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Video: Rampage rider falls off cliff, finishes run anyway


Massachusetts-native Nicholi Rogatkin is no slouch of a pro mountain biker. The 19-year-old finished third overall in this year’s FMB World Tour and is competing in his second Red Bull Rampage. In Thursday’s qualifying round, Rogatkin suffered one of the scariest crashes in the event’s history but managed to finish his run, including sailing over a massive canyon gap and back-flipping the final feature.

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The best slopestyle run ever?


Video by Mind Spark Cinema and SRAM

Trick list

  • Opposite Truck Driver
  • 360 Downside Tailwhip
  • Backflip Double Tailwhip
  • Barspin
  • Cork 720
  • Backflip Tailwhip to Can
  • Backflip Barspin
  • Double Tailwhip
  • Double Truck Driver
  • Flat Drop Backflip
  • Barspin
  • Opposite Barsin
  • Cork 720

Results

  1. Brandon Semenuk 93.8
  2. Nicholi Rogatkin 90.4
  3. Thomas Genon 88.0

Replay

Watch the full Red Bull Joyride replay at Redbull.tv

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Video: ‘The Road to Rampage – Episode 6, The Final Destination’


Courtesy of Red Bull

After a week of building in the desert it’s time to ride. While Andreu and Kyle are pre-qualified Tom has some unfinished business to attend to before qualifying. As Tom confronts his goals in qualifying, Kyle and Andreu prepare for two runs and one chance at Rampage gold. The entire season comes down to this, but who will stand on the podium at this years Red Bull Rampage.

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See all the episodes of Road to Rampage here.

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Go behind the scenes at Rampage with Scott Sports


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Photos courtesy of Red Bull

Scott sent no less than seven athletes to Red Bull Rampage this year, each armed with the latest Gambler downhill bike. Three made it to the finals with Brendan Fairclough, above, and Paul Basagoitia, below, cracking the top ten and Louis Reboul nearly cracking himself when he came up just a bit short attempting to backflip the 70-foot canyon gap. He was carried off site on a backboard but was cleared at a local hospital and will make a full recovery.

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Rampage isn’t just a bunch of dudes hucking off a mountain. Weeks of planning, backbreaking work and incredible pressure go in to making the event happen and making it to the top step. Scott Sports captured all the action in its latest Moments Of series with a special mini-site dedicated to the action. Check it out at momentsofsport.com/rampage.

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Andreu Lacondeguy wins 2014 Red Bull Rampage


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Courtesy of Red Bull

After three straight years of coming in 4th place, Spanish athlete Andreu Lacondeguy broke his curse in a big way, coming out on top with an emotional victory after fighting back nerves and a stacked field of competitors. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Southern Utah landscape, 20 riders thrilled fans tuning in live across the globe to watch an event considered the pinnacle of freeride mountain biking.

Highlights

The sun came out in Virgin after a weekend that saw severe weather and flash floods in the area, and many of the biggest stars in the sport were shining with runs that combined speed, style and big tricks. Lacondeguy topped the field with one of the steepest and most difficult runs possible, capping with a huge flatspin backflip off the Polaris RZR booter. Previous Rampage champion Cam Zink earned the Best Trick, presented by Utah Sports Commission, for a massive 360 drop at least 60 feet off a cliff. His run also earned him the second place spot on the podium. Canadian rider Brandon Semenuk earned 3rd place and the People’s Choice with a line stacked with tricks, including an opposite 360 and backflip one footed can-can. He also secured the overall FMB Diamond Series Championship with his points from the event.

While top qualifier Graham Agassiz had to drop out of competition due to an injury sustained in practice, several qualifier athletes and Red Bull Rampage rookies made their mark, including Jeff Herbertson and Szymon Godziek who both back flipped a 73’ canyon gap. The new course for 2014 started as an open canvas for athletes, who alongside a team of builders shaped their lines 10 days previously, working their way down 1,000 vertical feet of cliffs. Athletes are judged not just on tricks but the difficulty of the route they choose, as well as their speed and style on how they get from top to bottom.

As Andreu Lacondeguy prepared for his run, his nerves were running high, but so was his desire to finally be on the podium.  His first run proved to be all that he needed to finally accomplish his dream. “I knew I needed that extra little bit to be on the top and this year I just picked the steepest line. As soon as I heard the countdown I just got out of the cage and pinned it to the bottom.”

