Red Bull Rampage 2016








Going into the canyon today, we knew that big things were going to happen, but we didn't yet know what. The eleventh edition of Rampage saw Bizet do a double backflip on his downhill bike, Carson Storch take his first podium finish at Red Bull Rampage, and Semenuk add a second Rampage win to his resume and another fan favourite award. We also saw some unbelievable lines and unbelievable attempts. We saw Conor McFarlane take a beating and refuse to stay down - earning the Kelly McGarry Spirit award, and we saw Aggy go down during what might have been podium run. As with every Rampage of years past the audience came away with a mix of sadness and concern for those injured and a sense of pride and excitement for, not only those who won, but also those who threw down and advanced our sport.

To all the athletes - we salute you!


Dawn s early light at the venue. The views in the office today definitely did NOT suck.
Dawn's early light at the venue. The views in the office today definitely did NOT suck.

Kyle Strait buckling down to get wild before the start of the final.
Kyle Strait buckling down to get wild before the start of the final.
Conor McFarlane lacing up.
Conor McFarlane lacing up.

Man of the match - Carson Storch. What a day for the young American bagging best trick and 3rd place.
Man of the match - Carson Storch. What a day for the young American bagging best trick and 3rd place.

09 and 06. 1st and 3rd. Conscience I think not.
09 and 06. 1st and 3rd. Coincidence? I think not.
26 Ain t dead for Brandon Semenuk.
26 Ain't dead for Brandon Semenuk.

Sam Reynolds opted out this year. In his view things have gone too far and he said he simply wasn t prepared to risk his life. A tough but admirable call considering the pressure the riders are surely under to perform.
Sam Reynolds opted out this year. In his view, things have gone too far and he said he simply wasn't prepared to risk his life. A tough but admirable call considering the pressure the riders are surely under to perform.
All smiles for Remy Metailler today having finally nailed all his most troublesome and terrfiying features.
All smiles for Remy Metailler today, having finally nailed all his most troublesome and terrfiying features.

Norbs.
Norbs.
Brett Rheeder gathering his thoughts prior to the riders meeting. Lot s to think about for the runs that lay ahead and Rheeder is a real collective soul who always makes sure he is calculated to a tee.
Brett Rheeder gathering his thoughts prior to the riders meeting. Lot's to think about for the runs that lay ahead; and Rheeder is a real collective soul who always makes sure he is calculated to a tee.

Riders meeting under the nets an early day for finals with little time to warm up.
Riders meeting under the nets; an early day for finals with little time to warm up.

Todd Barber going through with the athletes on the days program.
Todd Barber going through with the athletes on the days program.

Familiar faces at the early morning rider meeting after a very brief one hour warm up session on the lower slopes.
Familiar faces at the early morning rider meeting after a very brief one hour warm up session on the lower slopes.

Somber tones in the riders meeting this morning with a lot of thoughts going through everyones heads.
Somber tones in the riders meeting this morning with a lot of thoughts going through everyones heads.
Andreu Lacondeguy
Andreu Lacondeguy

Brandon Semenuk and Aggy taking the ease off some of the days pressure.
Brandon Semenuk and Aggy taking the ease off some of the days pressure.
T-Mac watches on as Todd Barber goes through the day.
T-Mac watches on as Todd Barber goes through the day.

James Doerferling gives his lady a hug before heading up for the day.
James Doerferling gives his lady a hug before heading up for the day.

Props to everyone who made the pilgrimage... For those about to watch we salute you
Props to everyone who made the pilgrimage... For those about to watch, we salute you!


Connor McFarlane took a heavy hit on his first run went back up for another and washed in the first drop off the ridge. What an animal after watching his day it was a clear choice who deserved the McGazza Spirit Award.
Conor McFarlane took a heavy hit on his first run, went back up for another and washed in the first drop off the ridge. What an animal, after watching his day; it was a clear choice who deserved the McGazza Spirit Award.

Connor McFarlane boosting off the top ridge and what looked like a killer run.
Conor McFarlane boosting off the top ridge and what looked like a killer run.
Connor McFarlane ripping off the first drop.
Conor McFarlane ripping off the first drop.

It doesn t look it but this was perhaps one of the most technical gaps on the hill. Connor judged it almost perfectly in run 1 but apparently it still wouldn t be enough and he went down hard... yet again.
It doesn't look it, but this was perhaps one of the most technical gaps on the hill. Connor judged it almost perfectly in run 1, but apparently it still wouldn't be enough and he went down hard... yet again.

