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Munich, September 27th 2012 – Rampage is back! On October 5th – 7th amongst a crowd of world-class riders, three athletes will battle on the blood red dirt of the Utah desert at Red Bull Rampage for the 2012 FMB World Tour title: Brandon Semenuk, Martin Soderstrom and Thomas Genon. Red Bull Rampage is a big mountain event at one of the world’s ultimate mountain bike proving grounds. So what better place can there be to hold the final battle for the 2012 FMB World Tour and the golden Camelbak Better Bottle? Only the crème-de-la-crème of mountain bikers can compete and you will be able to watch every breath taking run LIVE via www.fmbworldtour.com. Based out in the remote, hazardous and picturesque desert in Utah, this second and last Diamond event of the FMB World Tour is the one event that no one wants to miss!
So far in the 2012 FMB World Tour season we have had the pleasure to witness true progression in the disciplines of Dirt Jump, Slopestyle and Big Mountain. The riders have never failed to stun us with their bigger than ever tricks and daring combos. This August at Red Bull Joyride one rider – Brandon Semenuk who is the defending FMB World Tour Champion, had the chance to take home an early overall victory as 2012 FMB World Tour Champion but due to two unsuccessful runs, the battle for the title moves on to Red Bull Rampage. This was good news for Martin Soderstrom, who since Bearclaw invitational has been right on Brandon’s tail for the title and the golden Camelbak Better Bottle. With Martins 2nd place finish at Red Bull Joyride, he heads into the season finale only 32.5 points behind Brandon. Underdog, Thomas Genon stunned the world in amazing style with his victory at Red Bull Joyride and consequently earns himself a place as the third and final rider still in contention for the FMB World Tour title.
Every rider has their strengths and weakness’s– some prefer big mountain, some prefer slopestyle or pure dirt jumps. Brandon Semenuk when he was only 18 years old already won Red Bull Rampage back in 2008. He is going to Red Bull Rampage with a point’s advantage and more experience at big mountain events than his FMB World Tour title rivals – so although he is the clear favourite, Red Bull Rampage is the ultimate challenge for every rider and this mountain really is anybody’s to conquer! Theexcitement is growing day by day and we all want to know who will be the 2012 FMB World Tour Champion. To give you a better idea of how many fingers to cross for your favourite athlete the graph below explains the current overall ranking scenarios for Red Bull Rampage and the FMB World Tour title. For example, the graph shows that if Brandon Semenuk places 7th at the event, then Martin Soderstrom has to place a minimum of 3rd to beat him, or Thomas has to win – otherwise, Brandon with his point advantage will be FMB World Tour Champion for the second consecutive time.
So - Brandon Semenuk, Martin Soderstrom and Thomas Genon – these are the riders who will be battling it out on the dirt of the Utah desert for the 2012 FMB World Tour title. Take a look at the graph and make your prediction on who will be the 2012 FMB World Tour champion – remember, there can be only one!
But make no mistake, there are plenty more world-class riders wanting to stand in their way and win this glorious event! Aside from the thrilling battle suspense for the FMB World Tour title, lets not forget that Red Bull Rampage brings together the best and most daring of mountain bikers. Riders like defending Red Bull Rampage winner and 2010 FMB World Tour Champion Cameron Zink, the mad Spaniard Andreu Lacondeguy and as a real treat, British downhill legend Gee Atherton will be taking to the mountain. You can check out the Red Bull Rampage teaser here.
This year the FMB World Tour has had a record-breaking amount of LIVE webcasts and Red Bull Rampage will be no exception! Bring the popcorn and strap yourself in for the ride because, thanks to Red Bull Media House you can enjoy all the action from Red Bull Rampage via the LIVE webcast on www.fmbworldtour.com. Tune in and be the first to know who is crowned 2012 FMB World Tour Champion and take home the brand new, golden Camelbak Better Bottle trophy!
There you have it – Red Bull Rampage is back! The 2012 FMB World tour finale is upon us and this last Diamond event will be the ultimate test for world’s best mountain bike athletes.
About the FMB World Tour Trophy – the golden CamelBak Better Bottle
This years FMB World Tour trophy will once again be sponsored by hydration specialist Camelbak as the FMB World Tour golden Camelbak Better Bottle, to crown and appoint the Champion of 2012. The socket of the trophy is a handcrafted abstract sculpture of the FMB World Tour logo made of Turonian stone and crested with golden highlights (Design and production by Anke Tovenrath). The unique vessel is a gold platted CamelBakBetter Bottle carrying an 85x80 mm FMB World Tour logo made out of pure gold.
About the FMBA
The Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) is a non-profit organization that follows the goal of guiding the mountain bike freeride sport into a more professional direction and firmly establishing it in the world of sports. To achieve this goal, the FMBA promotes high standards of judging, course design and safety and implements them in all events of the FMB WorldTour. Athletes and event organizers are provided with a tangible world ranking system and reliable guidelines forming an organized and structured framework for a free and creative sport.
About the FMB World Tour
The Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour integrates contests of the highest level from all over the globe into one overarching competition for the title of FMB World Tour Champion. All athletes with a membership of the FMBA have the opportunity to become the next FMB World Tour Champion. FMB World Tour events envelop the many facets of the freeride sport including: big mountain, slopestyle and dirt jump.