Making History - Red Bull Rampage 2013 Finals 22

<b>With his name at the top of the board, everyone was watching Lyle as he popped corks and started to celebrate. Congrats, Kyle Strait and crew, for a job well done.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Strait drops into his winning run on a line that had zero margin for error. It would eventually lead him to the Oakley Icon Sender - the biggest drop he's ever hit.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Regardless of conditions, Strait knew he'd throw those hands back once in the air.</b> - Collins

<b>Strait and his number one fan, Rachel, just moments after his big win.</b> - Turman

<b>Strait won Rampage back in 2004, and now that he's back at the top of the results board, he's become the first rider to win it twice.</b> - Collins

<b>Slim and Griz, the guys that busted their butts to shape Strait's winning line.</b> - Turman

<b>Kelly McGarry is one of the most likable and friendly guys out there, so after stomping a solid run it was no surprise to see him crowned the winner of the People's Choice Award.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Awesome indeed.</b> - Turman

<b>Everyone knew McGarry would start his run out with a flip, but what came next left us all in awe.</b> - Trumpore

<b>As if a 73 foot canyon gap wasn't enough to worry about, this was the run-in McGarry had to negotiate just to get to the approach. His girlfriend Sam knew he could pull it off.</b> - Trumpore

<b>The first time Cam Zink looked over the Oakley Sender he looked back with a smile, knowing exactly what he was going to do. His last time over the Sender he looked back at me as well, although this time he was upside down.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Commitment on another level.</b> - Turman

<b>Last year's winner, Kurt Sorge, weighs in on Zink's big move that landed him Best Trick and 3rd place.</b> - Turman

<b>Stomped it! Both Strait and Zink shared the same line. Griz talks about what could have been.</b> - Turman

<b>The front face of the upper mountain is as steep and gnarly as it gets. Trust us when we say that no photo can really do it justice. You would be amazed watching Zink ride this line in person.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Following a last minute decision to come out and multiple hospital visits for Zink leading up to the event, the sigh of relief to see him make it down safely was a BIG one for his girlfriend Amanda.</b> - Turman

<b>Andreu Lacondeguy charged the gnarly upper mountain and threw huge moto-inspired tricks at the bottom to earn 4th for the day.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Incredible.</b> - Turman

<b>James Doerfling has probably never felt as far from his bike as he did during this moment. The big mountain ripper will get his redemption next year.</b> - Turman

<b>Brandon Semenuk making moves.</b> - Collins

<b>It was a rough day in the office for Semenuk, but we all know he had it in him.</b> - Turman

<b>Brendan Fairclough built himself a properly sketchy approach to his canyon gap and nailed his finals run to take 8th. Just a few inches to the right and he'd have been out of the running. Talk about precision.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Garrett Buehler tamed the steeps and charged to a 9th place finish.</b> - Collins

<b>Straight up Strait talks about the decision to cancel the second run for many. Bummed out and walking down, the riders think about what could have been after high winds shut the event down.</b> - Trumpore

<b>While most spectators couldn't feel the wind from the bottom, from high on the narrow ridge it was gusting hard and changing directions constantly. It would have been truly dangerous for anyone to drop in.</b> - Turman

<b>With just minutes until go time, fans and friends rallied to complete the last feature on Tyler McCaul's line.</b> - Turman

<b>Tyler's drop-in near the start was incredibly exposed. As the first man down the hill and with no practice the morning of, this would be his first time going over the edge.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Hands on or off, Tyler's step down was of epic proportions.</b> - Collins

<b>Wow. Ryan Meyer weighs in on T-Mac's line.</b> - Collins

<b>Cam McCaul had a solid first run, but definitely had room to improve. The big tricks planned for run two were never able to materialize, and he would settle for a bittersweet 7th place.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Even with tacky dirt replaced by classic Rampage dust, Pierre Eduard Ferry had no issues with traction and blazed down on his way to 6th.</b> - Trumpore

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>PEF sealed the deal with a big spin near the bottom.</b> - Turman

<b>Thomas Genon may be more well known as a park and slope rider, but he has roots in DH and it shows. After failing to qualify at last year's Rampage, he put more time in on his big bike this year and it paid off with a 10th place finish.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Logan Binggeli was on an amazing run. Unfortunately he would take a HUGE slam after landing this flip off the Sender. We're glad to hear that he's already on the mend following an immediate femur surgery.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Wil Black and White.</b> - Collins

<b>Yeah boys! The fans made the experience on site even better, Huck-O-Meters and all.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Norbraten with perhaps the biggest 360 drop of the day.</b> - Turman

<b>Even with a crash, Norbs continued to throw down on his first run.</b> - Turman

<b>Paul Basagoitia charging hard into a revised line he saved for finals.</b> - Turman

<b>After a week's worth of digging an amazing line and promise of a double flip, 20 feet is about as far as Antoine Bizet would go. Following a 2nd place finish last year, it's hard not to wonder what could have been.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Graham Agassiz as dumped as could be.</b> - Robinson

<b>With a day of building lost earlier in the week, many riders were still finishing their lines for finals on Sunday morning. Aggy hit this massive drop for the first time in run one having only had a chance to look over the edge prior.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Each year the level of riding goes up a few notches at Rampage. Aggy's massive drop to dumped 360 is just one of many examples.</b> - Trumpore

<b>We love it too. Congrats to all the riders and builders for crushing it this year.</b> - Turman

<b>Behind the scenes... Four dudes crammed into a makeshift office in the back of an RV, whose lack of sleep was replaced with beer, coffee and some very long days in the desert. Stay classy Virgin, Utah. We'll see you again next year!</b> - Trumpore

After weeks of build up, the Pros took to the Utah desert one last time, each of them searching for Rampage gold. Battling time, traction, mental blocks and weather, the riders all put their best foot forward, making the plunge down the massive mountain. From record setting flips to broken curses and first time senders, these are the stories that highlighted the incredible day.

