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 trick...keeping the dust down for our daily drive.
Morning feed for the cows as you enter the gates to head towards the venue.
Gulevich staying loose before the morning's rider meeting.
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.
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.
Brendan Howey blasting on ridge one.
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.
Darren dropping out of the upper bowl and into the gulley.
Claw going airborne. Claw's line was rowdy and filled with massive exposure.
Pierre Ferry was shredding hard, had his line down perfectly it just wasn't quite enough.
Rheeder having a few pre-descent words...
Rheeder's foot and tire prints mark his trajectory for a terrifying ridge top bar spin
Rheeder repeating his line on run 2 this time without a crash to start things out.
Ramon Hunzinker - Oakley Icon Sender
Soderstrom gettin into the zone.
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 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.
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 slightly over rotated back flip.
Landing gear deployed.
It's not enough as the bar was ripped from his hands.
Nico Vink shredded hard this year in the finals.
White owning the big wooden structure at Rampage - not too many others were able to elicit as much style from the Oakley sender.
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 leaving his mark.
Norbs has been in the zone and completely impressive all week.
An unusually pensive Kyle Norbraten before his second run.
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.
Vertigo from Kyle Straight's flight control centre
Kyle Strait droppin in.
Strait got rowdy today. The big man threw down a sick big mountain line and wound up in 9th place.
Vanderham throwing down.
Vanderham sent this stepdown to step up bigger than anyone.
Cam McCaul going huge.
McCaul cleans the canyon gap.
2012 Rampage best trick by Cam McCaul foot step down.
Doerfling killed it right down the guts today.
Judges scorecards were swiftly tabulated as the runs came in and then texted over to the the event organizers.
Casey went to bat but went down swinging.
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).
Cam Zink's dog, Zader, bummed.
Wil White with Dad...party in the front and the back!
The world wants to watch and the production caliber is next level...
Photo maestro anticipating what moves the afternoon holds.
The crowds were just as pumped to be there as the big names that were riding.
Wranglers and a nice tuck, yep we are in cowboy country.
Spectators at Red Bull Rampage.
The most notable of all nosebleed sections.
T-mac full bore.
Tyler had insanely fast runs and was on top of it the whole way down.
Lacondeguy pushes up.
Lacondeguy had plenty of style throughout his run it just wasn t technical enough.
More sender action with the flying Spaniard.
Riding for KHS Logan Binggeli.
Sending the big wheels turning. Logan Binggeli stepping down to the quarter pipe.
Logan went out strong all day never hesitating on anything.
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 and second place.
Bizet might have been the surprise winner of the entire day.
Antoine Bizet dragging smoke down the hill.
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.
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.
A little hip action for Sorge too.
Dropping the Oakley Sender .
Sorge midway through his winning run.
Huge backflip - spot on.
Media circus at the podium.
Kurt Sorge celebrates his win at Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah on 7 October, 2012.
Bubbly for the winner...
Cam McCaul, best trick at 2012 Redbull Rampage
Brandon Semenuk - 2012 FMB tour overall champion.
Post Rampage everyone starting to gather at the local watering hole.