Red Bull Rampage 2008 - Evolution Day Four - Success!

Oct 5, 2008 at 23:16
Oct 5, 2008
by Ross Measures  
 
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Qualifying Results:
5th Kyle Strait
4th Darren Berrecloth
3rd Gee Atherton
2nd Brandon Semenuk
1st Cam McCaul

Read on inside to learn how the whole day unfolded and to see who your top 15 riders are for the finals!

Yesterday's clouds

Yesterday's clouds

Sunshine and snakes today

Sunshine and snakes today


The Morning Meeting:




No 2WD vehicles here

No 2WD vehicles here


Rampage Day Four:

We woke up this morning expecting rain and wind. The exact opposite happened, with clear skies and calm breezes instead. I received an email around 8 am, telling us that everything was a go. There were some changes though, with everyone getting a single run only to determine the line up for the finals. The finals were to start around 1pm instead of 10 am. We got in as soon as we could (the road was closed to 2wd vehicles) and immediately headed up to the line Brandon and I had been building all week. While Brandon sessioned the course, I carved out a run out, so he could get back into the regular line. Again we were hoping all our hard work would pay off with the judges, our chances got even better when we found out that they would be seated a mere 50 feet from the bottom of the run out. Around 11:30 Brandon showed up, rolled in and hit the line perfectly first try, falling about 20 feet to the landing. He came screaming out with a ton of speed, and right away ducked back into the double drop and disappeared.

Judges perch

Judges perch

The view from above

The view from above


I had been working on the drop so intensely all morning that I had not paid attention to anybody else's riding, as I looked up there were riders everywhere practicing and putting the finishing touches on their lines, mere minutes before the contest was supposed to start. The announcing team of Aaron Chase and Brad Ewen demanded that everyone head down for a quick riders meeting around 1, so we all packed up and hiked down to the bottom. The format was laid out, that everyone on the rider's right line (ridge 2) would go first, with the rider left ridge (ridge 3), going second. As the riders started hiking up to the course the film heli showed up and set the mood for the rest of the day.

Heli capturing all the goods

Heli capturing all the goods



The first rider out of the gate was local racer Logan Binggeli, Logan pinned it through with a super smooth run down Ridge 2 double drop to gap line. This was a sign of things to come, as this line was used by Mike Hopkins, Mike Kinrade, Darren Berrecloth, Alex Pro, Graham Agassiz, and Thomas Vanderham. Each of them had some small changes to the top half of their runs, and the bottoms were mostly different. From a judging stand point it must have been a challenge, as half of those riders listed made it, and the other half were eliminated.

James Doerfling had a creative line with a triple drop set up that ended with a gnarly hip drop to mini canyon gap. It was a super rad line that he deserved to nail after numerous crashes on it in practice. Kurt Sorge was 2nd up, and was he was the only rider to charge at the 50 foot hip step down at the very bottom of the course. Kurt rode away clean and was awarded with a qualifying spot for his gutsy riding style. Garret Buehler rode a cool line off the ridge that led into a couple drops, but had a couple falls. Bad luck for a good kid. After all the riders from Ridge 2 (riders right) had finished their runs, there was 10 minute break to let photographers and the TV crews transfer over to the opposite ridge (ridge 3) for the 2nd group of riders.

The first couple of runs were put together by none other then Cedric Gracia and Gee Atherton, both being World Cup veterans, they charged the course like a DH race, putting together fluid, and fast runs. Both riders went big, and both advanced. It's good to have some race flavor mixed in with the freeriders. Kelly McGarry was up next, the Kiwi was putting together an impressive run until he went down trying to X-up the big step down that only Gee had stomped so far. He got back up right away and charged into the Gee Step down and Table, he flipped the table out of nowhere, surprising everyone on the hill. One of the loudest cheers from the small-ish crowd came for that move.


