Video: Red Bull Rampage 2012 Qualifying

Oct 6, 2012 at 5:04
Oct 6, 2012
by Matt Wragg  
 
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This is what you've been waiting for, right? The qualifying video from Rampage is here. Turn it up loud and enjoy!



Cam McCaul's first place run:



James Doerfling's second place run:



Kyle Norbraten's third place run:

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108 Comments

  • + 64
 Why are all highlight vids so short? I'm sure they have footage for ages, even all recorded. Why not at least show the best quali run from each athlete instead of 5 sec snippets of some of them and half of the 3 top runs? It drives me crazy!
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 Who cares, its just awesome to see NorBRAHten qualify 3rd!!!
  • + 19
 Yeah, but it'd have been cool to see everybody else's runs too and see what they had in mind, particularly the newbies, some of them we won't get to see because of no proper recap from qualis and they not making it into the finals.
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 ^its a paid event...but for those who cant make it...pay-per-view would have been really good...and yes i know there will be a DVD but id rather have reality TV.
  • + 1
 NBC is filming and broadcasting at a later date, not too sure if you guys can get american TV across the pond.
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 Although NBC's not broadcasting it live, it looks like Red Bull's website will be streaming the finals live: live.redbull.tv/events/114/red-bull-rampage.
  • + 5
 its on live tomorrow, no doubt it will be on pinkbike main page but here is the direct link
live.redbull.tv/events/114/red-bull-rampage
  • + 6
 anyone else notice that doerfling snapped a fox 40 in 2010 and now is riding a sr suntour on the same stuff????
  • + 5
 Those new rux look quite good. I am thinking of rocking a set if they ever get released anytime soon.
Anyone know of a rux release date? They havent made the 2013 by the look of it.
  • + 1
 I never refreshed the page to see lobohusky's post when I posted the link... lol
  • + 1
 I hear what you're saying, but these days I think we often expect too much too soon for free! Sure there'll be plenty more footage to come, so stoked about the final it's gonna be awesome. Think all those previously griping about the wooden features needn't worry either having seen these lines and someone of the crazy shit that's being built by some of the riders...
  • + 2
 I wanna see how watts and the guys ridin for morpheus bikes held up
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 psyickphuk: Well yeah, but since they have the cameras and everything there and they're recording it, it' wouldn't kill them to give us each guys full run. We don't need full HD and multiangles first day, just the heli shot of the full run would do, just to see what they did to qualify as they did or why they didn't qualify. Of course the good stuff has to be saved for the DVD.
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  • + 18
 As they said in Wayne's World - "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!!" Absolute respect.
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  • + 16
 How are these guys not wearing back protectors? I think I'd shit out my kidneys if I crashed as hard as them, and they just walk away!
  • + 7
 well that's one of those questions I keep on askin' me all the times... and also, how come the body armour technology is in constant evolution (the pads are a lot less restrictive than 10 years ago) and the people are constantly leaving them at home or better in the shops?
  • + 15
 Because it's trendy to not run pads.
  • + 3
 ^nah...two things...these guys are strong, they may not look big, but they're packed, so can take an impact better than most and the dirt in utah soakes some of the impact better than most types of landing. try the same in uk dirt which has lots of rocks underneath your bones would shatter or worse youd kill yourself after most of these crashes.
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 pads are a crutch.
  • + 1
 For sure the pros are made of sterner stuff than us mere mortals... thing is though when they crash at rampage they tend to really eat shit rather than bail and roll out of it. Does seem mad not to wear anything, I hear what Pabail is saying but just look at the landscape, don't tell me there ain't no rocks!
  • + 5
 Tough or not, it doesn't make sense to not wear protection in the most extreme event in the sport. I was surprised to see Cam wearing a Leat.. Thing is, these guys are paid to ride, so anything that reduces or stops down time is ultra important. I don't understand it, and as JuVerre said, they are lighter and better than ever. Madness, same goes of WC's where speeds are so high it should be mandatory.
  • - 1
 old ainchent proverb dress for the ride not the crash
  • + 3
 @nojzilla - wiseman say 'Live to ride another day.'

