bigquotesI didn't do my second run because it wasn't worth it. We are risking our lives out here. Paul [Bas] got carted off and couldn't feel his legs when they Care Flighted him out. My run was as it was. I mean I could have cleaned it up a hair, I could have done a little bit better but not a lot. It would have been a tiny bit better, maybe fifth, maybe fourth, but they weren't liking what I was doing today, so it wasn't worth risking my life. That heavy of a run, the scariest, gnarliest run I've ever done in my life - to do it again to maybe gain a place or two? It's just not worth it. I've heard Paul is in surgery right now, but he has movement in his legs again, or feeling, I think Bizet is alright, yeah, it's tough. It's tough.
- Cam Zink


Zink at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Sorge took a few extra minutes this morning to borrow an allen key and hand check every single one of his bolts before starting the trip to the top of Rampage mountain.
Sorge took a few extra minutes this morning to borrow an allen key and hand check every single one of his bolts before starting the trip to the top of Rampage mountain.
Cam Zink cutting off a somewhat bothersome bandage before the hike up to the top for round one.
Cam Zink cutting off a somewhat bothersome bandage before the hike up to the top for round one.

Who s got a startlist You got a start list Colin s got a start list. Shoot his start list.
Red Bull Rampage Final s Images.
What we didn t see... and what might have gotten him more than the viewer s choice award Semenuk with a no footed can suicide back flip. He did it in the morning practice session but didn t pull it off during either of his runs.
What we didn t see... and what might have gotten him more than the viewer s choice award Semenuk with a no footed can suicide back flip. He did it in the morning practice session but didn t pull it off during either of his runs.
Brandon the stealth bomber.
What we didn't see...and what might have gotten him more than the Viewer's Choice award. Semenuk with a flip one foot can to tuck no hander. He did it in the morning practice session, but didn't pull it off during either of his runs.
The start of a big day and half an hour of hits of the lower jumps to get in the zone.
Strait.
Lacondeguy.
Lyle.
Sorge.
R-dog.
Norbs.
The Claw and KJ.
Rheeder.
Final fine tune.
The Claw.
Aggy hiking up to the top.
Aggy finding a mental space to work from that is beyond what most people are capable of. There are so many variables to consider on that long march to the top of Mount Rampage.
Antoine Bizet.
Semenuk
Rheeder.
Antoine Bizet and Aggy doing final pre-flight checks before the start of the finals.
Antoine Bizet and Aggy doing final pre-flight checks before the start of the finals.

R Dog bring her home keeping her steazy.
R-Dawg leading it off with a suicide no-hander to get things rolling this morning during round one.
R-dog.
R Dog was throwing down the style.
Ryan Howard was almost more stoked on his run yesterday during qualifying and was stoked to just get a bonus lap in today.
R-dog.
Ryan Howard was almost more stoked on his run yesterday during qualifying and was stoked to just get a bonus lap in today.

bigquotes[Today] was awesome! Yesterday was the hard part; qualifying and I rode way better yesterday than I did today but today it was just for the show, for fun, for me, I just went out there, not too competitive, just trying to do my thing, make it top to bottom my way and missed a few things here and there but nothing crazy. I rode the same line [as yesterday], and like I said I rode better in qualifying than I did today. I was obviously more stressed out yesterday so I had to be on point - today I was stressed but not as stressed.
- Ryan Howard


Brendawg was the only rider to hit the Gopro step down.
Bren-dawg is the new Cedric Gracia World Cup DH rider in the summer Rampage wild card at the end of the season.
Brendawg s double gap required the precision of a DH racer to make. Good thing...
Brendan Fairclough sending over his first of two canyon gaps.
Bren-dawg is the new Cedric Gracia: World Cup DH rider in the summer, Rampage wild card at the end of the season.

pair with Paris shot.
Kelly McGarry doing what he does best and flipping about anything.
Kelly McGarry doing what he does best and flipping just about anything.

bigquotesFelt great, was just fun to rip down the Rampage course and get to the bottom in one piece. I've done the Canyon Gap a couple years in a row - change it up a little bit, you know? Just hang a left instead of a right.
- Kelly McGarry


Remy Metailler at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Remy Metailler suicide no hand off the canyon gap.
Another DH racer with Rampage chops Remi Metailler throwing the suicide no-hander across the canyon gap.
Remy was crushing it today.
Remi Mettailer had the no-hander over the canyon gap dialled.
Remi Mettailer no-hander off the canyon gap.
Another DH racer with Rampage chops: Remi Metailler throwing the suicide no-hander across the canyon gap.

Sam Reynolds at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Reynolds going stratospheric across the canyon gap.
Sam Reynolds with he best trick. Getting fully extended over the canyon.
Sam Renyolds soaring across the Virgin skies like Christopher Reeve.
Sam Reynolds superman over the canyon laying it out and getting himself the best trick award.
Sam Reynolds with the best trick of Rampage Superman over the canyon gap.
Sam Reynolds' superman over the canyon laying it out and getting himself the best trick award.

bigquotesI think coming down the steep bits is terrifying. The big jumps are my favourite thing - I can't believe when they gave me best trick. It's cool that everyone liked it because it's really fun for me. I tried to improve on my second run but had a little crash, a humungous crash in fact, so I would like to put that run down but I'm more than happy with ninth and the Best Trick was the cherry on top of the whole week. Unreal.
- Sam Reynolds



Front flip... check. Massive amplitude... check. Bizet halfway into his mad run.
Antoine Bizet flipping the canyon gap.
Antoine Bizet hands down would have run Red Bull Rampage this year had he landed his double backflip on the lower RZR booter. Frontflip up top canyon gap flip and double flip lower down was absolutely incredible to watch.
Antoine Bizet hands down would have changed the Red Bull Rampage results this year had he landed his double backflip on the lower RZR booter. Frontflip up top, canyon gap flip and double flip lower down was absolutely incredible to watch.

