Replay: Qualifying - Hardline 2019

Sep 14, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

Watch all the qualifying action from this year's Red Bull Hardline.

bigquotesRed Bull Hardline isn’t an event for the fainthearted. Hailed as one of the toughest downhill mountain bike races in the world, the event returns to the hills of Dyfi Valley in the north of Wales for its sixth edition.

The 2018 edition saw home favourite Gee Atherton taking home the trophy for the first time after a nail-biting final in front 3,000 spectators. Bernard Kerr came in second with Charlie Hatton in third.

Red Bull Hardline 2019 is bigger than ever before. With the worlds best DH riders coming from all corners of the world, expect to see some wild riding in the valleys of Dyfi this weekend.
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6:16 am PDT Kade Edwards is the first rider down with a time of 3:09.206

6:22 am PDT Matt Walker goes almost seven and a half seconds faster than Edwards and into the top position.

6:26 am PDT Alexandre Fayolle sets the first sub three minute run with a time of 2:57.826, beating Walker by nearly four seconds.

6:30 am PDT Kaos Seagrave goes into third, 4.568 back.

6:35 am PDT Dave Mcmillan lays down an amazing chainless run with a huge send on the final jump. But it still puts him 40 seconds back, he will be raring to go for finals tomorrow.

6:47 am PDT Charlie Hatton takes the hot seat with a speed tuck across the line. Hatton's run topped Fayolle by 2.432, that looked like a pretty decent ride, it will be interesting to see if anyone can go faster.

6:52 am PDT Oscar Harnstrom is the first rider of the day to attempt a backflip in their run but after not quite making the landing he drops to sixth place by the finish line.

6:56 am PDT Harry Molloy crosses the line sixth after a great run in his first time racing Hardline.

7:00 am PDT That was so close, Joe Smith just goes into second place by the smallest of margins. 0.071 back for Smith means he misses out on the top spot with some of the big names still at the top of the hill.

7:05 am PDT Jono Jones has a difficult run and goes across the line 8th. He will be pleased to have made it down after his scary failed backflip attempt in practice.

7:10 am PDT Thibault Laly avoids the road gap after getting a flat front tyre further up the course and now slowly makes his way down to the bottom.



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7:20 am PDT Brendan Fairclough does a perfect backflip on the step up and still manages to get third place, what a great run.

7:25 am PDT After putting down a relaxed ride Laurie Greenland completes his qualifying run with a time of 3:00.478, this puts him in 5th place.

7:33 am PDT Gee Atherton lays down an incredible run going two and a half seconds faster than his teammate Hatton.

7:37 am PDT Florent Payet couldn't quite find the pace on track today and goes into ninth, 10 seconds back.

7:42 am PDT It's great to see Johny Salido tackle the Hardline course and after a few wild moments he goes 12th.

7:47 am PDT The Hardline master Bernard Kerr smashes the time of Gee Atherton to beat his time by almost three seconds!

7:50 am PDT Brage Vestavik puts down a solid run to secure 8th place with just two riders at the top.

7:54 am PDT Cole Lucas has a clean ride down but it is well off the pace of the top riders today coming across the line 26 seconds back in 14th place.

7:58 am PDT Gaetan Vige secures a spot in tomorrow's final with an 11th place finish.






