Video: Red Bull Hardline - Dan Atherton Full Run

Nov 25, 2014
by Lauren Jenkins  


Dan Atherton the creator of Red Bull Hardline takes us for a GoPro run of the track. Fast, Technical and with huge jumps is this the most intense downhill run ever?

Red Bull Hardline 2014


Mentions: @GTBicycles @redbullbike




196 Comments

  • 270 7
 This is what every World Cup track should look like!
  • 49 3
 Death tolls in mountainbiking would skyrocket! But I agree, the tracks should look a little bit more like this and a little bit less like Leogang. Next year is going to be sick though with two new tracks (Lourdes and Lenzerheide) and Val di Sole is back on the schedule again.
  • 103 1
 WORLD CHAMPS 2016 ON THIS TRACK
  • 41 1
 My forearms are in a state of paralysis from just watching that... That looks like every amazing WC track rolled into one!
  • 8 0
 Well that's what i was going to say a proper DH track like in the good old time when the tracks ware killing hard and not for everyone for sure/ By the way @dudeism have you been to Leogang the bottom bit its kind of good proper DH for me Leogang Maribor Schladming are kind of proper DH tracks and they have a bit of everything and they are gnarly as well Wink (love the rock-garden at Maribor)
  • 4 4
 Rumors are that Maribor will not open in 2015
  • 43 0
 luckily i was sitting on the toilet when i watched this. no laundry today.
  • 8 2
 Definitely a world cup course!!! much more intense and fun than windham
  • 9 16
flag abzillah (Nov 25, 2014 at 12:14) (Below Threshold)
 Youtube video player sucks, this video should have been uploaded onto pinkbike.
Pinkbike video player > Youtube
  • 4 3
 For the biggest video sisitin the world, I agree, it is shite.
  • 9 0
 No your computer or internet connection is shit.
  • 6 3
 Yes my internet connection is shite. That doesn't stop almost every other video sharing site working to a reasonable standard. YouTube is by far the worst.
  • 89 1
 Would love to hear Claudio Calouris commentary as he previewed that!

so when is the world cup coming to Wales?

Ft William & Langynog
  • 16 3
 Agreed, Wales is definitely THEE place to ride in the UK. So tired of Fort Bill. Don't get me wrong I love Fort William and it's great to have an hour and a bit down the road. However, The Welsh (with a few English builders) have taken riding so much further in recent years and deserve a little limelight.
  • 21 0
 Claudio comment will sound like: ouch ouch i nearly killed my self ouch here we go again uaauuuu that was a long flight oppps
i missed the landing step up uaaaa i fetl too short Smile Smile
  • 19 0
 No he would sound like oooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
  • 4 1
 dragrider was really spot on i heard claudios screaming while reading that
  • 1 0
 Dovey valley ???
  • 2 1
 @small-tales

There's more to scotland than fort william you know. Wales does have some ace dh tracks though, better than alot of the marked ones in scotland. Shame caersws is no more Frown
  • 4 2
 @turtlesauce2000 - I know dude, I live, ride and build in Scotland. But my comment was in relation to Kimbers comment "when is the WC coming to Wales?"

How many years has the World Cup gone to Fort William? A wee facelift in what, 2007? But the same old tired track. It's not going anywhere. So why not move the calendar around a bit? Hell, I'd like to see more of South America or Asia. It's supposed to be a World Cup.

And there's a lot more to british riding than scotland i.e. Wales... It's where it's been at for years now. Face lifts on cwmcarn, afan, new places like BPW, Ffestiniog, black mountain cycle centre.

