2013 Red Bull Rampage: Top 3 Winning Runs

Oct 14, 2013 at 5:20
Oct 14, 2013
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Kyle Strait's Winning Run

Strait's winning run makes him the only rider to have won Red Bull Rampage more than once.



Plenty of history was made on Sunday at Red Bull Rampage, including the fact that Kyle Strait became the only rider with multiple Rampage wins. His run was solid and smooth, punctuated by a perfect suicide no-hander off the top feature of the Oakley Icon Sender.


Kelly McGarry's Second Place Run

New Zealand's McGarry earned second place at his fourth Rampage appearance.



If there's anyone you'd peg as the person who could flip the 72-foot-long canyon gap at Red Bull Rampage (if you thought it was possible at all), it would be Kelly McGarry. He's known for flipping huge distances, among other things, and that's exactly what he did in his run on Sunday. Ridiculous!


Cam Zink's Third Place Run

Zink enjoys making history on the Oakley Icon Sender: first the 360 in 2010, now the huge backflip.



It's no secret that Zink has a tendency to call things out to help get himself psyched-up and committed to a given move. When it's at Red Bull Rampage it usually seems impossible, but so far, he's running a perfect record.


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218 Comments

  • + 526
 McGarrys run was way better then kyles yeah it was pretty technical but one suicede no handed compared to a cork flip and backie over the canyon then another backie for good luck that's a winning run hands down
  • + 77
 I agree - Kiwi really destroyed, I like it that he got at least second place. seems to me Zink got lost for a bit there. he probably didn't expect to survive, actually. for me, though - the best two were Aggy and Andreu. Aggy stopped there, but he really had a killer run full of flow and unbelievable tricks that looked effortlessly done. Andreu went so fast thru everything it was shocking. I think he should've got more points - he was flawless and he didn't loose the line for a microsecond there. even Strait didn't do almost anything after the sender.
  • + 137
 the viewers got robbed this time.
  • + 84
 McGazza Got Robbed!
  • + 130
 Lacondeguy got robbed. Not saying he should have won, but at least he had an entire run full of speed and bangers instead of getting lost after one over-hyped trick (albeit a HUGE over-hyped trick). Zink didn't really have a run, he just did one trick and rode around doing wheelies afterward.
  • + 70
 Everybody forget that this is originally an EXTREME FREERIDE contest, not slope style!
  • + 31
 K, it wasn't a best trick competition either.
  • + 6
 zinks flip is still the winner to me ....
  • + 48
 Yeah the thing that put Kelly's run above the others was the last backflip drop: Strait and Zink pretty much gave up after hitting the Oakley sender, banking on their big move, whereas Kelly had already put down a huge move, but still took risks afterwards, that seems more in line with the spirit of the competition.

Gutted for Aggy, his run was sick. I personally feel like his first run should still have scored in the 70s even with the crash/slide out at the bottom.
  • + 31
 I think Kyle's line incorporate the best 'big mountain' line down the side of the ridge at the top.
  • + 190
 The whiner clones on here complaining about the judging again are only focusing on the tricks and have no appreciation for how smooth and flowy Strait made that extremely loose, steep, and technical top section look with his World Cup DH skills. McGarry's run was spectacular, but it was mainly his flips that stood out, he looked a little sketchy in the steep stuff that was no where near as technical as Strait's line. The fact that Strait was so smooth actually sorta hurts him, because he made it look easy. The fans have no appreciation for the how some of the guys make the streep stuff seem easy, but the judges do. The biggest disappointment this year was not the wind, it was the fans complaining about the judging of the most spectacular sporting event on the planet. Giving the fans a vote just makes it worse because it puts more focus on their opinions instead of focusing on the athletes and the incredible riding. Aggy's 3's were insane, so was Semenuks that he almost pulled off.
  • + 94
 I can't believe I'm saying this. But PROTOUR IS RIGHT!!!
  • + 7
 I think it was pretty fair. If Zink had even just gone straight and whipped that last table he would have had the win I think. Can I see Lacondeguy's run without having to trawl through 4 hours 20 on that crappy media player on my crappy vintage Mac?
  • + 6
 @dodgechallenger: Yes this is Freeride competition & not slop style but the judges were giving point on the trick as well. As you can see both of Lacondeguy's run were very clean, fast (the fastest i guess) with some awesome trick but his point was consider low. He should be on the top 3.
  • - 15
 agree, kyle did a good downhill run, but not a great "slopestyle" run, wich is what rampage has become a long time ago, so...
  • + 5
 I have to agree after hearing lots of talk today about how kelly should have won I was very eager to watch the runs. I can see where everyone is coming from with kelly's run but you need to look at the smoothness and carrying of speed, strait was amazingly smooth and carried speed with little to no stalling. He also hit more gaps towards the end of the run. well deserved win. Kelly had the tricks though. Zink flipping that gap I was wondering how he didn't win but after seeing the run I get it. He just wasn't as flowy or smooth in that top line like strait, I think where he lost out was after the big gap he went off line and didn't hit much after. Strait had big gaps and hard lines all the way to the finish. Of course that said we are comparing the 3 guys, the stuff they were hitting is still insane and massive.
  • + 8
 Zink won it two years ago on one trick, I guess he thought he was going to do the same this time around. I just found Lacondeguy's second run at 4:04, it wasn't the winner in my opinion. Strait deserves it, but Zink should be kicking himself about not hitting anything after the flip, possibly on account of the sticky mess in his pants.
  • + 3
 I want to see Lecondeguys run again. The second one. The wee Spaniard charged hard and deserved his podium.
  • - 10
 This "robbed" joke has played its turn but I never saw last years Rampage. After seeing this years, I can completely understand though, the judging is ridiculous. Yeah Kyle's run was sick and technical but to vote a technically "safe" run ahead of a backy over a 72 foot canyon or god knows how far of a drop the sender is.... I just cannot get on board with that.

