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Race Report: Q&A With Reed Boggs, 2021 Rampage Third Place Finisher

Reed Boggs at the 2021 Red Bull Rampage

A reduced field size at this year's Red Bull Rampage left Reeds Boggs, and a lot of other talented riders, off of the automatic qualification list. A few days before the event, Reed got the nod from the promoters that he'd be competing in the big show. Not one to waste an opportunity, Reed not only proved that he belonged, but that he was one the best competitors there that day. After putting together a strong ride that nevertheless found him outside the top 10 in 2019, Reed's off year of hard work paid off, landing him a third place finish this year, a podium spot at one of the most prestigious events in mountain biking. We caught up with Reed for a quick Q&A before he heads to Hawaii for some well deserved down time. Click here to watch Reed's run that scored an 87 and landed him on the podium. 

Photos by Fraser Britton and Kenny Wehn. 

Stan's NoTubes: What's it like sitting at the top of the drop in looking down on what is arguably the gnarliest terrain that a bicycle has ever been ridden on?

RB: There’s so many emotions that come to mind but for me there’s mostly confidence and determination. We work so hard all year for that moment and it all comes down to a 1-2 minute run. It’s a lot of fun but at the same time so nerve racking. It’s a wild feeling but when you get to the bottom, it’s all worth it!

SNT: Not being listed on the automatic qualification list would be a major setback for some riders. How did you work through that to put together an incredible run and land yourself on the podium?

RB: Perseverance. My whole year revolves around Rampage. Training the mind, getting my body in shape, and riding my bike. I kept telling myself I was going to be in the main event and stayed positive and it worked out. It’s a surreal feeling.

SNT: Without competition in 2020, how did you stay busy and on top of your game to come back from an off-year riding bigger and better than ever? 

RB: I worked on various video projects to stay busy. On different bikes, as well as different terrain. At the end of the day, you need every bike skill there is to ride Rampage. I try and focus on dialing in my tricks on the small bike, then slowly bring them over the the big bike so I’m confident in the move/trick because I’ve already perfected them on a smaller travel bike. It all helps and pays off.

SNT: Do you prefer new venues or established ones?

RB: I honestly don’t care. As long as I have the chance to build a fun line with my team, I’m happy.

SNT: What's next for Reed Boggs? 

RB: Keep working. Stay motivated. And work even harder so I can achieve a win at Rampage one day. I know I can do it.

Reed Boggs soars out this no hander during practice. Photo by Fraser Britton.
The old saying, "Look where you want to go," is especially true while flipping large jumps. Reed spotted his landing perfectly on this one. Photo by Fraser Britton. The old saying, "Look where you want to go," is especially true while flipping large jumps. Reed spotted his landing perfectly on this one. Photo by Fraser Britton.
The old saying "look where you want to go" is especially true sometimes. Reed locks in on his landing on this one. Photo by Fraser Britton.
Reed stepped up on this step down and delivered his best Rampage perormance yet. Photo by Fraser Britton. Reed stepped up on this step down and delivered his best Rampage perormance yet. Photo by Fraser Britton.
Reed stepped up on this step down and delivered his best Rampage performance yet. Photo by Fraser Britton.
There was only one point of contact between Reed and his bike on this trick jump towards the bottom of his run. Photo by Fraser Britton. There was only one point of contact between Reed and his bike on this trick jump towards the bottom of his run. Photo by Fraser Britton.
Reed had already thrown down a monster ride when he mixed fun with total class by throwing in a move many of us remember from the late Jordie Lunn. Photo by Fraser Britton.
Sitting fully perpendicular to where you want to land off an enormous dropdown is a feeling not many of will ever experience. Photo be Fraser Britton.Sitting fully perpendicular to where you want to land off an enormous dropdown is a feeling not many of will ever experience. Photo be Fraser Britton.
Sitting fully perpendicular to where you want to land off an enormous dropdown is a feeling few of will ever experience. Photo be Fraser Britton.
Reed Boggs with another huge flip at the 2021 Red Bull RampageReed Boggs with another huge flip at the 2021 Red Bull Rampage
Reed was looking smooth and confident in practice. Photo by Kenny Wehn.
Reed Boggs rolls across the finish at the 2021 Red Bull RampageReed Boggs rolls across the finish at the 2021 Red Bull Rampage
What a feeling it must be rolling into the finish corral after stomping your second run. Photo by Kenny Wehn.
Who wouldn't be stoked on a third place finish at only their third Rampge? Congrats Reed! Photo by Kenny Wehn. Who wouldn't be stoked on a third place finish at only their third Rampge? Congrats Reed! Photo by Kenny Wehn.
Who wouldn't be stoked with a third place finish at only their third Rampage? Congrats Reed! Photo by Kenny Wehn.
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