Ryan Sipes returns from ISDE for Red Bull Imagination

Ryan Sipes has done it all – and still does – everything. From the AMA Supercross and Motocross to American Flat Track to the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series to International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE), the sport veteran is still extremely capable, even at nearly 37 years old. Sipes has just returned from the 95th ISDE, where the American team (consisting of Johnny Girroir, Taylor Robert, Layne Michael and Sipes) took third place overall in the World Trophy. Then Sipes hopped on his GasGas and took on Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination event which combines some of the greatest jump lines you’ve ever seen one after another. So Sipes went from American Flat Track TT (barely jumps) to ISDE (barely jumps) racing to a free ride event that is all about jumps.

Then we caught up with Sipes to see how it all turned out.

Racer X: What is freeriding for you?
Ryan Sipes: Freeride is being able to express yourself on an off-road bike, I think. Probably having the most of anything you can do on an offroad bike, but also showing who you are as a rider and what your style is because everyone is different. That’s the cool part of it, especially with the course the way it is and all these different people, their different personalities. Everyone is a little different. I think it’s just great that you can do that with all these guys.

How is it different from motorcycling and freestyle?
I’ve never done freestyle, so I don’t know if it’s any closer to that than motorcycling, but it’s definitely very different from motorcycling. Moto is so serious. There is only one goal, to win. Here it’s like we want to win but we’re not that worried if we don’t. On a motorbike, you can have fun because you are afraid of losing. Like, I have to win. Here we’re going to have the most fun we’ve ever had and hang out with some super cool people and hit the biggest jumps we’ve ever hit. So I do not know. It just takes away that advantage where if we were racing we wouldn’t hang around and have fun like we are, but we care a little less about that than if we were running.

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