SIck riding all around despite the shit judging (imo).
  • + 7
 Found it. :-) Only and American passport off winning ha ha. www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5WTkd3uzWg
  • + 2
 I feel that it was the bottom parts of Straits run that put him on top. He rides the top flawlessly of course, but after the sender, he continued his line, hitting that huge jump, and kept it smooth to the finish. Kelly and Zink had MASSIVE tricks, but almost seemed that they were so blown away by their success, that they kind of lost it on the last bit of the course, and i feel if they could have cleaned that part up, then Kelly my have stole the top spot. Kyle still may have been able to sneak over Zink for second since Zink only threw down one trick.

While i agree with protour, that the judges are judging on how tech the line is and how smooth they are, i feel that tricking those lines are much more difficult than just riding them smoothly.

Also while i agree the rankings were pretty fair, (i dont feel like any of the top three got robbed) i still think that Lacondeguy and Aggy should have pulled higher scores. just my two cents.
  • + 9
 This is exactly why rampage is becoming a slopestyle contest just on big bikes. It's less and less becoming a free ride contest. Because people just want tricks. They don't care how smoothly or how well a rider rides a super gnarly line down the face of a mountain, or if the rider came up with an actual unique line unlike practically everyone else. No, just build a jump set down one ridge next time around redbull, then we can skip all the actual free ride stuff.
  • + 6
 Let's not forget that this is a big mountain free ride comp not slope style..ya Zinks flip was amazing, but the rest of his run was weak he didn't even hit the last jump. McGarrys and Kyles runs were very close as far as skills. While McGarry had the massive flips and good lines up top and after the canyon, Kyle also had a killer technical line up top and at least he didn't straight air the sender. I actually think the judging was pretty fair.
  • + 7
 There's a lot of hate on zink for not finishing his run but can you imagine how much stoke was going thru him after he landed? I give the guy props for even being able to stand up after that flip much less continue his run. If I did that I would have crashed after the landing out of pure excitement. He is gonna get more press for that flip than strait will for winning twice so I doubt he cares about second.

Mcgarry on the other hand. Top notch kiwi. I was really hoping he had it after that canyon flip. After watching him flip the 60'er at crankworx last year I knew if anyone would do it he would. I'm so hyped on rampage this year. SO EPIC!

And for those who say judging sucked. Remember that the judges walk each line so they know exactly what the riders are going down. The Camera can't possibly show the full difficulty of the lines.

Hands down the best rampage yet!
  • + 1
 McGarry is the new Norbs
  • - 1
 Zinks flip was enough to win it for me, I don't care what any of you guys think, but that's the most impressive think I've ever seen and if that can't win what can
  • - 10
 I think kelly tricks a lot but without style in his ground riding and his line choice wasn't amazing!
My podium:
1.strait
2.zink
3.lacondeguy
Rampage isn't a trick contest,it is true freeride contest!the line choice and the flow on her is more important like just tricking every jump!
  • + 1
 Zink robbed everyone back in 2010. imo.
  • - 4
 If Zink would have hit some of the larger features down low AFTER that huge back flip instead of taking it hella easy and getting lost, he would have won for sure. I honestly wasn't that impressed by Straits run....yeah it was technical, but it lacked some of the tricks other guys were throwing down. Aggy had the sickest 3 I have ever seen....its a shame he didn't get a second run to redeem himself. Fuck the wind, they should've ridden today!
  • - 3
 Sorry but backflips are 10 a penny!!

Who can get down that mountain from the top like strait did?? A handful of people that's why he won!

Can't believe how many "mountain bikers" are missing this HUGE point!!
  • + 15
 Your right mate anyone can backflip the sender its easy. Idiot
  • + 6
 Backflips may be common in slope style, but not over features like the Icon Sender or Canyon gap... However I have to agree that one trick shouldn't be enough to win the rampage!

The end of Zink's run was very disappointing (perhaps he was riding tactically, get a good score on the board and throw down in run 2)

McGarry's run was probably a bit too easy up top, but he certainly kept it going all the way to the bottom, flipping that last drop. I appreciate that, particularly off those features, backflips are very difficult... but perhaps he could have scored more by adding variety? I think corked flip and canyon flip were a good combo, but then throw down a different trick off that last drop?

Given how well Strait was scored for his flowy big mountain line I'm surprised Lacondeguy or Fairclough didn't do any better... Although Fairclough "straight aired" his canyon Gap, his was definitely less groomed and therefore probably more challenging than either icon sender or the wooden canyon gap
  • + 11
 Stoked for brendog that gap was insane, highly underscored
  • + 2
 quality over quantity here, a backflip is pretty standard for these guys, so the fact that Kelly did 3 of them doesn't guarantee him the win. The canyon flip was a banger for sure. The hip flip was cool but again, nothing any of these other guys couldn't have done. And the last one just being for "good luck" doesn't really add anything; I bet he would've got a better score had he incorporated some variety into his run. Kyle's run was so solid and well executed overall and he deserved the win. The top 3 scores are fair imo
  • + 1
 @ bryanmckinlay
A "technically safe run"
You win the award for being absolutely clueless.
  • + 1
 Mc Garry FTW, his run was a banger !
  • + 5
 I didn't say it was easy to back flip the sender did I? idiot! My point is that ppl who say strait shouldn't have won clearly don't get what rampage is about.
  • + 12
 Wow, okay so this rampage was phenomenal! The level of riding was stepped up by everyone big time! The whole "This person got robbed, this persons run was better than this persons" thing is getting really annoying though. Even last year, Norbs said he thought he got scored a bit low, but not robbed.

