emil gets his first taste of Utah as he settles in for a two-week stay ahead of Rampage. Watch his first impressions as he rides and scouts the venue for the first time.
Episode 2 – First Week of Building
Emil and crew head into the Utah desert to blueprint and begin digging Emils’ Rampage run. Meet the team behind the pickaxes.
Episode 3 – First Hits
First hits on a brand new Rampage line are some of the riskiest, most heart-pumping moments of a rider’s two weeks in Utah. Watch Emil test his line in harrowing wind less than 24 hours before his first run.
Episode 4 – The End of the Beginning
Mere hours before his first run, Emil is still testing, learning and changing features. Watch him progress and take on one of the wildest of editions of Rampage ever.
Follow Emil Johansson and the C3 Project on Instagram for even more behind the scenes from Rampage, including a bike check with Emil’s Session and his explanation of how riding Rampage is very different from competing in slopestyle.