Back in the summer, I saw the first bit of promo material for the new RedBull Rampage Retrospective 5 disc boxset. It took almost 6 months to get my hands on a copy and I’m pleased to say it was worth the wait. The 5 disc set is a concise yet ultra stimulating visual history of the 4 years worth of Rampage. Watching the discs in order really gives you the sense of progression and evolution of the sport, especially considering Rampage was the turning point in bringing Freeriding to the forefront and regenerating the sport of mountain biking. For those that don’t know, Rampage basically set 30 of the best Freeriders head to head on top of a jagged mountain of rocks in the middle of the Utah desert between 2001 and 2004.
There are definately a number of highlights. I especially liked the footage of Ro-maniac’s 5th place in 2003 with a totally busted face, SuperT’s massive drop in 2002, and generally watching Kyle Strait go from a really small kid in 2001 through to killing it in 2004. All that and a healthy dose of Bender pushing all the limits.
The best part of the set is the 5th disc that looks back over the 4 years and is loaded with commentary and additional footage. It does a great job of summing up what Rampage was, and leaves the door open for Rampage to return in the future.