Comeback of the Year Winner
Kurt Sorge's Victory at the Red Bull RampageKurt Sorge's first Rampage win came in 2012 and after a number of adventures and disappointments, the Canadian freerider returned to stand beside Kyle Strait as the only two-time winners of freeride's crown jewel.
is, by admission, a freerider to the bone, and has gone on record to say that the wholesale shift of freeride competition
to slopestyle type events has diluted the concept of what freeride is and that fans deserve more. Well, the man puts his bike and his shovel where his mouth is - Sorge builds big, and he goes big. Early on, Kurt's raw style and volume earned him a string of slopestyle victories and video segments, capped off by a win at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage, where he had a chance to remind the slopestyle newbies in attendance how a big bike should be ridden. Sorge continued to compete in slopestyle events with some success, but his focus was on big mountain venues like Les Alps and the Rampage, a fact that led him to play a role in the founding of the FEST series in a successful attempt to raise the bar for freestyle and freeride athletes.
FEST was an instant success, Rampage was moved to a larger venue, and the Crankworx series expanded to three continents, which should have been heaven on earth for Sorge, but he was hampered by injuries and bad luck for nearly two seasons that culminated in his missing the 2014 Rampage with a broken leg just weeks before the contest. Sorge healed up and stayed healthy for 2015. Outwardly, he was all about the FEST series, but those who are close to him knew that the prize he was after was in October.
In spite of shifting winds and pressure from promoters to get the show in the can, Sorge smashed his line
with the broad brush-strokes of a big-mountain freerider and highlighted it with FEST-sized tricks to earn the event's highest scoring victory. Kurt Sorge is back.