Video: Red Bull Rampage Finals - Highlight Reel

Oct 9, 2012
by Scott Secco  
 
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Freeride mountain biking crowned a new king as Canadian Kurt Sorge took the top spot in Red Bull Rampage. France's Antoine Bizet took second and Utah local Logan Binggeli came in third in a thrilling contest that saw huge jumps and flips all over the steep cliffs of Virgin, Utah.

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  • + 98
 Norbs! Absolutely dialed 3's
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 How he got tenth blows my mind. Yes, Sorge's win was legit, but everybody else was questionable. Norbs was the only person to stick a 3, and he did it twice in one run. Everybody was doing backflips, they're way less tech, and pretty much everybody was landing them. The threes were ignored - I don't know who was judging but it was horrendous.
  • + 34
 judges who can't three! I completely agree, compared to his runs in 2010, he was most improved by far!
  • + 33
 Well one of the judges is probably one of the less teechnical rider/have landed almost nothing in his carreer... I think his name have the word bend in it. Who is it??
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 Totally! super clean! super stylish!
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 About time they released some more footage!!!!
  • + 39
 Norbs was definitely robbed.
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 Kyle defs should have tooken the win, but still sorges run was mindbottling
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 im going to be "that guy," but whats a three?
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 360 degree rotation trick Smile
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 short for 360
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 3=360. When you rotate around once in the air before you land. May not be as exciting visually for the masses, but landing one in loose dusty terrain is generally considered more challenging. You want to go straight but your wheels want to continue rotating around your vertical axis, so the timing has to be spot on to stick the landing. You also have to remain relatively flat (something Norbs did perfectly) so you don't drop the front wheel (ie Bearclaws attempt). The general feeling is that Kyle Norbraten should've placed higher because the trick should be rated with a higher difficulty.
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 Bizet had the most insane line... didn't he crash sometime? thought i heard he did but maybe not
  • + 13
 Both McCauls got robbed as well
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 Bizet crashed on his first run, up pretty high.
  • + 6
 Norbs got robbed hard, I was there it was a super dialed run.
  • + 1
 where could i see the whole replay of rampage.
  • + 7
 I think that everyone that competes at Rampage should get a medal just for having the balls to ride.
  • + 5
 Is there any comp in any sport anywhere that is more difficult to judge? Not saying they were good, but they pretty much have an impossible task, and I think it's somewhat of a relief that there was one clear winner.
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 @mtbrider02, yes he "tomahawked" in his first run at the top of the course.
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 I can't wait for this to come out on DVD and we can see more of the runs and some behnd the scenes. What an epic event!
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 Ok... I agree with Sorge in 1st and Bizet in second... now that I see it again, that's plain. Bingelli was awesome, but I wanna see ALL the runs again, to be sure it was THAT wicked, know what I'm saying?
Maybe that's just me..
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 If Lacondeguy didnt crash on his second run I think he may of got second he is such a cool rider totally rips it up everytime he has come a long way. Glad Sorge won though one of my favourite riders.
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 Regardless of the results and final runs, Cam Zink's canyon gap crash was THE MOMENT of Rampage 2012. HORRIFYING to watch, but so spectacular! Glad he is ok. Probably the craziest thing that has ever happened at any Rampage.
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 I'd be that guy who hits a corner of one of the support beams of the jump at :50 and totally eats shit.
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 ^Hahahahahahaha Love it Smile
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 I think to be impartial, riders should be given numbers instead of names. That way, there will be no biases on any players when it comes to judging. Even maybe going to the extreme of same colored bikes.
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 Good idea, but if every thing was identical (bikes, kit etc) you could still tell people apart by their riding style and probably the shape of their bikes. And also if your to far away to see their individual riding styles, then your too far away to judge their riding properly as well.

Sorry to be the guy that points that out mate, but i see where your coming from as there would be no potential bias towards contestants.
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 I beg to disagree Bomb-Boy-1985. Of course it would take common sense to judge at a distance that offers a good view of the riders' lines.
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 Possibly, but they would have to be absent on the build days because otherwise they cold tell riders apart simply by which line they took. If that were to happen then you might be on to something.

