Troy Lee Designs’ Cameron Zink Narrowly Misses Red Bull Rampage Win in Utah2017-11-02 10:35
Legends of free-ride mountain biking and Team TLD stars Brandon Semenuk, Cam Zink and Tom VanSteenbergen arrived in the southern Utah desert to compete in the 12th running of the RedBull Rampage. The most-watched mountain biking event on the planet allows riders to sculpt their lines on the steep and treacherous terrain with hopes of Rampage gold. In the end, Cameron Zink earned the runner-up spot, with Brandon Semenuk and Tom VanSteenbergen also finishing in the top 10 for TLD.
Cam Zink, the world record holder for the longest backflip and 2010 Rampage champion, decided to start things off with a bang by building the most death defying entrance into the belly of the beast with a 63 degree vertical drop - the steepest drop in Rampage history. This sent Zink into a massive canyon gap at over 40 mph and onto the upper ridge where he would enter into his biggest trick of the day - a massive flat drop backflip that stole the show. He would then finish it up with another flat backflip and even a 360 at the bottom. Zink immediately went into the lead with a 90.33 and stayed there for most of the day, until eventual winner Kurt Sorge just edged out Zink’s score.
“I did all I could, gave it my all, made some little mistakes and thought it was enough, but I’m happy and healthy,” said Zink. “I had my family here, sponsors, friends, and walking out of here healthy is always a good way to end a day!”
Zink rode Rampage in a new prototype jersey, an all-new Skyline Long sleeve that will be available in early spring 2018. It is designed with an all-new fit and fabric that is easy to wear on the trail or hitting the big mountain lines like Zink!
Brandon Semenuk, last year’s champion and one of the few to have won the event two times, was not only fresh off his win at Crankworx Whistler, but also a recent podium finisher in rally car racing in Canada! Semenuk also had an insane entry into the belly that he built together with TLD teammate Tom Van Steenbergen. The entry double-drop also was an elevator shaft that sent them into a high speed corner and where Semenuk set off a string of crazy tricks including a risky backflip onto a spine ridge. That led into his biggest move, the 47 foot step-up hip, pulling off a flat spin 360 with nac-nac variation thrown in!. Semenuk was on pace for a high scoring run, but he landed a little off on his flat drop lily pad jump and slid out in the corner.
Semenuk had to hike back up to the top of the ridge quickly as he would go first on Run 2, stopping to sign autographs for the young fans at the finish area before rushing back up. His second run was impressive, scoring 89.66, 4/10ths off of a third-place finish and rounding out the day in fourth.
“It was an awesome day, great conditions, everyone got a solid run in,” said Semenuk. “The overall vibe was great. I’d say it could be the best Rampage ever. Intern and Wyper worked so hard, made our line so sick too. I am really stoked on the day.”
Tom Van Steenbergen, the youngster from Kelowna, BC competing in only his third Rampage, was primed to get a good result as he came into the event injury free unlike his last Rampage. Van Steenbergen’s first run was full of huge tricks, but a couple bobbles cost him some points. He relied on his second run to improve his score. He had millions of TV viewers in disbelief when he was eyeing up his first drop, staring for minutes at it, and then did a Ninja drop where you throw the bike away from you and jump down onto it. He carried on the rest of his run to perfection and the judges only awarded him an 84.33 for 10th place, which still prequalifies him for the 2018 Rampage event.
“That Ninja drop was really scary, probably the biggest one I’ve ever done," said Van Steenbergen. "If you didn’t land it you would fall off a crazy cliff, glad to make it happen. I was a bit shocked on my score, but that’s how it goes. Pretty stoked on my run, how I rode, and was surprised by my girlfriend who came all the way from Canada as well as my mom and dad. The most important thing is that I’m always stoked to leave here without being severely injured!”
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Red Bull Rampage – Virgin, Utah
Kurt Sorge, Canada
Cameron Zink, USA
Ethan Nell, USA
Brandon Semenuk, Canada
Brett Rheeder, Canada
Thomas Genon, Belgium
Carson Storch, USA
Kyle Strait, USA
Tyler McCaul, USA
Tom Van Steenbergen, Canada
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About Troy Lee Designs
For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets "For The World's Fastest Racers." TLD's relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.
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