Conor MacFarlane
Conor MacFarlane

Conor MacFarlane

Banged and battered Connor McFarlane doing a bike check after his first run and headed back up for round 2.
Banged and battered, Conor McFarlane doing a bike check after his first run and headed back up for round 2.

A huge flag of Kelly McGarry was made up to fly at the event and it sure flew with flying colors.
A huge flag of Kelly McGarry was made up to fly at the event and it sure flew with flying colors.

Healing vibes out to Aggy after a heavy crash on his first run. Not a good year for him after just coming off a broken hand.
Healing vibes out to Aggy after a heavy crash on his first run. Not a good year for him after just coming off a broken hand.

Aggy warming up in the morning on the lower jumps and looked the best out of anyone off it.. If only he had gotten a full run in things may have been a lot different today.
Aggy warming up in the morning on the lower jumps and looked the best out of anyone off it.. If only he had gotten a full run in, things may have been a lot different today.

Hands blowing off and smoke off the rear wheel... heal up Aggy.
Hands blowing off and smoke off the rear wheel... heal up, Aggy.
The moment it all went REALLY wrong for Aggy note the rear wheel case and the immediate hands blowing off the bars.
The moment it all went REALLY wrong for Aggy: note the rear wheel case and the immediate hands blowing off the bars.

Aggy blasting down the chute and charging for a what could have been winning run.
Aggy blasting down the chute and charging for a what could have been winning run.
Aggy spinning his drop that took him out moments later.
Aggy spinning his drop that took him out moments later.

 The mustard slipped off the hotdog - Cam Zink
"The mustard slipped off the hotdog" - Cam Zink

What went wrong I 450 d the 360. I was so focused on making the drop that I forgot to slow down the 360 so I over rotated and...
Zink - What went wrong? "I 450'd the 360. I was so focused on making the drop that I forgot to slow down the 360, so I over rotated and..."

Cam the terminator Zink literally walking away from a near-death overotation of his drop.
Cam 'the terminator' Zink literally walking away from a near-death over-rotation of his drop.

No grey areas here at Rampage you re either in or you re out. Brett Rheeder drops in.
No grey areas here at Rampage; you're either in or you're out. Brett Rheeder drops in.

Brett Rheeder flat drop flipping on the lower mountain on his second run only to slip a pedal just soon after. Not the day for Rheeder but he still seemed to have a good day.
Brett Rheeder flat drop flipping on the lower mountain on his second run only to slip a pedal just soon after. Not the day for Rheeder but he still seemed to have a good day.

Rheeder all style haflway down the mountain and like many had he had a clean run would have been way up there.
Rheeder all style haflway down the mountain and like many, had he had a clean run would have been way up there.
Brett Rheeder popping a cork 720 in practice. His day didn t turn out as planned and would have loved to see a full run from Brett.
Brett Rheeder popping a cork 720 in practice. His day didn't turn out as planned and would have loved to see a full run from Brett.

Rheeder fist pumping the crowd on his second run. He came up short on the run but not on the fun.
Rheeder fist pumping the crowd on his second run. He came up short on the run, but not on the fun.

Full Tilt Boogie.
Doerfling - full tilt boogie.
James Doerferling cutting loose down the mountain.
James Doerferling cutting loose down the mountain.

Connoisseur of big mountain riding James Doerfling making tracks.
Connoisseur of big mountain riding, James Doerfling, making tracks.

Norbs dust-bombing the hell out of the upper ridge.
Norbs dust-bombing the hell out of the upper ridge.

Kyle Norbraten floating off the top ridge.
Kyle Norbraten floating off the top ridge.

Norbs getting ready to fall from the sky.
Norbs getting ready to fall from the sky.
Over the shoulder Norbs sighting in that landing on a mellow 360.
Over the shoulder, Norbs sighting in that landing on a mellow 360.

Kyle Norbraten 360 ing down the mountain. Kyle took a mellow run today and played it safe but had fun and killed it.
Kyle Norbraten 360'ing down the mountain. Kyle took a mellow run today and played it safe but had fun and killed it.

Smoke signals for the riders waiting to drop in...
Smoke signals for the riders waiting to drop in...

Remy Metailler cruising through.
Remy Metailler cruising through.

The Claw on the attack as the very first man down the mountain in gusty conditions.
The Claw on the attack as the very first man down the mountain in gusty conditions.

