Upside-Down and Inside-Out: Antoine Bizet on His 2nd Place at Rampage

Antoine Bizet went into this year’s Red Bull Rampage with something to prove. You see, last year, he nailed his whole run before going down on a double backflip attempt that put him off the bike for the next eight months. Bizet returned to the Utah desert with a positive attitude and the desire to simply put down solid runs and get scores on the board. Of course, once the wheels were in motion, redemption on the double backflip was in his sights…

Photos by Ale di Lullo.

Bizet on Preparing, Both Physically and Mentally…

This year I made sure everything was perfect on my line. I trained a lot and waited for the wind to be perfect to drop. I was still pretty stressed before my first run, even if I knew my line perfectly it’s a terrifying event to be at the top!

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On Aggy’s Crash…

A bunch of us riders were watching his run from the top ridge and as soon as he crashed everyone hated it, yelling big and long “nooooo”, grabbing our heads, couldn’t believe what we just saw. It showed that we’re more a bunch of friends than competitors against each other. He was on a winning run for sure! It was beautiful and terrible at the same time. We felt better when we saw the ambulance coming to get him – we knew that if it had been a really bad injury, the heli would have come. After this we got back to the contest hoping he’d be good, and kept this crash in our heads like a reminder that things can go wrong so quick. Wishing a good recovery to my teammate.

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On What Could Have Been…

My goal in the first run was really to make it to the bottom in a simple, fast and massive way, and get redemption on last year’s crash. I had a few things to add for my second run, but it was hard to choose – I didn’t want to do too much and crash! I was planning to flatspin 360 the step down right after my double flip, but I landed too low on the no-hander above. Because of that I didn’t send the double flip and then knew it wasn’t a 1st place run, so just flipped the step down for the fans and made it to the bottom in one piece. That was my main goal!

On the Wind…

The second run was actually less windy than the first one. If conditions weren’t perfect I don’t think I would’ve sent it knowing I was 2nd.

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On Finding Out He’d Clinched Second…

I thought there were a few riders who might able to beat me, but at the top I saw the big fishes going and I realised it would probably stay. What a sick feeling! It felt crazy of course! I didn’t come in a competitive mindset this year – I just wanted to have a full run, something I hadn’t done since my first time and first second place at Rampage in 2012.

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On Dropping in Knowing He’d Already Landed on the Podium…

I knew I could add things and Brandon was only 3 points away from me, so as conditions were good I went for it and I’m glad I did – I’m one of the only riders who made it twice perfectly to the bottom! After that I just was enjoying every little part: signing shirts and taking pictures with fans for a long time and enjoying all the smiles and congratulations of friends and fans… and the after party… oh man! I missed it all!

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