Video: Life Behind Bars - Episode 14

Oct 30, 2012 at 14:00
Oct 30, 2012
by Karl Burkat  
 
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69 Comments

  • + 49
 I love the Life Behind Bars videos so much. Always stoked at Brandon Semenuk. Awesome rider. Ride on, have fun. Mountain biking is the best!
  • + 5
 Shandro seems like the nicest dude ever
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 Someone gotta fight the claw.
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  • + 23
 This waiting for 2 weeks until the next episode is messing with my mindddddddd. Hopefully this series goes year long. So sick!!!
  • + 48
 No doubt. At this rate it won't be till Christmas when we finally find out what Brandon wore on Halloween.
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 Waiting two weeks for a load of footage they collected a few weeks ago, damn man, can't they realise it next Tuesday!
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 Yea what the heck I had almost forgotten about rampage but this keeps it's going for 4 weeks? I almost forgot about this show!
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 That canyon gap transfer was HUGE. Gonna wake up and have that for breakfast was the best comment ever.
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 That transfer line at Rampage was burly!
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  • + 11
 Don't get me wrong I F*CKING LOVE THIS SHOW but 3 episodes to cover one event!?
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 Just glad im not dead! haha
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 fairclough bit was funny you know you are nuts when semenuk is looking at your line and saying Fu@k that !!
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 Sad we didn't get to see him jump the gap. Looked crazy..!
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 Hopefully he's back next year, to finish what he started
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 These guys amaze me every time I see them riding their bikes. I can only dream of riding stuff like that, mainly because I'm too scared to. I also like the way they work together and have a such a good time doing what they love to do.
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 Sick video, but am I the only person who is disgusted by the fact that Norby got more publicity from this video than from ANY OTHER COVERAGE OF THE ENTIRE EVENT
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 Uh... he threw a 360 in qualis and is a homie of Semenuk, you know the guy who this video series is about... this isn't a Red Bull Rampage qualifying recap video, bud.
  • + 8
 I may have misunderstood both of your comments but I'm pretty sure domahony meant that norby should've got more coverage in the other rampage recaps than just in LBB
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 amacdonald iks right, I think you read it wrong Scott Townes.
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 ah oops, yeah I did read it wrong haha. He is correct!
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 Yes scott, that's what I meant, obviously this is Semenuk's pony show! But i saw the recaps and Norby got next to no publicity despite the fact that he was one of the most flowy and technical riders on the course, one of the guys who makes rampage look like a smooth sunday singletrack ride.
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 Agreed ^ If I am correct, Red Bull and NBC were the only ones with video rights to the event, so I imagine when the NBC show comes on in December we will see much more of each of the riders. Especially the standouts like Norbs. On a different note, I believe Sorge and Bizet deserved 1st and 2nd, but i think there were some other lower scoring runs that should/could have given Bingelli's 3rd place a run for its money. The McCaul brothers both had sick lines, and Norbs line was incredible too. At the end of the day, every guy that made it down in finals deserves a first place trophy, just being able to ride those lines is amazing enough to deserve the prestige of a 1st place trophy.

Also thought it was cool to see everyone working together, athletes and their crews weren't treating the other athletes as competitors, more like friends cheering each other on. Being stoked for seeing their competition stick their line. I know the action sports community embodies this kind of sporting spirit, but I think none does it as completely as mountain biking.
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 LBB seems a lot different to the first episodes, but theyre still so good!!
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 yea,true,but still funn and full of adrenaline,sometimes more sometimes less but maybe the last epizodes will be at his home,more backyard jumps and lot of crazy shits he can do.
  • + 2
 That's what I was thinking. I think it's because now they're mainly about competitions that we've already seen covered.
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 Well LBB did premiere right at the start of the contest season, so I imagine he hasn't been home much. Any one know how many episodes they plan on doing? If there are a good bit more in the works I am sure we'll see some more home, off-season type stuff.
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 All of those pale canadian shredders being thrown into crazy heat and sun without shirts on must have sucked for them. Everybody looked like they were crazy sunburned by the end
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 You know the judging at the event was bogus when the other riders on the course called Cameron McCaul's line in the top 3. And no, I refuse to let that go. Bro got robbed.
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 That was just the qualifying runs, the top ten from 2010 were pre qualied. So yes, R-Dog was correct in calling that run for the top 3, Cam got 1st with it. Next LBB will have finals
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 Great episode! Thanks for getting footage of Mike Hopkins' crash. It was the craziest thing I have seen in my whole life.
  • + 1
 For a minute I thought no one had it on film... don't think I've ever been that scared for someone that I haven't met before, haha.
  • + 1
 uhhh what time is Hopkins crash ? I can't find it.
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 8:30 in just about. its the massive overshoot. to give some perspective, from the takeoff to the landing it was just shy of 70ft.
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 Ahh thanks man Smile

