Laying it on the Line at Red Bull Rampage 2012 7

First light. Rampage finals day. Are you ready for this? - Trumpore

Cam Zink headed out at 7AM to see if his ankles could take it after his big bail. They couldn't. He's a champ for even trying. - Turman

Evan "The Intern" Young makes final touches to Semenuk's line, just moments before the big show. - Turman

The crowds arrived early, knowing they were in for something incredible. - Turman

Brendan Howey was the first rider to drop in. He set the stage with a solid run, including this massive suicide no hander. - Turman

For having sore ankles, Geoff Gulevich sure sent it big. 11th on the day and a coveted pre-qualified spot for next year's Rampage. - Turman

Kyle Strait killing it up top. Dialed moves like this slotted him into 9th place. - Trumpore

Strait again at the bottom - almost nailed it. The soft dirt wreaked havoc on more than one rider. - Turman

These guys earned the best spectators on the hill award, hands down. - Turman

Brett Rheeder was the only rider to trick the first drop, on either side of the mountain. He went down on run one, but recovered nicely for the second go. - Collins

Casey Groves started the day rough. An early morning crash left him on the sidelines during finals. He was in good spirits though. - Turman

The Claw! His line was so burly up top. Straight down... - Trumpore

Crashes during both of Berrecloth's runs kept him from showing us his true potential. He was charging on run two, but slipped up on a 360 over the final hit. - Turman

Tyler McCaul had it planned from the get go. Top five and still alive. - Collins

Wind or no wind, TMac sent this massive hit both times. Burly! - Turman

Last year's Rampage winner and this year's FMB World Tour Champ. - Turman

Ramon Hunziker going large. 16th place and a good time at his first Rampage. - Turman

The heat of the day was clearly getting to a lot of people. Wake up dude! You're missing the show. - Collins

Photogs lined up side by side knowing what was in store when Semenuk came down. - Trumpore

Even Semenuk gets nervous before dropping in. Ian Collins nabbed this unique perspective of his big move.

The crowd got behind Cam as he launched into orbit one last time, earning himself a solid 7th place. - Turman

Down the hill and healthy. Cam can't complain. A backflip down low also earned him Best Trick. - Beckton

James Doerfling showed off his big mountain skills with an impressive route down the front face. - Trumpore

No gloves and a tank top - an unlikely recipe for success? Doerfling nailed down 6th. - Collins

"Wherever you'd like, honey." Doerfling left a mark at Rampage 2012, and we're guessing he'll go bigger next time around. - Turman

Martin Soderstrom faired well for rarely riding a DH bike, let alone sending it off cliffs. - Beckton

What kind of tweaks do the pros make? TMac runs us through his Rampage setup. - Collins

Andreu Lacondeguy bombs his way to a 4th place finish as Chris Canfield gives us his thoughts on what may be the burliest event yet. - Trumpore

Thomas Vanderham has now been to seven Rampages. Seven! The vet wound up taking 8th. - Trumpore

Logan Binggeli launches from the Oakley icon Sender, which was used by the top four riders. - Turman

Binggeli did it for the Utah locals when he spun this big-wheeled backflip on his way to the podium. - Turman

Antoine Bizet caught everyone by surprise, even himself. - Beckton

Kurt Sorge, your 2012 Rampage champ. - Trumpore

Almost speechless. - Trumpore

For coming together as it happened, things went very well for Sorge. - Trumpore

Robbie Bourbon insisted the podium boys stay hydrated. - Collins

Lots of time riding big mountain paid off for Sorge. His runs were dialed from top to bottom. - Trumpore

The bike that won the gold. Zink says it was well deserved. - Trumpore

Sorge closed it. - Turman

That's a wrap. We're hightailing it out of the Utah desert. See you next year, Rampage. - Trumpore

After weeks of building up to the big day, the Pros took to the Utah desert one last time, each of them searching for Rampage gold. - Photos by Brandon Turman, Dave Trumpore, Ian Collins, and Seth Beckton
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  • Mr. P

    10/9/2012 8:07 AM


    Nuts coverage!


  • vics26

    10/9/2012 7:41 AM

    Is there a Rampage next year or do we have to wait till 2014?

  • bturman

    10/9/2012 8:23 AM

    We heard from several people that Rampage will now happen every year, instead of every other year. Stoked!

  • iceman2058

    10/9/2012 10:34 AM


  • RPereira

    10/9/2012 2:35 AM

    Even Zink acknowledges that Norbraten got screwed over...

  • Pininator

    10/8/2012 11:11 PM

    He didn't just shut it......he slammed it. While a few of the guys deserved a higher ranking than they received, nobody topped Sorge. No debating that.

  • iceman2058

    10/9/2012 10:32 AM

    Totally agreed. No appeal possible.

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