First off, all ya'll poons (Speaking in generalities) were whining like "this ain't no slopestyle it's big mountain, take the wood out of it" and know ya'll like "McGarry did 3 flips, and strait did one suicide no hander! It's so unfair!" and ya'll are judging it based on a slopestyle judging standpoint. So make up your damn minds, is it slopestyle, or big mountain. You can't have it be a big mountain event, then want it judged like a slope event so McGarry wins... damn there's some idiots on here.

Second, Kyle and Cams line up top was insane. It was steep, loose, and tons of exposure. That shit was way more technical than McGarry's top section, which looked like one of the easiest ways off the top. Therefore, Cam and Kyle score way higher on the top section.

Very good judging in my opinion. This contest is about gnarly steep lines, going fast, smooth, and big. Not just tricks. What if some pleb took a super easy line with tons of 10 foot manicured gaps and flipped 10 of them? Should he win just cause he did the most backflips? Hell naw. It's about steep, techy, dangerous ballsy riding, and Strait had the whole package. McGarrys run was phenomenal don't get me wrong, but the judging was fair. get over it. Bitching about it on the internet won't fix shit.

If there's another "Norbs got robbed" situation this year with McGarry, then I'm fukken out. Ya'll nancies should go ride instead of bitching about who did better than who, when you aren't even qualified to judge.

Rant off.
  • - 5
 I don't think you get what rampage evolution is about. Whether you like it or not the tricks are included in the scores and the play a huge part in it , 2010 zink won due to the 360 he pulled, 2012 sorge pulled some massive backflips that won it for him. This year there were lines more technical than straights but that no hander off the sender is what got the judges to take his run as a serious contender. Tricks are a huge part and if the judges didn't judge so inconsistently zink or Mcgarry probably would have won, in my opinion
  • + 3
 2011 Sorge pulled one backflip down low. Antoine Bizet Pulled 3 backflips I think (one was corked out too) and Sorge still won due to his gnarly ass steep line. Tricks do play a part, but you don't get what rampage is about. It's about the steep gnarly ass lines, creativity in building a line, and going big. People always forget about the top part of the course.
  • + 1
 Rampage judges are trollin' so hard on us..
  • + 4
 I really enjoye all the runs we got the chance to see this year. Andreu's run was my favourite, it was the whole package. Kyle and Zink's runs were awesome. Everyone is talking about Straits top segment, but let's not forget tha Zink took that same line. Maybe he dind't have the flow Kyle had, but went down solid until he got lost. I just basically wanted to say that not only Strait's line was steep and technical, and that Zink wasn't only going for the big trick.
  • + 1
 It seems as though everyone has addressed my issue's
  • + 0
 Yeah mcgarry did som sick flips but remember that he cased the canyon gap a little and also messed up the landing on his last backflip. Kyles run was flawless he didn't slip up once. Still hard to call though
  • + 3
 Ok taking a risk saying the following, BUT anyone else noticed how inspired and freeride oriented was Garett Buehler's run ?
Just saying...
  • + 1
 Right Mr Protour. +1 ... and a steep one Wink
  • + 1
 Futureworldchamp you can't say that they won rampage on the single trick they pulled, they also had perfect runs. I love big tricks and huge gaps etc but rampage is more than that. Watch the runs again and pay attention to the top section.
  • + 2
 after finally seeing all 3 runs i completely agree with the judging, mcgarrys run was sick but strait did have a way more technical line, and too bad zink didnt get a second run, he woulda had it for sure
  • + 8
 LACONDEGUY GOT ROBBED
  • - 3
 "Its either mcgarry or zink"...
  • + 4
 The Podium (base on my opinion)
1. Mcgarry (flowy & insane trick)
2. Lacondeguy (smooth,flowy & fast)
3, Zink (big balls)
  • + 1
 Haha. On a TV screen I'm sure it's extremely easy to base runs off of the tricks that you see, since you can hardly see the rider, let alone, the technicality of the lines that they're riding, so I don't think it's for the TV viewer to judge. Especially since I bet most of you people have never been to or ridden Utah "dirt". This is NOT a slopestyle event. Tricks are only one of several pieces to the full score. And also there's the fact that no event will be judged to everyone's standards, especially something like rampage where you have to score someone on how well they ride something, which could be widely open to interpretation.
  • + 3
 no one has figured it out yet that tricks are about 25% of the score. throwing a banger like the sui off the sender or flipping the canyon will get full points just for that category. strait clearly rode his top section better than mcgarry. I you only consider those two factors then strait might have won by just a couple points. zink held back on his top section and stopped riding half way down surely so he could get a safe shot at a full on run in his second run which didnt come. the results seem fair to me.
  • + 7
 First and second were spot on, Lacondeguy should have gotten the nod for third place. Just my fool-ass opinion though.
  • + 3
 If tricks are only 25% of your score, Zink should have gotten a 25. LOLOLOLOL.
  • + 3
 ^really literally did... got a well-deserved 3rd pulled out from under him when only the first run was counted. His second run was pretty amazing. I'd have liked a podium finish for Lacondeguy, not sure which position, but podium based on that second run.

Was massively stoked for Zink after the sender flip, then SO bummed when he dropped the ball on the rest of that run... the potential! I can only imagine the adrenaline pulsing through him though!
Way pumped for McGarry's full on charge. F-yeah!
TMac's stuff was killer, well worked out, a pleasure to watch.
Was nice to see Fairclough rip a good run.
Difficult to fault Strait's run, highly technical with good speed and flow as i remember, pretty straightforward airs but big run, need to watch it again now for sure.
Some brutal crashes.
Hands-down amazing event and all the top finishers delivered some *insanely badass* riding. Feel cheated by the wind, but not by the riding, and cant really fault the judging.