I wish there were more places in Scotland, I really do. Until then, I'll just keep building my own :-)
  • 2 1
 The problem is nowhere in wales currently has the capacity to run the WC, fort william draws in about 20000 fans. It would be mad to try and host that in a welsh field. If you could somehow teleport this track onto the nevis range hillside.... that would be rad.
  • 4 1
 I'll admit, there is no where else in the country that meets all the regs the UCI enforce. But that's not to say it could never happen. Simply needs investment. Believe it or not there was a time when the Nevis range didn't have a track. My point is this merely highlights the incredible scene there is in Wales, which doesn't exist in Scotland. Don't get me wrong, they're are worse places to live and ride than Scotland. But it's not got the riding wales has. Just giving props where props are deserved. Well done Dan, Rowan, Shawn and others that have really lifted the game in recent years.
  • 66 0
 that death-gap at the end...would be the very last time you come up short...
  • 9 0
 Thats what I was thinking, I love all the boulders in the gaps.
  • 8 4
 I just wish i could ride it! no matter the time just to clean the entire track would be sweet
  • 5 0
 All the tree stumps at the beginning look like kidney killers too! Wow, that looked fun.
  • 52 1
 Most MTB edits are usually filmed on clean, smooth and tidy bike park styled tracks. Yet here's Dan Atherton again, showing us if you have the determination and motivation to build your dream track then it can be done. This video along with the Quarry he sculpted in Wales for Four by Three are just steps ahead of so many other projects. I mean the guy even makes the World Cup tracks look like childs play compared to what he builds. What an inspiration.
  • 36 0
 2016 world cup round?
  • 13 0
 Yes, this needs to happen.
  • 11 3
 Too narrow for a world cup track. Shit would be absolutely unrideable come race day. Maybe if you make those narrow single tracks wider...
  • 10 1
 Gaps too large for a few of the women to be used in a World Cup. Like someone said a few of them are 'death gaps', if you don't make them, you die!
  • 5 1
 My vote is : equal prizes for both sexes if they clear the jumps ... Or...
  • 5 2
 They would obviously build ride arounds, and make some of those gaps less consequence, i don't think the tightness would matter too much. I think they should go for it.
  • 11 3
 i thought the reason for this was to push the limits of the sport? not to make it easier so others could ride it.
  • 2 0
 it should be top 5 riders of each list get a choce to compete and some invites as well
  • 3 0
 Hutch, they can still push the limits of their sport on a course that is different from the men's since they have their own set of limits. The vast majority of women racers would need different (yet still challenging in their own way) lines or else it would hinder progression not promote it. I would see it similar to the Alpine FIS World Cup- women have different courses than the men and they are still able to push and progress their sport and varying disciplines.
  • 7 6
 i don't want to be the douche, but downhill is downhill, and if you can't ride it, then downhill is not for you. Go ride enduro instead imo
  • 4 1
 Why don't we just leave the World Cup as it is and punctuate each round with one of these in between. Twice as much action then.
  • 2 2
 because it doesnt do its name justice... 'Downhill World Cup' but as someone said, it aint if you can podium on an enduro bike.
  • 12 0
 Hutch, I agree that downhill is downhill, but 60+ foot gaps aren't for women. Having ridden with some of the top 10 WC women, they absolutely rip downhill, but sometimes they simply can't carry the speed required to hit such huge gaps. Women freeskiers have the same problem with the men's huge slopestyle jumps- the size of the jumps hinders their progression because they spend all their energy & effort on clearing the jump and can't be bothered to throw a proper trick. This is why alpine world cup has separate women's events- it's still hardcore downhill that would make any normal human shit their pants just tailored to the limits of the women. It is the absolute testament of their skills while still encouraging progression within the women's realm and abilities
  • 5 14
flag HutchJR (Nov 25, 2014 at 12:00) (Below Threshold)