It's hot out there and these guys are stronger and fitter than most of us. But the what they'r riding down is the biggest and sketchiest lines most of them will ride all year (Pilgram). It's all about image these days Wink
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  • + 10
 well well well, the quarter pipe transfer is no longer Gee's...that looked an even smoother landing aswell huge respect to James Doerfling.
  • + 4
 Yep, but he did pioneer it and was first to stomp it, Doerfling has had a year to think about it and watch Gee's vid.
  • + 0
 do you really think that it's the same as two years ago?
  • + 6
 The transfer? Exactly the same, Doerfling himself even said it, that he wanted redemption on it after snapping his fork 2 years ago there.
  • + 16
 I've watched Gee's vid a few times the last few years, do you think I'm ready for it? Smile
  • + 1
 Well, do you have Doerfling's skills and balls? I'm not criticising the kid, he's great, as WTTE shows, but he's had time to process what went wrong with his attempt and what Gee did to land it, that's all I'm saying. Gee didn't have that benefit, all he had before throwing down on it was Stevie Bell tell him "somebody almost killed himself trying that this morning" before he hit it, not quite the same.
  • + 0
 he would have pulled it 2010 if it wasnt for his forks snapping
  • + 1
 Ehmm... if he had ridden it how it should his fork wouldn't have snapped, it snapped because he landed it too hard/off the angle. It wouldn't have snapped had he landed it good. I'm not taking any skill away from Doerfling, he has tremendous skill, but don't take anything away from Gee either, he was the one to go stomp it and show everybody how to do it. Remember Cedric on the 2010 DVD saying "hope someone tests it the Sender if not I'll have to go first as always"? Same with the quarter transfer, Gee was the first one to show everybody how to handle it.
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  • + 6
 i really though james line was way gnarlier dont understand how cam beat him..
  • + 2
 60ft canyon gap I'd imagine? Their scores were pretty close too.
  • + 1
 doerfling landed the 50+ drop then went on to land the wallride where last rampage only one person could ride it...
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  • + 6
 anyone else see Sam Pilgrim bitching on facebook about how he hates rampage?
  • + 2
 I can see why he might not want to ride it, and respect the fact that he wants to stay focused on being a pure DJ and SS guy, but how can you possibly HATE it? Surely he can watch and enjoy it, mouth hanging open, like the rest of us?
  • + 8
 Yeah, self-respecting competitor here should say they hate Rampage, those comments might haunt him for years since it's the biggest event. That would be like a racer saying he hates World's, just cause he crashed out in qualifying.

Poor sportsmanship & whining, IMHO. If he hates it I guess he will never come back. Show some respect for the riders who did qualify, instead of bringing attention to your own misery and poor performance.
  • + 2
 *meant to say no self-respecting rider....*

I hope they make a highlight reel of all the crashes this year, sounds like their were some awful ones. Glad nobody was seriously hurt.
  • + 4
 Rampage's the diamond event so he wanted to get some points. After perfect season he crashed at Joyride, now he crashed at Ramage so he can be angry about all that.
  • + 0
 I understand his frustration, but Rampage IS mountain biking!
  • + 6
 I think Pilgrim's comment was made in jest, not to be taken literally. He jokes around a lot...
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  • + 7
 I'm already hanging for the dvd to come out Smile
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  • + 1
 Anyone else notice Cam's Fox 36's just transformed into Fox 40's? Maybe reassurance for those big gaps? Also, I swear the stepdown after his canyon was an even bigger gap? The speed he needed for the gap was surprisingly low! Or maybe the video just made it look that way..
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  • + 1
 Goddamn..I've wondered though, since the trend is to have 0 stack height or atleast almost 0 (I know there's no "real" other way), but why don't they setup their bikes with significantly higher bars/stack height for this event? They are doing or atleast close to vertical drops 70% of the course. Raise handlebars/stack height will obviously give them an advantage to reduce the likelihood of going over the handlebars (raise front-end too) and an overall better geometry in this situation of being less front balanced. I know they probably did change a little, but from the looks of it, not by anything notiecable.