Darren Berrecloth had a smooth first run but due to wind got a bit blown on this ridge and made the right call to end his run.
Darren Berrecloth had a smooth first run; but due to wind got a bit blown on this ridge and made the right call to end his run.
The Claw it s been 14 years since he first stepped onto the scene with an appearance in the second Rampage. And he s still a force at the Rampage.
The Claw: it's been 14 years since he first stepped onto the scene with an appearance in the second Rampage. And he's still a force at the Rampage.

Do you even compress bro The Claw feels the G s off his own gargantuan design.
Do you even compress bro? The Claw feels the G's off his own gargantuan design.

Tom Van Steenbergen taking a breather and wishing there were more bike haulers around.
Tom Van Steenbergen taking a breather and wishing there were more bike haulers around.

Tom Van Steenbergen blasted into this wall yesterday and had a great run today but not enough to earn a top spot.
Tom Van Steenbergen blasted into this wall yesterday and had a great run today but not enough to earn a top spot.
Van Steezbergen flipping the last major feature on the course.
Van Steezburger flipping the last major feature on the course.

TVS couldn t lock the big moves down this time... That s what next year is for. You ve been warned...
TVS, couldn't lock the big moves down this time... That's what next year is for. You've been warned...

PEF had a sick old time out in the desert this week and was stoked to secure his return invite by hitting the top 10.
PEF had a sick old time out in the desert this week and was stoked to secure his return invite by hitting the top 10.

Pierre Edouard Ferry hitting the eject button on run two.
Pierre Edouard Ferry hitting the eject button on run two.

Andreu s speed and massive style carried him well down the mountain but not quite enough to put him in a top spot.
Andreu's speed and massive style carried him well down the mountain but not quite enough to put him in a top spot.
Andreu Lacondeguy spinning halfway down the mountain and into a heavy drop.
Andreu Lacondeguy spinning halfway down the mountain and into a heavy drop.

T-mac on fire on the 4 amigos drop.
T-mac, on fire on the '4 amigos' drop.
T-mac living by Bender s life s too short not to motto.
T-mac living by Bender's 'life's too short not to' motto.

What might have been Tommy G leading into his meat and potatoes.
What might have been: Tommy G leading into his meat and potatoes.

Tomas Genon looking on point and fast with tons of flow all the way down.
Tomas Genon looking on point and fast with tons of flow all the way down.

Strait on target.
Strait on target.

Signature Strait with the suicide no-hander off the 35 step down.
Signature: Strait with the suicide no-hander off the 35+ step down.
Kyle Strait always impresses with a massive suicide drop.
Kyle Strait always impresses with a massive suicide drop.

Kyle Strait sending his elevator drop before a huge flip on his lower step-down.
Kyle Strait sending his elevator drop before a huge flip on his lower step-down.

Kurt Sorge dropped in after Aggy s heavy crash took it a bit easy off the drop but still placed well and didn t take a second run.
Kurt Sorge dropped in after Aggy's heavy crash; took it a bit easy off the drop but still placed well and didn't take a second run.

Sorge overcame the demons on his line after Aggy s crash and roared tp 4th just missing another podium.
Sorge overcame the demons on his line after Aggy's crash and roared tp 4th, just missing another podium.

Sorge opted not to do a second run asserting that he couldn t do his run any better so why risk injury on a second run that wouldn t place him any higher.
Sorge opted not to do a second run, asserting that he couldn't do his run any better so why risk injury on a second run that wouldn't place him any higher.

Carson Storch giving the great wall some style.
Carson Storch giving the great wall some style.

Falling from the sky Storch on his second run.
Falling from the sky: Storch on his second run.
Falling from the sky step one enter the Redbull Rampage. Step two build a ridiculous line. Step three SEND IT Carson Storch falling into third place.
Falling from the sky: step one: enter the Redbull Rampage. Step two: build a ridiculous line. Step three: SEND IT! Carson Storch falling into third place.

Best Trick of the 2016 Rampage Carson Storch 360 off a massive step down.
Best Trick of the 2016 Rampage: Carson Storch 360 off a massive step down.
Carson stomped this big 360 on his third place run and couldn t be happier. His riding has been on point all week and progressing by the day. His good friend and mentor Kelly McGarry would have been real proud of this kid.
Carson stomped this big 360 on his third place run and couldn't be happier. His riding has been on point all week and progressing by the day. His good friend and mentor Kelly McGarry would have been real proud of this kid.

Antoine Bizet doing an oppo frontflip off a stepdown and on his way to a podium run.
Antoine Bizet doing an oppo frontflip off a stepdown and on his way to a podium run.

