Red Bull Rampage 2012 - Sunday: A Buck Twenty

Oct 8, 2012
by Julian Coffey  
 
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Rampage starts good and early on game day. 7am and there was a fleet of riders and crew in rental SUVs making their way the 4 miles of rutted out dirt road to the venue.
  Rampage starts good and early on game day. 7am and there was a fleet of riders and crew in rental SUVs making their way the 4 miles of rutted out dirt road to the venue.

Todd Barber and his team don t miss a detail...keeping the dust down for our drive in each day
  Todd Barber and his team don't miss a trick...keeping the dust down for our daily drive.

Morning feed for the cows as you enter the gates to head towards the venue.
  Morning feed for the cows as you enter the gates to head towards the venue.




Gulevich staying loose before the morning s rider meeting.
  Gulevich staying loose before the morning's rider meeting.

Cam was at the site early hoping he could go if the pain wasn t too bad but the physical pain of Saturday s crash was showing
  Cam was at the site early, hoping he could go if the injury wasn't too bad, but the physical pain of Saturday's crash was showing.

by finals day lots of tape was being used...
Cam Zink bummin once he decided he couldn t go. What might have become today if he was in the game...
  Cam Zink, bummin once he decided he couldn't go. What might have today become if he'd been in the game?

Practice starts here at first light. Martin Soderstrom drops in while the sun starts to rise behind him - well before 8 o clock.
  Practice starts here at first light. Martin Soderstrom drops in while the sun starts to rise behind him - well before 8 o'clock.

Brendan Howey blasting on ridge 1.
  Brendan Howey blasting on ridge one.

Brendan Howey

Expect Howey to be back in years to come with an even stronger performance.
  Expect Howey to be back in years to come with an even stronger performance.

Claw had another sick line this year but went down both times and got penalized for it big time.
  Claw had another sick line this year but went down both times and got penalized for it big time.

Bearclaw just couldn t quite piece together the lower part of his run...but he had his spine line down perfect.

The Claw dropping out of the upper bowl and into the gulley.
  Darren dropping out of the upper bowl and into the gulley.

Claw going airborne. Claw s line was rowdy and filled with massive exposure but dabs and a crash kept him well off the podium.
  Claw going airborne. Claw's line was rowdy and filled with massive exposure.

Pierre Ferry Shredding Hard
  Pierre Ferry was shredding hard, had his line down perfectly it just wasn't quite enough.

Ferry had his line down perfectly it just wasn t quite enough.

Rheeder Our Father who art in heaven....
  Rheeder having a few pre-descent words...

Rheeder s foots and tire prints mark his trajectory for a terrifying ridge top bar spin
  Rheeder's foot and tire prints mark his trajectory for a terrifying ridge top bar spin

Rheeder had stellar run both times.

Brett Rheeder chasing the light down Ridge 1.

Rheeder repeating his line on run 2 this time without a crash to start things out.
  Rheeder repeating his line on run 2 this time without a crash to start things out.

Brett Rheeder clean back flip in the finals

Ramon Hunziker
  Ramon Hunzinker - Oakley Icon Sender

Soderstrom gettin into the zone
  Soderstrom gettin into the zone.

Martin Soderstrom rides to second place overall in the FMBA series at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012

Classic Soderstrom style

scrubbed out whip
  Fully scrubbed out whip.

Semenuk was very quiet and concentrated over the last two days replaying his line over and over in his head.
  Semenuk was very quiet and concentrated over the last two days replaying his line over and over in his head.

Semenuk on part of his insane billy goat line that Intern Rdog and the rest of his crew slaved away on all week.
  Semenuk on part of his insane billy goat line that Intern Rdog and the rest of his crew slaved away on all week.

The Tactician just couldn t hold it together today. In run one he went down on his second jump on the access road attempting a super easy no foot can. Second run he tried to flip a drop and blew up.
  The Tactician just couldn t hold it together today. In run one he went down on his second jump on the access road attempting a super easy no foot can. Second run he tried to flip a drop and blew up.

Semenuk going huge. This line as well as Claw s and Bourdo s definitely raised the bar here in Virgin.

Semenuk s line probably would have taken the cake if he could have pieced it all together. This drop was the most impressive feature hit on the course.
  Semenuk s line probably would have taken the cake if he could have pieced it all together. This drop was the most impressive feature hit on the course.

