I love the Redrock Rampage XC race here in St George. This year was its 16th year running. Before the race I chatted with its promoter Glen Ames. He mentioned maybe it was time to change up the course. I told him no way!! This race is a tradition and you don’t mess with traditions.
This year Rampage was all about Wallenfels vs Binghams. Let me tell you this aint little league anymore this is big time ;-)
Joel flying the Bingham colors gives Emma a pre-race strategy talk on the start line
First off were the boys 10-12 yrs age group. Already stalking each other are Bryn Bingham #648 and Wesley #655
Go!! Bryn hammers off the start and Wes keeps an eye on him
Next up are the 9 and unders. #220 Lauren Bingham looks relaxed and confident smiling on the front row. Emma is staged in the second row.
Joel must have told Ems to start fast as she hammers off out of the saddle!!
The boys come through and go out for their second and last lap. Bryn and Wes are flying and have a massive gap on the rest of the field – no other boys are in sight when they come through. They are working it AND working together!! Strategy in the 10-12yr field – you bet there is.
Lauren Bingham takes the 9 and unders win AND she beats all the boys too!! Awesome ride from Lauren.
Ems rode hard and finished with the biggest smile I saw from any racer all day.
Flushed cheeks and finish elation
Bryn makes it into the finish chute chicane with a bike length lead on Wes and takes the win by 1 second in a sprint to the line
Two wins for the Binghams!!
I raced too! We had a strong Pro women’s field who started FAST. Too fast for me for the first 10 minutes and I had to pedal hard to keep up! Then everybody slowed a little or my body kicked in and I pulled ahead to finish first. I am an endurance gal!
For Byrn and Wes their 18 minute race was a teeny tiny warm up for the next 24 hours of non-stop-play-sleepover-play more. They hyped it out relentlessly. It was amazing to watch. Those two boyz are a force when they get together!!
Kids were all the talk at this race. 17yr old Keegan Swenson and 15yr old Noah Talley raced with the PRO men finishing 2nd and 6th respectively – WOW!! We have young talent here in Utah!
There was much talk and activity too this weekend about Utahs bid for a High School Mountain Bike League being spearheaded by Lauren and Bryn’s dad Chris Bingham, Lori &Dave Harward and Justin Thomas. They were at Rampage taking names and drumming up support. E mail email@example.com if you can help on any level from sponsorship, logistics to coaching.
It feels good to see all these kids having fun with bikes!