Red Bull Rampage 2012 round-up

Monday, October 8th, 2012 11:10am
Category: MTB

Canada’s Kurt Sorge topped the podium at this year’s epic addition of the Red Bull Rampage in Utah, USA, putting in an awesome run which included a no-handed drop high on the course, a big drop before a shot through the Oakley Icon Sender and a superman jump and backflip step-down to finish it off.

Watch Kurt’s winning run now:


To give you an idea of how tight, steep and fast these riders were going – watch this helmet cam video of Brett Rheeder:

Here's Will White riding the Oakley Icon Sender:

Tyler McCaul and Chris Van Dine take us down one of the epic Red Bull Rampage lines:

Cam Zink's 80ft bail to flat!:

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France’s Antoine Bizet ran into trouble early in his first run but still managed to rile up the crowd as he casually made his way down to them, which only increased everyone’s anticipation for his second attempt. He scored redemption then with a hard and fast line in the upper section of the course which included a quick backflip in tight quarters, following with a big flip over the jump after the Oakley Icon Sender. As a result, Bizet rocketed into second place in his rookie Red Bull Rampage appearance.

Utah local Logan Binggeli landed on the podium in third with traversing lines across the upper canyon, huge flips and a launch into the quarterpipe/wallride. Spain’s Andreu Lacondeguy earned his second consecutive fourth-place finish at Red Bull Rampage, and Tyler McCaul rounded out the top five with a fast line peppered with multiple burly drops.

Event favourites Brandon Semenuk and Darren Berrecloth had ambitious plans for their runs, with each landing the more dangerous sections (Semenuk’s wild transfer drop and Berrecloth’s near-vertical routes) only to suffer from minor missteps later in their runs that hurt their scores. Semenuk was able to take solace in the fact that he still earned the year-end FMB World Tour title, however.

Injuries keep Atherton, Zink, Fairclough and Groves out
Unfortunately, injuries kept several riders out of the Finals, as Red Bull Rampage 2010 winner Cam Zink and second-place finisher Gee Atherton were both forced to withdraw after crashes during Saturday's practice session. Casey Groves pulled out after a last-minute practice crash on Sunday morning, and Brendan Fairclough, a first-timer at the event who was lighting the course up in the week leading up the event and built a huge canyon gap to launch in the Finals, decided to sit out after a crash in the Qualifier on Friday.

You can watch the on-demand webcast now. Click here


(Images © Ian Hylands, Christian Pondella & John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool)

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