Bizet going upside down. Again. And again. And again. That kid can definitely backflip. And do other sick things. But today it was all about getting upside down with sick exposure that placed him in second.
Bizet going upside down. Again. And again. And again. That kid can definitely backflip. And do other sick things. But today it was all about getting upside down with sick exposure that placed him in second.

Mark your jumps and drops with a brewski if you want to win Rampage... Semenuk will tell ya.
Mark your jumps and drops with a brewski if you want to win Rampage... Semenuk will tell ya.

Brandon Semenuk on a run to win on his first and only run.
Brandon Semenuk on a run to win on his first and only run.

Brandon Semenuk on a flat spin mid way down and on his way to his second win at Rampage to join in with Strait and Sorge s two timer club.
Brandon Semenuk on a flat spin mid way down and on his way to his second win at Rampage to join in with Strait and Sorge's two timer club.

Flat flip drop from Semenuk leading into the lower jumps to glory.
Flat flip drop from Semenuk leading into the lower jumps to glory.

Carson Storch getting a full tackle from the boys.
Carson Storch getting a full tackle from the boys.

Brandon Semenuk
Brandon Semenuk
Brandon Semenuk

Brandon Semenuk and Brett Tippie
Brandon Semenuk and Brett Tippie

Brandon Semenuk all smiles.
Brandon Semenuk all smiles.

Brandon Semenuk weaving through the crowd to the podium.
Brandon Semenuk weaving through the crowd to the podium.

Brandon Semenuk on his way up to the top steps.
Brandon Semenuk on his way up to the top steps.

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Leader board.
Leader board.

Victory is sweet but the second time is sweeter Semenuk joins the two-timer Rampage elite.
Victory is sweet, but the second time is sweeter, Semenuk joins the two-timer Rampage elite.

Back on top in the red desert. Brandon Semenuk back for the first time since 2008. He s been wanting this for a long time and it s finally here.
Back on top in the red desert. Brandon Semenuk back for the first time since 2008. He's been wanting this for a long time and it's finally here.

Reveling in the chaos More like reveling in a well won Rampage.
Reveling in the chaos? More like reveling in a well won Rampage.
Semenuk letting it sink in. It s been a long time coming why not soak it up
Semenuk letting it sink in. It's been a long time coming, why not soak it up?

Semenuk Bizet and Storge your winners and owners of the biggest cajones in MTB if not planet earth.
Semenuk, Bizet and Storge, your winners and owners of the biggest cajones in MTB, if not planet earth.

Winners. Antoine Bizet Brandon Semenuk Carson Storch
Winners. Antoine Bizet Brandon Semenuk Carson Storch

Winners. Antoine Bizet Brandon Semenuk Carson Storch
Winners. Antoine Bizet, Brandon Semenuk, Carson Storch

Red Bull Rampage 2016
Carson Storch coming home with some new mantel pieces.
Carson Storch coming home with some new mantel pieces.

Peoples choice award three times in a row and finally doubling up as the true winner as well.
Peoples choice award three times in a row and finally doubling up as the true winner as well.

Red Bull Rampage 2016
Carson Storch on his way to a good night.
Carson Storch on his way to a good night.

Connor McFarlane
Connor McFarlane, winner of the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award.