Maybe they could do a trial run, see if it works out?
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 Never going to happen autosmart. Sponsors pay for these comps to be run so that people will see the riders in their bike, their kit, wearing their logos.
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 Yeah, that's what i meant in my first paragraph when i mentioned "riding style" because part of their individual style is dictated by sponsors, as you said kit, bikes and so forth.

But the point is even though due to several reasons it obviously won't happen, the IDEA is itself is good because it would generate potentially fairer judging.
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 I agree..I dont know how the coastal crew guy didnt podium...Sorge's run was good but? hard to see the tech stuff in the shadows though...Sorge is sick so can't speculate...some politics I am sure...couple of riders complaining about photographers messing up the landing, which I understand a bit, no room for error, but remember if it wasnt for videographers and photographers these guys would not make shit for money and finally Rampage is getting coverage which helps the sport..
didnt hear the winners whinning about it... you fell... I dont think footprints on the landing made a difference...
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 Watching this again it is completely clear. Sorge absolutely had the sickest run. Nobody can argue that. We all feel that the rest of the standings should be different,but it's over. Let's all get behind Kurt Sorge. The dude deserves mad recognition. The year of Sorge. First he pretty much steals the show in Where the trail ends, then wins the Rampage. 2012 Mountain biker of the year.
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 Speaking of MTBer of the year, I really wish Semenuk didn't win the FMB title. Yes, he is one the best, and deserves it, but he couldn't stick a single line in any of the big finals this year. Zero for four. Soderstrom was consistent all year, came second at Crankworx and had a pretty rad run (and what I'd consider a gnarly ride-out) at Rampage. Props to him.
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 @Bigdan30 - He was consistent in every other contest, whether is was a curse or nerves, who knows. Other wise, he didn't even use his second run in most comps this year
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 Don't get me wrong, I don't deny that he's good, but it's just like the Vancouver Canucks - sometimes it doesn't matter how good you are in the regular season, if you're not showing up in the finals, you aren't winning the Cup. That's just the way I see it.
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 i think bigdan shouldnt be neg propped for an honest oppinion. Also, for me too, Sodestrom was more impressing this year at FMB. However congrats to Semenuk, cos at the end of the day its all just a bunch of "buts" and "what ifs", while Semenuk takes a deserved trophy.

exciting year!
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 Yeah, the live feed didn't have a good camera angle for Sorge's run but this replay shows just how gnarly and stomped it was.
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 Semenuk won 6 straight, I'd say that was pretty consistent. Martin is the man, love his style but Semenuk deserved the FMB, just a bummer to not roll out on top at Rampage to claim the FMB. Soderstrom crashed at both Crankworx(final run) and Rampage and it was when he was going big. Semenuk was the same, I cannot fault a rider for trying to progress. ie - Martin's double whip or Semenuks flip off the flat drop. Its just to bad he couldn't hold on to that back flip or we wouldn't be talking about this!
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  • + 32
 simple question: which sport is better than THIS???
  • + 26
 there aren't.. ^^
  • + 29
 well badminton is up there..... im joking of course
  • + 26
 Why are you joking? Badminton is quite the extreme sport.
  • + 46
 women's beach volleyball is up there
  • + 9
 a friend of mine broke his leg in badminton... and I've only cracked my left femur so maybe you folks are onto something!
  • + 14
 What's everyone's opinion on golf? I personally always making fun of it.
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 Maybe they should mix badminton into the next rampage! Hahahahaha Random
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 golf is only fun if youre playing next to a crowded highway in a residential neighborhood!
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 only cracked the femur ... pffft. Wink there is no sport better than biking.
  • + 5
 Golf course's can contain some good kickers Hahahah Maybe we should play golf on bikes, spice it up a bit!

It doesn't matter how much they change other sports mountain biking still reins supreme! Smile
  • + 4
 I'll be that guy and say the 250 class AMA outdoor Motocross season was off the chain this year. Tomac vs Barcia vs Baggett, every race was pinned from the gate with insane action. I still like MTB more, but moto is a close second. Seriously, if you didn't see the outdoor 250 season this year, you have to look it up.
  • + 3
 F*cking chess.... that is such an extreme sport!

better be wearing a full pressure suit for that... takes some big balls too...
  • + 10
 Chess is so hardcore that 20 people a year die from the shear extremeness!