Brandon Semenuk rides to the overall FMBA win at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012

Brandon Semenuk s slightly over rotated back flip
  Semenuk's slightly over rotated back flip.

Semenuk
  Landing gear deployed.

  It's not enough as the bar was ripped from his hands.

Nico Vink rides in the finals at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012
  Nico Vink shredded hard this year in the finals.

Wil White was a crowd favourite this year
  White owning the big wooden structure at Rampage - not too many others were able to elicit as much style from the Oakley sender.

Wil White tweaked out the Oakley drop more than anyone.

Gully inspecting the ridge that starts his run.
  Gully inspecting the ridge that starts his run.

Gulevich on final approach to the Oakey Sender. Gully was the only rider to air into the take off for the Sender .
  Gulevich on final approach to the Oakey Sender. Gully was the only rider to air into the take off for the Sender .

Geoff Gulevich rides in the finals at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012

Gulevich leaves his mark.
  Gulevich leaving his mark.

Norbs has been in the zone and completely impressive all week.
  Norbs has been in the zone and completely impressive all week.

an unusually pensive Kyle Norbraten before his second run.
  An unusually pensive Kyle Norbraten before his second run.

Kyle Norbraten s 360 drops were clean and huge
  Norbraten 360 drop. Clean and huge.

Norbs Killed it. The Coastal crew ripper and all round nice guy had a killer run including 2 mental cliff drop 360s. Spin it to win it Nobs you got robbed.
  Norbs Killed it. The Coastal crew ripper and all round nice guy had a killer run including 2 mental cliff drop 360s.

Kyle Norbraten put himself into Rampage history today with solid runs

Vertigo from Kyle Straight s flight control centre
  Vertigo from Kyle Straight's flight control centre

Kyle strait droppin in.
  Kyle Strait droppin in.

Kyle Strait.

Kyle Strait got rowdy today. The big man threw down a sick big mountain line and wound up in 9th place.
  Strait got rowdy today. The big man threw down a sick big mountain line and wound up in 9th place.

Kyle Strait rides in the finals at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012

Vanderham throwing down.
  Vanderham throwing down.

Thomas Vanderham rides in the finals at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012

Vanderham sent this stepdown to step up bigger than anyone.
  Vanderham sent this stepdown to step up bigger than anyone.

Cam McCaul going huge.
  Cam McCaul going huge.

Cam McCaul cleans the canyon gap
  McCaul cleans the canyon gap.

2012 Rampage best trick by Cam McCaul foot step down.
  2012 Rampage best trick by Cam McCaul foot step down.

This pretty much sums up the Rampage huge features and lots of spectators to enjoy them.

Doerfling killed it right down the guts today.
  Doerfling killed it right down the guts today.

Kinda funny a few people were wondering why no one back flipped the sender...

Judges scorecards were swiftly tabulated and then texted in to the the event organizers.
  Judges scorecards were swiftly tabulated as the runs came in and then texted over to the the event organizers.

Casey goes down swinging in practice
  Casey went to bat but went down swinging.

Groves

Attrrition part 2 Casey Groves slammed hard during practice got checked out by on the scene medical and opted not to compete as well. To further cut down the field of competitors Brendan Fairclough also bowed out sprained knee .
  War of attrition: Casey Groves slammed hard during practice, got checked out by on the scene medical, and opted not to compete as well. To further cut down the field of competitors, Brendan Fairclough also bowed out (sprained knee).

Casey Groves took a big crash in the morning causing him to need a lot of medical attention.

  Lunch break.

Cam Zink s dog Zader bummed.
  Cam Zink's dog, Zader, bummed.


Wil white and father.....party in the front and party in the back
  Wil White with Dad...party in the front and the back!

  The world wants to watch and the production caliber is next level...

i will stay with photography thanks....

the world wants to watch and the production caliber is next level...

in some ways it is easier for this generation at Redbull Rampage 2012

Checking lines Sterling Lorence determining how and where to run to get the shots during the Rampage Finals. The venue is massive and knowing where to be is critical.
  Photo maestro anticipating what moves the afternoon holds.

Spectators at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012
  The crowds were just as pumped to be there as the big names that were riding.