Cam Zink dropping into his terrifyingly big roll in. Cam has won here before and knows how to put down a winning run and gave it all he could.
Cam Zink spinning off his big drop and putting down one hell of a run.
Cam Zink spinning the big drop on his line.
Cam Zink spinning the big drop on his line.

bigquotesFirst run felt pretty much as good as it could have gone, it's never not scary and that top bit is just terrifying. I had a really, really close call the other day in practice so we touched it up and made it better but it's still kind of life or death, stuff doesn't go wrong a little bit, stuff goes really wrong and gets really messed up. Now the top; over cooked that three drop a little bit but still made the hip, tire held up, did the flip to step down. I was able to finish the whole line and the bottom is just the bottom, it's not really a make, it's just a break part of your run, so I just jumped the jumps on the way down. It's not going to add to the score very much because my line funnels in it, almost cleared it, big whoop. But yeah, all the focus is up top, I got a full pull - I might be able to clean it up a hair but that's as good as it gets.
- Cam Zink


Broken dreams for team Chubey.
Broken dreams for team Chubey.

Bas Van Steenbergen s first time at Rampage and you could see just how much fun he was having top to bottom. Nasty big mountain moves to flowy dh tech all in one run.
Steezebergen making blue shapes in the desert.
Bas Van Steenbergen's first time at Rampage and you could see just how much fun he was having top to bottom. Nasty big mountain moves to flowy dh tech all in one run.

Brett Rheeder at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Brett Rheeder s slopetyle influence really brought a lot of different style to Rampage with a trick fueled line.
Rheeder.
Rheeder.
Rheeder getting a bit upside down off a flat lip. No problem.
Brett Rheeder's slopestyle influence really brought a lot of different style to Rampage with a trick fuelled line.

Tricks for kids.
Tricks are for kids too.

Lesson 6 learned at Rampage Don t forget about that banana in your camera bag.
Lesson #6 learned at Rampage: Don't forget about that banana in your camera bag.

The brains of it all Todd Barber. After 10 Rampage events he knows how to make this thing tick.
The brains of it all: Todd Barber. After 10 Rampage events, he knows how to make this thing tick.

Judging something like this is a mental chess game there are so many variables to consider speed fluidity style tricks airtime risk overall impression. Bottom line It s not a job I d want.
Judging something like this is a mental chess game, there are so many variables to consider: speed, fluidity, style, tricks, airtime, risk, overall impression. Bottom line? It's not a job most people want.
Judging something like this is a mental chess game there are so many variables to consider speed fluidity style tricks airtime risk overall impression. Bottom line It s not a job I d want.

Norbs had to reach into his back pocket mid way down to make certain his gal s engagement ring hadn t dropped out somewhere mid rotation on this casual off axis back flip in the top of his run.
Norbs had an engagement ring in his backpocket on his finals run. After finishing he popped the question. She said yes. Congrats man.
Norbs had an engagement ring in his back pocket on his finals run. After finishing he popped the question. She said yes. Congrats man.

bigquotesI decided [to propose] a while ago, I knew our relationship was going that way and I thought that maybe I could do it at Rampage if everything goes well, but I knew there were so many variable to it playing out the way that I thought. It just made me focus even harder on landing that run and putting it all together. [My run went] so well. It's just nice to be down here and healthy, walking away from this. I did everything that I wanted to do, I'm so, so happy!
- Kyle Norbraten


Rheeder and Norbs at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Norbs at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it - K.Norbraten Beyonce
Aggy.
Kelly McGarry.
Semenuk at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Semenuk at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Semenuk rotating in one of the many ways he fitted into his stacked run.
Semenuk greasing the opening drop of his line effortlessly. The fact that he can make a drop like this look so casual is pretty mind blowing.
Semenuk.
Brandon Semenuk dropping in big time.
Brandon Semenuk straight flipping a huge stepdown on the upper portion of the course.
Brandon Semenuk flip can over the RZR booter. His entire run was littered with tricks top to bottom and had an incredible run.
Semenuk one-foot can.
Brandon Semenuk straight flipped a huge step down on the upper portion of the course on his way to 4th place.

bigquotesSuper stoked on my run, the first run went totally to plan, felt dialled everywhere and I was super happy with that. I tried to bump it up on the second run but got a couple things and missed a couple things, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for but I made it down both times and am just happy to be here. Our build crew destroyed it - we got a rad line and it was awesome!
- Brandon Semenuk


Pierre Edouard Ferry blasting over Zion.
Pierre Edward Ferry.
Pierre Edward Ferry placing the icing on his technical masterpice with a casual back flip on the Rzr booter.
Pierre Edward Ferry placing the icing on his technical masterpiece with a casual back flip on the RZR booter.

