Vacation

What happens when a professional mountain biker and moto rally racer join forces in the desert? An all-out throwdown on every feature in sight. Darren sends a gap that took a few hours to build, while Ricky roosts a berm that took a few seconds to destroy.

Vacation Two-Wheeled Relaxation in Utah

Three days ago, Darren Berrecloth was standing at the top of his line at Red Bull Rampage, mentally preparing for the next 90 seconds of high-consequence ripping, perhaps the most intense of his season.

Ricky Brabec, on the other hand, was cruising near 35,000 feet, sipping a complimentary beverage on his return from a race in Africa.

Today, they’re caravanning along Utah’s Highway 24, en route to Caineville, UT and its dusty and wrinkled landscape. They’re nowhere near a beach, but the upcoming week is to be their ideal vacation: No crowds, no sponsors, no obligations, just throttle-twisting, campfires and two-wheeled relaxation. 

Ricky is a cross-country moto racer, and, at 25 years old, he’s already stacked up an impressive amount of titles, including the Baja 500 and 1000, and the American Motorcycle Association’s Hare & Hound Championship. At the moment, his season is in a brief lull; he still has a few weeks before the Dakar Rally, a stage race from Asunción, Paraguay, which passes through La Paz, Bolivia before finishing in Bueno Aires, Argentina. Being in the middle of Utah with his Honda 450cc in tow is not exactly rally practice, but even the best athletes need some stress relief. 

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