I think the wheel on the right looks a bit more usable.


wranglers and a nice tuck yep we are in cowboy country .at 2012 Redbull Rampage
  Wranglers and a nice tuck, yep we are in cowboy country.

Spectators at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012
  Spectators at Red Bull Rampage.

The most notable of all nosebleed sections
  The most notable of all nosebleed sections.

Tyler McCaul
  T-mac full bore.

Tyler McCaul getting rowdy.
  And rowdy.

Tyler had a stellar run fast and really on top of it the whole way down.
  Tyler had insanely fast runs and was on top of it the whole way down.

Andreu Lacondeguy pushes his bike up the hill at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012
  Lacondeguy pushes up.

Lacondeguy had plenty of style throughout his run it just wasn t technical enough.
  Lacondeguy had plenty of style throughout his run it just wasn t technical enough.

More Sender action with Andreu Lecondeguy.

  More sender action with the flying Spaniard.

Logan on his way up to the first run.
  Riding for KHS Logan Binggeli.

Sending the big wheels turning. Logan Binggeli stepping down to the quarter pipe.
  Sending the big wheels turning. Logan Binggeli stepping down to the quarter pipe.

Logan went out strong all day never hesitating on anything.
  Logan went out strong all day never hesitating on anything.

Upside down just before sending the Oakley sender drop.
  Upside down just before sending the Oakley sender drop.

Antoine Bizet went down hard in his first run and somehow managed to not slide off of a huge cliff. He shook it off and killed it second run second place.
  Antoine Bizet went down hard in his first run and somehow managed to not slide off of a huge cliff. He shook it off and killed it: second run and second place.

Bizet might have been the surprise winner of the entire day.
  Bizet might have been the surprise winner of the entire day.

Antoine Bizet dragging smoke down the hill.
  Antoine Bizet dragging smoke down the hill.

Antoine Bizet rides to second place at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012

Antoine Bizet rides to 2nd place at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012

Sorge waits and contemplates before his second run
  Sorge waits and contemplates before his second run.

BC s own Kurt Sorge went huge today and took home the big check and the gold medal.
  BC's own Kurt Sorge went huge today and took home the big check and the gold medal.

Sorge throwing down for the crowd on the bottom half of the track.
  Sorge throwing down for the crowd on the bottom half of the track.

Sorge getting stylish way up high on the course. Steezin for a reason.
  Sorge getting stylish way up high on the course. Steezin for a reason.

A little hip action for Sorge too
  A little hip action for Sorge too.

Sorge throwing a bit of style into his second run.

Kurt Sorge dropping the Oakley Sender .
  Dropping the Oakley Sender .

Sorge midway through his winning run.
  Sorge midway through his winning run.

Kurt Sorge rides to the win at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012
  Huge backflip - spot on.

decisively clean back flips enroute to the winning run

Kurt Sorge takes the cake
  Media circus at the podium.

Kurt Sorge celebrates his win at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin Utah on 7 October 2012
  Kurt Sorge celebrates his win at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah on 7 October, 2012.

Bubbly for the winner...
  Bubbly for the winner...

Kurt Sorge
  Kurt Sorge.

Cam McCaul best trick at 2012 Redbull Rampage
  Cam McCaul, best trick at 2012 Redbull Rampage

champagne baby
  Champagne baby!

Brandon Semenuk - 2012 FMB tour overall champion
  Brandon Semenuk - 2012 FMB tour overall champion.

The views at th local wattering hole.
  Post Rampage everyone starting to gather at the local watering hole.



180 Comments

  • + 193
 Great photos. Too bad the judging was so poor. The McCauls were robbed.
  • + 96
 And Cam won best trick but still finished way down the order which makes no sense!
  • + 47
 did anyone else see soderstrom holing his balls in pain after he racked his sack on that gnarly drop? poor guy.
  • - 3
 whats new mitch.. haha
  • + 30
 I thought Semenuk's crazy drop was just as impressive as Cams jump.
  • + 8
 I was there. its completely different looking tv compared to in person. and they were not robbed. the judging was goods. the maccauls lines werent original enough to place them any better then they were. if anything bizet i think bizet shoulda won.
  • + 2
 What trick did Cam do that won best trick?
  • + 2
 @Angryham, it was because he ripped his pants and he was trying to cover it in front of the camera.
  • + 3
 Must be the canyon, surely, seeing as he was the only one..
  • - 7
 dead sailor off of the oakley sender = first place ????????