*edit: watched the four runs again (Lacondeguy, Strait, McGarry, Zink), and I would rank them exactly in that order. Lacondeguy and Strait may keep leapfrogging 1st and 2nd in my head everytime I watch their runs though!
McGarry def played the top line easy, but pulled out all the stops with the big hits, and Zink, oh Zink, the potential for that run! the top line was techy like Strait's, but you only put down half a (sick) run!
  • + 7
 Lacondeguy had pretty much everything. Speed, flow, difficulty, tricks, and especially style. That one handed super seater was epic. I have never seen something extended that far on a MTB.
  • + 5
 i agree lacondeguys run was definitely a far better run than zinks. he should have taken 3rd.
  • + 3
 Honestly I can not even believe people don't see how sick Straits run was. So fast, smooth, creative, technical..... seriously are you guys not seeing this? He shredded the top, so steep. Rightful winner.
  • + 7
 I'm not saying Strait's run wasn't good. I do agree that he deserves 1st. All I am saying is Lacondeguy threw together a full run that I believe should have at least gotten him on the podium.
  • + 3
 Lacondeguy's 2nd run did not count because of the wind delay and inability to complete 2nd run's, but I agree, sick run
  • + 1
 OH..well, I wasn't aware of that. haha.. Then I guess it's fair!
  • + 1
 To everyone say "thats not what rampage is about", who makes you the decider of what "freeride" and "rampage" is about?
You can't just throw big tricks and think you will win if anything freeride would be more about hitting insane lines and gaps and less about tricks. In which cause strait would have won again anyway.

Freeriding started with big gaps and crazy lines, the tricks developed later, the core value of rampage will be big and crazy lines. How smooth they hit these lines are worth more than a trick.

Do tricks matter, sure because at that level you need all you can get but I fail to see why those against the results are putting so much emphasis on tricks.
  • + 1
 Kelly's run was f'n sick but he got off line at the bottom and cased the canyon gap. Strait didn't pull the bigger tricks but his run was flawless and that's the "fluidity" the judges are looking for. Seems like zink was banking on a second run when ride off into the bushes after the sender flip. 3 gnar runs tho no matter how you dissect it.
  • + 2
 What I just said ^^
  • + 3
 Fair enough zink can't win on one trick alone I just think winning would help get that backflip the recognition it deserves
  • + 1
 I think the flip got a lot of the attention it deserves, I'd say his name and rampage 2013 are being mentioned together as much as straits. But it this way it will be remembered more than the wining run as it broke records etc.
  • + 1
 The bigger Oakley drop was harder than the canyon gap, which is why Strait and Zink did so well. A big drop is a rougher landing and a scarier prospect for the riders than a gap, especially considering the builders got the gap so dialled in this year to make it easier to land (both hectic features though). McGarry's run was super sick and I'm stoked he got second and for NZ to be on the podium, but the Oakley drop was gnarlier and that was why it went down how it did. Great to see McGarry get Peoples choice, so he got some extra props there. Also, the run into the Oakley sender was quite technical, those lines are super steep and more-or-less fall-line, one of the more difficult zones from the summit.
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  • + 88
 I might be going out on a limb here but I thought the results were fair.
  • + 15
 Agreed. There are always calls for people to ride more "pure" freeride aka Bearclaw who is renowned for his preference to run natural features over the structures, and I thought Strait's choice of line on the top half of the run did just that. It had me thinking "Wow" about the line choice, much more than Kelly's (or anyone else for that matter who spent most of the time on well trodden paths) regardless of the, admittedly better, tricks thrown in.
However, please do not forget people, it is just about the tricks. A lot of people here seem to be confusing Rampage with a slopestyle contest or best trick it appears. The judges have their criteria and I think they did a pretty good job of ensuring that the event was a freeride event first and foremost.
  • + 3
 That should read "not just about the tricks" above. Sorry for the confusion.
  • + 3
 Jumping the Sender is insane, but flipping it is on a whole new level. Tricks are taking Rampage to a whole new level!!!
  • + 9
 ^^^I'm happy that the judges are preserving exactly what Rampage is. Rampage is a bike handling competition, not a foam pit competition. Control, speed, style, technicality, and amplitude are all taken into account as well as tricks. Tricks are really only a small pat of your run. They are necessary yes, but if they make a few other categories suffer, like fluidity and technicality, then it is very difficult to earn more points overall in your run. Straight chose a gnarlier line, rode it faster and more smoothly than anyone else was riding their lines. He was one of a few to hit that massive drop, and he rode the rest of his run fast and clean. Kyle Straight won the first runs of Rampage. I don't think he would have held on through everyone's second runs, but out of everyone's first runs, his was best. If we wanted big jumps linked together for big bikes, we can watch the sick comps like Nine Knights or Chatel Mountain style. But that's why Rampage is in Utah. To utilize the multitude of different line possibilities. Not ride smooth paths from jump to jump like a lot of the slope style riders did.
  • + 3
 Cheers to McGazza for three rad backflips and a metric ton of balls - what an incredible run. I was sure he was gonna flip the canyon but man how awesome to actually see it done.
  • + 6
 The way I kind of look at is take the biggest move our of each of Strait and McGarry's run. Say Kyle just strait aired the big sender, and Kelly just straight aired the canyon gap. Like essentially take the big trick out of each then compare the runs. Straits run still would have scored very well even without throwing the no hander. Kelly's run without the canyon flip would, if you honestly looked at it, not score very well. There wasn't much there and it was kind of sloppy. He would have been no where near the top.
  • + 14
 Straits line choice up top had my ass puckered the whole time. Like every 1/2 second I was thinking "OH SHIT". The consequences of failing his line up there were massive. Whereas other people rode the same lines as everyone else up top.