142 Comments

  • 183 4
 Thank god Zink walked away from that over rotation, it kills me when I saw his wife running towards him after the fall, I mean she even ran faster than the medical crew while holding the kid in her arm! From her perspective it must've been thru hell. Anyways, awesome coverage from Redbull. Congrats Semenuk and lots of heeling vibes to Aggy!
  • 27 1
 Kyle strait second run though
  • 7 1
 @DaFam4mDena: he almost had that landing
  • 124 22
 Carson's 360 drop was epic, but Antoine was robbed on the Best Trick front.
  • 13 9
 Fully agree with that
  • 76 6
 I don't. That 360 was massive and Carson nailed it inch perfect. Twice. Even Antoine admit he overshot his double backflip a bit.
  • 99 1
 it's not just the trick, but where it was done. The exposure of the 360 was on another level.
  • 42 1
 I know it was a double, but since you're rotating vertically not laterally there's a much wider range of angles you can land with. Also, it wasn't a huge jump, whereas Carson's drop was massive. I'm still a huge Bizet fan.
  • 25 4
 Well the people who actually rode there disagree so I feel they're more qualified to make that call... and I agree with them. That was absolutely ridiculous how big that 360 was. Compare that to a double backie on a pretty nice manicured jump with no exposure risk, its no contest. Maybe the only other choice would be Semenuks nollie because that was pretty friggen steeze balls.
  • 5 2
 @scott-townes: I agree with Scott...unless Bizzy double flipped on the mountain top then the exposure would make it a shoe in. I know ANY double flip is life threatening but just watch where Carson let it hang.....
  • 2 1
 Soz ment to + prop.
  • 74 0
 So everything was awesome about Rampage this year. With nothing to gripe about I'm going to go ride my bike. Thanks PB and RB and all the riders.
  • 3 0
 Agreed. As a viewer, the only change I thought I'd miss was the wooden features, but the riders went OFF without them. Huge props to everyone involved with Rampage yesterday. Great riding, great judging, etc. etc. Just hope Aggy heals up quickly.
  • 6 0
 @martis: I honestly hated the wood features. It's the premier "big mountain freeride mountain bike" event. The fact that they get sandbags is plenty; the wood just makes it too manufactured and less of what it was originally intended to be, imo. There's events like nine knights for that stuff.
  • 49 1
 Aggy throwing the horns from the stretcher was my Rampage highlight - total badass
  • 18 0
 Judging better this year but what I don't like is Doerfling getting sweet FA for that excellent gnarly line. If that's how we score that type of ride we may as well nail colours to the mast and tell riders like him and Metailler not to bother. One of my favourite rampage runs was gee atherton smashing what was basically a downhill/off piste ski line finishing with the biiiig hip. Awesome riding. Maybe we need two different classes? Speed lines vs big slopestyle style lines. Love watching both but seems unfair if judges are never gonna respect what the speed and gnar guys are doing.
  • 9 0
 Yea, they way they scored the Doerfling run made it seem like he choose a easy option down.
  • 25 8
 Great Rampage, Aggy always seems to have bad luck here Frown

Antoine Bezit needed to be scored higher imo.

Respect to Connor McFarlane the guy took a pasting out there. But I think the Spirit award should have gone to Paul Bas. When that Paul Bas segment came on about his recovery so far it hit me right in the feels.

Also it was odd to see a Rampage with out Mcgazza Frown
  • 5 14
flag pinkbikeuser14753 (Oct 15, 2016 at 16:35) (Below Threshold)
 I don't know about macfarlane. A huge crash in practice and crashed both finals runs. Commentators kept saying how he wanted to prove he belonged at rampage. To me it looked like he was past his limit
  • 11 0
 A huge thank you to all involved in making Rampage happen. From the medics, fire Marshalls, support staff, camera guys, heli pilots, the RedBull crew, the diggers, the judges & tthe amazing crowds who hike into the desert.
Most of all thanks to the riders. These guys really do put their lives on the line to progress the sport. From 1st to 18th place everyone of you are winners and mtb hero's.
  • 5 0
 unsung héros. The camera guys, all the volunteers and the city that puts up with dirtbags for a month a year. I love this event and prey for INPUT from sponsors for rider insurance and coverage.
  • 15 0
 Mcfarlane is a warrior !
  • 12 2
 What I find fascinating is that the best rider in the world, who just won the hardest, craziest, and biggest event in mountain biking insisted upon doing it using a wheel size that the all-knowing industry has deemed to be inefficient and obsolete.
  • 7 0
 Everyone that podiumed was on 26 coincidence? I think not.
  • 16 7
 Yeah, can we please get an Aggy update and find out what happened to Reynolds!

Otherwise great coverage, stunning pics, great event and #noonegotrobbed

Except maybe Bizet a little, c'mon that double back flip was best trick.... just my a*shole sorry I mean opinion
  • 14 0
 Maybe should have read all the above first, Reynolds opted out.

That surprises me but if your not feeling it then don't do it, when it comes to something like that you have to be 100% committed or it's just not safe, not that it is safe but you know what I mean
  • 3 0
 During some discussion between announcers, I think Zink mentioned he might have broken his hip, but he didn't sound completely certain. It would probably be tough to say for sure before a hospital visit and some xrays.
  • 4 0
 He said he got lucky and only broke his pelvis. 8-10 weeks of recovery. The dude is tough as nails
  • 8 0
 Opting out by Reynolds was a brave move especially considering the hit he and his sponsor arguably take by not competing.

But it definitely seems like Red Bull are pressuring Rampage more and more and pushing all athletes to be more "extreme" to get their slice of the money.