Hardcore Pawnz........... we better watch out! Smile
  • + 24
 bowling takes some pretty big balls to if you get what I mean
  • + 3
 well, what about roadbiking on a golf course? www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZmJtYaUTa0
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 @hypermoto I completely agree, it was such a crazy season for those guys, even young ken roczen was up battleing with them! To bad villipoto couldn't race but he will be back for supercross, but it's a tough choice between moto and biking for me, absolutely love em both!
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 @rifu
NEVER has road biking been as cool as it was for that 5:20!!!
  • + 2
 Martin is such a good rider on any bike (especially trials) but when he gets on his road bike..... magic happens!
  • + 1
 Rock climbing, boxing, and competitive eating.
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 The biggest surprise was Antoine Bizet having the gnarliest crash first run and then absolutely killing it on his second run!
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 I thought he won with it, I was there and crowd loved him for even being able to do a second run much less kill it. They left a lot out. He crashed so hard he had to hike his bike down alone at that. Then he came back flipping way up top in the chute
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 Yeah I was there too! It was crazy to even see him back up at the top for his second run let alone kill it and podium!!
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 Insane riding! Props to Sorge!
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 this is by far the best event in all of mountain biking!! Smile
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 Upload GoPro/Contour videos PLEASE !
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 there will probobly be some on youtube
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 RAMPAGE 2014
My wish list for the next event:

1) Remove the wood work. It's played its part but this is a Big Mountain event and it just didn't really ring for me this year. Bren'n'Bran' showed riders could build their own big mountain canyon gaps and drop-in transfers, and these excited me far more.

The woodwork was in danger of becoming a mandatory feature to score high.

2) Run two starting points in order to maintain a wide range of lines without forcing riders to traverse and get scored down for doing so.

3) I'd also like to see the first women's event. Whether this is a proper comp with prize money or an exhibition with "first female champion" as the reward I couldn't say; but there are a few girls out there who could ride a line like Nico Vink's (for example) and I think that would be amazing for the sport.

4) Generally I was OK with the judging.. surprised by the points disparity, but not entirely upset with the finishing order, with the exception of Norbs. There's probably something to be said for a review of this though - as others have suggested, perhaps an element of rider input would help.
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 Rider input wold be great but then they would have to be available to view everybody's whole run. Getting the next rider up to the start would be a big delay.
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 i dont get why people are still complaining about woodwork- go count it. Icon sender 2 wood options yes, the big wooden gap over the wallride area down low and thats it unless you want to complain about wooden ramps which all looked good or presented chances for points. ramps arent 'woodwork' they are ramps and the places they seem to be look like they help make an otherwise featureless area usable
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 I think the judging criteria needs to be clearer for both the riders and spectators. Honestly when I think of rampage, I think of whose doing the riskiest/ ballsiest line. In that case C-Mac shoulda brought it home. But still stoked for sorge and bizet, both threw down podium runs. Ranking the two is damn near impossible. Had semenuk finished though....
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 i thought Claw's line was the ballsiest but then I'm partial to DB
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 Surprised to not see any comments about Logan Binggeli's bike. I believe it was a 27.5er correct? If he did well on one here, I'd be excited to see them raced where the time is the deciding factor, not line choice, difficulty, and style. And thanks to Pinkbike for doing such a great job covering the Rampage!
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 Norbs got robbed.. we all agree, 3's should have been rated higher.. we all agree, but his 3's were regular and then opposite... did ANYONE catch that?? i feel like that just puts it on such a higher level. Props to all the riders, going wayyyy bigger then I think anyone would or could. Rampage is the sickest, most OG contest!
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 Why do people keep saying that? Look again. Clockwise, left foot forward both times. What are you catching here?
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 I'm pretty sure that in his second run, he did one oppo 3. I replayed his second run to check. I think this highlight reel showed his first run. Norbraten's runs were high speed, smooth, and with 2 smooth 360s (oppo or not) it deserved to rank way better. Especially when we saw 360's take out many of the other top contenders.
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 Well I've gotta take my hat off to sorge what a flawless run! Although like peeps keep saying the judging was extremely questionable!.. I think sorge is definitely a worthy winner!... Until next time.............
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 Norbs should be 3rd or 4th. Seems like he had a similar run to Bingelli. I say to 3's beat 2 backy's but what's gnarlier? Icon sender or Gee's QP transfer?
Regardless Norbs got screwed. Something like Rampage should be judged like a Big Wave contest. Scores are not set in stone untill the end of the day when both runs from each rider can be compared side by side.
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 Great showing by all the riders this weekend.. Can't wait until they do it again.
  • + 4
 Do we know when this will be annual? I don't think seeing this contest every year will get old!!!
  • + 1
 I agree with you 100% bfroo. There is no reason why this shouldn't be an annual event.
  • + 6
 The rate of progression is so high right now, if you let these guys do this every year; someone is either going to die or learn to fly.
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 My bet is on flying
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 it's now annual.
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 ok- Rampage is big bad and rad, but is anyone remotely concerned that Under Armour is getting it's hands on MTBing? does it mean "mainstreaming" or "commercialization" etc.? just wondering
  • + 1
 Sorge's been sponsored by them for a few years, and now it seems to be paying off a bit. I'm not a huge fan of the brand, but I won't deny the comfort; I don't see a problem with another brand to choose from. They make hunting equipment too, but I have yet to see that get "mainstream." We should be safe Razz
  • + 2
 maybe the competition will bring down some high prices that follow mtb gear
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 great to see how everyone is happy for Sorge
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 now its only a matter of time before protour comments...
  • + 1
 cant wait, that dude cracks me up
  • + 1
 ^^hahahaha can't wait lolSmile
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 Come out come out wherever you are.
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 Haha, I picture him to be like that guy off the goonies... Hheeeyyyy yoouuu guuyyss!!Smile Smile Smile
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 the two riders i wanted to watch most wernt riding!!!