I remember going to N* and doing some bigger drops. That time, I had a higher stack height + higher handlebars and it helped immensely on those vertical drops.
  • + 1
 Higher stack means more leverage over the front= more endo if nose heavy
  • + 1
 Northstar doesn't have any big drops. jk. But when you're used to a particular setup on your bike you don't wanna go changing it right before an event like Rampage.
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  • + 4
 Yah Dorfling BC boy killing that hip making it look easy! and his rims are still in good shape unlike gees
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  • + 5
 Holy shit, Doerfling just with a tank top. WTF.
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  • + 3
 Why isn't the qualifing live on red bull tv i can't wait for the finals tomorrow. Such a great riding from the wc downhillers or slopestylers... I'm stoked
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  • + 1
 i thought doerfling had a way better line but dude hes gonna die from like infection once hjes fucking falls man he wears nothing its crazy also is vanderham prequaled cuz i wanna see him
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  • + 1
 I was about to circulate a rumor that riders with tank tops always crash but Doerfling ruined it for me! It always freaks me out watching guys riding at comps without even shoulder coverage. Great line anyway!
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  • + 1
 its just so crazy how a mountain bike can dominate mostly any kind of land like on McCaul's run he,s just tearing up the place
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  • + 1
 You could tell Cam was going to stick a solid run before he even started..I don't think I have ever seen him so focused before a run..
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  • + 1
 Who was the first to drop the oakley feature and crash so hard in the top video? (sorry if this some one already answered I couldn't find it) and any news on how he is doing?
  • + 3
 I believe it was Kinrade Frown So bummed for him. Hope he is alright!
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  • + 1
 Where are James Doerfling's sleeves? They won't let you ride a BMX track without sleeves riding rampage sleeveless is extreme²!
  • + 1
 riding the rampage without gloves is pretty nutty too ..or even neck braces that most of these guys dont bother wearing
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  • + 2
 i wanted to see what happened to pilgrim.
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 50+ feet holly shit i wouldbe scared just looking at it
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  • + 2
 Looks like Cam decided to scrap the single crown idea.
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  • + 1
 How do these guys just all seem to walk away after a huge 80ft crash? insane! love this event.
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  • + 1
 And finally what weve all been waiting for... Couldn't be more stoked for the finals!
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  • + 1
 I see that Cam McCaul decided to use the dual crown fox 40 instead of the 180mm single crown 36 like he was claiming....
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  • + 1
 Wow! Can't wait till tomorrow. Hopefully Gee can ride so we have 2 Brits in the final.
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  • + 2
 Dude! That Canyon gap... ¦:-O
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  • + 1
 Is there anywhere I can view Brendog's run? I wanna see what happened with that Canyon gap of his...
  • + 1
 He didn't hit it, he's saving it for finals tomorrow.
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  • + 1
 Wow nice job on the trails, more options this time. Sunday the real throwdown.
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  • + 1
 So sotaked for Cam. thats a big line!!!
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  • + 1
 why is this event not renamed to Redbull Deathwish?
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  • + 1
 cant wait to see what semunak can do :]
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  • + 1
 absolutely delighted Cam came first! sick run.
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  • + 1
 bikers from the planet of "No Limits"
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  • + 1
 Anybody know what time the final is on? UK time
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  • + 1
 Hopkins crash. Holy shit!!!
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  • + 1
 doesn´t the heli camera have zoom???
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  • + 1
 where is Pilgrim and his bike
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  • + 1
 1:40 of the first video... Holy Drop-in
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  • + 1
 who was the guy that ate it on the huge gap jump? was that hopkins?
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  • + 1
 Please use the PB player and not the RB!
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  • + 1
 cam mcaul is doing a backflip off that caynon gap
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  • + 1
 Damn, I should be in Utah right now.
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  • + 1
 I wanna see Norbz run but it just showed cams again
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  • + 1
 Kyle's run video it's cam's run video again!! Lol
  • + 3
 I've tried a few times to fix that, not sure what was going on. It seems the internet doesn't like him.
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  • + 0
 Kinda disappointed that instead of martin no newschool slopestylers are qualified
  • + 2
 You mean "besides"?
  • + 1
 Yes my bad
  • + 8
 Rheeder, Bizet, Groves???
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  • + 1
 I saw some pixels moving Wink
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  • + 1
 That was Beuhler crashing on that yellow bike
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  • + 1
 James Doerflings Points- 69....Smile
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  • + 1
 Red Bull Rampage: I love you!
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  • + 1
 Bummed Pilgrim and Gee didn't make it...
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 Kyle Norbraten is the best!
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  • + 1
 Doerfling is a beast! Can't wait to see the rest of the runs!
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  • + 1
 what player i need for the rampage videos? wher can i get it? thx!
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  • + 2
 CAM MCAULL FTW!
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  • + 0
 Pussy's........
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