After Kelly came down, one of the more unfortunate moments of the day was when Matt Hunter hit the step up hip, and on landing his shoulder popped out. Hunter always seems to have the worst contest luck, hopefully his luck with change soon because he's an awesome rider, with one of the best attitudes in the sport. After the small delay for the medics to get down to Hunter, it was Cam McCauls turn. Cam laid down one of the most sold runs of the day, no handering the second drop in the double drop line, and flowing smoothly throughout. He was rewarded with the best score of the day. Decent consistent runs were laid down by Paul B, Geoff Gulevich, Guido Tshugg and Kenny Smith. Paul will be advancing. After Kenny, was Kyle Strait, who rode super stylish all the way down to the bottom, where he creeped into his double drop line that him and Zink built. It is super hairball and the sketchiest line on the course for sure. Kyle will be riding on Monday. Solid runs were laid out by both Dan Atherton and Robbie Bourdon, they both rode different lines than most. Both of them will also ride Monday. After Dan, was Chris Van Dine, Chris is one of the best dudes in the sport, and is always sending it hard. During his run, he got a bad gust of wind and took a big body slam on the big step down on the ridge. He was out of it for awhile but he'll be OK.

Guido dropping in

Guido dropping in


The next rider up was Brandon Semenuk, he was hitting the ridge into the line he and I built. I couldn't be more excited at this point to see the reaction the hip drop we built would evoke. As he rode out of it, the small cheers from the crowd way below accomplished it for me. It's super awesome being able to see something that we've worked so hard on come together. The judges rewarded Brandon with the second highest score in qualifying. It made all the hard work easily worth it, without it he would have been back around 7th or 8th for sure. After Brandon was Cam Zink, who chose to emulate his good buddy Kyle Straits run. Zink nailed the double drop that took him out in practice, and ended up being rewarded for it with a qualifying spot. The final rider on course was the Czech rider Michal Marosi, he rode smooth and calm the whole way down. He'll be riding Monday as well.

Michal Marosi

Michal Marosi

Here are shots from practice and qualifying to check out:
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Top 15* advance: (Name and Score)
1. Cam McCaul 83.0
2. Brandon Semenuk 82.3
3. Gee Atherton 79.0.
4. Darren Barrecloth 78.0
5. Kyle Strait 75.3
6. Michal Marosi 74.7
7. Dan Atherton 74.3
8. Cedric Gracia 71.7
9. Paul Basagoitia 71.3.
10. Robbie Bourdon 71.3.
11. Cameron Zink 71.3
12. Kurt Sorge 70.7.
13. Graham Agassiz 70.0.
14. Mike Hopkins 69.7.
15. Thomas Vanderham 69.7

16. Mike Kindrade 69.3
17. Guido Tschugg 68.7
18. Geoff Gulevich 68.3.
19. Alex Prochazka 66.3.
20. Logan Binggeli 64.7.
21. Kenny Smith 63.7.
22. James Doerfling 58.0
23. Kelly McGarry 55.3.
24. Garett Buehler 48.7
25. Andrew Taylor 39.2
26. Trond Hansen DNF.
27. Matt Hunter DNF.
28. Chris Van Dine DNF
*Due to tie for 14th place, 15 riders advance to finals


After the results were announced, we pinned it over to the finals side, to start building what we hoped will be another creative line for Brandon to stand out once again, with the hopes of a solid podium finish. We dug a billy goat creep line into a step down until it got dark. We'll be back out at 7 am, to finish it off, as practice starts at 9:30 and the finals run shortly there after. Hopefully it will be another awesome day. This contest is the best contest in mountain biking, there is the best vibe, and some of the coolest riding ever. It really proves that mountain biking is the most versatile two wheeled vehicle in the world. None of what is being done out there can be done on a BMX or a moto. This is mountain biking.

Finals base

Finals base

This is where the final's magic will go down

This is where the final's magic will go down

And some of you thought this would be a slope style

And some of you thought this would be a slope style


-Ross Measures

http://www.redbullrampage.com
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74 Comments

  • + 11
 So cool. Wish I was there.
  • + 3
 wow, Vanderham fell in 15th.. what happened!
  • + 0
 I had a feeling the rain would make this event better to ride!
  • + 1
 Where is romaniuk??
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 more like steep syle
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  • + 5
 See Trek, this is what happens you start designing mountain bikes that are meant for more than for XC kids.
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  • + 4
 Thats mad!!! Sick event, red bull did well on bringing it back
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 I had a feeling this was going to be Cam McCaul's year. Watch him win this bad boy outright!!
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 ME DA UMA BIKE E ME LEVA AI QUE O RESTO É COMIGO MESMO !!!!