Logan Bengelli
Logan Benggeli

Tommy G dropping into the gnar. He s come a long ways since winning Crankworx on a hard tail back in 2012 proving himself adept not only at a dirt jump style of comp but capable in a true big mountain comp like Rampage.
Fifth place for the flying Belgian gave him the FMB overall title this afternoon.
Tommy G tamed a big mountain today and took the FMB overall.
Tommy G has come a long ways since winning Crankworx on a hard tail back in 2012, proving himself adept not only at a dirt jump style of comp but capable in a true big mountain comp like Rampage.

Paul Bas dropping into his picturesque berm and his run was looking on fire.
Red Bull Rampage Final s Images.
There was quick response in times of need today. We wish Paul Bass all the best.
One ballsy pilot to land in the dust storm in order to transport Paul Bas off the Rampage site. Everyone from Pinkbike wishes Paul a speedy recovery.
whatever it took to get Paul Basagoitia to the hospital at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Red Bull Rampage Final s Images.
Paul Basagoitia went down hard during round one of what was shaping up to be an amazing finals run for him today. He was air lifted to the hospital in St. George, Utah. The whole team here at Pinkbike are sending him good vibes and look forward to seeing him at the next big comp.

Aggy dropping in with style.
Aggy clicking those bars as far as they will go with his nasty style.
Graham Agassiz at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Aggy with the no-hander off the ridge drop.
Aggy dropping into a run that was six points higher than his qualifying run good enough to place him in the hot seat but a run that would ultimately be only good enough for third place against Andreau and Sorge.
Aggy flipping his way home on the first run. Unfortunately the wind on the leading edge of the incoming storm
Aggy dropped into a run that was six points higher than his qualifying run, good enough to place him in the hot seat, but a run that would ultimately be only good enough for third place against Andreu and Sorge.

bigquotesFirst run went really well, did everything I wanted to do. I got a little too over-excited and I forgot to trick the hip at the end. I was definitely looking forward to my second run but it was too windy. I was pumped on being on the podium at least and stoked that the boys all made it down okay. It was really tough, me and Andreu sitting up there just waiting on the wind and then there would be like twenty second where it would be okay and then it would get windy again. It wasn't a straight headwind it was left to right and super inconsistent. So it was really tough to judge and at the end of the day you have to be smart and I don't feel like ending up in a coma because I got blown on a seventy foot drop. Been there before so I made the smart call and get to go home now, get some hunting in and chill.
- Graham Agassiz


Kurt Sorge and Darren Berrecloth both share this massive start drop which leads into the ridgeline.
Kurt Sorge blasting the hip on his first and only winning Rampage run.
Sorge with a flip no hander on the RZR Jump.
Sorge s second move of his winning run with backflip onto the ridge.
Kurt Sorge stomping his winning Rampage run.

Kyle Strait with a classic Lyle move off the stepdown.
Kyle Strait showing some serious commitment to his line.
Kyle Strait showing some serious commitment to his line.

Andreu Lacondeguy dropping in.
Andreu Lacondeguy dumping out a huge 450 off the ridge line hip flowing the entire run top to bottom with his staple moves and style.
Lacondeguy.
Andreu Lacondeguy dumped out a huge 450 off the ridge line hip, flowing the entire run top to bottom with his staple moves and style.

bigquotesIt was the weirdest thing I have ever dealt with, the whole week, the whole event just went straight to me and Aggy - it's up to you guys. And we are looking down and there's two helis flying around and the whole crowd and the flags are moving and we wanted to step it up so we have to trick the drop. The drop was the main problem because it's at the end of ridge, the biggest thing, flags moving, dirt just - we were like f*ck we want to trick it but we don't think we can trick it and then the guys were like, 'you can wait thirty minutes.' And we were like, 'for sure, we are going to wait then.' And we were waiting and waiting and waiting and it was getting worse and then it gets good so we get to the top and it's bad again and then it's good and then Logan goes and it gets horrible again. And we were like, 'what do you think?' and I've been there, I've rode in the wind here and crashed so I really didn't want to deal with it and I didn't think I could have stepped up my run on the wind and we just kind of called it out. It sucks because there was so much pressure on us, I think it's the format. I don't think it's the right format anymore because it's the same format since 2001 but the riding is a lot different, you know? We were just like, 'this should not be up to us.' It's too windy to ride but we don't want to call the whole thing out, what do we do? We waited and waited and they were like, 'you guys are right now' or 'you guys are running out of time.' It's been such a weird week, like so much non riding stuff in our heads that we are like, Sorge won on his first run, so we are like, 'dude, we did our first run, Sorge won on his first run, that's what counts. It's windy so lets follow the ridge and call it.' Sorge won and I'm so pumped for him! Fest podium! That means we are maybe doing something right, not everything is wrong but there is a little bit that is right, and that is maybe the riding part of it.
- Andreu Lacondeguy




Semenuk and Rdog at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Rheeder takes a contemplative moment before his second run.

Sam Reynold s second run saw a tune-up but he couldn t quite stick the landing after this huge side-winder.
Sam Reynold's second run saw a tune-up but he couldn't quite stick the landing after this huge side-winder.

