Canadian Kurt Sorge is no stranger to the Red Bull Rampage: He placed second in 2008 and won the event in 2012. This past Friday in Virgin, Utah, Sorge was back on top, placing first at the 10th edition of the Rampage. Sorge made the freeride course, with a 1,000-foot vertical drop, look effortless, completing dangerous jumps and back flips with ease. When Sorge safely got to the bottom of the mountain, he hopped off his bike and hugged a fellow rider, Graham Agassiz, who told him, "Nice run, dude."
The Rampage let's competitors build their own trails and jumps on land marked by sheer cliffs and narrow ridgelines. Judges score each run for difficulty and tricks, pushing the riders to ever more impressive and dangerous stunts. Though Sorge seemed at ease on the course, Boston rider Nicholi Rogatkin suffered a brutal crash and tumbled down the side of the mountain headfirst. After getting up on his own, with a bloody face, Rogatkin shrugged off the medical staff, put his helmet back on, and finished his run, even completing a back flip at the end.
As for the rest of the top finishers: Andreu Lacondeguy took second, Agassiz finished third, and Brandon Semenuk nabbed fourth. If you missed the competition live on Red Bull TV, NBC will be showing it again on December 27 as part of the Red Bull Signature series.
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