 It might be irrelevant, but i think that if a talented girl follows the same training regime from a young age, they could do almost the same as a man. the problem is that alot of women don't do that.
  • 16 0
 If that was true Hutch mate, then Rachael would be hitting these jumps no problem.
  • 7 0
 I guess this is where alpine skiing proves that this doesn't happen. Girls start at the same age and same regime as the boys and push & train just as hard, but they simply are smaller and lack the physical aspects that the guys have. Rachel Atherton and some of the other girls train just as hard as (or harder than) many of the guys, but they aren't at the same level as the men. They hit the same lines in a WC course, but the stuff here in this event even Danny Hart comes up short on.
  • 4 1
 I was just thinking... I know I'm stupid hah
  • 32 1
 Man, that track looks so incredibly gnarly, absolutely brutal! Is it just me or would you guys have also liked to see what that top section would have looked like with actual trees instead of just the stumps?
  • 14 0
 You probably wouldn't be able to see the woods for the trees.... ;-)
  • 4 0
 That track looks ace. Dan still pinning it awesome!
  • 21 0
 They need to bring back the Atherton project!
  • 2 0
 What a sick track. OMG, the gnar. Crazy stuff and they actually raced it. WTF?
Sad that Gee had a puncture...
  • 16 0
 Those stumps at that speed were wigging me out..I'd rather have the trees!
  • 2 1
 Any of you guys seen Gees run yet? Looks as though he's a bit slower as Dan, but that could just be me. What do you guys think?
  • 3 0
 Gee was fastest in qualifying and fastest in the race until he got a puncture.
  • 1 0
 Thought so too.
  • 13 0
 why Dan is not sponsored by redbull , he deserves his blue and gray helmet
  • 3 0
 Hes got all that land to do whatever he wants with and the bike setups from GT. Screw the RB helmet!
  • 9 0
 holy shit. holy shit. holy shit.
  • 8 0
 I do believe Affy has taken the Go Pro competition to the next level.
  • 7 1
 The actual video on the race as well as all the rider POV's can be watched on redbull.com/hardline
  • 1 0
 I was psyched, then I realized it's only about 6 minutes of highlights.
  • 1 0
 Nice find buddy, why wasn't this on Pinkbike?
  • 4 0
 Ha ha, now it is! Come on Pinkbike, you're making me look like a tit.
  • 1 0
 A 7 minute event? Such a tease.
  • 7 0
 He couldve killed himself approximately 102 times, i counted
  • 7 1
 HOLY SHIT!!!! I would love to see Claudio's Run on this track
  • 8 2
 now ride that on your enduro!
  • 1 8
flag jrocksdh (Nov 25, 2014 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 Ya I didn't see his bike, fury or sanction? (I'd wager new sanction w/fox 36/170 wld work)
  • 4 0
 Uh...no. that was 100% on a fury. You'd be mental to tackle that on a sanction.
  • 2 0
 For sure...buddy sent me link to dans pov first, i commented, then saw the redbull edit which answered my Q.
  • 6 0
 Dan Atherton training for enduro again?
  • 2 0
 I think women could compete here. Of course, would have to be the most physically disciplined to clear those gaps. Fact is that women do possess the biological ability to match most men in the leg strength dept. It's upper body where they're roughly 40% weaker (all without juicing of course). Anyway it's certainly possible but maybe not so likely.
  • 8 4
 the beggining of that track looks so sad with all those three stumps. What a beautifull forest must have been there.
  • 16 0
 Wouldn't have been beautiful... just dark and gloomy 'pine'. Nothing like a true natural British deciduous woodland.
There will be new trees planted there that grow crazy fast and prevent most of the natural wildlife thriving. Just part of the UK Forestry Commission. Almost all of our trail centres are on similar land
Smile
  • 5 0
 It's a love hate thing... I hate coniferous forests. Absolutely nothing natural or beautiful about those tree stumps in a perfect line. However, if deciduous woodland were to be restored, and I believe it should, this track would never exist. Or at least not in this incarnation.
  • 6 0
 Exactly, its a working forest. Enjoy ur paper, wood, heat, et al.
  • 5 0
 The majority of heat in the uk is either central heating provided by gas, or electrical i.e. Nuclear/coal burning power stations. Paper is dying out, reminds me of 'The Office' episode where he gives a lecture on paper... "Now write this down"... Typing on laptop ensues.

