Words by Flow, Red Bull | Images by Red Bull / Bartek Wolinski, Garth Milan, Paris Gore, Christian Pondella,

With arguably his best ride in his storied Red Bull Rampage history, Kurt Sorge took home gold at the 12th edition of the most coveted mountain biking event in the world. Rounding out the Red Bull Rampage podium was Cameron Zink, freeride mountain bike icon, coming in a close second, and rookie Ethan Nell, a twenty-year-old Utah local who was competing in the event for the first time, taking home third.


Kurt Sorge – first place

Cam Zink – second place

Ethan Nell – third place

Sorge, Zink and Brandon Semenuk were all battling it out for the first ever Red Bull Rampage hat trick. At the end of the day, with a score of 92.66 in his first run, Sorge came out on top and not only became the 2017 champion but the first athlete to take home three golds – cementing him as the winningest athlete in Red Bull Rampage history.

Sorge’s winning run included a huge step down flip // Paris Gore

2nd placed Cam Zink shared an opening chute with Strait and Ferry // Bartek Wolinski

“I am speechless. I can’t believe it. It was a lot of work out here for a couple of weeks, and to make my diggers, everyone back home and the fans proud, is out of this world,” said Sorge.

“All riders were going huge and doing technical tricks off all of the big features – putting together really technical flowy lines,” said the champion.

Local Ethan Nell stepped up for his first Rampage and launched into 3rd // Garth Milan

Sorge // Bartek Wolinski

Judged on four sets of criteria, including difficulty of line, air amplitude, control and fluidity, tricks and style, all athletes worked to impress the judges as they rode down the other-worldly terrain of Virgin, Utah, just outside of Zion National Park.

Semenuk, the winner from Red Bull Rampage 2016, and Brett Rheeder both fell in their first run and then took on their second redemption run with confidence, putting together solid performances to claim fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Two-time winner Brandon Semenuk oozes style // Garth Milan

Even when (rarely) not pushing the trick envelope, Brett Rheeder brings the style // Bartek Wolinski

Building upon the success of last year’s format changes, the elite group of 18 riders and their two-person build crews created their own manmade lines down the mountain without the use of power tools. As a result, no two riders’ paths down the near-vertical sandstone ridges were the same.

Kyle Strait has ridden a lot of Rampages, and thrown some huge suicide no handers // Bartek Wolinski

T-Mac stomped a flawless second run, but his line choice didn’t deliver the result he wanted. // Garth Milan

Thomas Genon dropping in // Paris Gore

Carson Storch nailed his 360 drop last year // Paris Gore

Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard starting his steezey run // Christian Pondella

Andreu Lacondeguy had his flat-spin-Indian-air-seat-grab dialled in practice. He landed it in his first run. Not his second // Garth Milan

Andreu’s hand slipped off his saddle mid spin – yikes! // Christian Pondella

Tyler McCaul’s opening drop was exposure central. Think coming up short would be bad? Either side and it would be all over // Paris Gore

T-Mac stomped a flawless second run, but his line choice didn’t deliver the result he wanted, finishing in 9th. // Garth Milan

Tom Van Steenbergen executed a perfect front flip high on the mountain // Bartek Wolinski

France’s Pierre-Edouard Ferry touching down halfway down the steepest line on the mountain. // Bartek Wolinski

Voted on by the fans, French phenom Antoine Bizet (left) was awarded the coveted People’s Choice Award Presented by Utah Sports Commission. The participating athletes awarded Pierre Edouard Ferry (right) the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award, presented to the rider that most embodied the spirit of the mountain biking legend. // Bartek Wolinski

(L-R) Cam Zink, Kurt Sorge and Ethan Nell // Garth Milan

RED BULL RAMPAGE 2017 FINAL RESULTS

1. Kurt Sorge (CAN) – 92.66
2. Cameron Zink (USA) – 90.33
3. Ethan Nell (USA) – 90.00
4. Brandon Semenuk (CAN) – 89.66
5. Brett Rheeder (CAN) – 89.33
6. Thomas Genon (BEL) – 89.00
7. Carson Storch (USA) – 87.66
8. Kyle Strait (USA) – 87.33
9. Tyler McCaul (USA) – 87.00
10. Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN) – 84.33
11. Andreu Lacondeguy (SPN) – 83.00
12. Antoine Bizet (FRA) – 81.66
13. Darren Berrecloth (CAN) – 81.00
14. Vincent Tupin (FRA) – 78.00
15. Pierre Edouard Ferry (FRA) – 76.33
16. Logan Binggeli (USA) – 69.66
17. Bas Van Steenbergen (CAN) – 68.66
18. Ryan Howard (USA) – 67.66

We survived! // Garth Milan

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