Triumph and disaster are so close together! Monster Energy congratulates Tom Van Steenbergen on taking first place in Best Trick at the 2021 Rampage mountain bike competition this weekend. In the invite-only event inside Zion National Park, Utah, the 25-year-old from Vernon, Canada, stomped the gnarliest trick of the entire event but suffered multiple fractures on his next steep jump.
Also bringing home a coveted trophy at Rampage, 35-year-old Monster Energy athlete Cam Zink took home the Toughness Award for enduring a heavy crash heading into the event. He visited the hospital the day before finals to get a CT scan, was cleared to ride, and still put together a great performance. The multiple world-record-setting athlete from Reno, Nevada, also finished the main Rampage freeride competition in a strong fourth place position with 86.33 points.
Rampage is the premier big-mountain freeride event in mountain biking. Every year since 2001, the contest features the world’s best athletes on challenging tracks built by the riders themselves with support from a dig team. After the 2020 edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the showcase returned in October to celebrate its 20th anniversary.