Catching up with Antoine Bizet

Nov 9, 2017 at 8:36
Nov 9, 2017
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We caught up with Antoine Bizet after Red Bull Rampage to find out about his thoughts on winning the People´s Choice Award, check what he is currently up to and what his plans are for the off-season. The Frenchie is currently in New Zealand and has some exciting times ahead.

Antoine Bizet

Antoine, congratulations on winning the People`s Choice Award at Red Bull Rampage. Why do you think you got the popular vote and what was your reaction?

Thank you, it really feels good! It’s not easy to talk about my own riding and results objectively, but I did the best run I could that day and I was so stoked! It looks like most of the people who were watching liked it too, so it feels amazing! This is a very special prize and I realise it more day after day!! Thanks to everyone who voted for me, I’m already thinking about how to make a bigger show next year!!

How do you feel about your run and position in general?

I felt really good about my run. Compared to last year, it was way faster, more controlled and with a new set of tricks. The exposed flip on top and the fronty step down, are the two moves I’m super stoked on. In regards to my score and position; I usually don’t speak about my score, but after watching the replays, I feel I clearly miss 8-9 points, so I am pretty bummed. Some riders told me: “Come on Bizet don’t make a big deal out of it! You got underscored, it happens to everyone,” but I will speak out on it. I trained really hard for the biggest event of the season and I feel I deserved almost ten more points, so of course it doesn’t feel good! But it feels amazing to have so much support behind me with the People’s Choice Award.

Antoine Bizet

How did you plan your run? What goes on in your head hitting those insane lines?

Like most of the riders, I took my line from last year and added features to it. I teamed up with Tommy G and we added a big drop and a step-down but unfortunately, we couldn’t make the big drop rideable, so the main new option was the step down which I front flipped during my first run. Hitting those crazy lines is insane! You know you would pay for one small mistake so much more than anywhere else as there are cliffs all around! We are so focused and stressed before dropping in but when everything is ready and you just go for it, it’s just pure pleasure!

Antoine Bizet

Tell us about your ROSE bike, what´s your bike set up?

My Rose Soul Fire is equipped with HT components pedals, Spank bars, stem and wheels. It has TRP brakes, Fabric saddle and grips and Michelin tyres. I like the air suspensions on my bike. I can set my bike on hard mode at Rampage when it’s jump time, or on a softer mode, when I’m at a bike park or anywhere with a rougher surface. The bike has a very sick black and yellow look and my favourite part is how light it is! It´s so easy to play with and to carry it to the top!

Antoine Bizet

You were injured this season, what was your recovery strategy and how did it all build up towards Red Bull Rampage?

Yes, my ankle caused me trouble all year long, I finally chose to get surgery on it in July to get as much rehab in as possible and get back in time for Rampage. I trained so hard for two months and it ended up paying off. I was more than ready for Rampage! It was a hard decision to do the surgery, but I made the right choice.

Antoine Bizet

What are your plans for next year? Any events you are looking forward to?

For next year, I’m planning on riding a few big FMB slopestyle events, but also doing more freeride and shooting some videos. I have many cool projects pending, this winter, so you’ll have some news soon!

Can we expect any video material from you in the near future?

Yes, exactly! I’ve been shooting a lot during Red Bull Rampage, and I’m planning on doing it more in 2018. We had the “From Bizet With Love” series that I really loved, hopefully we’ll make it happen again this year. I would like to film one big bike and one slopestyle edit during the whole season. I really enjoy shooting videos, as that way I can showcase my own style more than in a contest.

Antoine Bizet

What are your off-season plans?

My off-season plan is the best I’ve ever had in my life! I will spend the whole winter in New Zealand with my Rose Soul Fire and The Bruce bikes! I just bought a van two days ago and I am going to ride all the best spots in NZ! I want to get a surfboard and maybe a unicycle would be fun… But the main plan is to get a season pass for Queenstown and just ride freeride and downhill all winter! You can follow all of it on my Facebook and Instagram

How did your passion for big mountain events come about?

I loved to dig ever since I was a kid. I always built the jumps I wanted, exactly the way I wanted wherever I was. As an ex-gymnast I always loved competitions, so the mix of all of this and growing up watching the New World Disorder series naturally pushed me towards big mountain events!