What Kyle did is what Rampage is supposed to about. People so quickly forget what this contest is supposed to be and just want a high light reel of banger tricks from top to bottom like we see in films all the time.
  • + 4
 Lacondeguy had incredible flow from top to bottom. Jussayin'.
  • + 2
 Honestly I can not even believe people don't see how sick Straits run was. So fast, smooth, creative, technical..... seriously are you guys not seeing this? He shredded the top, so steep. Rightful winner.
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  • + 37
 It's funny how leading up to the event all the talk is about how it's a big mountain contest, not a slope style or best trick etc, Then Strait throws down a massive, smooth, fast, technical big mountain line, with a huge no hander off the biggest drop (that only 1 other guy even attempted). His line was everything a Rampage run should be, yet today the same internet crowd is complaining that McGarry got robbed because he did three backflips.

Watch the runs again. Kelly's run outside if the big flip wasn't all that great. He starts out slowly riding that mellow ridge the whole way until he does his first flip four feet off the ground. That's not going to score high. Then he's very slow and deliberate through a not all that technical line leading to the gap flip (which was awesome). After he pretty much butchers the bottom much like Zink, going way offline.

To me straits run was overall better.
  • + 11
 To me the judging was fair. The rules are spelled out and clear. Judging is hard and subjective but I think they did a fair job.

I hope rampage stays primarily a big mountain contest. I understand the big jumps bring the crowd of watchers that wouldn't otherwise understand the contest as much. That is cool and all but that still is only one part of the score. I think Zink had a strategy to pump up his insane trick. That brings spectators and that is great, but I don't think that in and of itself qualifies him to win, so I thought his score was fair.

Personally I loved Andreu's run, that was big mountain at its finest. Strait's was awesome, so was T-mac's (I mean that natural drop was roughly as big as the built one, which should get some points I think for doing it without the manmade feature.
  • + 2
 The canyon gap always requires a loss of flow just to get to it If you look at the scores there isn't much in it. I think Redbull did everything they could to please everyone who complained about last year. They really know how to sell some energy drinks.
  • + 3
 Sino428 Bang on there mate. its kids mainly banging on about that he got robbed because they are most impressed by big tricks! Go watch a dj contest for that!
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  • + 28
 I prefer to watch Andreu's second run
  • + 1
 The best kinda feeling on the bike.....!!!
  • + 4
 Agreed & the best run on Rampage 2013...clean,flowy,smooth,full of trick & don't forget this guy was fast
  • + 3
 Agree with you, although it didnt count at the end i think he should have gotten 1st with it. Speed (massive), flow, style, tricks, going huge.... he had everything
  • + 1
 To me his second run was well worthy of 1st or 2nd place (with Strait). I was as bummed to see that 3rd place snatched away from him as I was to see Zink trash the second half of his potentially huge run!
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  • + 23
 I wish zink had his second run! The wind cost him the win!
  • + 22
 Doing one move cost him the win.
  • + 6
 Not really because Zink planned for that run to be like that, he didnt plan for the wind to suddenly pick up and for him to not be able to do his second run. As most of the riders did, zink would have just improved on his first run and most likely got the win.
  • + 1
 Trans-continental mind reading , you have some talents !

I think all that mattered to him was stomping that back flip , win or lose , much like the time he done the 360 , he done nothing else in his run just to secure the 360 , fair play to him for pushing the envelope but I expect he was fully aware 1 move would not win it and did not care. ( specualtion )
  • + 3
 I too assumed Zink's first run was a "safety", see if the flip was even possible, then make sure he put the run on the board, Would suck to flip it, stick the landing, then crash doing something simple toward the bottom. Even the "little" stuff at the bottom is big enough that a crash can be a career ender. As a fan, I'd rather see him put it all on the table in his first run, but he played it smart, put a solid run on the boards so no matter what happens in his second run, he'd place well in the end.

Zink didn't have to win to become a legend, he went into Rampage as a legend, and just added to that.
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 The thing that always astounds me with Zink is that he always balls up and just does it......Like don't get me wrong Strait and McGarry's runs were insane but Zink....like if there's something gnarly to try......Zink will hit it
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 Zink not only has a shed load of talent, but a mindset that has no limits... and it makes for some seriously sick riding. He's like the Pastrana of Mountain Biking
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 Damn Strait!(pun)
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 I know, I think it's so crazy how he calls his tricks way in advance of the competition, which pretty much means that he has to go through with it because every one's expecting it and would judge him against it if he didn't do it.
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 I can`t understand how everyones talking trash on Strait`s run. He and Zink were the only ones hitting the higher Sender feature, and he still threw a massive no hander of the damn thing! Kelly`s run was full of tricks, and that backflip was insane, but the overall line difficulty wasn`t that high. You cant talk about what "would" happen if Zink had another run, I mean, you saw how easily things get out of control (Semenuk, run 1) so who knows what would have happened?