71 Comments

  • 68 0
 This is great lots of cameras all over the track, qualifying live, much better coverage than the regular season. This is how all World Cup and World Championships should be covered and Free!! Way to go Hardline!!
  • 26 0
 Would be awesome if Hardline could become some sort of world tour, 3 places or something.
  • 8 0
 I'd lose my mind if we got that level of coverage for WC and W.Champs.
  • 6 0
 Yeah its a bit easier when there are only 20 riders and its a once a year event. Its awesome to finally see them racing this in the dry, Gee and Kerr were hammering so hard.
  • 4 4
 @scott-townes: How does the number of riders effect how many cameras are placed on track and the coverage? Also it being a one off event with much lower revenues then a WC wouldnt that make it harder/ less likely to have such good coverage?
  • 4 9
flag nateisgrate (Sep 14, 2019 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 @grundletroll: because they’re limited to a certain amount of time for the broadcast. Not sure what you aren’t picking up here
  • 6 3
 @nateisgrate: that only limits the amount of time they can show the riders. hence why the lower qualified riders get a very limited showing but yet the top guys still get the full 3 minutes. so once again, the amount of riders does not dictate the number of cameras and track coverage they can do. not sure what part you didn't pick up.
  • 3 7
flag nateisgrate (Sep 14, 2019 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 @grundletroll: yeah you’re still not getting it...
  • 1 0
 @Kre1985 yes! Thought the same as soon as I saw the linked turns, so cool!
Don't know if it's possible at the WC, but this was indeed great!
  • 4 0
 Hats off to Red Bull, HUGE step up in coverage this year with live qualifiers and finals, tons of camera angles, full runs for all riders. Cool to see bigger crowds and good weather this year too!
  • 4 5
 @grundletroll: Aside from time constraints, there are a lot of other differences between the logistics of running a one-off limited DH event like Hardline and a multi-stop WC DH series all over the world with a drastically different number of participants and visitors. If you honestly think they're so similar, its not worth explaining it.
  • 48 1
 Rachel doing great job.
  • 20 1
 Really impressed! Got a good humour along with great knowledge!
  • 15 1
 she has a bright future in broadcasting it seems
  • 4 0
 Agreed, with a little polish she has the chops to be a fantastic commentator.
  • 8 11
 Yeah if she's willing to watch and learn some things about it from Dan then she may have a future in broadcasting.
  • 4 5
 @thesharkman: yeah just like how she learned how to ride bikes by following Gee around. can no longer recognize sarcasm lol
  • 3 1
 @cuban-b: Bravo - your detailed analysis of the sarcasm will go a long way towards helping people recognize it.
  • 4 2
 Agreed.... already way better than Claudio. Other than constantly stating the obvious, I have no idea what he brings to the broadcasts.
  • 1 2
 @Mallet21: he is totally useless.
  • 1 2
 @Mallet21: Let's just ditch them both and replace them with Rachel, who seems to be both insightful AND funny. Two traits that have been absent from the WC season.

And I don't ever want to hear a professional commentator ever finish a sentence with "and stuff" again.
  • 23 2
 coverage is better than at world cups
  • 16 3
 Track is better than world cups
  • 13 0
 Sainte-Anne and Snowshoe to end the year. Hard to complain about those tracks.
  • 1 0
 @Adamrideshisbike: Yeah but like the road gap at Snowshoe was at least 4 times smaller. PSHT
  • 21 0
 #toosteepforsheep
  • 2 0
 I’ll get me wellies Drool
  • 15 2
 i love rachel
  • 13 1
 I saw her first...
  • 2 1
 everyone knows that the second always has a better chance
  • 14 0
 Everyone knows both don't have a chance.
  • 7 0
 insane how fairclough can send a fast lap down the gnarliest track with a massive backflip in the middle and there is barely a mention of it in the comments, the level the sport is at is unbelievable
  • 5 1
 Super happy to see Rachel back in pretty good form. Looking forwards to see her on a bike ASAP.
Beside this, I know that the Redbull Hardline is not a compulsory race, but I would have liked to see Danny Hart, Amaury Pierron, Troy Brosman, Loïc Bruni and other top riders smashing that thing...
BTW: the RedBull broadcast is a bit better here than for DHWC and such. Dig it RedBull...
  • 6 0
 Funny you see Dan welding a pick axe in the beginning. We all know he willed this track into existence by his furrowed brow.
  • 4 0
 Youtube Live is an awesome player.. seems to be much higher quality on the same bandwidth.
  • 1 0
 They just said they hope Harry Molloy makes it in..... Is there a qualifying cut off? There are only twenty people, I hope there isn't a cut off!

I hope Harry and Jono make it through to tomorrow!
  • 2 0
 The top 14 go on.
  • 3 1
 My wife has closed captions turned on. It's histerical how it tries to interpret these two.
  • 1 6
flag PCbroModerator (Sep 14, 2019 at 11:01) (Below Threshold)
 mute is better
  • 2 0
 Waiting on this & subsequent race. Great stuff
  • 2 0
 Absolutely beautiful out there.
  • 2 0
 Does anyone know how a rider gets invited to Hardline?
  • 38 0
 carrier pigeon in a tiny full-face..
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: pigeon in a bull suit probs
  • 3 0
 You first have to provide a doctor's note saying you're a suicide risk.
  • 2 0
 shout out to the physio!...
  • 2 0
 Holy sh*t balls, Jono's backflip bail!
  • 4 3
 I would like a semenuk VS pierron on this track
  • 5 0
 I’m betting Amaury would dominate that situation.
  • 1 0
 This is unreal I love Redbull Hardline ;-)
  • 2 0
 Bro down Rachel
  • 4 3
 So, why don't they have a Novice and Sport category?
  • 1 0
 lots of cameras, very good
  • 2 0
 Ahh, Red Bull Ardline
  • 2 2
 Those look like some really Hardlines to ride.....
  • 1 0
 Rach!
  • 1 0
 You know
  • 1 0
 Live qualies!!
  • 1 0
 Rob looks different.
  • 1 2
 where are all the other riders?
  • 1 3
 If you wanna see Bernard qualifying fastest go to 1:41:50
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