Gald some one got it on film , although it wasnt nice to watch just the scale of it was amazing.
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 Its a shame, I hope he can come back better next Rampage. He's literally the last true big mountain rider, as far as I know he has no tricks in his bag, yet still riding Rampage. Definitely one of the most inspiring/stylish/gnarly riders in my opinion. Seems like a genuine good dude too. He overshot that to like 80ft plus and never considered bailing, I read somewhere that he bent both of his pedal axles so his pedals are bent towards the ground. And then walked away. Boss.
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 ^ More like he overshot it to about 100ft. and bailing would have resulted in serious injuries, that is if he even had enough time to process that decision... 8-10 inches of travel adds quite the plush landing to an otherwise hard pact and flat landing as well so it was the best call. But saying he's the last true big mountain rider is insanely ignorant. There's plenty of true big mtb riders out there with tricks and saying that being a big mtn. rider means not having tricks or that Hopkins has no tricks at all is about as silly as the term "tricks" itself. You best get learned. Wink
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 i think you are mistaking my praise and personal opinion for ignorance. i am well aware of the consequences of overshooting suchalarge jump. i was simply praising his decision to try to stick it. bailing like zink chose to do on the prebuilt gap would have been catastrophic, mikes jump was much more high speed, longer distance, and more of a drop. so i definitely agreee he made the right choice to hang on. i do believe youre missing the point though on my big mountain comment as well. in the early days big mountain riders primarily rode gnarly utah-esque terrain just flowin with some good speed and style.tricks werent really on the radar at first, even more so because bikes had never been ridden on that sort of terrain. so rare that i think strait won with a no hander one year. mikes roots are true old school big mountain. no use of prebuilt features, all natural, high speed, and by far the fastest, biggest, baddest most hairy feature on the grounds. all with no tricks. he doesnt do cranworx, 26trix, no slopestyle, none of that malarkey. he does two things, put out the dopest big bike edits on the web and attend one contest every two years(which he has been a favorite for a top spot every year). all this with virtually no arsenal of tricks. not saying evryone isnt a true big mtn rider, although afew were clearly out of their element i.e. messere,pilgrim, this new crop is bringing slopestyle elemments into it like 3s, t-whips and flips. which has become the new standard for big mtn riding.alot of these new guys spend a good amount of riding all aspects ht dirtjumping, pumptracks, park,street, maybe even a little bmx. not mike, only big bikes, only big lines whether alpine back country or desert. so i will stand by my word/opinion. mike is the last of a dying breed. the last remnants of a real big mountain shredder. remember now, trick are for kids Wink
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 @csermonet Your speculation about the bent pedals is true. They were both bent almost straight down and yes he walked it off. For the record I would say that it was a 65 foot step down (plus 15 feet down) that he overshot by 30 feet (plus an additional 10 feet down).
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 @tad so 95 out and 25 down? i only read very early reports and vids dont give it proper justice. talk about a certified beast for walkin away. zinks bail was insane but hopkins was, for lack of a better word, "better" 0_o
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 Yes, in my opinion those distance estimates are reasonably accurate. They were both epic and scary bails. Let's not make it a competition.
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 definitey not making a contest out of it. more like commending their confidence to even attempt and athleticism to come away unscathed
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 ... that jump he overshot was a prebuilt jump... haha. He only beefed up the lip of it.
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 what was the conversation between brandog and semeniuk? i dont understand :S
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 discussing the gap brendog was buildin. brendog guessed 35ft, brandon said 35m lol i think it surveyed out somewhere around 60ft
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 so stoked to ride now!!!!
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 Love watching these. These riders have to be part insane to do some of this shit. Brandon you got balls of steel my man!
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 stoked up to my eyeballs in radness
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 I love Shandro!

Does anyone wants snacks? I got snacks!
  • + 1
 "Kids these days."
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 Hahaha didnt know that The Claw was so protective of his lines
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 Gonna wake & have some giant canyon gap fer breakfast.

Breakfast of champions.
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 lots were complaining about brandon's crew. just jealous!
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  • + 1
 What are the songs? Why don't they just list the songs in the description.... So sick!
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 "hopefully we wont have to fight the claw"
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  • + 1
 Please what is the song starting on 8:00 and the one starts at 8:50?
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  • + 1
 where can you get those xo tanks, theyre schweeet
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  • + 1
 That canyon gap was huge. Stoke. Semenuk fearless
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 YES!!! This just made my whole day.
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 Lucky to press F5! =D Gteat episode! =)
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 wow they are totally dragging out rampage
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 anyone want snacks? i have snacks.
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  • + 0
 youd think theyed have abetter camera for such an amazing video JS
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 This is just about the only good thing about Utah.
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