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Nov. 8, 2018, 8:52 p.m. -  Cam McRae

I guess I could have been more clear about the elements I appreciate and those that irk me some. I didn't write it as a list or a spreadsheet but I mentioned several things I love about Rampage and several I wasn't so hot on. Sorry if that wasn't clear.  What I said was there is the perception of bias, and that bias towards those we know and who are similar to us is unavoidable and well documented scientifically. These are unconscious rather than deliberate or mean spirited. Then I listed the riders that fans and commentators have suggested (rightly or wrongly) received scores lower than their runs deserved - none of whom are American. There are six judges and 5 are American, and this is an international competition. That makes no sense to me and it certainly wasn't tongue in cheek.  I proposed more practice time and mentioned that it was very unusual to see Semenuk miss a move twice by a wide margin. I talked to Jordie Lunn about practice time and he told me that he was unable to finish his line or get enough practice in. That's one of the things I dislike about Rampage - incomplete runs. Rider judged events with money involved get tricky. Riders have biases towards those who they know well and with whom they share sponsors. I like the concept but I don't think it's practical. Judged events  will always be controversial unfortunately, and because there are so many variables involved in Rampage (as I mentioned) it's one of the hardest events to judge.  Thanks for your comments.

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