It's actually the main reason why we have so many trail centres pop up in the UK in the last 10/15 years. Timber production is lagging and they need a new revenue... Mountain bikers...

There are many conservation projects in the UK to restore it's deciduous woodland. I personally am working for a charity called 'trees for life' restoring the Caledonian forest.

As said it's a love hate. Working forests are dying out but hopefully we the users of the countryside will be it's future.
  • 2 1
 Yep, sadly if it were a deciduous woodland there'd be some dailymail, peace crisp eating lobby group that would prevent anyone going anywhere near it.
  • 2 0
 Afan sucks now the hill side has been felled.
  • 3 0
 Daily mail? That lot would concrete every inch of our island. Now it's those guardian reading mother f*ckers that would set up camp at my trails, because I'm moving dirt around. Anybody that doesn't use the countryside except when it's lovely and sunny and suits them can do one!
  • 1 0
 @pigman65 The felling at Afan is due to a tree disease. Unfortunately Cwmcarn is also due to be heavily felled for the same reason. On the plus side, they're replanting with more natural woodland apparently so in a decade or so the trails will be even better, or at least that is the hope.
  • 1 0
 @swansejack22,let's hope so,i hate the desolation.
  • 4 1
 Gaddam...........Dan "iz" the man!!!!!!!! Biulds a course like no other.... HMMMMM, can u say new worldcup track!!!!!!!!!!!!! Call it SUPER D GNAR!!!!! haha
  • 2 0
 Or dan's Super gnar............?
  • 1 5
flag splsce (Nov 25, 2014 at 8:38) (Below Threshold)
 Yea but "Hard Line" I think I expected more, call it, Super Casual.
  • 3 0
 Super casual..........dunno bout that hahha some them gaps look brutal an rockgardens
  • 1 0
 Yea I watched the race footage and that settled it... Way sick, Dans PoV made it look pretty average
  • 4 0
 DUDE. Sick Run and SICK COURSE! This should be the NEW standard for World Cup DH courses!
  • 3 0
 I agree.. Tracks like this would definitely separate the men from the boys..
  • 2 0
 someone said Afan is rubbish now its been felled, people that raced down stage 4 at the UKGE round will deffo disagree. because most of us hit one.
Is this at Revolution bike park/Atherton's quarry
  • 2 0
 no sorry Andy, this is not at Revolution. I believe its near Machynlleth in the Dyfi area.
  • 4 0
 Pucker factor is way high for that track.
  • 2 0
 Seriously, I thought I was the one who was about to come up short a few times there.
  • 4 0
 One of the most impressive dh trail i ve seen !
  • 4 0
 Thats how we do it in Blighty
  • 3 0
 And the world wonders why so much downhill talent is coming out of the UK at the moment. Top class Dan!
  • 1 0
 Agree it would make one of the best courses on the world championships but due to the location of the course it's never going to happen. Gutted as its in a beautiful place and arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  • 5 1
 What a track!
  • 5 2
 I was scared that he wouldn't made it through the forest with those balls.
  • 2 0
 Thats a proper hard, long WC track, make some chicken lines and you're on...
  • 3 1
 Absolutely sick track....... now imagine it in the wet ? Wales ? California it ain't ;-)
  • 3 0
 Holy shit! That was super bad ass!
  • 1 0
 seriously. what the Schmitttt!!
  • 4 0
 No. F&cking. Joke.
  • 3 1
 Should be called Red Bull DreamLine for me... it is also hard but looks very nice for riding
  • 2 0
 That track reiterates how insanely quick the WC guys are...best speed perspective I've seen in a DH video for quite a while.
  • 3 0
 Down Hill Racing at its best..
  • 3 0
 Christ on a bike that is something else
  • 1 0
 Wow what a great format! would love to see more of this! world cup racing with massive sections and with red bull = big prize money
  • 1 0
 Dan is the man! Genus track, didn't imagine you would ever find something that long in Wales. There is so much potential in this world when it comes to trail building.
  • 1 0
 4 mins Plus of hardcore riding Dan, that is insane!!! You are a well conditioned fine tuned machine, your bro and sis are too, just saying you deserve equal recognition.
  • 3 1
 One of the sickest trails I have ever seen!!! Good job Dan
  • 2 0
 I got winded watching that
  • 1 0
 The GoPro guys have got the stabilization settings on the 4 just right, it seems.
  • 2 0
 Good grief that road gap at the end. Holy cow.
  • 3 0
 SICK TRACK!!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome trail, Excellent rider..
  • 2 0
 So this is better than half of the world cup tracks nowadays!
  • 3 1
 HOLY shit!!! I want mooooore!!!!
  • 1 0
 Seems like a good portion of the track is out in the open so hopefully Red Bull brings in a chopper to do some filming.
  • 2 0
 drone
  • 2 2
 Now we all know that,is realty this track looks even more technical, thru camera lens you lose some of real magnitude of terrain, Dan is so good rider .
  • 3 0
 greg390 is not so good at reading, writing or speaking english
  • 1 0
 sorry for mistakes, english is not my native language.
  • 1 0
 no worries dude, english is like riding-you only get better by practicing. i'm sure you speak english way better than i speak your native tongue. cheers!
  • 2 0
 Wow.. .That was Gnarly. My hands hurt just watching it.
  • 2 0
 so many WTF moments there, like what happened at 1:08??