Watch his winning POV video here

As he went to the top to prepare for a second run, he watched the rest of the riders try to beat his score without success. As soon as his fiercest competitor Brandon Semenuk finished his run and he saw the score would not top his, he put down his bike and wiped away tears, as his dream was finally realized.

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Watch the entire competition here.

Final results

  1. Andreu Lacondeguy      ESP 95.25
  2. Cameron Zink              USA 89.50
  3. Brandon Semenuk        CAN 89.25
  4. Kyle Strait                    USA 89.00
  5. Brett Rheeder                CAN 88.50
  6. Kyle Norbraten                  CAN 82.75
  7. Jeff Herbertson              USA 82.50
  8. Brendan Fairclough      GBR 77.25
  9. Paul Basagoitia             USA 76.50
  10. Mitch Chubey               CAN 76.25
  11. Szymon Godziek          POL 76.00
  12. Kelly McGarry              NZL 73.25
  13. Thomas Genon             BEL 71.50
  14. Louis Reboul                FRA 70.75
  15. Carson Storch               USA 69.25
  16. Pierre Edouard Ferry    FRA  67.50
  17. Geoff Gulevich              CAN 66.00
  18. Ramon Hunziker          SUI 37.75
  19. Tom Van Steenbergen   CAN 35.00
  20. Mike Montgomery        USA 24.00

Red Bull Rampage Best Trick presented by Utah Sports Commission: Cam Zink, 360 Drop (60+ feet)

Red Bull Rampage People’s Choice Award presented by Army National Guard: Brandon Semenuk

 

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Video: ‘The Road to Rampage – Episode 5, the End of the Road’


Courtesy of Red Bull

It’s finally time to put some shovels in Utah’s red dirt, so Kyle, Tom and Andreu make the pilgrimage to Rampage. With a new venue comes a lot of new unknowns and our 3 riders must battle and collaborate with the other 35 athletes to find the perfect line. You can spend a year dreaming of your ideal Rampage run but you only get one week to build it. Will Andreu, Tom or Kyle have the creativity, shovel skills and raw talent to stand on this years Rampage podium?

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Watch all the episodes of the “Road to Rampage” series here.

 

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Video: ‘The Road to Rampage – Episode 4, Weathering the Storm’


Courtesy of Red Bull

It’s time for the last stops in the chaotic season leading up to Rampage. Kyle and Andreu head to Retallack Lodge to take on some of the biggest  jumps ever built for a mountain bike but first they will have to take on the local weather. With time ticking down Tom is still injured and doing everything he can to prepare off his bike and Kyle leaves Retallack early to help a good friend achieve a life long goal.

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See more episodes of “The Road to Rampage” here.

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Video: ‘The Road to Rampage – Episode 3, Riding with Legends’


Courtesy of Red Bull

As the clock ticks down for Rampages it’s time for the biggest mountain bike festival of the year, Crankworx Whistler. Kyle pursues a title that has alluded him for years against his biggest competitor and best friend Cam Zink. Tom heads to the foam pit to test his shoulder and get some riding in with slope-style prodigy Brett Rheeder. Meanwhile, Andreu get’s a history lesson from big mountain legend Robbie Bourdon.

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See more episodes of “The Road to Rampage” here.

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Semenuk wins Red Bull District Joyride in Nuremberg


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Courtesy of Red Bull

Amazing tricks, top-notch riding and an electrifying atmosphere – the world’s best 24 mountain bike slopestyle athletes put the ancient city of Nuremberg at the pinnacle of action sports during Red Bull District Ride. Over the course of two days, 84,000 fans filled the weaving alley ways in this historic city. On Saturday along, more than 62,000 spectators lined the streets around the hand crafted parcours, designed to push the best riders to their limits.

Flowing through the cobbled streets, Canadian Brandon Semenuk linked up the perfect run to seal the victory. Following closely behind, was his fellow countryman Brett Rheeder, third spot went to Belgian Thomas Genon. Further information and results on www.redbulldistrictride.com.

From the castle to the main square, the historic city of Nuremberg was once again the stage for the return of Red Bull District Ride. Through the cozy medieval alleys, fans could get up close to their idols as the most talented mountain bike athletes flew between the buildings, mere meters away from the tape.