does not compute
  • + 3
 @wilkey. You don't know what you're talking about!!! Wanna fight?!?!?!
  • + 2
 @booboo-rider I think it was the flip step down judging by the pictures above.
  • + 1
 @Downtoearth He landed that 360 with his nads on the back wheel, hence ripped trousers and ballache
  • + 19
 Kyle Norbraten
  • + 4
 tons of great wallpapers
  • - 2
 The judges didn't rob anyone of shit. Everyone did awesome, threw down crazy tricks and no one got robbed. I watched the whole thing and everyone placed according to their run. Because everyone was doing crazy tricks, and sending it big, it looked like the judged were looking at how smooth, and fast the whole run was. Anyone throwing a crazy trick on top of the hill got extra points, and the top two guys threw some crazy shit at the top of the hill and didn't save everything for the bottom.
  • + 3
 Where's that ballin' Camelback trophy?
  • + 10
 Norby got robbed so bad the back to back 3's were crazy in person and should have gotten a better score, when his score was announced the crowd there booed the judges hard.
  • + 0
 Shut up mitch, the best overall run won the day, get over it!!!!
  • + 2
 I missed it, but I hope that in the future, the judging format doesn't force everyone to tackle the same line (what is unique about this event) and hamper the creativity of the riders. I mean as long as the riders are throwing down and not hitting a set of mini DJ's on a machine built line haha.
  • + 1
 I think, Kurt deserved the win with his smooth run & precise execution. ... IMHO
  • + 2
 The judging was spot on, but Semenuk's transfer drop thingy was the sickest shit I've ever seen. Definitely better than the McCaul canyon gap. It was cool, but Semenuk's was better (even though he did behave like a child at the end).
  • + 1
 @ nmpearson bring it out donky kong
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  • + 36
 Norby was also robbed. the photo of will white and his dad is awesome
  • + 2
 Bloody right. I thought he looked like a right wanker with that gay ass long hair, but now I've seen his dad, I think he's cool as hell. Wil, I apologise for thinking your hair is gay. I'm just jealous because I'm going bald. Actually it's fantastic, and so is your father's beard. Get some!
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  • + 25
 Judging!! Where was Alex Pro when we needed him. Could you imagine...gets everyone all crazy and rolls judging tent...maybe light it on fire or something! Haha! Congrats Sorge! Solid run. Congrats Cam! Number 2 to the people!!
  • + 7
 Didn't really watched the whole rampage but it seems that Lacondeguy did two solid runs too... I think he deserved a better note.