Antoine Bizet

If you could ride one place in the world right now, where would you go?

I would love to go for a trip to the Gobi Desert. It looks awesome for riding and it would be a sick adventure to discover the Chinese culture as well! I hope I’ll go ride there one day.

Photos: Boris Beyer

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42 Comments

  • + 41
 In the past he's never complained about judging so he must be pretty upset to explicitly come out and say he was underscored. I think he's got a point. You can argue that his run wasn't as technical up top compared with the guys running the big chute, but his tricks were next-level. It's going to be subjective like anything that's judged but I think he was scored a little low, compared with some runs like Nell and even Sorge.
  • + 10
 Yeah I totally agree, I guess he was underscored, although, I think hadn´t a winning run. Obviously he did some insane tricks and I got really upset when I saw his score in the end, but like we all know, Rampage is not only about tricks..
  • + 14
 ***Rumor has it -he was docked 10 point BEFORE he ever took his run, because he did not ride that "big drop" feature he worked on. Somehow the judges felt that was not proper Rampage etiquette.
  • + 2
 @SirWonky: Agreed. Whether fair or not I think that since they didn't get that landing built/to hold he was docked from the start.
  • - 5
flag scott-townes (Nov 9, 2017 at 19:54) (Below Threshold)
 @SirWonky: Just a rumor and yeah he took a "standard" way down instead of something new like most riders. If his drop was rideable and he hit that monster, him and Genon could have easily been in the top spots. Regardless, so many other riders had much more impressive lines and bigger tricks on gnarlier features so him saying he felt he deserved 10 extra points (essentially saying he thought he deserved 2nd) is really silly. I hope he sends it to the Gobi desert, it'd be sick to see more riders out there.
  • + 1
 That would make sense. Odd that a rider placed 2nd the year before but ends up 9th after a killer run
  • - 2
 @nojzilla: Not really. Last year doesn't compare to the number of crazy lines this year along with tricks done on massive features and personally I felt like Bizet should have gotten 3rd, Storch should have had 2nd in 2016.

Go re-watch it. Its insane the progression from 2016 to 2017. But if you want to compare the years, do you really think Bizet's run from this year was better than Semenuk's line which beat Bizet's run by 3 points last year?
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: errr no.................?
  • - 1
 @nojzilla: Incredible response
  • + 0
 @scott-townes: "do you really think Bizet's run from this year was better than Semenuk's line which beat Bizet's run by 3 points last year?"

No, no I don't. That's maybe why Semenuck won an Bizet's came second last year. My comment was in response to the above in that I think it's suspect that a rider that's capable of a podium would put down a great run despite having to improvise his run at the eleventh hour due to his week-long build colapsing.... An then comes 9th
  • + 2
 @nojzilla:

OK so you at least agree his run shouldn't have placed higher than 4th this year.

When you think about it, its not that surprising because improvising is not a judging criteria. Because he had to improvise, he took down a relatively standard way as you cannot improvise an impressive/risky line out there. Tricks don't make up for that especially when the other riders are hitting much more insane/exposed lines, all the while throwing in awesome tricks (like Andreau's flat 3 superman seatgrab for example- whose run was a couple points better, due to his overall line).
  • + 1
 So not 9th then?
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: Nah, because Tyler McCaul's run was pretty wild, Tom and Andreau had a well more balanced run with their lines, huge drops and either tech tricks or ones done on higher consequence features. At first I thought Bizet's score was a little low but after re-watching the runs and their places, it makes sense. I think the judges boxed themselves in with the points which is why we see 3rd-9th separated by 3 points.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: so we actually agree then.........................
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: Aside from your initial comment that its odd he ended up so far back this year, yeah pretty much haha.
  • + 16
 Can't believe they caught up with him, knowing his schedule, he's always so Bizet!!!
  • + 10
 Exclamation points! Keep it up, Bizet. You da man
  • - 7
flag geerumm (Nov 9, 2017 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 Bizet is da man!! The dude is insane on a bike, full of energy and totally committed to the sport. After his steep section gave out, he knew he had to throw something new in his run... so what did he do?? Woke up at 6am and came out to Old Site to tune the front flip on a jump that he built. After his Rampage run and the score was announced, my drunk friends and I made our way to the finish corral... we heckled the judges and Cam's announcing for nearly an hour. We were taking beer bongs, yelling, booing, talking to sh!t to babies. Nothing was off limits. At one point my friend yells, "who's f*cking baby stroller is this?" Then here comes Bearclaw to claim his 3 wheeled carrier. Sorry Tom, for booing so loud during your interview, but you too had a low score for your run. We had enough! Beer and judging that is...