I guess this kind of event is always very subjective, but this year I think no one can complain on being robbed. Anyway all the top three were amazed by stepping on the podium!
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 Mcgarry got mugged Razz
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 I agree with you, that no one is beeing robbed this time. But I would like to see Lacondeguy on a better than the fourth place, he deserves it and really wanted to get better than fourth, but now he is it the third time.
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 McGarry got Norbed.
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 @vlbgrider, true that. Lacondeguy was fun to watch riding!
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 Zink and Strait's run in were way more techy like on the top section than Kellys. maybe thats why kyle got the win intsead of kelly. im not sure but props to all 3 of them
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 the fluidity on the upper section on Straits run was incredible, from start to sender. That along with huge air and finishing out the run after the huge air is what sealed him the win above the rest. It was the most complete and well rounded big mountain run of the day. Zink stopped riding after the flip. Theres no way he deserved 1st. McGarry's line choice was not very technical and although had a few great tricks, it lacked in the other scoring criteria compared to Straits run. judging was fair, stop bitching.
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 Lacondeguy got robbed
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 You want backflips? McGarry's got backflips!
The Kiwi's run was super fun to watch and between the people and the judges there is no denying he was friggin awesome! Diamondback is Back.
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 The only problem with Zink's run it's the judging system, if he tries something else in the lower part and falls, he can go from 80 to 60 points, and that's not fair. So he played it safe, and waited for the second run. That's what happened to Aggy, perfect upper run and a small mistake on the bottom, he deserved more points... If you change the system a bit, riders are going to play a lot more, and that's a lot better even if they finish the run falling in one of the jumps.
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 Regardless of the results. The top three guys have huge ass balls to pull off some of those tricks. I for one ess routing for aggy and mcgazza but they all seemed to have fun and that's what rampage is about. Pushing the limits and be stoked for yourself and fellow riders
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 I was routing for that giant Kiwi. This was his kind of play ground. The videos of him in NZ often showed him riding rough stuff doing insane tricks. Plus he rides a DB, a company which has screamed back from obscurity in the last 4 years.
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 Kyles run was so smooth and clean, he has so much flow the entire way down. Zinks flip was crazy but he lacked flow. Mcgarry is just crazy, the cork flip imo was the best looking trick of the day
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 Fair results imo, it's not like a huge diff between kyle and kelly in score.. nobody really got robbed.. i mean, every1 did by the wind.. but that's another topic
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 Judging by the comments of those who think the Judging sucked, it seems that those people don't really understand the criteria for this event and how the riders are actually judged. See the link below which does a great job of explaining it. Its should shed some light on things and to me make it clear that Strait was a deserving winner, based on what this event is about and how its judged.

www.pinkbike.com/news/Redbull-Rampage-Judging-Explained-2012.html
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 Josh Bender! Nice!
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 Redbull- you are the most awesome company in the world and thank you so much for showing this live and letting us view these competitions for free! I buy and support your products because of everything you do for mountain biking and other action sports. I cannot say thank you enough. With that said, PLEASE FIX YOUR VIDEO PLAYER, please....
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 If redbull rampage is not about tricks and extreme riding.....take away the jumps and senders.....then youve just got downhill or extreme XC.....and while youre at it, take away redbulls sponsorship because redbull only sponsors sick events with tricks that make you shit ya self, strait's run made me sleepy, Mcgazzas run was a shot of pure redbull to the heart, theres no point having massive jumps if all ya worried about is how "smooth" strait was..........its big mountain bike riding not big mountain XC
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 All of them understand what happened...they all rip and they are all happy for each other!!! These events should be looked at as a jam session that counts
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 After some review I agree with the judging and where everyone placed. However, Andreu's and Aggie's runs were by far the most exciting to watch. Aggie definitely would of won if he finished a smooth run and I feel like he still could have done really well if he pedaled up that hill after getting off line instead of pushing up. Kelly and Cam both got a little lost at the end of their runs, the only major difference was they were able to ride it out. I hope everyone heals up quickly and it's good to see Kyle taking the win by flowing the biggest and gnarliest stuff.
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 We all have riders we want to win. Needles to say Zink's flip was nuts also was McGarrys. Straight's run was sick. Al riders put on a show risking life and limb to win. Stop saying so and so got robbed or should have won. Take a lesson from these riders. They treat each other as a band of brothers. Happy for their buds even if they put in a poor showing, knowing it is all for the progression of the sport. In my opinion their sportsmanship is unmatched.
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 Rampage has become too much about doing one massive trick, and not much else....and there was too much smooth bench cut this year, i preferred when it was more natural....Its all turning a little bit bike park (on steroids), still impressive, but too man made, and too much about one big move....in my opinion!
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 After Zink landed the flip he probably wanted to play it safe on just getting down the rest of the mountain he wouldn't have wanted his run to go to crap if he crashed at the end, so he would probably have incorporated more stuff into the second run because he was already on the leader boards. They really should have continued on Monday
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 How about this. We were treated to some phenomenal riding (and tricks) by some amazing athletes who put their fears aside and performed at levels unseen. I don't care what order they finished in. I'm not a judge, and I don't have the credentials to criticize. I really enjoyed Lacondeguy's runs. Beauty to my eyes. The others were stunning as well, including major props to Logan for nearly stomping his backflip and doing all he could to keep it together. Heal fast and see you at Fontana.
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 i think the scoring was not good but, i thought just watch it and enjoy the show and don´t give a fu*k about who wins ,
for me Andreu Lacondeguy or mcgarry´s run was the best
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 For me I really like Andreu Lacondeguy run the best so much speed but Kyle hit all the big stuff including that huge end table top.
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 For they should be all in the first place. For those 3 podium riders, Congratulations, you all made my day and made history my friends.
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 Lacondeguy [*]
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 It doesn't matter who was first, second, third or last, they all provided a good show; and thank you Red Bull for a FREE live online access.
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 Lacondeguy should be on podium! He was crasy awesome!!! He is a winner in my opinion.
I do not understand, how could Strait took first?
My Top 3 on Rampage 2013: McGazzy, Lacondeguy and Zink
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 We absolutely need to see McGarry's GoPro footage of that run!!!
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 Agreed!
it's probably being withheld for the new Hero 3+ promotional stuff - you can't go ten minutes on mtb sites without seeing Hero3+ ads.
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 no really, backflips are a dime a dozen.... Nowhere near as hard as a 3. Even on something that big. I watched the entire thing live and strait definitely deserved it, line was so tech...but gotta say aggy and t Mac should have been up there
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 That was an unbelievable performance by all the riders who participated, especially the top three. Just based on my POV, I think the Kiwi had the best run.

