This week in Aspen, the cream of the pipe-riding crop will be sessioning a course that only Red Bull could put together. Now in its second year, the 2015 Red Bull Double Pipe setup is even wilder than it was in 2014 — which was nuts. The event breaks up the monotony of competitive pipe riding — the only notable difference in major contest halfpipe setups for the past decade has been the increase in the size of the walls.
The Red Bull Double Pipe diverges from the traditional Superpipe setup by not only placing two pipes side-by-side with a transferable spine in the middle, but adding a step-up jump above the pipe(s), a twenty four foot channel gap, rails, wallrides, twenty two and seventeen foot wall sizes and a skatepark-style teardop feature at the bottom.
It’s not just the features and setup that buck the pipe contest norm; the judging will be conducted nontraditionally as well. Wednesday’s semifinals will be jam-format and judges will rank riders based on their overall performance during the two hour session. This means riders need not worry about a small bobble or scuffed landing dashing their chances of advancing to finals. The riders who figure out how to utilize all aspects of the course best will be rewarded.
The top eight scores from the jam session will then move on to Thursday’s finals, where the best of three runs will be counted, and there will be a final one-through-eight ranking. Friday, things really get interesting when riders pair up, and the event turns into a doubles jam session. The riders themselves will vote for their top three favorite teams for the Riders’ Choice Award and Best Trick will be decided by the judges.
Watch the livestream on Red Bull TV March 12 at 12:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. ET.
The full Red Bull Signature Series broadcast will then air on March 14 at 11 a.m. MT on NBC.
Below is the rider list. Danny Davis has been replaced by Kent Callister.