Finals Photo Epic: ALL IN - Red Bull Rampage 2019

Oct 26, 2019
by Sarah Moore  



It was cold, windy, and dark when riders arrived at the venue this morning for practice. There was palpable tension in the air at the rider's meeting as many competing felt that the morning's weather prevented them from getting a final practice window in. Despite the live broadcast demands and the spectators already lining the hillside, the organizers decided to put rider safety first and delayed finals by an hour. As soon as the sun came up, the wind died down and conditions were perfect as Cam Zink dropped in.

Unfortunately, neither the veteran nor the newcomer Bienvenido Aguado Alba who started second were able to ride down the mountain without crashing, but luckily both walked away from their crashes and made it back to the top for their second runs. Carson Storch was the first rider to complete a full top to bottom run, and his run was followed by solid runs from Emil Johannson, Graham Agassiz, Reed Boggs, and Vinny T.

Then, the seventh rider of the day, Brandon Semenuk, scored a 92.33 with a massive run that included a backflip into his lilypad feature. The score held, not just for the remainder of the first run, but for the entire day. Semenuk becomes the second rider to win the event three times, while Brett Rheeder finished second with a 91 on his second run and Tom van Steenbergen finished third after scoring 89.66 on his first run.


The morning air was cold as the first rays of light touched the mountains.
The morning air was cold as the first rays of light touched the mountains.

Aggy chills before the big show.
Aggy chills before the big show.

Carson Storch had what looked like a podium run on tap during practice. Sadly bad luck would spoil his day.
Carson Storch had what looked like a podium run on tap during practice. Sadly bad luck would spoil his day.

Reed Boggs looking forward to a day of huge moves on the mountain.
Reed Boggs looking forward to a day of huge moves on the mountain.

Emil Johansson awaits his first ever Rampage.
Emil Johansson awaits his first-ever Rampage.

Cool calm and Collected. Brandon Semenuk was focused on the win this morning.
Cool, calm, and collected. Brandon Semenuk was focused on the win this morning.

Kurt Sorge and builder Alex Volokhov on the long and nervous hike to the top with the chopper already hanging overhead.
Kurt Sorge and builder Alex Volokhov on the long and nervous hike to the top with the chopper already hanging overhead.

There s no elevator to the top just determination.
There's no elevator to the top, just determination.

Cam Zink had a rough day at the office today crashing out in both his runs.
Cam Zink had a rough day at the office today, crashing out in both his runs.

Reed Boggs Suicides off his freshly built drop. Boggs took 11th today.
Reed Boggs suicides off his freshly built drop. Boggs took 11th today.

Brandon Semenuk threw down a text book first run. When the dust had settled no one could best his 92.33
Brandon Semenuk threw down a textbook first run. When the dust had settled, no one could best his 92.33

Kyle Strait sends a massive Suicide near the top of his run. Kyle was on a scorcher of a second run when he crashed on the final step up. Strait would finish ninth.
Kyle Strait sends a massive suicide near the top of his run. Kyle was on a scorcher of a second run when he crashed on the final step up. Strait would finish ninth.

Brett Rheeder on his way to second place on his second run.
Brett Rheeder on his way to second place on his second run.

Tommy G on his way to fourteenth place.
Tommy G on his way to 14th place.

Second place for Brett Rheeder and best trick.
Second place for Brett Rheeder and best trick.

Carson Storch didn t have the best of luck today. A flat on the landing of his last huge drop ruined his chances of moving above eighth place.
Carson Storch didn't have the best of luck today. A flat on the landing of his last huge drop ruined his chances of moving above eighth place.

Brendog backflips his canyon gap on his way to fourth place.
Brendog backflips his canyon gap on his way to fourth place.


bigquotesI blew everything on the first run. I didn't want to flip over that canyon again. I crashed on it this morning, hurt myself a bit and really scary. One and done's enough. That second run was for Jordie. Digging all week, 30 push-ups, I didn't want to drop the rock, probably would have gone off the next berm. That was for Jord. As well as a sick freerider he was also a racer back in the day so some huge mutual respect for him. That run was for him.Brendan Fairclough


Emil Johansson took 12th at his first rampage.
Emil Johansson took 12th at his first Rampage.

Vinny T was riding fast and loose today. He took 10th place and most stylish rider.
Vinny T was riding fast and loose today. He took 10th place and most stylish rider.

Andreu was moving so fast that his signature Superman was not an option on this gap.
Andreu was moving so fast that his signature Superman was not an option on this gap.

Kyle Strait brings it home on a scorcher run but disaster struck moments later.
Kyle Strait brings it home on a scorcher run, but disaster struck moments later.

Andreau hit the deck hard in a hectic first run. His second run was none the less energetic and unfortunately ended his hopes of a win.
Andreu hit the deck hard in a hectic first run. His second run was none the less energetic and unfortunately ended his hopes of a win.

A landscape that will take far more than 14 Rampages to get old
A landscape that will take far more than 14 Rampages to get old

Agassiz like a phoenix from the ashes.
Agassiz like a phoenix from the ashes.

The grand master begins his master-class.
The grandmaster begins his master-class.

Brandon manualling out of the shadow onto his boulder lilly pad.
Brandon manualling out of the shadow onto his boulder lilly pad.

A fine debut performance from North Van local Reece Wallace.
A solid performance from North Vancouver local, Reece Wallace.

The people s champ Brendan Fairclaw ready to drop.
The people's champ, Brendan 'Fairclaw' ready to drop.

Augmented features augmented steeze and Fairclough was right back in the mix for 2019.
Augmented features, augmented steeze and Fairclough was right back in the mix for 2019.

No cigar this year for Sorge who started strong but ended his Rampage hopes front wheel casing after a tuck-no-hander yards from the finish corral.
No cigar this year for Sorge, who started strong but ended his Rampage hopes front wheel casing after a tuck-no-hander yards from the finish corral.

Tommy G spinning into the start of his run.
Tommy G spinning into the start of his run.

Tom Van Steenbergen kicking things off with a front flip en route to his career best performance.
Tom van Steenbergen kicking things off with a front flip en route to his career best performance.

First time perfection for the Utah local.
First-time perfection for the Utah local.

Andreu sandstorming his way into the upper steeps of his first run.
Andreu sandstorming his way into the upper steeps of his first run.

Carson had an incredible run but ended abruptly when his tire bead blew off.
Carson had an incredible run, but ended abruptly when his tire bead blew off.

TVS flipping his way into third place.
TVS flipping his way into third place.

T-Mac the price is right.
T-Mac, the price is right.

Ethan scoping out his flat drop flip lip.
Ethan scoping out his flat drop flip lip.

Rampage first timer Emil nose-bonking a small rock.
Rampage first-timer Emil nose-bonking a small rock.

DJ on his chute. There is no way to capture how gnarly this is on camera.
DJ on his chute. There is no way to capture how gnarly this is on camera.

Andreu had a great run that was full of crazy lines. Here he is flipping his way down .
Andreu had a great run that was full of crazy lines. Here he is flipping his way down.

What a great performance and attitude from Reece Wallace leaving it all out on the hill for run 2.
What a great performance and attitude from Reece Wallace, leaving it all out on the hill for run 2.

Kyle Strait came out swinging on his second run determined not to play it safe like the sticker on his top tube. Unfortunately a perfect looking backflip suicide went south and put an end to his 14th Rampage.
Kyle Strait came out swinging on his second run, determined not to play it safe like the sticker on his top tube. Unfortunately, a perfect-looking backflip suicide went south and put an end to his 14th Rampage.

The 2018 champ dropping into the contest after a frustrating wind affected morning practice session.
The 2018 champ dropping into the contest after a frustrating, wind affected morning practice session.

T-Mac on his triple dipper feature.
T-Mac on his triple dipper feature.

Rheeder spinning down into the finish area in front of the huge Rampage crowds.
Rheeder spinning down into the finish area in front of the huge Rampage crowds.

Carson Storch had the 360 down off the Republican on his first run but the slightest of mistakes took his rear tyre off the rim the second time around.
Carson Storch had the 360 down off the Republican on his first run but the slightest of mistakes took his rear tyre off the rim the second time around.

Carson starting his run off strong.
Carson starting his run off strong.

Cam Zink was one of only two people to flip the Price is Right drop.
Cam Zink was one of only two people to flip the Price is Right drop.

The trick that one Rheeder best trick.
The trick that won Rheeder best trick.

Victory lap for Semenuk.
Victory lap for Semenuk.

Szymon big 360.
Szymon, big 360.

Rheeder doing it for the crowd.
Rheeder doing it for the crowd.

Brendog conquering dwayne johnson.
Brendog conquering Dwayne Johnson.

Vinny T flipping.
Vinny T flipping.

Bienve with a frontflip out of the gate.
Bienve with a frontflip out of the gate.

Semenuk putting the icing on the cake for Rampage 2019 on his victory lap.
Semenuk putting the icing on the cake for Rampage 2019 on his victory lap.

Tyler winning the McGazza spirit award. Well deserved.
Tyler winning the McGazza Spirit Award.

The best digger award
The best digger award went to second-place finisher Brett Rheeder's build team.


bigquotesWe help him as much as he wants us to help. We're just here to support him the best way we can. If there's something he's not sure about and he wants us to weigh in with our expertise we tell him what we think from all the experiences we've had and it seems to be working.Matt Macduff, Brett Rheeder's Build Team

bigquotesIt's cool to come back to a line that you kind of know and just grow off of it. Brett had a couple ideas on the mountain he would expand and go. I was just coming with enthusiasm and excitement just to be back here and shape it up once again. Motivated for anything. Best days of our lives. I'm kind of sad to go back to reality after this.Ben Byers, Brett Rheeder's Build Team


Other than the top three these seven riders are also invited back to compete next year.
Other than the top three, these seven riders are also invited back to compete next year.

Three wins in so many attempts for the most talented man in mountain biking shows how much has to come together to take this trophy.
Three wins in so many attempts for the most talented man in mountain biking shows how much has to come together to take this trophy.

The victorious three.
The victorious three.

Semenuk Rheeder and TVS Take the podium and Rampage 2019.
Semenuk, Rheeder, and TVS take the podium and Rampage 2019.

Best trick winner and second place finisher.
Best trick winner and second-place finisher.

A trophy even arachnophobes would want.
A trophy even arachnophobes would want.

Number three for Brandon Semenuk.
Win number three for Brandon Semenuk.

Gold for Brandon Semenuk.
Gold for Brandon Semenuk.

The podium boys doing push-ups for Jordy.
The podium boys doing push-ups for Jordie.

2019 Rampage podium.
2019 Rampage podium.

Rampage 2019...Out.
Rampage 2019...Out.


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70 Comments

  • 150 2
 Semenuk. killed it but brendog's line was the real freeride line of the comp
  • 20 0
 He should have been on the podium. Not on top, Semenuk was once again superior to everyone, but 2nd or 3rd. His line was insane
  • 20 1
 Best Rampage in many years and I've seen them all. Can say good judging, stomped runs , no major injuries, pretty close to perfect. Tribute to Jordie was epic, thanks guys.
  • 13 1
 You said it, Not to mention Brendogs dig team basically built the line by them selfs, Originality needs to be more rewarded.
  • 7 3
 @Kre1985: Fairclough definitely had one of the most creative and unique lines out there but he simply didn’t have as much going on in his run as the winners when looked as a whole run. He only had 3-4 true Rampage sized hits that im sure he maxed out points on but other guys had 5-7 enormous features
  • 1 0
 1000% agreed!!!
  • 3 0
 @jorgeposada: Definitely one of the best Rampages in recent memory for me! I loved Semenuk's line, but my heart is definitely with Brendog for the win!
  • 2 0
 i think he got dinged on not tricking any of the drops. A no hander on that upper drop would've went a long ways.
  • 90 0
 Not only was Brendons line the one that most represents the true roots of Rampage but what he did in his second run was one of the most admirable moves in our sport and a great selfless tribute. Probably one of the greatest Rampages to date, well done all.
  • 10 1
 When he started his second run I was willing him to cluff his way back onto the podium. When he stopped and dropped on the rock....results became secondary
  • 10 1
 Sorry, I meant claw.
  • 8 0
 It's interesting the mortality in his quote about his second run. Such humility... Didn't want to go for broke trying to flip that thing again, and admitted he didn't feel confident on the rock drop. Dwayne Johnson didn't look like much in the live stream but that photo, and his go pro footy, puts a knot in my stomach...
  • 5 0
 @generationfourth: yeah right! Never really realised how big the drop off Dwayne actually is!
  • 3 0
 @generationfourth: Not to be that guy but I'm pretty sure that means he couldn't hold on to it after 30 pushups.

