Sunday, September 28, 2014

76 foot drop

When Graham Agassiz and Andreu Lacondeguy began building a lip-heavy line at Red Bull Rampage with heavy drops on each end, the rest of the field wondered how they would pull it off. Yesterday, they answered part of the question by sending a gigantic step-down, and they did it by pushing each other out of their comfort zones — watch it happen in the video after the jump>>>

Aggy is crazy!” says Lacondeguy about the Kamloops freerider after he sailed his bike 76 feet off the drop. High praise from a man who is world-renowned for going absolutely massive.

Sporadic wind and pre-game nerves played a big part in holding back the two marquee riders from hitting the drop, which leads into another step-down and then to the Polaris RZR Moto Booter. While Lacondeguy is pre-qualified for finals on Sunday, Agassiz — who qualified in first place in 2013 but finished outside of the top ten in the final — is required to ride in 2014 qualifiers today.

With uncharacteristic reserve, Lacondeguy took at least a dozen dry runs at the drop before committing, landing more or less where Agassiz did. For today’s qualifier, he’ll cheer Aggy on from the sidelines.

Cheer on from your own digital sidelines during the webcast of finals on Sunday, September 28, starting at 1:00 p.m. MT on the official Red Bull Rampage site.