Deer Redbull,
Did someone on Bizet's dig crew pissed you off? I know Finn can be a handful when drinking, but that doesn't warrant your actions...
  • + 11
 @geerumm: You and your buddies sound like drunk frat boy a*sholes.
  • + 0
 @scott-townes: Rampage!! I'll keep having fun, you keep being judgmental. Maybe get your head outta ur arse and see that pretty much all of Rampage is filled with "drunk frat boy (and girl) a*sholes"
I see your comments on PB quite often, Scott, and I must say... get off your high horse
  • + 3
 @geerumm: Yup and you keep bragging about how much you drink and how poorly you handle alcohol. See, a lot of us go because we love freeriding and the event. We don't go because its another excuse to get blasted and act like a jackass. Thank god people are you are in the minority at the event.
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: yeah, I have a lot of respect for this event and all the people whom are involved. There's nothing wrong with a bit of party either. Just need to find the line and enjoy it for what it is... Long live Rampage!

BC does it best!
  • + 1
 @Bkbroila: Partying is no issue, haha. There's a ton of that after the event but the way this douche @geerumm describes it, him and his buddies were already hammered before noon acting like complete ass hats. That kind of idiotic, chad bro behavior is what got hecklers rock shut down and can possibly prevent the rest of us from enjoying the event and having a few brewskies or other non-legal things while we're out there.

It seems like he's just went there so he could brag to his home shred dawg brahs that he got hammered and pissed off a bunch of people with their shitty behavior because they can't handle their liquor. The name dropping is only a bonus.


Idiots like him are dime a dozen (thankfully not concentrated at this event). There are plenty of awesome people who get lubricated without acting like a*sholes and make the event insanely fun to watch when the riders aren't risking their lives. BTW does anyone know of the dude who was standing on the handlebars of the prop bike fixated on top of the 10ish ft. cliff? friggen balls on him! haha.
  • + 2
 @scott-townes: So u expect people to act appropriate when drunk? U are making several assumptions dude... the friend who yelled was a girl, not some drunk frat boy. I rarely drink, hence the ass hole behavior. The judging was BS, so we voiced our displeasure. Someone's right regardless of being sober. Hecklers rock gets shut down for too much heckling. People bitching about others rampaging at an event called RAMPAGE! America is full of delicate snowflakes who need to be coddled. Sorry our actions hurt your feelings buddy! Maybe I act like a douche, but you definitely ride like one.
  • + 0
 @geerumm: "Maybe I act like a douche..." nah man, you are a douche.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: Again, get off your high horse bro. I'm just a street rat and you are the epitome of an upstanding citizen, I get it!

Just an FYI... do some research before going at someone. Not my first Rampage. There's some history with that horrible company Red Bull and since u seem be into rumors... rumor has it that next year is the last Rampage and everyone who cries about others Rampaging will grow a giant clit on their forehead so the rest of society know who needs a hug.

"Look at that, Abu. It's not everday you see a horse with two rear ends"
  • - 2
 @geerumm: Rampage was meant to end in 2004. All these other events are just a bonus. Regardless, I don't see how any of this makes you any less of an a*shole that brags about not being able to handle his liquor. I don't give a shit if its your fourth, third, second or first time there. Judging by your own admission, you and your friends f*cking suck. The quicker you realize this and stop acting like an immature jackass, the better for everyone.