The Canadian legend clawed his way back to another top 10 Rampage performance on his new ride.
Darren Berrecloth nailing his run and getting himself prequalified for next year after only being able to take one run due to a mechanical at the top of his first.
The Claw only got one run after a first run flat but he made plenty good on it.
the Claw at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Darren Berrecloth, the Canadian legend clawed his way back to another top 10 Rampage performance on his new ride.

bigquotesFirst run right out of the gate I ended up getting a front tire flat, bit of a bummer for sure just because there was no wind on my first run and it would have given me the opportunity to throw down and do what I wanted on the course. The wind in years past has prohibited guys from going and those guys in front of me, they were in the most exposed spots for the wind and mine was a little bit sheltered so I figured that I would be somewhat okay and just kind of pushed through it and I definitely got blown quite a bit but I managed to stay on the bike and get to the bottom of the hill. It wasn't quite what I wanted but at the end of the day I still got a run in and ended up with eight place so I'm super stoked.
- Darren Berrecloth


Kurt Sorge at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Sorge joins the two-timer club alongside sir Kyle Strait.
96.5 reasons to smile.
Red Bull Rampage Final s Images.
The man himself Kurt Sorge.

bigquotesI'm feeling good, just happy to make it down, had a couple of big drops lined up and then after stomping those I just had to put the pieces of the puzzle together and there's a few things that maybe could have gone better but I'm really happy with how it went. I'm stoked to make it down and be able to put down a decent run and hang with all these other guys that are riding so well.
- Kurt Sorge


Holding the highest score of the day and two more riders to go Sorge patiently waited for his two friends Aggy and Andreu to make their decision at the top. After a long wait they both pulled the plug and Sorge took home the run of the day.
Beer in celebration of Kurt Sorge s second Rampage win.
Nelson boys.
Ashes to airtime the bearded warrior stoked with his first Rampage podium.
A pumped Sorge heads to the stage.
Two time winner Kurt Sorge.
Two time winner Kurt Sorge.

Group hug all around.
Yes.
One motley crew of a podium.
 We re the three best friends that anyone can have... Zack Galafanakis
"We're the three best friends that anyone can have..." Zack Galafanakis

Andreu Sorge and Aggy at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Andreu, Sorge and Aggy.
Sorge making it two.
Sorge making it two.

Somewhere in all those bubbles is Kurt Sorge taking his second Rampage win.
Hug-fest... Aggy Sorge and Lacondeguy the three best friends anybody ever had.
Reynolds and crew get in a celebratory photo.
Boris with the selfie.
Sam Renyolds won a pile of cash for best trick and Brandon Semenuk scored himself a Polaris RZR for the peoples choice award.
Sam Reynolds won a pile of cash for best trick, and Brandon Semenuk scored himself a Polaris RZR for the peoples choice award.

FMB overall...
FMB tour champions. Tomas Genon Brett Rheeder Nicoli Rogatkin
FMB tour champions. Tomas Genon, Brett Rheeder, Nicholi Rogatkin

Two time winner Kyle Strait putting his mark along with all the other past Rampage winners on the board.
Past winners circle.
the 10 years of winners of Rampage at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
All the past winners of the Red Bull Rampage Andreu Lacondeguy Branden Semenuk Kurt Sorge Kyle Strait Cam Zink Cedric Gracia Tyler Klassen and Wade Simmons.
10 editions of great. Lacondeguy Semenuk Sorge Strait Zink Gracia Klassen and Simmonds.
10 years of great - all the past winners of the Red Bull Rampage: Andreu Lacondeguy, Brandon Semenuk, Kurt Sorge, Kyle Strait, Cam Zink, Cedric Gracia, Tyler Klassen, and Wade Simmons.

Antoine Bizet broke his arm attempting to double backflip at RedBull Rampage 2015 Virgin Utah USA
Antoine Bizet broke his arm attempting to double backflip.

Some things are more important than second runs at Rampage.
Some things are more important than second runs at Rampage.
No words are necessary for anyone who s a parent.

Carson Storch
Carson Storch got a Red Bull contract out of the week.

True savage Andreu was so close to reeling in a double win two years in a row.
A true savage, Andreu was so close to reeling in a double win two years in a row.

Nico Vink made his way back to finals with only a slight broken ankle after his massive crash yesterday in qualifications. He s in good spirits and will be back in action soon.
Nico Vink made his way back to finals with only a slight broken ankle after his massive crash yesterday in qualifications. He's in good spirits and will be back in action soon.

Red Bull Rampage Final s Images.
Red Bull Rampage Final s Images.


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  • + 210
 Zinks line was so under rated by the judges and he knows it.
  • + 87
 It's embarrassing that he got 6th place with that line choice. It was, hands down, the most terrifying and death defying line of the event.
  • + 34
 It's a shame that the judges don't seem to reward riding the crazy untouched lines, Zinks to section was wild. Next year everyone will just be building a groomed fest series style track top to bottom.
  • + 25
 He said it was the scareist gnarlyest run of his life, and madd a comment about the judges, i want to know what he thinks without a filter
  • + 9
 Think going early hurt him. If he was last it would have scored in mid 90s likely. Loved his line though, really steep, lots of rough natural terrain. At least he made it down safe!
  • + 38
 Zink 2015 = Norbs 2012
  • + 6
 100% agree
  • + 5
 Not going to lie, I peaked at the current standings (after run one) before watching anything. And when I saw sore was ahead and I saw the runs before him I thought "my god, he must double back flip the canyon gap. Or 3 it or something"