And a question, as I just said, I didn't really looked who was qualified or not, was Fairclough qualified? I wanted to see him send his Canyon gap... No footage?
  • + 6
 Protour don't say anything
  • + 0
 theedon.. cmon man...
  • + 3
 Chill cp-gang. A little laughter is good for the soul. Garland!! I know Bra!! I was waiting for the Protour attack!
  • + 1
 @bikounet. yeah fairclough did qualify but he DNS. i dont know why. probably got hurt on saturday
  • - 3
 Alex Pro from what I heard didn't want to compete at all this year due to a high number of concussions... can't blame him for that. Fairclough didn't qualify and didn't attempt the canyon gap during his run... can't blame him for that either haha.
  • - 2
 Quit complaining about the judging, whiner's! The best run clearly won, that's the most important thing from a judging standpoint, so they did ok. Cams run had too much boring traversing to be on the podium, all the top guys took more direct lines, which is more high paced and obviously what the judges were looking for. Next year I bet more riders will be taking the more direct routes....live and learn... Best pics yet, Pinkbike! Brought back some great memories from yesterday. I agree Semenuk's drop was probably the craziest line.
  • + 8
 Wrong, he qualified, but bust his knee, so opted not to ride.
  • + 16
 At the risk of being neg proped. For once i think i agree with protour.
No one can complain about sorge winning he ticked every box
Bizet dug deep and smashed a harsh line and managed to pull off not one but four backflips, the first way up the course with a difficult run in. No complaints?
Binggeli another faultless run down the rougher part of the course pulling back flips and smooth transitions. Again no complaint.
Lecondeguy unlucky but his runs where solid enough. Would have like to see more trick dont know why he missed on his second run, attempted a huge backflip there in 2010.
With that in mind how were cam and tyler robbed? Cam did some big drops but no a huge trick variety, tyler top half was pretty boring to watch with not a lot going on.
Just my opinion. Cant be easy to judge and we dont really know what they where looking for.
All i know is that the sport come a long way with pretty much everyone nailing the sender.
Who knows what would have happened if Zink, Gee, brendog had been able to compete ( and anyone else ive accidentally forgotten)
Great event, loved it
  • + 1
 @Wilkey If you want me to tell you what I think about it, well: That really sucks!!!
  • + 1
 Whoops, I was told his run didn't qualify him... damn there was a lot of top guys taken out before finals....
  • + 3
 Uhm, 2 years ago Zink 360'd the sender, Wil white throws some flair on his and that's biggest trick off it? Let's be real, Sorge had a solid run, enough to beat the competition.. Wish Aggy had been healthy enough to ride, he no doubt would've thrown down.
  • + 1
 @randybadger I agree, but Tyler's intense rhythmic jumps were bigger than anyone else's. With that in mind his line as a whole was debatable. Norbraten though, was robbed, his line was insanely cool and I think he deserved better!
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  • + 23
 It was kind of messed up how they interviewed semenuk after he crashed
  • + 23
 Even more messed up was the fans complaining about him not saying much right after he had sorta crashed at the end of a spectacular run.
  • + 4
 it also broke my heart to see him overflipping after clearing that EPIC cliff transfer drop... and I cannot imagine how he feels after putting up so much effort and heart into building that line... but I believe he will come stronger next year.... just you wait...
  • + 1
 Finally a feed of people who aren't complaining about his "bad attitude." Give.him.a.break! Ugh it drives me nuts! If I did that I probably wouldn't have been able to get out as many words as he did.
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  • + 22
 Norbraten should have been on the podium.
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  • + 14
 what a sh*t end to the year for Semenuk! His winning streak seems to have ended and shattered his nerves. I hope he comes back strong and hungry next year.

Also, a lot of the riders when interviewed (and organizers too) were saying "next year at Rampage...". Does this mean they're going to run it every year now instead of every two or was it just a slip of the tongue? I'm sure guys like Claw, Semenuk, Hopkins, Gee, Fairclough, etc, will be so hungry for redemption on the amazing lines they built. Seems a shame to make them wait 2 whole years!!! C'mon Red Bull you know we all want it!
  • + 10
 Pretty sure it will become an annual event, considering it's become by far the most anticipated and exciting event in mtb. Semenuk did great, won the title, and his crash wasn't a full crash. I thought he deserved major props for sorta pulling it out. Kids a fighter and a freeride genius.
  • + 2
 Totally agree. I heard the interviewer saying "next year at rampage/see you next year/... multiple times". Let´s hope for the best.
  • + 2
 please, rampage come back in 2013!
  • + 2
 With the freeride tour it has a niche rather than just being a one off event. Can't see why it couldn't be an annual event. It really does sort the men from the boys doesn't it.
  • + 2
 That's what happens when there is too much pressure on you.
  • + 2
 just confirming it will now be annual due to national TV contracts, contracts with the landowners etc. after being there for this one i can't say i'll miss another, having an event like this every year is just going to push the sport further and faster.
  • - 2
 Even though I don't like Semenuk because he has semen in his name and has a shit hairdo, I feel he is the best rider and probably would have won if he held it togtherther (the transfer drop was sick as fook).

I don't think they should do it every year though, but being American, I'm sure they will. Stick to the formula - create something cool, sell it, find out the fans are going nuts for more, give them more than they can handle and see their appetites for it die. Didn't they almost kill it last time from overdoing it?