i heard that gee had injured his ankle or something but what happened to brendog??
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 Brendog screwed his knee up in his first quali run.... I think he did the second as his score improved... but he must have done it on pure adrenaline as once the moment had passed and he rested for a bit I guess he realised how bad his knee actually was. :-(
Gee first crashed in practice on a 'simple step down' rested up and was riding again on the Sat all seemed fine till he had another crash... and that was one too many for a stuffed foot!
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 Most epic event in mountain biking... you just shake watching the video. The horizon view as the riders go down the mountain is just... I can't grasp it enough.
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 oh my god that was amazing.
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 someone went on a neg propping "rampage"
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  • + 2
 Onya Sorge!!!! anyone know the track they used, killer tune!
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 Sick and beautiful; please upload bizet helmet cam, his run was awesome.
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  • + 1
 talk about your injuries! so many down and out, anyone who rides there deserves mad props.
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 A true mountain bike event, you won't find overly groomed lines at rampage!
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  • + 1
 Cam McCaul, at least second. Judges couldn't see through all the dust I guess.
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 seen and seen the run of norby, and i don't explain me how his calification was so lower
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  • + 0
 there's seriously dubious judging in almost every FMB event. They really need to clarify the scoring properly and then stick to it.
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  • + 1
 wow worst judging ive ever seen.give ur head a fukin shake. pretty upsetting for those guys.
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 hey must have missed it, but what happened to Bourdo? i heard he broke his back, was that in practice?
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 Thank the lord! It's youtube and not the RedBull "player!"
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 @ nzstormer: sure there is: ribbon dance. didnĀ“t know?
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 Wow! F**ken nuts! Only in my wildest dreams!
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 thats pretty neat
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  • + 1
 Utah? That's funny way to spell heaven.
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  • + 1
 everyone a winner for me
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 what's the name of the first song in this vid?
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  • + 1
 just watch replay - this judging was compet FAIL
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 i really wanted him to jump the gap @2.35!
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  • + 1
 shame fairclough didnt get a win, dosent show many pics of his run either
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 There you see, rock&roll works for mtb edits. Use it!
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 what won best trick
  • + 2
 Cam Mccaul backflip off the step down, bottom of his first run I think.
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 That was a killer vid Smile
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