sick track!
  • 2 0
 Amazing, fast, technical and hard wtf sick...
  • 2 0
 That was the sickest thing I've ever seen. Up there with rampage.
  • 1 0
 Just when you think "yeah I'm pretty awesome at this mountain biking business " they post a video like that!.....
  • 1 2
 not nearly enough stumps to catch your pedal on at the start.... its like a corn field but with trees...So is this at a trail centre somewhere? Hope so, hate to see all that trail work for a one off contest
  • 2 0
 not a trail centre.. sorry. it's a special build by Dan.
  • 2 2
 hopefully it can be toned down a little for mere mortals so you can ride the area, looks like tons of room for more of the like. That's not normal Wales weather is it?
  • 1 0
 far from normal Welsh weather.. Wales does have some of the best riding in the U.K. though for AM & DH.
  • 1 0
 Amazing course! So much work went into that. No bueno if you hit one of those stumps at speed.
  • 2 0
 I just pooped my pants... holy $hit!!
  • 1 0
 I just pooped your pants too.
  • 2 0
 "Hard" is an understatement. That was freaking INSANE!!!
  • 1 0
 The stumps on then side up top would take a person out for good if they crashed....
  • 2 0
 People are going to die on this !
  • 1 0
 That section following the hip jump for about 30 seconds had me yelling at my computer monitor.
  • 2 0
 Love to see the women DH have a bash at that ......
  • 2 0
 That'll get the brown adrenalin flowing then.....awesome track...... Smile
  • 2 0
 some parts are super sketchy, looks like way too much fun.
  • 1 0
 Gawd that probably qaulifys as the worlds hardest track... AMAZING RUN THOUGH =D
  • 1 0
 HOLY SHIT.... one word for that. SKETCHY. Damn that last gap was massive too. My balls were clenching just watching the POV.
  • 1 0
 Impressive! Even the guy at 3:16min is out of breath ...
  • 2 1
 WHOA!!! some big jumps in that clip , nasty rocks as well
  • 2 0
 Wow!
  • 1 0
 I wanna see racheal atherton go down that pink run.....
  • 2 0
 So gnarly
  • 1 0
 Damned and Danny hart wins it!
  • 4 3
 Wait?! WTF??..Was that Gee smiling at the end?!
  • 8 3
 It's unbunbelievable what Photoshop can do...
  • 1 0
 Downhill Domination has become a reality
  • 1 0
 Funnest course ever! We need more of this
  • 1 0
 they should rename it now in the Hart Line :-)
  • 1 0
 I thought this was a timelapse, then I saw who the rider was...
  • 1 0
 Yo dan, enter this video to the gopro contest
  • 1 0
 Is it possible to due from arm pump?
  • 1 0
 All sorts of gnar going on here! Next level radness
  • 2 0
 Pure Straight up gnar.
  • 1 0
 that was amazing. and terrifying.
  • 1 0
 Things just get fucked up after those sharp turns... love this!
  • 2 0
 God damn immortals!
  • 2 0
 Sick track. Really good.
  • 1 0
 Really good? No. That was great, at the very least.
  • 2 1
 Oh yeah!
  • 2 1
 That's scary!
  • 2 1
 OOOOMMMMMGGG!!!!
  • 3 3
 Red bull rampage : UK edition
  • 1 0
 CRAZY FAST!
  • 1 0
 holy
  • 1 0
 That was amazing.
  • 1 2
 Where did they found such a long and steep descent in Wales!? I thought it's covered with rather mellow hills...
  • 1 0
 sick trail!
  • 1 0
 This is insane!
  • 2 2
 This is what my XC rides are like. Atherton is weak anyway.
  • 1 0
 genius
  • 1 0
 Gnarr....!!!!
  • 1 0
 gnarly
  • 1 0
 Terrifying.
  • 1 0
 good god that was gnarly
  • 1 1
 No wonder us brits are so good at Dh with tracks like that around!
  • 1 0
 Hell yes! So gnarly!
  • 6 9
 R.I.P forest ! :/

but OK, nice track ! and nice ride !
  • 21 1
 See how all the stumps were a dead straight line? It's a crop. They'll replant fast growing trees and in a few years there'll be another wood there again!
  • 2 4
 Rock hard.
  • 2 5
 What the f*ck did I just watch ?!
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