Look at every major sporting event in the world... neither of them are held annually. Make the fans wait four years and they'll be hungry like you wouldn't believe. The riders will try that little bit harder too, because there won't "always be next year".
  • + 0
 "he has semen in his name and a shit hairdo"
Priceless Smile
  • + 2
 If it happens next year...I will cry happy tears
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  • + 7
 Feelin´ so sorry for Semenuk somehow. Even though he won the overall FMB World Tour. But that transfer drop just seemed so sick, would´ve loved to see him killing this awesome line.
I think the judging wasn´t so bad.. except for Cam Mc Caul. He had an amazing run.. So either the judges are f*cking blind, or one really cannot judge a riders run by watching it in front of the TV..
  • + 1
 Its killing me wondering what score he would have gotten had he stomped that no can or the backflip. Same with Soderstrom had he nailed that 360...
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  • + 5
 The pics are cool. But, It kicked ass seeing it with my own two eyes! Anyone and everyone who gets the chance should attend this event! Red Bull gave away drinks all day for FREE! The riders were walking around hanging out with the fans. We drank beer with them! It was sweet!
  • + 1
 best comment here...REAL
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  • + 2
 I don't understand how so many lame sports can get to the tv on normal channels, like tennis or something. If you compare this with some of those "not-so-interesting" Sports, this one should be at least on one of the sports channels. This sport is so crazy, love it.
  • + 2
 the main reason is that the general public viewer will cringe, cry, and run home to mama after seeing what these guys do....
  • + 1
 It will be on tv in December.
  • + 1
 heavily edited though
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  • + 3
 What? No pictures of the bar fights th eBouncer started? We left because of his atttitude....He tried to start a fight with Wil White as we were coming in, Guy is a f*cking Jerk, and has no business working a door...
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  • + 2
 Hang on.... what was all that about the Oakley sender getting an overhaul with a third line coming before the event?? No photos of anyone hitting the smaller line- and no evidence of there ever being a third bigger line!! Oh well.

