Semenuk Joins Strait and Sorge As the Only Three Riders to Win Two Red Bull Rampage Events in Their Careers
Stringing together highly technical tricks in a near-flawless run, Brandon Semenuk claimed victory in the 11th edition of Red Bull Rampage. Joining Semenuk on the podium was Antoine Bizet, coming in at a close second, and Carson Storch, landing on the podium for first time, rounded out third. Twenty-one of the world’s top riders participated in the premier freeride mountain biking competition as thousands of fans across the globe tuned in to watch online.
With the victory, Semenuk joined Kyle Strait and Kurt Sorge as the only riders to win two Red Bull Rampage events in their careers. Semenuk’s winning run not only impressed the judges, but the fans watching at home as well, as he also took home the People’s Choice Award Presented by Polaris RZR for the third year in a row.
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“Winning Red Bull Rampage is an amazing feeling. The event is the pinnacle of freeriding for us,” said Semenuk who won Red Bull Rampage for the first time since 2008.
The competition took place in a brand new venue set against the incredible backdrop of mountainous Southern Utah. This year’s competition went back to basics with an updated event format, providing the riders a clean slate to carve out their own personal lines down the mountain with the help of a 2-person build crew.
“I loved the new venue. There were fewer riders with really big open space, which provided more room for people to get creative. The digging and the builders were on another level this year,” said the champion.
This year’s finals saw remarkable runs down the mountain, which combined speed, style, grit, and unbelievable skill. Semenuk impressed early on with his masterful run, which included a flat-spin 360, flat drop backflip and backflip one-footed can can, earning him a final score of 84.33.
Red Bull Rampage Best Trick presented by Utah Sports Commission:
With a jaw-dropping 30-foot step down 360, Carson Storch mesmerized the crowd and earned the Utah Sports Commission’s Best Trick Award.
People’s Choice Presented by Polaris RZR:
Thousands of fans voted online throughout the live broadcast and selected Brandon Semenuk for the coveted People’s Choice Award presented by Polaris RZR. Semenuk was awarded a Polaris RZR XP1000.
Kelly McGarry Spirit Award chosen by the athletes:
To commemorate the life of mountain biking legend Kelly McGarry, the 21 athletes voted on whom they thought embodied the spirit of McGarry over the course of the last 10 days. The athletes selected Conor MacFarlane for the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award.
RED BULL RAMPAGE 2016 FINAL RESULTS
POS NATIONALITY SPONSOR RIDER
1 Canada Trek
2 France Kona Antoine Bizet 81.00
3 United States Rocky Carson Storch 79.00
4 Canada Polygon Kurt Sorge 78.66
5 United States Commencal Kyle Strait 78.
6 Belgium Canyon Thomas Genon 77.66
7 United States GT Tyler McCaul 76.00
8 Spain YT Industries Andreu Lacondeguy 75.33
9 France Commencal Pierre Edouard Ferry 74.33
10 Canada Trek Tom Van Steenbergen 73.33
11 Canada Canyon Darren Berrecloth 70.66
12 France Commencal Remy Metailler 66.33
13 Canada Specialized Kyle Norbraten 62.66
14 Canada Knolly James Doerfling 60.33
15 Canada Trek Brett Rheeder 54.00
16 Canada Kona Graham Agassiz 50.66
17 United States YT Industries Cameron Zink 47.33
18 New Zealand Knolly Conor MacFarlane 43.33
Red Bull Rampage has become the truest test of skill and mental toughness on a mountain bike. Touted as one of the most challenging events in the world, featuring the world’s best athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations on the planet, the event has become the most coveted title in Freeride Mountain Biking.