It's a dangerous precedent that's only going to end in disaster... See Shane McConkey's death for just an example.
  • 5 0
 @Garpur44: The only thing I don't get is why any of the other 5 reserve riders weren't able to fill in for Reynolds spot? What was the point of having those guys on the list if they weren't able to compete? Bas, Mitch, R-Dog, Louis and Ethan were all listed as reserves that I'm sure would have loved to have that chance.

I understand that Bingelli and Fairclough crashed out and maybe that didn't provide adequate time for the reserves to get ready.
  • 3 0
 @lobohusky: Something like that would make sense I'm sure.

Considering Fairclough crashed out and hard I wonder if that had an impact on Reynolds decision not to ride... They've always seemed to be friends, filmed together etc.
  • 4 0
 Reynolds had his Benderoni moment, gotta respect his decision for sure! Takes balls to walk out if you're not feeling it.
  • 1 0
 @meridaAM: I agree, mtb is kind of at an "anythings possible" point, which was where skiing was when McConkey died, since then people have more respect for what the mountain can do to you. I feel it may take a traumatic experience, similar to McConkey's death, to have mtb realize that there are limits
  • 1 0
 @Garpur44: 4 days of building and then opts out?!
  • 2 0
 @steezer: @lobohusky I really don't understand it, there were a number of reserves but from what I've heard they were not asked on site so didn't have the opportunity to build lines. Mitch Chubey ended up not getting on site and building a line elsewhere in Utah.

Seems a shame to deny someone who wants to compete the opportunity to do so.
  • 9 1
 "Bizet going upside down. Again. And again. And again. That kid can definitely backflip. And do other sick things. But today it was all about getting upside down with sick exposure that placed him in second." Nop it's Rheeder in the picture !
  • 2 1
 and that did not get best trick
  • 8 1
 Kudos for all the positive changes; seemed like a huge improvement over past years. Now all they need to do is sort out the second-round runs. It's such a buzzkill for the riders and audience to sit around watching the wind for hours only to see most of the riders opt out. Haven't organizers noticed it's windy in the afternoon every single year? Maybe start earlier, run the second run on the next morning, or even make it a single run event?
  • 4 0
 Agreed. I really like the changes, but the wind is the same every year. Every year mid day/afternoon guys are getting blown off course or opting out to ride because it's just not worth it. Making it a 2 day event would take the pressure off a lot of guys who could think about their run and not the conditions. Still an awesome show though.
  • 3 0
 That's really funny, calm in morning, windy in afternoon - how can we solve this !? Haha
  • 12 1
 ya! Semenuk you tell these bone heads 26" aint dead
  • 9 0
 26x2.7"! That s some proper 26" meats.
  • 7 1
 Just sitting here thinking. You know those stickers companies put on bikes and parts that says riding beyond the limits will void this warranty? Well.......they can't really say no to really any warranty claims anymore is what I'm thinking...
  • 1 0
 Try doing that on a set of SIDs tho
  • 6 0
 The photos do more justice to the scale of the features than the video. The Aggy 360 drop is unreal. The shot of Sorge dropping it straight makes me nervous, and Aggy spun that puppy. And Zink and Storch spinning loco whoppers as well. I'm sweating over here. Massively nuts.
  • 4 0
 I may get the thumbs - down but pictures of Rampage are 1,000,000 times better than live feed of Rampage. "full pull" is something I have blanked from my vocabulary now (and I came from tractor pull nation). Seems every year it's been a steady decline in trying to amp up the action more than what's actually happening. Photo epics and video highlights of runs are the new norm for the immediate satisfaction folk of the 2016 sports.
  • 8 1
 is aggy okay?
  • 10 25
flag ColinD (Oct 15, 2016 at 0:14) (Below Threshold)
 As far as i read he "only" broke his hand.