Photos by Brandon Turman, Dave Trumpore, Ian Collins and Fred Robinson
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22 comments
  • matt?

    10/16/2013 4:18 AM

    any chance of making that Agassiz photo of that dumped 3 (by Robinson) a vital computer background? I could happily see that every day

  • sspomer

    10/18/2013 12:10 PM

    Here's a wallpaper of Graham's 360 thanks to Ian Collins - http://p.vitalmtb.com/uploads/1105/grahamrampage.jpg - for your screens only!

  • matt?

    10/21/2013 4:09 PM

    You bunch of heroes! I need to check my emails more often to find follow up comments of goodness like this

  • Ian Collins

    10/16/2013 9:39 AM

    I second this....and I have a full size version of it....spomer? turman? let's make this happen!

  • NoahColorado

    10/15/2013 7:40 PM

    Why didn't Zink finish his run?

  • Shrockie

    10/15/2013 7:53 PM

    He was too stoked from landing the flip. he was worried he'd crash and get no score. Which makes sense after watching Aggy miss his last big move.. He was on a helluva run, too.

  • faster_than_u

    10/15/2013 3:47 PM

    Best Rampage run of all time for me is Gee in 2010

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    10/16/2013 3:55 PM

    Hard to disagree with you there. Strait definitely had the speed/flow going, which is why I feel he deserved the win, but when you let a world champ lose he's gonna pin it. The speed Gee carried all the way down was such a fun variation as opposed to the creep-n-huck that we're so used to seeing. Too bad the WC stakes are so high, obviously he and Mick have too much to lose if they wreck. Hope to see more WC pros at the next Rampage.

  • faster_than_u

    10/18/2013 1:34 AM

    Red bull pay for spectacle, a big 360 (or flip) is the best. The best in terms of pure mountain biking perfection in rampage...its Gee's run!

  • bikes_bikes

    10/19/2013 4:09 AM

    agreed it was the best for 'pure' mountain biking...that is subjective of course...but tricks are from bmx, mountain biking is from mountain biking.

  • faster_than_u

    10/15/2013 3:46 PM

    Is it just me or has rampage become too much about one BIG trick, and the rest of the run is of little importance????

  • kvnsimons

    10/15/2013 12:17 PM

    I went for the first time. Utterly speechless to how HUGE these lines are...I think that the riders should be ready to go for Saturday morning, take a vote, and when the wind is right, DO IT! Saturday, Sunday...whichever. These lines were so SICK and dangerous that taking the wind out of the equation with a two-day window would be the safest bet. Make the decision and let the crowd watch practice or go ride the old course!

  • davetrumpore

    10/15/2013 2:16 PM

    Saturday is for riders who qualified on Friday to build lines for Sunday. The schedule was already cut short a day after the rain shut everything down for the entire day on Thursday, and riders were scrambling to finish.

    Most lines were not even ridden until Sat. night including the Oakley Sender, and T-Mac and Aggy finished their lines just before finals Sunday morning.

    And when you are doing live TV and working with NBC sports with such a large scale operation it is not so simple as just saying, hey lets go.

  • Shrockie

    10/15/2013 10:59 AM

    Good to hear Norbs backing up Strait about not dropping in the 2nd time due to wind.

  • canadmos

    10/15/2013 10:58 AM

    Its incredible how sitting there, on my couch, watching dudes fly down this hill was getting my adrenaline flowing harder than it does when I ride my own bike.

    These guys are nuts. This competition is nuts.

    And I love it.

    Biking is the best sport on the planet and we as a collective have the most amazing set of athletes, amateurs and all around awesomeness in the sport.

  • Big Bird

    10/15/2013 8:56 AM

    Perhaps they should hold the event in the morning if they know that a storm is coming in the afternoon. But then one of them said it was windy in the morning too. How bout a giant Red Bull tent over the entire venue?

  • canadmos

    10/15/2013 10:44 AM

    A Biodome perhaps.. :D

  • davetrumpore

    10/15/2013 11:11 AM

    @big bird, the rapid temp changes in the desert make the mornings windy more often than not. On Sunday morning the event was delayed due to the fact that the wind was nuking through the venue. At 9am it was so strong even at the sheltered base camp that I had serious doubts there would be any comp at all.

  • sideshow

    10/15/2013 8:40 AM

    Forever the rowdiest mtb'ing event; Insanity indeed.

  • sspomer

    10/15/2013 8:33 AM

    ALL TIME AWESOME! way to go boys!

  • LTdslr

    10/15/2013 7:44 AM

    Such a rad event. I need to make it out there next year to shoot!

  • Philkmetz

    10/15/2013 7:32 AM

    VitalMTB slideshows are the best, you guys rock!

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