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The madness began with an incredible eight meter drop from the castle walls. It then continued to weave through the cobblestone-alleys of the Franconia capital. The course was spiced up with a range of diverse obstacles, that had athletes searching for creativity. The most unique feature was the open loop in the GoPro Upside Down District. The third section, the Amarok Four Pack District sent the riders flying high above the crowds before hitting the Pick Up! Street Cannon District which required a solid bag of street style skills.

Despite having to throw down the biggest and baddest tricks throughout the course, the final Big Air District is where riders could make or break their run. On the gigantic final jump, athletes soared 15 meters to the landing and performed mind blowing tricks roughly eight meters above the ground. Needless to say, there was no room for error. Standing above a sea of cheering fans, they dropped in from the mayor’s office window on the fourth floor of the city hall and ran up speeds of 60 kph before taking to the skies.

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On Saturday morning the full pack of 24 riders was slimmed down to 12 in the qualifying rounds. Towards the end of the finals, it became apparent that the battle for victory boiled down to a head-to-head battle between the two Canadians Brett Rheeder and Brandon Semenuk.

The atmosphere was tense, but nonetheless, spectators kept shouting and cheering to show their support. Rheeder took the lead by a tiny margin after the first run, but his head start was short lived as Semenuk put together an unbeatable run, gaining an advantage of just 00.84 points. The 23-year-old Canadian dropped in with a backflip one foot can and completed the first district with a technical 540 barspin.

A blind flipwhip and a backflip through the open loop linked the second district together nicely. An oppo-double tailwhip and a 720 barspin sealed district three. In district four, Brandon rocked a clean 360 x-up over the Street Cannon. His incredible run was finally over with a stylish backflip barspin to one-foot can on the massive Big Air District. His efforts resulted in a score of 92.87 and rewarded him with the victory.

Brett Rheeder impressed the judges with his corked 720. Rounding off the podium was the Belgian, Thomas Genon, who showed a massive flatspin invert in the Big Air District. “I am so stoked that I made it to the top of the podium”, said Brandon Semenuk. “With such an amazing number of spectators Red Bull District Ride is totally different from all other events. I am overwhelmed that I could deliver such a run.“ By grabbing the win, Brandon Semenuk overtook Anthony Messere in the FMB Diamond Series ranking and is now the hottest contender for the FMB World Tour champion title.

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Video: ‘The Road to Rampage – Episode 2, Training and Injuries’


Injuries are part and parcel to Rampage with such huge risks involved. While Andreu trains with his brother at home in Spain, Kyle and Tom dive into this year’s contest season from two very different angles. Kyle pursues his passion for racing and Tom goes to Europe for a Slope-style competition. It’s a decision he will quickly regret as he suffers an injury that could take him out for the season.

See more episodes of Road to Rampage here.

 

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Red Bull Rampage returns – September 26-28


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The event that has launched viral video stars and dropped thousands of jaws returns to Utah this fall, a freeride mountain biking spectacle known the world over as a proving ground for the best, bravest and most well-rounded rider on two wheels. Red Bull Rampage, a marquee event in the NBC Signature Series, will take place near Virgin, Utah with the finals set for September 28, 2014 and airing on NBC, November 30th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Order tickets and see highlights from 2013 here.

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Highlights from Red Bull Rampage 2013


On a gusty day in Southern Utah, a group of 25 daring mountain bikers blew the doors off what is possible on two wheels, unleashing some of the biggest moments the sport has ever seen. While mother nature only allowed for one full run before the conditions made it impossible to ride, that was all that was needed for event veteran Kyle Strait, who won the event for the second time—eight years after his first Red Bull Rampage title.

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Video: Gee Atherton at the Red Bull Foxhunt


One of the more creative mountain bike race formats is the Red Bull Foxhunt, a tangled mess of riders “hunting” Gee Atherton down Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails in Northern Ireland. Watch as 400 riders, dressed in matching red hunting jerseys, slip and slide their way down the mountain in pursuit of the pro. Last year only one rider managed it but this year 30 out foxed the Fox. First place went to Colin Ross who thundered into the finish line arena with a good lead ahead of last years winner Greg Callaghan of Dirt Norco with Joe Barnes of the Dudes of Hazzard in third.

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