Chaotic Kyle Strait takes second victory with speed style and death defying amplitude.
(Oct 10-13, 2013) VIRGIN, UT—The biggest tricks in mountain bike history showcased just how far the bar has been raised since the first Red Bull Rampage in 2001. Early last week the event started taking shape as riders showed up with their crews of helpers to build freeride lines that were unthinkable twelve year ago. The biggest line was off the new Oakley Sender, a 78 foot down and out drop that only Cam Zink and Kyle Strait were able to land. James Doerfling attempted it in practice, and gave everyone a big scare when he dumped his bike in a split-second effort to avoid certain disaster.
With little question, the top three spots went to the men who put the most on the line. Even though Cam Zink simply rode out the bottom half of his run, Zink’s big mountain line and back flip off the Oakley Sender, the biggest back flip in mountain bike history, earned him a deserved third place. In second, Kelly McGarry wowed the crowd with a huge back flip over the 73 foot canyon gap, which was also enough to earn him a first-ever Red Bull Bike People’s Choice Award. For another first, Kyle Strait won the Red Bull Rampage for a second time with a clean fast and thrilling ride down some of the steepest lines on the mountain and notably capped his run off with a no-hander off the Oakley Sender.
For those who missed the internet broadcast, the event will be broadcast on December 21st on NBC at 2:30 pm ET. For now, enjoy the photos below for a taste of mountain bike freeride history.
Brendan Fairclough's canyon gap was big enough and scary enough to get him through the qualifiers and earn an 8th place in the finals.
Chris Van Dine was on a good qualifying run until over-cooking this jump, and practically landing and crashing out on the flat.
Mike Montgomery throwing a big no-hander in the finals to take 12th place.
Paul Basagoitia made the step-up, but crashed out near the very end of his finals run.
Mitch Chubey was another rider that was close to having a great run but failed to complete his first run, although he did land this giant sized jump.
Graham Agassiz getting his big mountain line dialed in practice.
The evening before finals, Cam Zink and Kyle Strait teamed up to help each other figure out the Oakley Sender. Andrew Lacondeguy (center) also had a look with them, but wanted no part of the massive airy exposure on the big Oakley Sender.
Logan Bingelli straight aired the second biggest jump from the sender several times in practice, but things went awry when he attempted to back flip it on his second finals run. After his first day on crutches with a broken femur, Bingelli is in good spirits and on the road to recovery.
Cam Zink recounts how he and Strait conquered the Oakley Sender. Cam's giant back flip video.
Tom Van Steenbergen clears the massive canyon gap jump in qualifying.
Kyle Straight has a good last look at the drop off the Oakley Sender before smoking it on his last practice run.
T-Mac, Tyler McCaul whips it good in the finals.
Wil White took 14th in the Red Bull Rampage Finals.
Kyle Straits no-hander off the Oakley Sender and clean ride earned him his second Red Bull Rampage victory. The crowd went berzerker when he rode out of the transition at nearly 40mph. See the video here.
Thomas Genon displayed some solid big mountain riding to take 10th place.
T-Mac took fifth on his first run, but his second run with this hair-ball back flip didn't count since the event was called due to deteriorating weather conditions.
Former Rampage champion, Brandon Semenuk, hit the ground earlier and kept riding to throw a nice whip on his second run to only crash even harder on the following step-down. His end result was a 0 for the event since he didn't complete his first run.
Andrew Lacondeguy took another fourth place at the Red Bull Rampage, and had the nastiest superman of the whole event on the lower Specialized jump.
Nico Vink riding his way into a 7th place Red Bull Rampage finish.
Brendan Howey was throwing down to crack the top ten with an 8th place finish.
James Doerfling layed down a solid second run, which included this huge back flip, but unfortunately it was his second run and did not count.
Red Bull Rampage podium with Kelly McGarry, Kyle Strait and Cam Zink. All got a custom handmade 250mm crank arm for an award.