f*ck off already - Sincerely the MTB community
  • + 3
 Haha hell yeah @cunning-linguist !!
  • + 1
 @BizetAntoine: you go, Glenn Coco!
  • + 5
 He got hosed. No way it was 8 or 9 points. But I could see 4. T-Mac got hosed by 2 or 3 points for sure. I had him in 3rd. Zink first. Sorge second. Couple guys got overscored. All in all though... this happens EVERY YEAR. Judging this event is crazy hard. I'm glad I don't have to do it. Me personally... this year was amazing. Every rider got 1 run down. Weather was dope. Riding was amazing. The builds were so pro it's not even funny. Stoked everyone road away healthy... ish. Reed just made his injury worse. Connor is o.k. Both of those guys need to be invited back next year as both had amazing runs ready for finals. R-Dogg needs to be invited back. Dude never gets the scores he should be getting but EVERYONE loves to watch him ride. My bet is he would have gotten riders choice this year. We'll be talking about it until next year. Bizet will get an invite back next year and if he can combine his lower run with some more tech up top he'll be tough to beat. Leas there's no 3 time winner sales pitch next year so that won't create any bias judging. I mean the back to back is a story.... and I'm sure we're getting close to some of these guys final go at this. I can't imagine Zink, Strait or Berrecloth have that many left in them. They're all still killing it... hell... I think that was Berrecloth's best run ever at Rampage... Zink as well. But new guys are coming and these guys have lives to lead. So I say to everyone... enjoy them while you can. Zink... if you see this... you're nuts. That run was legend. You land the front flip on your second run it's the highest scoring run in Rampage history. But even without it I had you winning.
  • + 4
 I really think competitors need to stop putting so much emphasis on points. You don't earn points, you earn a rank in the overall standings that the points represent. It's up to the judges to award points accordingly to separate the runs, while also leaving themselves enough room in the scoring system to rank every other rider fairly. When Bizet finished his first run, the judges obviously thought it was better than Berrecloth's run (80 pts), and worse than Lacondeguy's run (83 pts). I'll let everyone else watch the replay and debate that ranking, but that's as simple as it gets.
  • + 6
 His backpack sponsor was happy with the results?
  • + 1
 The issue it seems is the style points, one judge can love the style of a rider, another can dislike the exact same style. You could like the style one day, and be in a bad mood the next event and judge that style as deficient.

As long as humans are involved with a subjective aspect to an event, there will always be conjecture on what could have been. One way to change that would be more judges, say 8 to 10 and throw out the top and bottom scores smoothing the curve a bit, or go to deliberations after the event where the judges would go over footage, multiple angles, debate etc, then blind scoring after a solid discussion.

I always wonder when they score so quickly exactly what the judges have seen, did they make notes? Did they miss something while looking down, or miss something because it was done behind a rock or out of sight, don't tell me the judges can see every inch of the course!
  • + 1
 I think... A lot of it is based on the week. In the building, the practice an warm up sessions. The judges kinda all ready have an idea of what a rider is gonna do on a line they've seen then build in that week. That would make the above comments on the routers of Bizet's line make sesnse
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: Which if true is part of the problem, you judge the run, not practice or what's expected.

In most judged sports there are numerical values for all the moves, then you use specific deductions to those numbers for each error, up to the established maximum value if preformed perfectly. More difficult manoeuvres have higher numerical value than easier moves. Then with enough judges the curve get's smoothed out and more realistic averages are a result!
  • + 1
 @Bomadics: apart from when it's free ride an not slope as every one keeps reminding us, especially so with rampage. It's like fest series judging but with judges.. Not riders
There's SO much more to rampage than the run, hence as mentioned in the above comments, Bizet's low placing
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: Well you have you theories and I have mine, there is obviously problems with the judging, so something needs changing!
  • + 1
 Regardless of what points he really deserved, they say all press is good and he's getting more than the winners at the moment.
  • + 1
 BIzet deserved to be on podium and it is quite normal to win people's award. I was really disappointed frоm that judges.
  • + 1
 "And maybe a unicycle that'd be fun" Haha ????????
  • + 1
 Yes, a mountain unicycle (MUni) is fun, cheap, low maintenance and low risk too. I think Finn Iles rides one too. Just practice half an hour each day (and after that half hour, put it away) and within two weeks you can ride unassisted, pretty much guaranteed. More important, it will be all laughs from the first attempt. Both for you as well as for your observers Wink .
  • + 0
 At last Kurt Sorge Polygon deserve to be the winner.

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