But this is a subjective contest in a lot of ways, which makes it difficult to say who won, exactly. In my mind, just showing up and going down that mountain is already winning. This contest is not much different from judging a figure skating contest, right? Same criteria apply too (degree of difficulty, flow, etc). And before anyone hates on this comparison, keep in mind that as lame as figure skating appears to be, doing those spinning things while jumping is probably hard to do and requires a lot of skill (reminds me of another sport... haha!). Bottom line is just take the contest for what it is and enjoy it. They're all winners.
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 The back flip was gnarly but I'm glad he didn't win. Can't win on one huge trick. I think there's even a case for Tyler's run being better but I'm biased. LOL! Really... dude did one trick. Spent the top half setting up for it and the bottom half trying not to fall. It was huge though so I'm not complaining about the 3rd place. I'd be bummed if he was 1 or 2. Man that flip was gnar. Dude's got the biggest balls in the game.
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 Kelly's run was essentially Cam's run from last year except he did 3 back flips. I think his is really a case of snagging a podium off one trick as well. I personally would have like to see him maybe do a 3 or a whip or something in there to warrant that high of a score. Cam finished 7th last year with pretty much the same run minus a huge back flip. This is going to turn in to a best trick competition if the judges are only caring about 1 trick. The flip up top was sick. The flip on the bottom he almost lost it and went off line. I'm getting burned out by all the flips. I like seeing the 3's and the whips, flip whips, superman's, etc. Variety. But again... that back flip was gnar.
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 All riders played a massive part not just zink,strait,norbs yea there wicked all in there own ways but come on lads all the riders right from qualifiers put there bones and balls on the line. 1 wrong move an they could be in a whole world of shit in a place like that
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 McGarry had a sweet run and might have won but he did miss his final jump at the bottom of the canyon after the last backflip he threw. You guys need to remember this isn't a slopestyle competition it's a big mountain freeride contest. Taking a tech line down an exposed ridge line is worth points even if you're not tricking every hit. Take a trip to Utah and try to ride the ridge line that Kyle rode and then (if you don't die) tell us it's not worth points.
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 Best 2hrs ever spent online. Screw the 'Kyle - Kelly - Cam' debate. They're all heroes and we're lucky to have been witness to the event.
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 Lacondeguy and aggy had both better runs than strait...can't understand the judges too....
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 When i turned it off on Redbulls website Lacondeguy was in third and Zink ws in fourth. How did it change after nobody else went?
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 They invalidated second round entirely, making it a one run contest, which is quite fair, unless riders planned to use the first round as a scouting run, intentionally holding back until round two.
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 Which I feel like a lot of riders did.
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 Same here, I feel like results would not be the same 2nd round happened
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 oh hell yeah they did! Zink said he was going to flip the sender again, and then link up the rest of his line. He said that after the first flip from the sender, he just wanted to play it safe and get points on the board. He cited Aggy's run as a good reason to play it safe
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 Какого Хрена Стрейту дали первое место??? Зинк и МакГерри намного круче проехали!!!

Strait`s 1st plase?!!!! What a f*ck?!!! Zinc and McGarry the best!!!!!!!!
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 Hard to say if Strait's or Mcgazza's run was better but Lacondeguy should be in 3rd and Zink in 4th
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 his second run did bump him ahead of zink, but they had to abolish all second runs because of wind,
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 Anybody else noticed Lancondeguy doing his second run with his helmet unstrapped???

That crazy f*cker, too bad his second score didnt count he should have made podium
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 Zink deserved 3rd place. but as far as who should have won, McGarry had the better line. Three backflips with one over the Canyon, and not to mention his great flow and technical sections that he nailed. Something tells me they gave it to Strait just for the history books...
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 up top, kelly's line was kind of boring. I mean, he had to traverse so far to line up the canyon. sick as ill, but..well all i will say is Cam, and Andreyu
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 i just watched Zinks and Straits run. But I cannot help - they are both realy smooth and fast. And Strait "only" show a no-hander. Why 1st place?! I can't see it. It's a real bummer - i think the second runs of some riderz could be realy awesome. But it was nice to see what next level in Big Mountain is started.
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 2005 called and they want their Red Bull Rampage winning trick back.... This was a judging travesty...one made more for the sake of fabricating an historical judgement than for rewarding the rider who laid his biking career on the line.
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 i was there and i am an american but in no way should of Mcgarry come in second place that was absolutely RADDDDDDDDDDDD! HE WAS ROBBED FOR SURE AND STOLE THE GAP IT IS NOW HIS CANYON GAP THAT IS ALL!
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 1) Andreyu 2) Kelly 3) Cam 4) Strait

I hear ya'll saying that the winning run should not be a pure slope style tricky run, but its also not purely a big mountain run. Or else there would be no buiding etc.

One trick, should not ever be the deciding factor for the winner. I think Kyle Straits run was lacking in the variety department. He zipped through a less-er tech top section than most other riders, with only the sender on his mind. then didnt even perform after the suicide NH. kelly and andreyu at least put together a run after their banger.

Andreyu's run had it all, so fast and tech through the top. So fast. Then blasting flips, superman, One handed superman seatgrab!!!!!! NO ON ELSE EVEN HAS THAT SHIT. He had the most complete run even compared to the top three. i bet if he was able to three the sender, maybe a bar, or tailwhip he would have taken first. I feel so bad because of another 4th place finish for the spaniard. I just wish he won the people choice. But I'll even say i'm pleased with the peoples choice results
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 Are you high? His upper section was less technical than most riders? His upper section was leaps and bounds more technical than almost anyones. I'm beginning to think only like 10 people on this site actually watched the entire event.

Every single time there is a big event I am shocked and astounded by the things people say on this site. Really kills my faith in humanity.
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 i said he zipped through a lesser tech section. as in the line chosen. Yeah, i liked Andreyu's upper section better than kyle straits....Whew there goes humanity!! write it all off! Everybody can disagree, obviously and no you self centered a hole, you were not the only person to watch the event. you may just be one to agree with the judges. ain't no room for a high horse, bro
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 Yea I'm not sure how anyone could watch Straits upper section and say it was less technical than most other riders.
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 1or2) Lacondeguy
2or1) Strait
3) McGarry
4) Zink ?

