Red Bull’s Secret Training Compound

While visiting Red Bull’s global training compound, we were politely asked to sign a waiver promising not to divulge its exact location. But it’s safe to say that the 1,000-acre outdoor facility is heaven on earth for off-road motorsports aficionados. One undulating stretch of dirt allows freestyle riders to hone their airborne skills, while another section features berms, jumps, and whoops for motocrossers. Earthmovers are on hand so the grooming staff can sculpt replicas of specific arenas for upcoming competitions, and a giant ramp adjoins a massive pit loaded with 20,000 pounds of energy-absorbing, confidence-inspiring foam. The dirt-bike wonderland allows athletes to prep for events like the X Games, the Dew Tour, and Red Bull’s record-breaking “Experiments” (like Ronnie Renner’s 59-foot quarter-pipe air or Robbie Maddison’s 322-foot jump). So next time you’re wondering where Red Bull’s daredevils go to build their unflappable gumption, look no further than a certain spot of land situated somewhere north of Los Angeles. (www.redbull.com)

—Basem Wasef

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