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Red Bull Rampage: People’s Choice Award

We talked to Antoine Bizet after Red Bull Rampage and asked the friendly Frenchman about his run, the People’s Choice Award and his plans for the off-season.

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet

Bizet is currently out and about in New Zealand and it seems like we'll see more of him soon.


Antoine, congratulations on the People’s Choice Award at Red Bull Rampage. Why do you think viewers voted for you and what was your reaction to it?
Thank you, it feels really good! It's never easy for me to speak objectively about my own performance, but I showed the best run I had that day. I was incredibly stoked! Apparently the spectators liked my run too, so it feels awesome. Every day I become more aware of how special the price is. Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I'm already thinking about how I can put on an even better show next year!


What do you think about your run and your rating in general?
I was very happy with my run. Compared to last year, I was much faster, more controlled and had better tricks. Most of all, I'm happy about my backflip on the ridge and the frontflip on the step-down. Usually I never comment on my ratings, but after watching the replays I think that I clearly got 8-9 points short. So I'm pretty disappointed. A couple of the other riders said to me, "Come on Bizet, don't make it a big deal. You've been rated too low, it happens to all of us." But I'll talk about it. I trained hard for the biggest event of the year and when you think that you deserve almost 10 points more, of course it feels very bad. However, thanks to the People’s Choice Award, it’s fantastic to know that I’ve received so much support.

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet


How did you plan your run? What goes through your head when you tackle such daring lines?
Like most of the others, I improved my line from last year. I teamed up with Tommy G and built a big drop. Unfortunately, it didn't work because our landing slipped away shortly before the final. As a result, my step-down, on which I showed the front flip, was the new main feature. Riding these lines is absolutely crazy! You are aware that because of the cliffs, the consequences of a mistake are more severe than in any other event. We are all extremely focused and very nervous before we drop in, but when you are ready, drive off and just "send", there is no better feeling!


Tell us something about your ROSE, what is your setup?
My ROSE SOUL FIRE is equipped with pedals from HT Components, handlebars, stem and wheels from SPANK, brakes from TRP, saddle and grips from Fabric and tires from Michelin. I prefer air suspension on my bike. I can use it to set my bike extremely hard for rampage or big jumps, or even softer when it's in the bike park or on rough surfaces. What I like most is how light the bike is, which makes it very playful and easy to carry to the top. In addition, the color combination in black and yellow is simply awesome!

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet


You have been injured for a long time this season. How was the rehab process and how did you get fit again for Red Bull Rampage?
Yes, my ankle has been giving me problems all year. In July I finally decided to have him operated and to get myself fit again for Rampage with as much rehab as possible. I trained a lot for two months and it paid off in the end. It was a tough decision to have an operation, but I think it was the right one.


What are your plans for the next year? Which events are you most looking forward to?
I plan to do some of the big FMB slopestyle events next year. However, I would also like to have more time for freeriding and filming. I've already got some great projects planned for the winter, so there'll be more news soon.

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet


So can we prepare for new footage of you in the near future?
Yes exactly! I filmed a lot during Red Bull Rampage and I definitely want to do more of that in 2018. There was once the "From Bizet With Love" series, which I really liked. Hopefully we can get back to it soon. I also want to do a "big bike" edit and a slopestyle edit for the whole season next year. I really enjoy filming because I can show my style better there than at contests.


What are your plans for the off-season?
My off-season plan is the best I've ever had. I will spend the entire winter in New Zealand with my ROSE SOUL FIRE and THE BRUCE. I bought a van a few days ago and I'm going to check out the best spots all over New Zealand. A surfboard and a unicycle would be fun too ... My main goal, however, is to get a season pass for Queenstown and simply go freeride and downhill all winter. You can follow everything on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet


How did you get to the Big Mountain Events in the first place?
I loved playing with the shovel as a child. I always made jumps exactly the way I wanted, no matter where I was. As a former gymnast, I also like to compete in competitions. The mix of all of this and the fact that I grew up watching the New World Disorder movies naturally led to big mountain events.


If you could drive your SOUL FIRE anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A trip to the Gobi desert would be great. The terrain there looks fantastic and it would be a really cool adventure to get to know the culture there at the same time. I hope that at some point I will have the opportunity to bike there.

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet

More information about ROSE Bikes at: www.rosebikes.com and Antoine’s SOUL FIRE can be found HERE.

The replay of the live broadcast of Red Bull Rampage can be found HERE.

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet

Boris Beyer Red Bull Rampage 2017 - Antoine Bizet