Quote: " Healing vibes out to Aggy after a heavy crash on his first run. Not a good year for him after just coming off a broken hand."
  • 2 0
 During some discussion between announcers, I think Zink mentioned he might have broken his hip, but he didn't sound completely certain. It would probably be tough to say for sure before a hospital visit and some xrays.
  • 1 0
 @ColinD: and hip i do belive
  • 2 0
 Zink said hip in the broadcast others commented pelvis.
  • 12 1
 @ColinD: He broke his hand earlier this year, not during is Rampage run!
  • 6 3
 Wow lol got downvoted like hell. I did quote that from the article. Wasnt clear to me that was from a crash earlier this year.
  • 7 0
 @ColinD: I guess english is not your mother tongue..? "just coming off.." = just healed a broken hand.. misunderstandings happen. have an upvote Smile
  • 6 2
 @sickriderch: well not mother language. Bud I do understand that lol. Mussed have read it to quick.
  • 3 0
 So what's the payday like for these guys? Still peanuts considering they are putting their lives on the line? Wonder what a PRO a "stunt man" would be paid for a similar risk factor scenario.
  • 6 0
 Anyone think rheeder needs to get some different pedals?
  • 1 0
 First off. Rider Judging nailed it. No high 90's thrown out. I thought all runs were scored accurately. To get better scores ypu really needed more cork tricks. Aggy and Doerf's line down that chute was beautiful steep riding. Would have liked to see Zink and Rheeder stomp their lines. Field was definitely missing Logan, Brendog and Renoylds. The natural features sure seem to make throwing tricks harder. Andreu and Sorge really didn't throw as many tricks as I expecred. Congrats to Semenuk aND get well Aggy.
  • 5 0
 26 ain't dead..hell yes !
  • 4 0
 26" will keep alive thanks to Semenuk. The best rider in the world can not be wrong
  • 4 0
 Doerfling's line tho'.... no 360s or backflips... just pure highspeed shredding down the gnarliest line on site.
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 thats what freeriding is about imo.
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 didn't realize that's why sam opted out.

Why didn't he opt out in time to let one of the alternates ride? Basically robbed someone of the opportunity to ride that. I bet R-Dog or Bas woulda loved that slot.

He still get paid out?
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 Aggy's line was my favorite by far. Steep, technical, so many big jumps right after each other, and a huge step down. So gnarly. Crash was so scary. Heal up quick. Check out vid of Aggy's full run in practice. So insane! www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/Red-Bull-Rampage-Pics-Vids-and-Goods,9448?page=2#post_27427 (it's the 10/14/2016 1:34 AM post)
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 Hey if anyone wanna buy my bike go to my posting its reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallytrill
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 Is photo epic large enough? Insanely good pictures. Thank you pinkbike and if I ever drink one thank you Red Bull.
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 "Kyle took a mellow run today and played it safe but had fun and killed it." Hopefully he never goes all out in the future, or some handlebar streamers are going to be my next purchase.
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 The pic of Zink landing sideways is absolutely insane,,,the dudes standing atop the takeoff look so freaking far away..Amazing.
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 So what are we going to see next year? Some fatal accidents perhaps? Rampage is going way to crazy. Red Bull, the hype, the pressure. I simply don't to watch falls like the one from Aggy or Paul Bas' last year.
At least Reynolds had the guts to say no.
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 no-one is forcing you to watch.
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 I have to agree with this sentiment @pioterski unfortunately. In spite of heroic and genuinely humbling athleticism from these guys, the likes of Aggy's crash- for me one of the worst I've seen and of course Paul from last year- make me question how this contest will survive long term. A broken pelvis is a life threatening injury that very easily could have killed him, will it take a death to reassess this contest? no one has a gun to the riders head, and they know the consequences, but I hope not. By contrast what is still incredible is Semenuk's run, such composure is amazing anywhere but here?! Off the scale! A very deserving winner.
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 @djm35: Totally true. I don't watch it. I watched it last year and it was enough. This time I only browsed through PB articles.
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 @nickkk: My intention was not to question athletes and their skills. Those are on a level from outer space. What troubles me is the business side of the whole event. Redbull want the competitors to go higher, faster and with more spin, to simply risk more, in order to have more people watch it. This is only my impression and it is even stronger when I see Zinc's girlfriend running scared shi...less when he hit the ground.
Yet again, the tricks are incredible. No question about that.
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 @pioterski: totally. I didn't get that you were criticising the riders at all-my wording might have been a bit clumsy there. As an aside, the format for me is too much of a slog. It's an amazing event but the unpredictability of the running time and the course holds for weather push my patience. I just can't stay 'stoked' for 4 hrs watching a patchy webcast.
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 I need some new pajamas. I like Semenuk's run winning pajamas. Where can I get some?
  • 2 1
 Add it to your letter to Santa! Erase where you asked for some more skin tight girls jeans and write in TLD full kit for men. Then wish and wish and wish and maybe you'll grow into them Hun.
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 The lines this year were absolutely insane! Now lets stay at this venue for a year or 2 so riders can trick their lines better in future contests. I love huge hucks with 0 fucks but for the sport to progress I'd like to see some more huge tricks thrown into these massive runs.
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 seriously.... no one took a picture of T-Mac's laid out superman? No one?
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 Anyone what Aggy hurt if it's not everything?
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 Tippie wrote on Instagram that he broke his Pelvis.
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 @danielleBaker Cojones mean testicles, cajones mean drawers or something like that.
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 On the video I didn't realise aggy's 360 drop was so huge
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 Should of rescheduled due to wind? Give riders the best possible conditions no?
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 They said the forcast for the next two days was worse.
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 Next year Rampag on Ebikes Smile
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 Nice to see nobody denying Brandon the win. The new judges got it right the whole way down
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 Absolutely massive. Congratulations to all the riders choosing to run full kits from their respective sponsors. Everyone looked professional for once lol. Wow... rampage is nuts. Someone is gonna die!
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 Hate to be BuzzKillington but a reminder on the risks these guys take. Scary shit for a bit of recognition.