Then when I saw it I just thought "the f*ck is this???"
  • + 13
 These pics show that every athlete that rode this event is a winner. Healing vibes sent out to all the riders that crashed.
  • + 24
 That picture of him and his daughter with the quote "Some things are more important than second runs at Rampage". Goes to show that he's not just a rider anymore, he's a rider and a father/husband/rider he's got other priorities. Judging competitions like this are never going to be completely fair. Surviving rampage is the win. Congrats to all you crazy bastards
  • + 5
 Cedric Gracia is posing like always in action what a legend, I was glad to see Brendan Fairclough doing a back flip, Sam Reynolds did a superman and side winder, and the wind did it again Smile Smile was cool event and got surprised Sorge ended up first all my fillings to Zink, and few others that didn't make it... was a trill to not see Niko Vink poor luck and this guy is huge !!
  • + 5
 Yeah man. It was. Everybody mentioning "semenuk this semenuk that"... Ok, he had a great run for sure but can't people see that this is not joyride?

What the judges were doing during Zink's run? Playing angry birds? Are they blind?

Affff.....
  • + 3
 thats the thing we're mainly pissed about, if they want epic gnar and huge tricks, Zink wins, if this is a FMB series event (oh wait... it is) then Semenuk should have won.
  • - 6
flag sessionman123abc (Oct 17, 2015 at 15:02) (Below Threshold)
 #CHUBEYGOTROBBED
  • + 6
 Zink was the gnarliest !!! thats all. Judging was BS.
  • - 3
 The judging is really lame. They all share their scores and take bets on who will win. Both of Semenuk's runs should have been rated higher. Tail whips are overated especially 3 times in the same run.
  • + 4
 Man I'm so dissapointed that Paul crashed, his line was shaping out to be gnarly!
  • + 2
 Also which him healing vibes cause he still hasn't regained feeling in his legs. Some people where spreading false rumors
  • + 2
 In Zincs words, mostly in reference to Paul's broken vertabre, #f*ckrampage
  • + 3
 Imagine Zink run is just 2 points more than the Claw's, doesn't make sense
  • + 1
 If the judges were looking for a run filled with slopestyle tricks, then Semenuk and Genon would take 1st and 2nd. But as we saw, they gave priority to big mountain runs. So, how could Cam Zink be behind Semenuk and Genon? His line was probably gnarlier than Lacondeguy/Aggy and Sorge lines.

As christian people say.... "God acts in mysterious ways"... go figure!!!

Whatever... what really matters now is the health of Paul Bas....