It was a sick event- such a shame about the judging. I'd be spitting feathers if I had thrown myself into death defying manoeuvres and not get rewarded for it. Just shows what a legend Cam McCaul is.
  • + 0
 If you're talking about the line that runs under the sender, Soderstrom and someone else sent it. Other than that the only changes were an improved landing, it was moved a foot forward and a less drastic roll in... not sure what this 3rd option is that you're talking about.
  • + 2
 Yeah, I though this. There was a drawing on here somewhere of a third line to the left of the sender (as you look at it), but it never happened it seems.
  • + 1
 Strange... guess it was a very early design. They had the actual specs draft of the sender tacked onto the actual structure and I thought it looked very similar to the one on pinkbike they put up a while ago.
  • + 1
 I thought the same. My guess is that they realised it would have had to share the same landing as the original sender, which was massive, but it would have been about 10m higher. If they built it, I don't think anyone would have done it. If the original sender was 50x50ft, the top line would have been 80x80 or something ridiculous.
  • + 1
 the oakley sender was a 50ft shoot out, and 50 ft. drop? holy foook
  • + 1
 Nah it wasn't close to that big of a drop. Just guesstimating I'd say the drop was around 25-30ft. vertical and the gap out... not sure at all but around 30ft. seems to be the ballpark.. which is absolutely massive, haha.
  • + 1
 I didn't measure it, but they said on the commentary it was 50 by 50, whatever that is! What's 50 feet in real money? 15m?
  • + 1
 Yeaaahhh 50 down is really stretching it... 50 feet is absolutely monsterous.
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  • + 2
 Wil White, 18 and sending it .. new breed of riders comeing up , can't wait till the next Rampage,, Zink will be back and next time the kid will hit podium , Wil White. . Sorge deserves the win and Norb and Dorf destroyed that place. The McCaul brothers are a breed apart form all, they just RULE...give it up for the Claw though takeing the craziest line of all ,, no one took the same line as his,, holding true to creativity .. The Godfather..
  • + 1
 Wil WHite was so chill. He was one of the coolest riders there. He wasnt stuck up at all. He was easy to approach and talk with.
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  • + 3
 You know, looking back, I'm surprised that Andreu didn't hit the canyone cause it really suits his style of full speed big jumps.. Infact, it amazes me only Cam hit it in the race.
  • - 1
 The take off didn't match the landing....too much of a bucker. Plus you had to do the boring traverse to get way over there.
  • + 2
 Its true, C-Mac and Zink were both getting bucked forward when practising the jump, they both crashed due to it, Zink harder unfortunately, the gap was sick but this years judging concentrated too much on the WHOLE line and getting to the canyon gap meant a boring ridge line run for 1/3rd of the riders line, which scored them too low, I personally thought T-mac's line was better anyway with all his huge step downs, after watching through the event again I actually think the judging was fairly well spot on, big 1 (or 2) hit wonder runs didn't take the cake due to the judging criteria.
  • + 0
 How can you say that the take off didnt match the landing? Were you there to see it? I was. I sat under it in the shade and talked with the riders about it....... they all like it. Nothing wrong with it. A ton of the riders hit it.
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  • + 6
 The photos are better than the video...?
  • + 1
 I'm really looking forward to some quality video edits from this event. These photos are amazing though, could easily be 50 PODs in here.
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  • + 1
 What an awesome event, all the riders out there gave everything for our sport, looking forward to the edited for TV version. Agree with everyone who thinks the judging was off, does anyone know if there were real riders on the panel other than Bender? Gotta say, feel like Norbraten got the short end of the judging stick. I think he should have scored in the 73-77 range.
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 These pics have such better perspective than the broadcast. Those film dudes could learn a thing or two about getting shots that really show how crazy this place is. Helli shots are nice but close ups work so much better.
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 Every rider that showed up to that event deserves mad respect, one day I ill see this live to get the real experience. And not deny that some riders deserved higher scores, I could not imagine trying to judge an event like this
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 Very nice shots! I wonder how Redbull felt about Kurt and Cam wearing their Rockstar hats :-) Anyone know what the prize money was for the top three finishing spots?
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 WTF was with those trophies? They put on a million dollar event and can't spend $100 on some decent hardware for the boys?
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 One of the rider's friends hand-made them, can't remember who though. Saw it on Twitter.
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 Well folks its over...in retrospective I must say it was kinda dissapointing yet entertaining to watch after all the hipe which was made before ! Yes, judging was a bit messed up and some other people should have been on the podium but in general it was great outdoor entertainment...not more not less !
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 "Kyle Straight's flight control centre" :-D
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 Any reasons why Brendan Howey rode with a backpack on?
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 to put his massive balls in?
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 @ toddonbike "parachute" - perfect answer.
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 Good to see they ditched that cheesy water bottle trophy.
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 The stupid water bottle is the fmb trophy. The twig boot is the trophy for this event alone.
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 I think this is the first article where protours comments arent all below threshold
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 Nice shots.By the way where the H$%%K are they taking from those judges. .Is it really so hard to find someone that will at least know something bout this discipline ...or is it all for the screaming crowd ;/ Anyway PROPS FOR ALL RIDERS AND THEIR HUUUDGE WORK OUT THERE BRAAAAAAAAAAAP!!!!!!!!!!
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 Will White had a very sick run, he is so young and i think he will show him self once on that firsth place at RedBull Rampage for shure!!
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 Anyone else stoked for 650b being on the rampage podium?
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 Hell yeah!
Personally, I'd take a 650b 6x6" All-Mtn bike, but that's just for what I do...
He proved the rolling mass didn't hold the bike - or him - back at all!
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 Today I went to the forest and sized up all my kickers...
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 Kyle Norbraten run was for top 5 without question.
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 Wasn't "stoked" like everyone else watching it, judges were simply ruining my mood. All riders built so large yet wouldn't do anything to hit them or throw down to the hype this year was amped up to be.
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 All this clone whining is ruining my mood! Get over it already, the best run clearly won.
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 Go back under your bridge you troll!
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 they definitely got the top two riders right on. can't just roll the ridge if you want to be top 3. if semunuk would've had clean run, he easily would've gotten first, his huge drop transfer was definitely the move of the day...imo
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 All these riders are winners so much, this event is wild like no other.
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 Give me a Will White Table over backflips anytime.
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 party in the front and the back! HAHAHAHAHAHA...........................
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 Haha, I know right! Best caption!
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 in other words, awesome pics, riders, brands, photographers!!! yeahhh RED BULL!!!
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 something is messed up with the fmb points. Why is it that a guy competes in one event and wins but does not compete in any other event get third over all.
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 Thomas was in events all year long... the fmb web site has videos if you care to know what your talking about.
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 really? Thomas killed it all year.
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 So sad, no DH riders, Fairclough, Gee Man or Sick Mick :/ Gangrat's for an UGE RAMPAGE!
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 Congrat's*
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 Logan Binggeli 3rd place is a DH racer and has raced at several world cups this year. he is not a freeride or slopestyle guy.
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 And dont forget Nico Vink and Kyle Straigt
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 Oh and Mitch BRAPelato
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 I know, he's ridding the new KHS, but is the only.. Kyle is out of the WC's, vink is out too.. You know broo... That misses CG Wink
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 I said on pinkbike after the last rampage the judging was terrible. And I got negative props! Well I was right then and just proved right again this rampage. I wish the online community would have ripped the judges after the last rampage, then maybe we could have decent judges this year.
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 Pinkbike should create a button that gets POD all the photos of an article...
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 good idea miguelads
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 amazing shots bravo to all the staf of photography and filmig it was a great showtime last sunday
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 i can't load any of these pics? can see the pics in all the other articles but this one, driving me nuts
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 Next time it has to be HD!!!!!!! Looking at the pictures now it's almost like I was watching a different event.
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 Was so stoked for Cams run, Heal up quick! Congrats to all the riders!
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 absolutely brilliant massive respect to all the riders there crazy. what happend to the judge's?
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 The camelback bottle trophy thing looks like a dildo, great stone working on the base thou.
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 Looks like a keg tap.
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 7th pic from the top, I don't think that was Gully. Are you sure it's not Al Borland?
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 Hahah martin seems so pissed on the second last picture!hopefully he wins next year he would deserve it so hard.
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 was so stoked watching this last night semenuk was my favorite for the win he was unlucky major props to all the riders and redbull for hosting in my view the best event ever
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 Anyone see the photographer on the 18th pic down? Pretty sweet move.
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 that Pic of Gully Is fucking awesome.
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 I'm doing no work today Smile
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 Norbraten = f*cked over GOOD.
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 really would have liked to see aggy rip it up he's the man
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 usan el specialized status teniendo el demo 8 para que???
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 la status tiene la distancia entre las ruedas mas cortas y el eje central mas alto, mucho mejor para hacer trucos que la Demo, esa es mas para decenso.
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 muchas gracias..
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 not everybody has to speak english, fuck off anybody whos neg propping or doesnt like it
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 Hey RollMan, porque no te metes merica por el culo, ignorante, racista, cabron!!!!!!!! You should know that where you live they have being speaking Spanish way longer than English why do you think is call Rancho Santa Margarita.
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 Pudo ver sido broma. You guys should calm down.
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 mountain bikers from the planet of "No Limits"
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 anyone know why claw and soderstrom were riding a status?
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 they both said they prefered the status for its slightly shorter wheelbase and the higher bottom bracket, which made it easeir to do tricks on.
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 Good question.
Would rather have a demo under me.
Maybe to plug the status ?
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 Mixture of it being a bit more freeride friendly and exposure for the status.
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 they like the way the pop and handle better then the demo for this style of riding
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 is it just me or did Andreu look like he was on a Status too?
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 They probes would have been riding sx trails but they got rid of them for 2013
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 oops, nevermind just found a pic of it. I had no idea yt industries made big bikes.
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 I'd rather have a Status at this point... newer design, simpler (regardless of the Demo's reputation, I've owned one, I like them), and like they said, easier to work with in this instance. I like that rig, I really do...
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 you'd choose your bike for rampage based on the fact that it's newer and simpler?? right
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 No... those are my reasons for liking the new design... my personal, prior-to-this-event reasons. I just know that it's a good bike, and it seems to hold up to the riding as well as crashing, seeing as two of the guys on them did just that.
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 But those two reasons are fairly good reasons are they not? New design that is definitely not a bad design, and simplicity especially at an event like this where you may need to make changes on the fly would certainly be good reasons.
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 sx trail still kicks ass
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 Yeah, it was... I can't wait to see the new P.Slope in my LBS! I'm getting either a Status II and putting a Lyrik on it, or an Enduro Evo and riding it's balls off.
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 hey same here! but also there is a sx trail in my size left at the bike shop, so i might get that
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 when you have a pro mechanic i dont know if you care about simplicity of adjustments
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 Pierre Ferry didn't look like he was trying.
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 Awesome pcis, congratularions for all, this event is THE BEST!!!!
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 igualmente buenas fotos
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 Bangers from top to bottom!
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 next year soderstrom, next year
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 dont turn this into a bmx contest
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 Cam McCaul N1 and .
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 Sweet pix gallery!
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 Best RB rampage yet
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 yeh photos!!!
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 soderstrom méritait largement la premiere place du FMB... nul !
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