World’s first all-women freeride mountain bike event returns this year

Published April 8, 2021, 12:39 PM

by Patrick Garcia

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Red Bull Formation, the world’s first all-women freeride mountain bike event makes a comeback this May 24 to June 1 after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight athletes from Canada, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, and Sweden will head to Southern Utah in USA to compete in the historic event.

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The list of invited athlete’s include:

Casey Brown (CAN)
Vaea Verbeeck (CAN)
Vinny Armstrong (NZ)
Jess Blewitt (NZ)
Sam Soriano (USA)
Chelsea Kimball (USA)
Hannah Bergemann (USA)
Vero Sandler (UK)
1st Alternate: Camila Nogueira (ARG)
2nd Alternate: Alma Wiggberg (SWE)

Red Bull Formation started in 2019 as a way for women to push boundaries of freeride mountain biking and big mountain riding. Its goals include progressing and developing the women’s freeride field, shining a spotlight on the athletes through media and storytelling, and ultimately creating a future path for women in freeride mountain biking.

The event is based on the Red Bull Rampage freeride mountain bike event which started in 2001. Both are invitation-only events due to the risk the athletes were taking.

“The inaugural 2019 event was a transformative moment for women’s freeriding, marking a tangible shift in the scene. The past 18-months have seen an acceleration of progression in the women’s field, with new talent, an abundance of tricks, and added opportunities to pursue freeriding as a career within mountain biking as a result,” the Red Bull Formation committee said.

“The 2021 event will welcome 8 of the top athletes back to the camp alongside a selection of industry mentors and peers that will help guide and coach the athletes throughout the week. Together they will work to create top-to-bottom lines that will illustrate their skill, style, and power on the terrain,” it added.