I really hope he gets better and heal fast!!!
  • + 1
 Sorge killed it, not sure what you guys were watching during his run.
  • + 3
 I was watching Sorge's run for sure. I am not part of this big semenuk ball sucking group! I mean, I like watching him riding and stuff, but I am not blind either! Joyride is amazing, but we are discussing Rampage, so....
  • + 2
 With the way everyone is gunning at Redbull I doubt there will be a Rampage next year.
  • + 123
 Sick coverage once again PB!!
  • + 17
 I thought they would get a sicker shot of Reynolds doing the superman. A shot from the side would be epic! Also really wish Bizet would land the double, his score would definitely be near 100.
  • + 24
 I couldn't agree more with what Andreu said. Rampage needs to change its format. To make Rampage fair, less dangerous and stressfull for the riders, a different approach to inequality with line choices needs to be found, the struggle with weather has to be solved and the judging needs to be revolutionized.
  • + 1
 More than likely the judges would have given him an 85 or something as he was one of the first to drop in and other reasons
  • + 26
 It's gotten too dangerous. I know it's ultimately up to these guys and they know what they are doing. Huge respect. With that said, Lacondeguy's comment really puts the pressure into perspective. I mean, you are up there, the wind is howling and you feel in your gut you shouldn't be riding bikes. Yet there are TV cameras on you and you know the whole world is waiting for you to drop in. Tremendous pressure. I don't want to see dudes getting seriously hurt anymore. This contest has the potential to really devastate the mtb world. Just watching it is slightly uncomfortable for me because I don't want anyone to die. I know that sounds dramatic but seriously, rethinking the format may be a very, very good idea.
  • + 10
 @ridethree weeklong weather windows like surf comps could let everyone take their time in perfect conditions.
  • + 6
 I like that idea. The live feed is always choppy anyways, just do the updates like they usually do, photos and video clips and then an edited presentation at the end of the week.
  • + 1
 They probably need a "fest series" format, where the riders decide when they are doing their run and set up the juges accordingly. You get all the media around to capture enough to get a show anyway and the judging can be done at once. Something like that
  • + 0
 Judges are well, so they will win bigger jumps and not the tricks.
  • + 6
 Have been talking about this at work since Wednesday, that format has gotten stale and unfit for the event. We all know the wind is coming later in the day, we know they can't ride in the wind, we know several riders will skip their second runs because of this. Time to go to a more surf style format.
  • + 5
 How about the score is based on a combined total from three equally weighted sources: 1) traditional judges. 2) a group of peers (riders who are injured, did not qualify, etc) and 3) twitter or whatever system they use for american idol or whatever. This puts checks and balances in place. As far as the weather is concerned, I have no idea how to go about that. Also, as unpopular as this opinion may be, think about how difficult it is to judge a contest like this. Comparing a scorcher of a balls-out race lap from Remy to Zink's absolute technical monster of a run, to Semenuk's dialed-in trick run... then there's the "Fest style" runs from Aggy, Sorge, and Lacondeguy (obviously a well-scored route down the mountain), by the end of the event, my head was spinning. I liked Zink and Semenuk's run the best, Aggy, Sorge and Lacondeguy would be sharing the second step, and about nine guys would be sharing the third step. With very few exceptions, pretty much every rider out there laid it all on the line and made runs they should be incredibly proud of.
  • + 1
 My idea for format goes as....
1- 5 day/5builder build stage.
2- 3 day window to ride/dial line
3- At any point during the 3 day ride/dial period rider can announce, before dropping, that they intend the run to be their scoring run. Once intention is announced, rider is stuck with result.
4- At the end of contest all runs scored by judges and riders, score averaged, winner announced.
5- I could just be an idiot and this is a terrible idea.
  • + 97
 Poor Poor Semenuk, Daylight robbery. Frown
  • + 26
 "the utah job - from judge to grudge"
  • + 14
 Pinkbike, you have to make a comments of the week or comments of the month article. Some of these comments are gold ^
  • - 25
flag torero (Oct 17, 2015 at 3:13) (Below Threshold)
 Shut up and go to go see Sorge run again.
  • + 12
 +torero. Obviously Sorge has to be given props, his riding was silky smooth. However, Semenuk had major steeze and his manoeuvres were at a much greater risk only thing lacking a bit was the speed.
  • + 18
 I actually preferred Lacondeguys run over Semenuk's - massive amplitude, really fast and flowing and a ton of style.
  • + 13
 If Semenuk win this, everyone will say this is a slopestyle competition. And Rheeder and Rogatkin going to 720 some feature next year.
  • + 14
 When I watched a replay of Sorges run I though it was far more impressive than I had originally thought, but Semenuk's was still better.
  • + 15
 Gotta agree with Lecondeguy. A Jam format would be so much better. If riders had a whole day to set a score, no waiting out the elements, less pressure Also I thought the same for Sorge, watching the helmet cam footage I could see there was no let up in his line. Hit after hit after hit all stomped!
  • + 10
 I wonder how the judges are feeling today... After all they did just get close to 20 hours of verbal A$$ raping.
  • + 1
 He won the RZR for people's choice... that is pretty dope!
  • - 25
flag jclnv (Oct 17, 2015 at 9:43) (Below Threshold)
 Lacondeguy only has half the style of Semenuk because he's a midget and doesn't have the leg length to move his body around the bike. He's just static and bounces around on 200mm travel with his bars at chest height. Looks like a right goon.
  • + 0
 The drops of Semenuk were much smaller.
  • + 7
 Those RZR's are sick, worth at least 15 grand, and Brandon already enjoys rally driving.
