For two weeks in October, the Gooseberry Mesa on the outskirts of Zion National Park becomes the home of the Red Bull Rampage, a competition of skill and guts that takes the idea of mountain biking to a whole new level. The course itself is not pre-built — riders and their two-person dig teams have to plan and dig the route themselves. The terrain itself is physically demanding, and to create the route, the teams use pickaxes, shovels, and sandbags — which they haul up the mountain — to carve out the riders’ jumps and paths. The competitors call the gnarly race “controlled chaos.”
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