road2recovery.com/cause-view/irideforpaul
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 I missed the bit where the Gazza award was given out?
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 There will be an article about
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 It went to Conor McFarlane.
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 Semenuk have a broken finger?Anyone know?
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 looks like his thumb is messed?
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 Anyone know what make/model wrist watch that is in the ''storch tackle' photo?
  • 2 1
 Its Storch not Storge!,,,the one back flip pic was Rheeder not Bizet,,come on.
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 How is Aggy? Any updates?

Sending positive vibes your way Aggy.
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 awesome edition of RBR! i really like seeing the riders on the larger scale terrain at rampages. maybe...a winter edition would be supercool. cornice lips, steep natural stepdowns, real sketch powder landings. might even be a great event for muscling fatbikes. there just wouldn't be as many virgin lines.
  • 6 1
 That's why there's skiing and snowboarding....?
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 @trialsracer: yeah but theres no such thing as a fatbike rampage in the snow. i think its a cool idea.
  • 3 0
 Aggy get well soon!
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 Impressive, most impressive!
Also great pictures!

(It's "cojones").
  • 2 0
 I lost track of my count at 120 sandbags...
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 "Storge"? Wtf? Is that some kinda cross between Carson Storch and Kurt Sorge?
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 Sorge looks like E.T. on that first pic of his. Riding through the air!
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 It's amazing ))))))
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 I thought judges would take more consideration of "freeride" lines and riding with tons of wind.
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 I didn't hear the announcers mention the 150 grand first prize once. These guys couldn't possibly be in it for the money?
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 I thought the total purse was 150. I'm not sure how it was split up though.
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 Props 2 All!
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 So, the start point was a lot lower than the hills behind, so it's got to go higher.
The event should be over two/three days and all the guys should ride the same trails,
designed by the public to be even more dangerous.
Not happy with the straight down fast approach, there should be penalties for lack of stunts.
Maybe a few blindfolded wild card riders just to spice shit up.
Semenuk's run was just like his one from last year, far flowier and flawless than every one elses, but this year he won ?
He needs to be banned, or handicapped.
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 And you need some pepper to go with all that salt.
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 Haha how to handicap Semenuk though? Blindfold one eye? Solid tyres? 650b?
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 Bizet was robbed he deserved best trick award!!
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 Brandon Semenuk: man of a 1 run!
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 frick
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 those dudes are really bad i should sponsored im so good
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 nvm
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 My take away from this article is that Semenuk won Rampage on a Plus Bike!?
  • 13 0
 Just no. Max is minion 2.7's have been around since the early 2000's they are the same size as a magic Mary 2.5
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 26"!!!!!
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 @makripper: Can't find them on the Maxxis website...?
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 @makripper:

Yea. And we used to ride 26x3.0 gazz.

That now is "plus".

It's all been done before, but we get new names this time round.
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 @WolfStoneD: Maxxis still makes those 2.7dh tires. Not sure what you are trying to say.
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 @makripper: i can't find them anywhere on their website.
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 @nickkk: You are soooooo smart. I was referring to the Maxxis website...duh.
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 @MTB-Colada: www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-302-122-minion-dhf#sizes it's right there. 26 x 2.7 wire 3C... how did you miss that? I can't believe I had to come back to this comment thread to hold your hand haha
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 @MTB-Colada: choice language there for a 37 year old. They clearly exist on the Maxxis website (as shown above), its not my problem you couldn't spend more than a nano second to find them, my link just proved retailers have them, end of story.
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 @makripper: OK, did miss that from the Maxxis website, not sure what went wrong. Thanks for holding my hand!
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