  • - 2
 I mean, he probably already has three of them, so the reward was kind of misplaced, IMO. Not to say he didn't have a great run worthy of winning people's choice.
  • + 32
 Any more updates on Paul Bas ?
  • + 9
 And T Mccaul?
  • + 3
 There was a Tmac update on Vital from Cam on the daily diary thing.
  • + 6
 McCaul posted on instagram saying he's fine. Dunno about Base last thing I read said he was going for surgery.
  • + 6
 Bas (stupid auto correct)
  • + 11
 Other than Zinks comments in this article about Bas, there seems to be little info about it. I'm a little disappointed at what seems like greater concern in these comments for people's runs / scores and the "great coverage" vs Paul Bas' crash and potential serious injury.
  • + 7
 From Facebook - apparently he crushed his L7 vertebrae and had a 10 hour surgery. Let's all hope that he will be well soon again!
  • + 14
 Paul Bas' sister on Facebook "After an intense surgery my brother Paul Basagoitia is in ICU. Please pray for him and a speedy recovery. He's awake now and things are looking up.. He's a fighter and I'm confident that he will overcome this obsticle in his life like the champ that he is."
  • + 5
 wow, healing vibes to all Basagoitia family. For the past few years I always suffer this strange paradox whilst watching the stream of wanting to see the most gnarly shit live but a slight sense of trepidation that these guys are pushing them self's under terms that are less than ideal. Then again maybe I'm just getting old?
  • + 1
 @gcs325i you put it exactly how I feel, but I'm definitely getting old... Wink
  • + 24
 Not sure everyone was able to watch on the webcast but that life flight pilot deserves as much props as all the riders! He definitely risked his life getting to Paul Bas in those conditions. Everyone in the crowd was all "no way he's going to be able to land in that tight spot in all the dust". No way he could see anything and that sand had to destroy the chopper, such a boss
  • + 15
 It's tough, every time I re-watch the runs and scroll these photos I kind of change my mind on who should have won. Zink's run was massive, and way under rated. Sorge's run was big too. I think it's clear that the judges like you to go big and tricks don't factor as much as some spectators (or riders) would like. Ultimately I don't care. I say it every year but each one of these guys wins just for competing in this madness.
  • + 19
 Positive vibes and thoughts for Paul Bas.
  • + 18
 Can we please get some updates on Paul?
  • + 12
 Things could be pretty serious and I'm sure Pinkbike is just respecting his privacy until everything is sunny side up.
  • + 4
 Paul Bas' sister on Facebook "After an intense surgery my brother Paul Basagoitia is in ICU. Please pray for him and a speedy recovery. He's awake now and things are looking up.. He's a fighter and I'm confident that he will overcome this obsticle in his life like the champ that he is."
  • + 1
 Wow he must've gone down really hard, video didn't do it justice.
  • + 3
 Zinks instagram says shattered T12 and 9 hours in surgery. Thoughts go to him and his loved ones..
  • + 16
 "Some things are more important than a second run" Thats the damn truth.
  • + 8
 3 things to improve next year, all goes to #RedBullRampage and #RedBullTV : judging (I know it's getting harder every year but please sort it out; maybe it's time to change the formula; transparent scores of every judge shown to the public/viewers points for style, speed and so on), broadcast direction/vision switching (it was really lame this year), commentary (I know it has improved, props for Cam, but the second guy had no clue, and I know he was there for those that don't get this sport, and for keeping it all together, but really this was just false assumption of some broadcast hotshot, the second commentator should also be from the mtb universumWink )
  • + 30
 I agree on your first two arguments, but the commentary was very good this year. Cam did an awesome job as the expert commentator, he nailed it and the other guy was pretty good too. He talked like a normal person would do and he didn't shouted his 5 standard phrases every time, so I really enjoyed the commentary this year.
  • + 14
 I really liked Cam doing the commentary. He was the right mix of down to earth, but also professional. I think he may have a bright future in sports media whether it be tv, films, writing, a lot of good routes for him to take. I thought the other guy was pretty good as well. You have to keep in mind these guys are talking for HOURS so that becomes a real challenge to stay fresh and interesting.
  • + 10
 I'm a big fan of that long steep chute into a corner that Kyle Strait was doing in his run. Love watching the big jumps, but they're to "flowy" now. Keep it raw.
  • + 2
 Rampage should be raw, some guys are building a bike park there
  • + 11
 What's the news on Paul Bas?
  • + 10
 Sorge not using torque wrench!
Doesn't this void the warranty? Smile
  • + 1
 doesn't matter when u get free shit bro
  • + 10
 The Riding & Event Coverage was dope ... the judges were on crack
  • + 6
 This has gone too far...I hope I'm wrong but someone dying or getting permanently paralyzed on rampage is only a matter of time. There's pushing the limits and there's defying death for fame and fortune. Sure, freak accidents happen, like the sad death in Colorado during the ews but tempting God (or fate if u don't believe in God) is another thing completely different. Our sport has too many other exciting and beautiful facets for us to focus on seeing someone get mauled in the name of recognition.
  • - 3
 The Tour De France was made for people like you.
  • + 3
 While nobody is being forced to take the risks associated with rampage, we should look at what we as a community are asking these riders to do. There are literally hundreds of comments on this site nitpicking each rider's lines, when every line ridden was quite risky in the grand scheme of things. I have always thought the mountains were about risk vs reward, and that principle seems to have been lost with this event.
  • + 3
 Had this posted in another section but after Zinks comments seems more fitting here:

I mean no disrespect to any of these riders, as they are doing incredible things on bikes, but are we pushing the limits too far with the evolution of Rampage? As much as I loved seeing this event and the brilliance of the riders, I was bloody terrified the whole time that someone would be SERIOUSLY hurt at the jumps and the lines these guys were taking. Every year the lines get bigger and bigger and with that, worse and more injuries. I really do think if its continues in this way someone is going to get killed. I've been watching "extreme" sports most of my life and it's hard to recall a mass event that is this insane. I know they are "professionals"," they know what they sign up for etc", but it seems like when they ask the riders what they want to accomplish from their runs they almost all say "make it down alive, in one piece etc". Is this event just too much??? I was showing some of the pics to co-workers who do not bike and they thought the pics were Photoshopped. "Yeah right, no one would jump/go down that". Is the "cost" not worth the "payout"?? Just my 2 cents worth.............Many prayers and positive thoughts to you Paul P. You are in the thoughts of many, heal soon,
  • + 5
 I just found myself screaming in front of my computer with semenuk, zink and lacondeguy runs. With sorge run I was like: Ok... There's something terribly wrong when a "monster trucked" jump worth more than a perfect landed cork 360.
  • + 7
 Semenuks run was abit too slopestyle like IMO, lacondeguys, zinks and sorges runs were all gnarlier with huge tricks thrown in for good measure.
  • + 1
 Agreed!
  • + 4
 Never need that long to scroll down to the coments! ^^
Top pictures! And a real (un)real redbull rampage 2015!
Even when the judging was strange and #semenukgotrobbed
Wished redbull would show at least a bit of that "behind the Action" spirit that is shown here in the livestream!
Helicopter Panorama shots all the way is mucho boring.
  • + 5
 Absolutely outstanding pictures. Sam Reynolds Superman wow !!, if he'd pulled that Sidewinder thing off he'd have been top 3 no doubt, but it's all, if's,but's and maybes. Massive respect to all the competitors.
  • + 7
 Sorge starting to look like Simmons there.
  • + 8
 Paul Bas!?
  • + 2
 Awesome job with the coverage pinkbike. I love the photo epics ..whether it's rampage, wc, or whatever. As for the judging.. You guys have to realize that these are humans judging other humans. Every judge is going to have bias about lines, tricks, style, and the riders. At the end of the day, it is what it is.
  • + 3
 Photos are even better then videos ! you can really see the monster size stuff they are hitting ! but if they keep judging like this I think is not good for the sport ! anyway ! PinkBike #1 best recap so far ! ! Smile
  • + 2
 Maybe I am wrong but it seems like Rampage as an event would be a decent fit for the Fest series. I am not sure how much the FMB has invested in this tour stop but it seems like Red Bull might want to look at that option. A Fest series environment would mean less pressure, no need to get winded out, and rider judging that could serve to solve some of the problems being brought up. Andreu alluded to this idea somewhat when he was talking about the contest, hopefully the Fest boys can make a run at it.
  • + 1
 I agree, maybe more of a jam session, not judged.
  • + 2
 Outta curiosity you guys think it's worth having rampage if there is this much negatively. Riders overall weren't happy, shitty judging, lots of riders injured or paralyzed, and so much beef over building lines. Just my opinion cause I see everyone's complaining on pb
  • + 4
 Mr. Barber, i believe u have a little something on your chin. Might wanna get that. Oh and your judges blew it.
  • + 5
 Stoked to see Carson get some love from red bull. Good for him
  • + 4
 Full respect to the riders. Each and every one of them. Full disrespect to the judges. That was disgraceful.
  • + 2
 Killer coverage. As much as everyone loves to bitch and moan and complain and second guess... me included. Bad ass event. Mad props to all involved. My favorite event of the year.
  • + 4
 I would not want to be a judge at this event. It's the only job more difficult than getting from top to bottom unscathed.
  • + 4
 There's a serious arms race going on at Rampage. The number of big tricks that came out this year was crazy
  • + 5
 Andreu and semenuk are next level, both got robbed
  • + 4
 Is it just me or does Kurt Sorge look a lot like a jung Chuck Norris?
  • + 2
 The commentary was great! Well done on that front. Judging is what it is, riding was unbelievable, headcam footage coming out is incredible.
  • + 4
 Holy blast from the past: Tyler Klassen! What has he been doing?
  • + 2
 My thought exactly, very cool to see him on the winners podium for 10 yo rampage
  • + 1
 Sounds like he has been riding his bike a bit Wink
  • + 2
 Great commentating by Cam McCaul it was nice to listen to a guy who knew some personal things about the riders and talked the talk.
  • + 1
 * commentary
  • + 3
 Antoine Bizet had the craziest run out there.. Very unfortunate crash but props for going up a level.
  • + 1
 Sorry but this year it went a bit outta control. tom van steezbergen and nicholai "man of steel" rogaktin in the qualis and training, Paul bas and antoine bizet in the finals? what we gonna see next year? dead freeride pros?
  • + 0
 Some folks have mentioned an all day Jam format. So everyone gets 2 runs but can take them anytime they are comfortable?
This sounds good to me, but, we have one huge problem.
It would be lousy to watch live, no one is going to spend 16 hours hanging out and watching a run here and there. If it were edited and then packaged for viewing at a later date that would be fine, but live viewing would suffer.
Also you may still get the same issue of weather being okay early on and harsh/unridable after a few hours. Having an entire day or even week to take your run may still not suffice.
  • + 4
 Brendog the new Cedric Garcia haha,Love It!!
  • + 3
 Rampage is more about going big than having a big bag of tricks...go big with tricks will get you top spot
  • + 3
 Insert #_____GOTROBBED here
  • + 3
 A well organised heist. Poor semenuk
  • + 3
 Awesome photos. But scores were a joke.
  • + 2
 In an event as huge as Rampage, it seems so ridiculous to select judges who get it so wrong...
  • + 3
 It's been said trillions of times after Football Worldcups
  • + 4
 So new zone next year?
  • + 1
 It's great to see them all happy ! xD But after reading Zink and other comments it change my point of view even more, RAMPAGE is so SICK.
  • + 1
 I knew about medic's chopper landing in LIVE, there was a cloud of dust behind the commentators stage right after the crash, but it wasn't showed.
  • + 1
 The only way to judge it fairly would be to have all the riders use the same line .. but then it would be s@#t
  • + 2
 Props to storch! Didn't see that coming!
  • + 3
 What a recap! cheers PB
  • + 2
 Amazing photos that show you all you missed when watching the video.
  • + 2
 Biggest disappointment of the rampage?
  • + 2
 Relieved to see Aggy growing that mane again.
  • + 1
 that's what I'm sayin
  • + 2
 Rdogs beard is just as beautiful as his flat spins.
  • + 3
 Andreuuuuuuu!!!
  • + 1
 Just like NWD which also was born of red sand... Rampage should pull the plug at 10
  • + 1
 Too many great pictures for my desktop.
  • + 1
 Undoubtedly , the best pictures !
  • + 1
 Did anyone else read Andreu Lacondeguys bit of the article in his voice?
  • + 1
 Aggy be like: hunting and chill?
  • + 1
 Rockstar redbull and monster con the podium
  • + 1
 Bizet so much bad luck....It´s enough to make you cry
  • + 1
 I was afraid to even dream of coverage that good.
  • + 1
 How did Cam Zinks tire stay on???
  • + 1
 Still think the old schoolers were gnarlier
  • + 1
 Any update on Paul Basagoitia?
  • + 1
 PB stop posting too nice pix )
  • + 1
 How about those Red Bull girls!!! Damn Wink
  • + 0
 woohoo kurt awesoooommmeee...and polygon will be more famous...
  • + 1
 #redbullforbas
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