Crashes, Bangers, and Finals Prep at Red Bull Rampage 2012

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Brandon Semenuk ate his Wheaties before coming to the final practice session. - Trumpore
On the day before finals, several riders advancing from qualifiers scrambled to build and ride lines on the upper portion of the mountain. Brett Rheeder's crew goes to work. - Trumpore
It's steeper, bigger, and all around gnarlier up top. James Doerfling makes it look easy though. - Trumpore
Kurt Sorge sends it. Burly? You bet. - Collins
Off the top, some riders will drop down along the ridge with cliffs on either side. Cam Zink makes it look less scary than it is. - Turman
Claw is his own biggest critic. Always has been. His line takes him literally straight down the mountain. - Trumpore
A team of builders works to widen one of the upper ridges, making it a little more feasible at speed. - Turman
Andreu keeps tabs on his competition as his brother Luis weighs in on the unwritten rider code. #dontpoach - Turman
Since Zink was pre-qualified after winning the last Rampage, he and 11 eleven others have been patiently waiting to show the world what they've got. - Collins
Things were looking good for Zink this morning. - Trumpore
Zink dropped from the top of the chute today, building more speed than his previous attempts over the canyon gap at the bottom. - Collins
Sometimes things are best shown from two angles. Have you ever rolled into something this steep? - Trumpore
Unfortunately things went awry when Zink hit the gap late in the day. He bottomed out on the lip, got pitched slightly forward, and overshot the landing on foot. - Beckton
The moment Zink stood up on his own power. His current status is still unknown. We hope to see him in the finals, but his ankles might not let him. - Collins
Brett Rheeder is one of the only riders tricking nearly every time he leaves the ground. Ace Hayden and I witnessed an insane barspin on the upper ridge, just next to the big cliffs. - Turman
Chances are good that Brett's hands won't be on the bars when he flies over this during finals. - Collins
Yep, it's still dusty. - Collins
Justin Frey fills us in on tweaks that Fox made to riders' suspension for the event. We're guessing this Ford Raptor would be a smoother ride than a pro's bike. They run 'em stiff! - Turman
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Thomas Vanderham's first attempt at a massive step up to wallride he built just below the Oakley Sender. He nailed it later in the day. - Collins
Watch out for that cliff! Vanderham made an impressive save on this step up. - Collins
This one's for you, Sven. Wish you could have made it. Heal up. - Trumpore
Busted! - Turman
Every time Antoine Bizet drops in it looks like he's having a blast. We're pretty sure he put in more runs than anyone else today. Rumor has it that he bought his line off Robbie Bourdon, who might not compete in the finals due to a shoulder injury. - Turman
Semenuk's line is big all the way to the bottom. While other riders are coasting into their lines, he's sprinting to build more speed for more air. We think that'll be very favorable when the judges are scoring. - Collins
Shout out to the volunteers that help make the event go off without incident. Riders, remember to tip your bike carriers. Haha! - Turman
Chris Van Dine and Tyler McCaul tag team a ridge line for a GoPro edit. We hope to see the footage someday, because it looked unreal in person. - Collins
Kyle Strait lays it over well past flat while Rene Wildhaber gives the Rampage riders props. - Trumpore
After an initial diagnosis in the pits by a specialist, Brendan Fairclough may sit out finals. A possible torn MCL is to blame. You never know, though, he might just go for it. - Turman
Kurt Sorge does Mitch Ropelato proud by getting it sideways. - Trumpore
Ropelato turned down his chance to ride Rampage for fear of making a major mistake. Gee Atherton made one of those today while riding on an already injured ankle. - Beckton
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Ouch. - Collins
NBC wins the award for the biggest cameras this time. The <u><b><a href="" target="_blank">live stream</a></b></u> is on October 7th at 1pm MT, and the television broadcast will follow on December 8th. - Collins
What's it like dropping into Rampage? Nico Vink fills us in as Strait gazes down his line. - Collins
It's both gorgeous and terrifying out here. - Trumpore
Semenuk's line has had more man hours put into it than any other, and the boys were still going at it well into the dark. We'll see if it all pays off tomorrow as he makes his way down the hill one last time. - Turman
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With qualifiers settled, riders took to the upper mountain, crafting their lines and finalizing plans for the big day. Many stepped up their game, hitting big lines for the first time. Some were more successful than others, but all walked away on their own two feet. - Photos by Brandon Turman, Dave Trumpore, Ian Collins, and Seth Beckton

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