UHUUUU onde no brasil se encontra umas pistas como essa ???

não nescessariamente assim, mas umas básicas feitas com vontade e calculoas matemáticos... na trilha que eu vou tem poucos saltos... PICTURES DAKI UNS DIAS
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  • + 4
 cant wait to see footage
  • + 7
 second that, but the vid from the bicycle rockers on pinkbike offers more of the atmosphere in utah..
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  • + 0
 was is just me or was everyone riding better when they got rid of the crappy rap music and put some good old lynyrd skynyrd?... nah jus kidding, sweet riding, awesome comp tup
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  • + 2
 yeeeah...good to see bigmountain is back again.. Big Grin
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 im so glad how this is turning out its not slopestyle at all this is real mountain biking, i like the highlighted quote near the end of the article
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 cedric gracia 8...ehehe.....cedric is the best for me Smile
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 "And some of you thought this would be a slope style"

I'm sooo glad big mountain is back, instead of slope style. Back to the roots Big Grin
  • + 5
 Yet the top three guys in qualifying are 2 "slopestyle" riders and a racer. Hopefully this contest will at least shut up the "slopestyle riders aren't real mountain bikers" people. So stoked to see Gee and Dan representing for the UK, and its great to see bearclaw back on form after his injury. Can't wait for finals.
  • + 0
 haha they just cant say shit now. its about time they acknowledge the new talent.
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 damn, was hoping gully, and Kinbad, would advance
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  • + 2
 THis stuff is huge and these guys have so much skill!
Love Rampage '08 Big Grin
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  • + 0
 i would have loved to see that go down, but some pictures of the guys riding would be sweet
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  • + 0
 good to see berrecloth up there! doing some big mountain as he said his favourite style.
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  • + 1
 Guido Tschugg # 17. He is a cool rider!!
  • + 1
 really alittle bit sad that he didn´t make the qualifiying...
  • + 0
 yeah! he is one of the coolest riders! and then he rides with maloja clothing!! look in my album a lot of Guido pics.
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  • - 1
 This shows that its not what it used to be Vanderham just making the cut and Cam Mc Caul leading the pack! props to him though
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  • + 0
 Hmmm I hope they are recording this for viewers like us! I really want to see this play by play!!
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 Red Bull Rampage: The Evolution Highlights

www.pinkbike.com/video/41679
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  • + 2
 Kill it Berrecloth!!
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  • + 1
 jeaah.the final's place it is so sick.:O:O:OO:O:O
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  • - 1
 man utah is freakin beautiful... i wish i coulda been there for that... oh and the scuicide off the drop at the end is stellar!
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  • + 1
 both athertons in the final thats awesome!
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  • + 1
 Has any1 hit the 60ft gap ? and if so is there a video of it
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  • + 0
 hoee shitt the finals was prolly insaneee i wanna see it
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 oops nevermind i thought it said 83...
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  • + 0
 Yeah!!!! Michal Marosi is a best!!!!
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  • + 0
 WHERES ROMO!! aslo none as STEVE ROMANIUK!!!
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 what happend to chris van dine ????
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  • + 0
 Go McCaul! poor hunter.... he is still a badass though!!!
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 where is romo?????????? i thought this was his deal
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  • - 1
 would love to have the "testi cles" to hit half of that track ....gettin old dont come easy man .
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  • + 0
 Vanderham will show his stuff and take it
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  • + 0
 ?? semenuk got a higher score...
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 I got a video up from practice. Check out my vids.
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 What happened to Matt Hunter?
  • + 2
 Matt Hunter hit the step up hip, and on landing his shoulder popped out. Hunter always seems to have the worst contest luck, hopefully his luck with change soon because he's an awesome rider, with one of the best attitudes in the sport. Frown
  • + 3
 Hunter would have made it for the finals for sure! He's such a good rider! I'm missing Ben Boyko and Steve Romanuik, too!
  • + 0
 wheres ben???
  • + 0
 weres boyko in all this and rominuik there my 2 most fav and not in here
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 BIG SHOUT OUT & props to Mike Hopkins for qualifying!
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 Wheres Romo?? i would have thought he'd be there!
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 i agree with the last sentence! slopestyle my arse!! ha!
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  • + 0
 damn...shit luck for matt hunter and kinrade...go cam!!!
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  • + 0
 the rain was probably a good thing, not so damn dusty!
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 Cam it´s the man
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 bearclaw always gets 4th
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  • + 0
 wish I was there..... Frown
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  • - 1
 haha ive got 5 dollars on mcaull getting 4th
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 is Ben Boyko theyre????
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 ow ya and athertons ftw
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