:-)
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 And Kyle's run reminded me a lot of Cam's run last year as well. Different line. Super technical up top. Fast as hell. Smooth as hell. Clean as hell. Not much in the way of tricks. I mean he did the same trick off a step down that he's been doing since he was 15. Not sure how that won first place.

Judging confuses me man. Glad I'm not doing it.

You have a guy in first that did what I like to see as far as fast and smooth and creative. But he didn't really do any tricks. And the next two guys were slower than hell but both stuck HUGE tricks with Kelly landing 3 flips.

Not sure what guys are suppose to plan to do?

I just got done watching all the runs.... WTF? Cam got robbed AGAIN.

Dude went huge. Took a different line. Went fast. Was smooth as hell. Did 1 MASSIVE can can up top. Another one down below that was suppose to be a flip I think but he was off and made a wise choice. And a no hander. And finishes 7th?

I don't get it man. Judges hating on this dude.

If you're gonna put Cam in 7th then I think Kelly should have won first and Cam second.
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 Was so gutted when they cancelled it, was so looking forward to zinc's second run!
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 Judges are retarded or what? So many riders got robbed !!
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 After watching the event live and seeing the end resulsts, I'm afraid it's slowly shifting to being a big air event. Basically, to me it seemed like you only had to nail the big sender to win. I can't be alone to think that Strait and Zink lines were average compared to others like Ferry and even Fairclough. They had more exciting lines and style plus they worked with the terrain instead of going big on man made ramps only. Don't get me wrong though, the size of that gap and just the balls taken to even consider it is amazing but it feels like it's missing the point of big mountain freeride and going more into a MX big air contest.
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 So the top part of straits run was a big air comp? watch again bud
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 The top line of Strait was nice, but still not better than anyone else. He won because he dropped the sender, if he would have gone on any other line instead, he wouldn't have won. Doen't that make you think that the sender itself was more important to the judges than other obstacles or lines? Makes me beleive that whatever the location or line or tricks, they would just have to build the biggest ramp possible and send it to win, not working with natural lines and gaps like some did. IMHO, Mitch Chubey's gap was much much much more impressive. The problem I have is the man made ramp.
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 he won because he added the biggest drop on the mountain to his clean most ascetically pleasing run. Im just amazed anyone has a problem with any of this comp. we were carving out lines 25 years ago, building log rides with little two ft drops off the end, that was and still is mountain biking. these guys all stepped it up so huge from any other year and any other event on two wheels in history. to even consider typing theyre missing the point of big mountain freeriding is nuts!
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 Where is McGarry's run?
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 People have commited suicide on smaller drops than that...the mindset and balls you have to have doing a backflip on a bike is just mental! Zink should of won hands down!
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 McGarry could of possibly took the win if he had of landed the canyon flip cleanly possibly.?
Straits deserved the win hands down.
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 I watched it on redbull tv. They should've shown it on crimewatch... it was daylight robbery!
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 Kyle Strait steal the podium... Zinc and Mcgarry should be 1st and 2nd... If not we didń´t watch the same show
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 For Sale: My balls and all my bikes. Really don't see the point any more after watching this.
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 Any one of those runs would have dominated any rampage event and for all three to happen at the same event in the same year, so sick.
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 LACONDEGUY GOT ROBBED! He got 4th three times... c'mon judges are you killing me? he was unbelievably fast and that superman one hander was awesome.
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 Straights run was borranggg, sorry, Kelly FTW.
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 Lacondeguy made the best run! He should be in first three.
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 andreu was the most exciting run to watch.
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 RESPECT for all those riders risking everything at Red Bull Rampage.
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 Pretty sure McGarry got robbed, Straits run was pretty nice running across that ridge and he had that suicide, but McGarrys line was technical, had tricks, speed and style. Plus he flipped an 80ft gap...
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 Sick riding. No one got robbed, they were all killing it and having fun on their bikes. At the end of the day, I doubt any of them care who actually won.
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 I would care if I got significantly injured on my second run only to find out nobody's second run counted because the contest was called early.
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 Can't disagree with you on that one.
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 maybe thats why kyle took the win, coz if there was everything ok, zink should have put a more tech run with another sick flip ..!
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 Strait's run was sooooo smooth, well deserved 1st place!
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 Salute to you kelly,you won,no doubt,most skilled run out of the three no question!!!!!!!
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 thats bullshit no way should strait won that,
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 McGazza was robbed..!!!! ;0)
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 Lacondeguy got robbed in 2013!
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 Bahahaha!!!! "Top 3 Winning Runs"?!!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!! You mean "Top 2 Winning Runs & Zink Doing A Flip".
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 This whole thing is tota lbullshit. A lot of guys got robed.
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 Honestly I'd love to hear who the riders thought were the top three runs.
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 I am I the only one with only Mr Strait's and Mr Zinc's run available?
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 Can't see it now either. It was there earlier today though?
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 Tenia que haber ganado Lacondeguy, podéis maquillarlo como queráis borregos yankis, pero la calidad se ve a distancia.
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 Zink or Norbs should have won
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 McGarry should have won it all, hands down.
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 I see it was standard Rampage scoring again this year!
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 seriously, KELLY MCGARRY FTW
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 darn good! congratulations to all who made it again !!!! awesome Sunday!
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 So many riders got robbed because of the wind
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 so zink 2016 rampage frontflip the icon sender
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 Thank god Zink did not have a 2nd round since he gonna be a father...
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 PROTOUR...No better way it could have been said!!!
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 Pic of the back flip?
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 McCaul got robbed!!
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 Stu Thompson was robbed
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 Oh no! No more Huffy!
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 ...whats on Zink's D3?
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 kiwi was a bad ass
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 STOP THE SHITTY MUSIC SERIOUSLY REDBULL!
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