2012 Red Bull Rampage Finals – Gallery and Results

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2012 Red Bull Rampage Results

Kurt Sorge 86.76
Antoine Bizet 79.00
Logan Binggeli 78.50 (650b)
Andreu Lacondeguy 74.00
Tyler McCaul 71.00
James Doerfling 70.50
Cam McCaul 70.00
Thomas Vanderham 68.25
Kyle Strait 65.75
Kyle Norbraten 65.25
Geoff Gulevich 65.00
Wil White 64.50
Nico Vink 63.50
Brandon Semenuk 63.25
Martin Soderstrom 63.00
Ramon Hunziker 62.50
Brett Rheeder 58.25
Pierre Edouard Ferry 56.50
Darren Berrecloth 55.50
Brendan Howey 41.75

Red Bull Rampage 2012 continued the unique tradition of the world’s premier big-mountain event, bringing progressive moves and creative line selection to a world-renowned venue in southwestern Utah and pushing the evolution of what riders believe is possible.

Canada’s Kurt Sorge topped an already impressive first run — one that put him in the lead — with a second run that pushed him even further ahead, destroying any doubt that the 2012 title belonged to him. A confident approach to the upper section of his line (with 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 all combined to make Sorge’s run tops for the day.

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.

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St. George, Utah local Logan Binggeli (pictured above) 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.

Other highlights included Kyle Norbraten’s back-to-back 360 drops, Kyle Strait’s inverts over drop sections, Nico Vink’s solid style throughout his runs, and Cameron McCaul’s step-down flip near the end of his run, which earned him the Utah Sports Commission’s Best Trick Award.

Event favorites 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.



About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a respected photography expert and adventure photographer. He’s been an Mtbr forum member and contributor since 1999 and you can find his writing and photography across the Web, in mountain bike magazines and on his own Web site, Photo-John.net. John loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, low-visibility powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.

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