But yeah the canyon...that seems like something you'd be happy landing once.
  • 1 0
 @maxwellington: I hear ya, and can see it from that perspective. When he was doing his push ups I was thinking "is he going to mount his bike and roll in from there? is he going to back track up the hill to get more flow for it?" but then realized oh ok he's done after this...
  • 69 1
 Brendog was right, the photo of the canyon flip is sick.
  • 29 1
 Judges are looking for complete runs, which I believe Brendog had, but I can’t understand how flipping that gap didn’t get him on the podium or at least best trick. Absolutely massive.
  • 5 1
 @npejeau: they get Higher scores for flipping a huge drop than gaps.
  • 2 0
 @Pisgah4life: I appreciate the insight but an honest question: did anyone flip a drop close to 50ft? It’s so hard to tell the scale on tv.
  • 9 0
 @npejeau: Price is Right is 69 feet from takeoff to landing, two people flipped it according to the caption
  • 3 0
 @src248: I believe that measurement is only from were Godziak and Strait dropped from
  • 20 2
 @npejeau: I will say that Semenuk flipping to the Lilly pad was the craziest part of rampage. Absolutely insane!
  • 1 0
 @src248: flipping off a 7 story building. Jeeeeeeze.......
  • 2 0
 @src248: That's from the upper takeoff, Zink and T-Mac had a lip built slightly lower.
  • 1 0
 @AGriez: Well as long as the lip isn't 20 feet lower it's still at least 50 feet
  • 2 0
 @rockyflowtbay: yea and how many more story's below you too when you landed. madness . I will have to see this in real life one day.
  • 1 0
 @bowski123: Friends and I went and checked out the Rampage site while visiting Hurricane a few weeks ago. It blew me away. Not to sound too cliché, but looking up at those drops in real-life was awe-inspiring.
  • 1 0
 @bowski123: I need to. One day.
  • 33 5
 Semenuk winning was the right decision imho but goddam Brendog should have been on the podium, i mean look at that photo. His run was heart in mouth and completely different to the rest. Pretty much got robbed again.
  • 7 1
 I agree Semenuk won and Bren dog should be on the box! His gap over the canyon then the crazy shoot deserves a podium. Especially on originality! But if you flip a drop you get crazy points, look at the judges. Drops will score higher.
  • 39 20
 The lines are built so perfect these days the bottom 3/4 could be a slopestyle event.
Personally (not criticising the way it's going just my own selfish opinion!) I'd rather see more of the big drops (Rheeder, Semunuk) , gnarly gaps (Brendog) and some of just the jaw -dropping steep rocky stuff (remember Jordies line?) that separates Rampage and stands it alone as a one off.

For me it's big mountain riding on DH bikes. I'm not fussed about nac-nacs, heel clickers, seat grabs etc. Leave that to Joyride judges.
  • 12 1
 So many sad things about losing Jordie. One of them is that we will never get to see him finish his line.
  • 3 2
 Honestly I'd rather see nac nacs and heel clickers with wild raw freeride than flat spins and backflips on super groomed slope course..
  • 2 0
 @tbmaddux: If what they say is true , he would’ve been up there watching and grinning like the rest of us !
  • 14 1
 PB photogs should get an award for best coverage!
  • 6 0
 Photos make this stuff look way bigger than video. Well done pinkbike staff.
  • 7 1
 This was a rampage to remember! Not sure about why Rheeder went from 8th place (or what) to 2nd just because of a small difference in runs? Could have scored better in his first run. Andreu's energy was insane. Dropping a backflip a second before he landed his previous trick, and top of all Brendog with his "omg" canyon gap. Congrats to Semenuk, He really put a clean run.
  • 7 1
 Man I was hoping Brendog and Mccaul would get a podium this year! So close yet so far. That line from Brendog will always be one of my favorites ! Great Rampage this year and I think nobody got fucked over for once!
  • 4 0
 I wonder if Spanish rider Bienvenudo is happy his bike broke where it did. I wonder if it was cracked after his forst attempt? Besides that, it had to be one of if not the best Rampages so far.
  • 1 0
 im not sure if any bike would have survived that case.
  • 4 1
 Looked like his steerer tube broke out of the fork, btw - in replays I think his head tube/frame looked pretty intact.
  • 1 1
 Where in the broadest was it? I watched it but don’t remember a bike cracking.
  • 2 0
 @skylerd: ohhhhh, could be. Either way, lucky it didn't happen on one of the massiver (every drop was just different level of massive) drops.
  • 2 0
 @Pisgah4life: not sure on time framebut it was near beginning of second runs.
  • 10 1
 Interesting to see when the commentators noticed the broken fork of Bienvenido Aguado Alba, and chose "not to mention that." Seems like that's something that SHOULD be mentioned? His fork steerer sheared. Or should not we just pretend like it didn't happen so as to not disparage the sponsor? I, for one, appreciate the honesty/transparency. Stuff happens, but to pretend like it doesn't is just too close to home with politics these days. #KeepBikingReal
  • 1 1
 @erikkellison: crazy right!?
  • 2 1
 youtu.be/BETYOc_Qs4E?t=14015

Hard for me to say whether or not he would've rode that one out had his bike held together, what do you guys think?
  • 2 0
 @erikkellison: I’m 110% positive Cam noticed it first time around but didn’t address it until the second slowmo shot made it incredibly clear to the average viewer what happened.
  • 8 1
 Does anyone else read Semenuk as Semen UK?
  • 3 1
 Brendan fairclaw?? Ha!! Does anybody know how to pronounce Fairclough?? Also I think he should have taken second place, most original line, incorporating the rock, the canyon gap (flipped), and that gnarly chute. Bottom half of the course was just another boring perfectly manicured slope style course. ROBBED of a podium!
  • 1 0
 Seeing Bren in the line up for 'invited back to next year' is pretty funny. I can tell you this for nothing... there's no way he's going to put himself through all of that again so the judges can f**k him over for a third time. Not a chance.
  • 1 0
 Fantastic Rampage this year. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, and professionalism displayed by all was nothing short of flawless. The tribute to Jordan Lunn by Brendon was simply moving. After watching this event I really can’t understand why anyone could have anything bad to say about the sport of mountain biking. Seemed that everyone took it up a notch this year. In riding, building, broadcasting, you name it. This was one for the books. Thanks to all who had anything to do with making it happen.
  • 5 2
 What a rampage this year. Semenuk's run was sick but all podium's run was impressive too!
  • 3 1
 Did you guys notice that all 3 of them(podium boys) are from C3 Project by Trek ? I know that TVS is not now but still.... Would be cool if Tom still stay with Trek.
  • 1 1
 the Reed Boggs and Emil for TVS didn't pay off. Could have been a sweep.
  • 4 2
 Brendon should have deafinetly been in the top 3
  • 2 0
 POD material for the rest of the year here! Top work PB photographers!
  • 5 3
 Brendog robbed second year in a row... isn't this a freeride event?
  • 1 0
 so anyone talking about Carson's Hutchinson? Looked like it was cut in half on the pic........ and that tube?
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure that it's just the tire folded over, and some sort of aftermarket chonky tube. Tannus maybe?

Regardless, yeah it seems a bit sketch that his tire failed there. That 3 barely seemed over-rotated at all.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: I blew up the pic and the tyre looks torn sideways, could be an optic.... and ya it didn't look that bad but that's from my perspective inot on site... that was a HUGE jump, every gap there is massive.
  • 1 0
 What happened to salido??
  • 1 1
 Food poisoning
  • 4 0
 A ruptured spleen discovered later. Apparently surgery not required thankfully... Get well soon Johny!
  • 1 0
 I only came to see brens flip.
  • 1 0
 NICE
  • 2 4
 Semanuk deserved the win. Fairclough was screwed again, he should have taken 2nd. It’s time for Zinc and Strait to move on.
  • 1 1
 Why’s that?
  • 2 1
 Also before you talk smack, you should probably learn how to spell Zink ????
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