5 Questions with Red Bull Hardline Winner Bernard Kerr

Sep 23, 2016
by Reynolds Cycling  
Bernard Kerr won Red Bull Hardline over the weekend to wrap up his best race season to date, taking the top spot on the podium after hurtling down a brutal action-packed course. Coming in 00:02:40 seconds ahead of the next contender, Ruaridh Cunningham, Kerr made a course that scares most people just to look at, much less to ride, look like what he eats for breakfast. What an animal! Kerr finished Hardline in first place after taking 5th overall in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for downhill where he was an eleventh-hour inclusion on the Great Britain team after Gee Atherton sustained a shoulder injury at Andorra.

Red Bull Hardline 2016

Now that you've been home for a couple days, have you had a chance to relax and see friends and family now that the season is slowing down?
A little bit, but there's still so much to do. I have to empty the team van, set stuff up for Interbike, write a race report and put things in storage so it doesn't get stolen whilst I'm away.

You've got to be happy about your result at Worlds, especially given your last minute inclusion.
Yeah super happy with Worlds. I knew I would be a strong contender there if I had the chance and once I did I knew I had nothing to lose.

And now you’ve taken the title for Red Bull Hardline! Do those tracks compare?
The tracks couldn’t be more different…Val di Sole literally has no jumps and is super rough all the way down, whereas Hardline does have some let up in between the big jumps with smooth flowy turns, although some of them do lead into rocky chutes! They couldn’t really be further from the same thing…Hardline has a lot more flow and a lot less braking bumps!

Winner Bernard Kerr performing at Red Bull Hard Line in Dinas Mawddwy United Kingdom on the 16th September 2016

What was your initial reaction when you walked the course for Hardline this year? People have been saying it was a big step up from previous years. How was your practice run?
Yeah, I was a little nervous for sure with the big metal ramp but the rest was actually really good. They had added a load of little ruts and catch berms that helped the course flow a lot. The first practice run was awesome with all the boys just sessioning each jump and pushing each other to hit the next big feature…the vibe was unreal!

Check out Bernard's winning run here:

Full results here.

So it's a pretty supportive environment? You guys keep each other motivated?
Yeah it's crazy really, all of the guys that you are normally trying to beat at World Cups are all helping each other out and towing each other into the big hits...really just feeding off of each other!

Photo Credit Anthony Pease Photography

How many seasons have you been on Reynolds wheels now? Any standout attributes to the wheels over others you have been on in the past? How'd they feel on the Hardline track?
I've been riding on Reynolds wheels now for 3 seasons and can’t see myself going anywhere soon! I love the sound and feel of the wheels and how on the wheel you can just pump straight back up to speed after a turn or technical sections. The wheels at Hardline were one of the best things. Having stiff carbon wheels going into massive compressions up the jumps and then again when you land really help and give you the confidence to push your bike!

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Bernard Kerr

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  • 124 6
 that reynolds plug was so shoehorned in there... nothing against advertising, but this stinks so bad i think it might actually be considered bad publicity.
  • 16 1
  • 8 5
 It was fine, what do you expect?
  • 9 1
 Maybe trying to fix it up after Elliot's rear wheel completely blew up at Val Di Sole
  • 17 3
 Shameless plug or not, interesting to know he was on carbon hoops.
  • 2 0
 lol, didn't even bother once I'd read the first line of that question
  • 3 2
 Well, in the title line it does state 'by Reynolds Cycling'. Clearly then, it's product placement, which is fine unless it's cheesy.....
  • 53 0
 seasoning jumps is very important, although i often leave them too salty
  • 5 5
 @beatjumper beat me to it, i was going to make a joke about that
  • 1 0
 I like a good cajun rub myself
  • 29 0
 Did anyone else spot that "Whip it 4 Harambe" poster?
  • 8 4
 Loved it! I even rewound it a couple of times to show my daughter that a lot of other people care about Harambe. She was very upset about what they did to him. It's good for her to see that she's not alone in mourning.
  • 13 1
 @jaame: let your daughter know that nearly every high schooler thinks the same thing
  • 13 0
 Congrats Bernard! Definitely my favorite WC rider!
  • 11 1
 whip it 4 harambe
  • 5 0
 Whip it out
  • 8 0
 This course is f*cking insane, that road drop/gap was pretty unreal.
  • 4 0
 I love the hardline live camera coverage. The editing and hand off between cameras was spot on, and the zoom / focus on the long lens was well done. I wish we got this type of coverage on all down hill events. I seem to remember Dan mentioning something somewhere about Hardline being about the track and the spectators and the riders. I think it's a great balance of what the sport should be. I think every bit of the course was covered.
  • 4 0
 Yeah, was enjoying it until the jarring last question. If the question had been about all of his kit and he'd happened to have mentioned the carbon hoops holding up I'm not sure if have noticed but mentioning the specific product in the Q was really odd. Made it stand out way more. Sponsored or not it's just badly done. Only my opinion obvs.
  • 4 1
 Nice to see Bernard getting some great results, love his style. Bumped into him when riding Surrey Hills a couple of years ago, he came across as a thoroughly good bloke.
  • 4 0
 i count 8 questions...misleading tsk tsk
  • 1 1
 Maybe even 9?
  • 3 0
 Might have been nice to ask how he set up his suspension and air pressure rather than asking if he has had time to relax.
  • 1 1
 Great feedback. Thanks!
  • 4 0
 rad. rad. rad. rad. advertorial!? WTF?
  • 1 0
 well done Surrey lad, cant believe the first few comments on here are about him plugging carbon wheels - its his job to sell bike stuff !!!!
  • 1 0
 Hey, I have a question. Does Barry Manilow know, that you raid his ward robe?
  • 1 0
 Dannnng what a course!!! Wish this would stay a track.
  • 1 0
 Very Clean And smooth Line , very impressive ! Control Jumping whououh
  • 1 0
 Shameless advertisement at the end, what the hell was that??

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