Kurt Sorge Claims Victory At 2012 Red Bull Rampage
Canadian Kurt Sorge came away with the victory at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah. With over 2,000 fans lining the course in the Southern Utah desert, Sorge nailed a pair of gutsy performances, beating out some tough competition. Sorge’s second run proved crucial to his victory as he beat out competitors who threw down a handful of backflips and other gutsy tricks. Also, Oakley riders made up five of the top ten finishers. The seventh edition of the highly anticipated event did not disappoint as some of the best mountain bikers in the world soared to new heights and conquered the highest start in the event’s history.
Sorge, one of the stars of the new Red Bull mountain bike film Where the Trail Ends, threw down an impressive second run which included a superman over a massive jump and a monster backflip before heading down the hill with style off the Oakley Icon Sender, into the dirt quaterpipe below. The ride was enough to beat out second place finisher Antoine Bizet who also threw a huge backflip near the top of his highest-scoring run. Unfortunately for Bizet however, Sorge’s score of 86.75 was no match in the end for his 74.00. Sorge stood by anxiously in the coral waiting for the last riders to come down from the giant course to see if his top score would hold up. That it did, and his friends and family swarmed him, lifting the Canadian high above their shoulders, saluting the champ.
“Today has been stressful and good,” Sorge said. “Stressful and then good.”
The riders at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage were as impressed with the course as the casual onlookers. Some even described it as terrifying. The event was definitely the most bold and daring edition in it’s history and it proved effective in the riders’ performances. The new and improved Oakley Icon Sender was also a huge success, with many riders choosing to launch off one of the three options of this year’s feature. Oakley is proud to have been a part of yet another successful Red Bull Rampage. Congratulations to Kurt on his gutsy winning ride and to all the other Oakley riders who braved the Southern Utah desert this past weekend.
In case you missed the event in person or the webcast online, highlights of the 2012 Red Bull Rampage will be broadcast as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on NBC on December 8th at 2pm ET.
Red Bull Rampage 2012 Final Results
1. Kurt Sorge (CAN) 86.75 OAKLEY
2. Antoine Bizet (FRA) 79.00
3. Logan Binggeli (USA) 78.50
4. Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP) 74.00 OAKLEY
5. Tyler McCaul (USA) 71.00
6. James Doerfling (CAN) 70.50
7. Cameron McCaul (USA) 70.00
8. Thomas Vanderham (CAN) 68.25 OAKLEY
9. Kyle Strait (USA) 65.75 -OAKLEY
10. Kyle Norbraten (CAN) 65.25 OAKLEY
Check out Sorge’s winning run here: