Update: Full Rider List Announced for Red Bull Hardline

Jul 20, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Kaos has looked super comfortable here all week he slots into the top 10 qualifiers

Red Bull has announced the full list of riders for Hardline 2021.

In the first wave, 12 British riders were announced including previous winner Craig Evans alongside podium finishers Adam Brayton, Joe Smith and Charlie Hatton, then a second wave was added with two-time winner Bernard Kerr and the first non-Brits for 2021's event with George Brannigan, Matt Walker and Brage Vestavik. Now a final list of riders has dropped and it's the biggest and most varied yet with downhill racers, enduro racers, slopestyle athletes and freeriders all included. The full rider list for Hardline 2021 is now below.

Hardline Wave 3 Riders

Lewis Buchanan
Oscar Harnstrom
Gaetan Vige
Jerome Caroli
Johny Salido
Matteo Iniguez
Thibault Laly
Thomas Genon
Sam Gale
Vincent Tupin
Johannes Fischbach
Jim Monro
Josh Lowe
Theo Erlangsen

Hardline Wave 2 riders

Laurie Greenland
Kade Edwards
George Brannigan
Bernard Kerr
Brage Vestavik
Matt Walker

Hardline Wave 1 riders

Charlie Hatton
Kaos Seagrave
Brendan Fairclough
Adam Brayton
Craig Evans
Joe Smith
Harry Molloy
Joe Breeden (Update: Injured at British Champs and will no longer compete)
Jono Jones
Elliot Heap
Phil Atwill
Matt Hockenhull

The event will take place on July 24 and 25 and is now confirmed to be spectator free.

How To Watch

Throughout the whole weekend on Red Bull TV there will be rider interviews, behind-the-scenes access and all the action live from Dyfi.

The racing itself starts from 2pm (BST) on Saturday, as qualifying is streamed live on Red Bull TV.

London, UK: 14:00
Berlin, Germany: 15:00
Los Angeles, USA: 06:00
New York, USA: 09:00
Sydney, Australia: 23:00
Auckland, NZ: 01:00 (25/7)

Then on Sunday, the finals will be live from 2pm. Tune in to watch some of the fastest MTBers in the world take on Dan Atherton's fearsome Red Bull Hardline course.

London, UK: 14:00
Berlin, Germany: 15:00
Los Angeles, USA: 06:00
New York, USA: 09:00
Sydney, Australia: 23:00
Auckland, NZ: 01:00 (25/7)


189 Comments

  • 484 3
 Spectator free.
Yet you’re allowed 70,000 people maskless in a football stadium.

Fcuking joke!
  • 53 173
flag Tedhudson (Jul 8, 2021 at 2:58) (Below Threshold)
 It's coming home !!!!!!
  • 201 31
 Yet another reason too hate football
  • 39 24
 Agreed all of us in the commenwealth are getting fkd over yet the rest of the world is living
  • 52 5
 @Tedhudson: has it been home?
  • 55 7
 Money talks, they won’t admit it but they were 100% told to let fans in or they weren’t getting the semis + finals

Go look at Tokyo if you want more f*cked up, just declared a state of emergency but they olympics are still going ahead
  • 12 31
flag enduroNZ (Jul 8, 2021 at 3:52) (Below Threshold)
 1966 @dinger2h:
  • 6 29
flag Tedhudson (Jul 8, 2021 at 5:14) (Below Threshold)
 @dinger2h: 1966
  • 48 3
 Totally agree mate, why should it make any difference what sport it is, I’m getting really f*cked off with it 2! They couldn’t do fort William but as you say let 70,000 idiot football fans to watch a match!
  • 17 4
 @enduroNZ: that was the world cup pal. Not the euro.
  • 24 8
 @Meganstuart1: gotta thank Nic Sturgy for that one. She’d lock the country down if she heard a butterfly fart.
  • 6 2
 @thelastrun: Here in Germany we are also fkd like a nympho....big time.
  • 5 0
 @toad321:

Nah they were told let the FIFA OFFICIALS in. No quarantine, no fuss...... Money talks.
  • 5 3
 @savmeister: ...... and grammar, apparently.
  • 20 47
flag Rider656 (Jul 8, 2021 at 8:56) (Below Threshold)
 @savmeister: when you say football, do you mean soccer ⚽️ ?
  • 98 6
 @Rider656: When you say football, do you mean PPE rugby?
  • 16 0
 @dingus: haha. Yes
  • 21 2
 That’s in England though. Hardline is in Wales, where the Etonian gremlin has less influence.
  • 5 0
 @dubod22: @dubod22: Not holding my breath for the EWS in Innerlethen either...
  • 51 58
flag RedBurn (Jul 8, 2021 at 14:49) (Below Threshold)
 Covid is a fckin joke
  • 20 2
 @Meganstuart1: You guys are making it out like it footballs fault. The fault is with the organisers not wanting to organise it not with the restrictions.
Honestly get a grip mountain biking is a small sport where it’s hard to get anybody to do anything as there’s no chance of them making money for themselves.
  • 22 4
 Maybe the government aren't bothered about losing 70,000 knobheads.
  • 10 2
 @Tedhudson: this aged well…. It in fact did not come home.
  • 3 10
flag maglor (Jul 15, 2021 at 3:27) (Below Threshold)
 @dinger2h: The saying is footballs coming home, not Euros coming home so any major tournament counts as football coming home, the wait goes on though.
  • 8 1
 @dubod22: I believe it was actually the uci who stopped the downhill at fort! Maybe we need to get fifa involved with mtb
  • 2 1
 @savmeister: don’t hate
  • 2 1
 @toad321: they didn’t force anyone to go. People were breaking in FFs!
  • 8 22
flag cypress-mtb-club (Jul 15, 2021 at 5:19) (Below Threshold)
 @savmeister: you mean soccer?
  • 4 2
 @maglor: It's a sad song isn't it? I mean it implies "We invented the game and we're showing the rest how it's played", and yet every time it's sung in the hope of a major tournament win, that boast of invention turns on us.
It's the British Leyland of football anthems.
  • 1 0
 @cypress-mtb-club: yeah that too, well any game that requires the use of only one ball
  • 1 0
 I don’t think that’s the point @dinger2h:
  • 2 2
 @deco1: we’ll said budy. Some of the hatred on here is bizarre, is it any better than what’s been directed at the young England players. I thought mountain bikers were above that, I was wrong.
  • 2 5
 @dingus: how old are you, about 12? 2 completely different sports. Get a grip and stop looking for verification with childish insults.
  • 1 4
 @Tykebike: how is an insult like that even allowed, I thought pinkibike was trying to bring in some respect and decent rules around the comments. Maybe that’s why they thought feck this and sold up.
  • 2 0
 Plenty of them at the golf too, seems it’s ok if it only involves one ball, clearly Mtb requires two balls (or ovaries)
  • 1 0
 @jimmythehat: having balls also means respecting others and not standing up for decency when the easy option is to take cheap shots.
  • 2 0
 @jimmythehat: sorry that should have said: having balls also means respecting others and standing up for decency when the easy option is to take cheap shots.
  • 6 6
 @RedBurn: agree! Don’t get vax’d! Please don’t get it
  • 6 1
 As an English ex-pat living in Oz I was blown away by the euro cup crowds without masks, like no virus exists, we still have to wear masks and have limited gatherings indoors and out with only a handful of cases. To see hardline no be allowed a few spectators just further shows what a bs political and money driven farce this whole covid situation is
  • 5 0
 @ctd07: There used to be a name for English Expats living in Oz...Convicts. And collectively we have allowed ourselves to return to that.
  • 2 1
 @Steventux: great way to make a positive song negative.
  • 1 1
 @jaame: Lol, that's the great thing about art, it's open to interpretation.

OK The British Leyland reference was a bit cruel but as a scotsman I know all too well the dangers of hubris when it comes to invention.
  • 3 0
 @thelastrun: Not all of us
  • 5 0
 @savmeister: I loved how quiet my local trails where when the football was on.
  • 4 0
 @Williambellmtb: it went to Rome, it went to Rome, football went to Rome etc etc
  • 3 0
 @zeusdreadbeard: yeah it was mint
  • 1 0
 @Steventux: pretty much summed it up mate! Good job
  • 3 3
 The camera man better have a VALID herpes vaccine or I might not watch.
  • 1 1
 thought everybody had agreed to spell it futbol so we Football Fans wouldn't get soccer confused with the ole pigskin?

And why does soccer get to have 3 names now? football, futbol & soccer?
  • 11 1
 @Rider656: no they mean football only Americans are dumb enough to call a sport that you play mostly with your "hands" football...
  • 3 3
 More gov't=less freedom.
  • 1 0
 @Steventux: @Steventux: Given the modern passing game was invented in Scotland, it wasn't coming home even if England did win it.
  • 3 0
 @blowmyfuse: It's always been football here. You guys can call it whatever you want.
  • 2 0
 @Tedhudson: it came to Rome
  • 1 0
 @thelastrun: I think the world needs to recognize that Kings and Queens and Royal Bloodliners work extremely hard to assume, maintain and increase their power and control. Same shit different century.
On a lighter note, this may be the best event of the year!
  • 1 0
 @toad321: Without spectators...
  • 1 2
 It’s the same difference ‘pal’ the reference is about football coming home to where it was invented aka England @dinger2h:
  • 2 0
 @enduroNZ: I thought the passing game ie football was invented in Scotland.??
  • 98 3
 I fully expect Gee to be on the list soon and hitting the course in his wheelchair since he's hard as f****** nails.
  • 5 0
 On that note, what is the latest on Gee?
  • 6 1
 @PocoBoho: still looking pretty rough...

www.instagram.com/p/CQ6VujwLO8p
  • 30 0
 @Mattgc: been in the hospital for 3 weeks, still has a six pack while sitting down. Effin ridiculous.
  • 13 0
 @ryd-or-die: the BS phrase "built different" gets thrown around a lot in fitness circles, but I think for one Gee deserves it
  • 1 0
 @Mattgc: He doesn't look that bad now!
www.instagram.com/p/CRRuG0rLRO4
  • 4 0
 @Mattgc: based on his more recent IG post he actually looks great considering the injuries he has.
  • 2 0
 @thingswelike: what a difference a week or so makes!
  • 1 0
 @Mattgc: Yeah - I had to check, because if he looked like that first pic after 2 weeks, I'd be pretty worried!
  • 77 0
 Sort it out, get Tom Pidock signed up for this already.
  • 19 4
 My Friend Kevin too
  • 43 1
 M VDP?
  • 38 3
 The should create a wooden feature sponsored by PB and call it the paywall-ride
  • 13 0
 You don't want to follow Pinkbike's lines in a race, because they're all Outside.
  • 27 3
 wheres my boy bernard!!!!??? I want to live hardline vicariously through the LSD vlog!!
  • 12 1
 Lifestyle documentaries and vlogs are two completely different things!
  • 3 0
 @dannyboybiker: Oh! So that's what it stands for
  • 13 0
 @tyuikm: I thought it stood for lysergic acid diethylamide.
  • 25 1
 I thought we were on the third or fourth wave now?
  • 16 1
 Where the F is Brage Vestivik in this?
  • 4 0
 Yeah, we need to see B-Rage!!
  • 4 1
 Well... turns out he isn't British.

(I obviously wanna se him there, fingers crossed!)
  • 5 0
 He is there! Get it Brage
  • 12 1
 This is going to be awesome! so happy to see mountain biking events back on.

Really gutted that Gee is out of action and I wish the welsh Gov would f*cking do one and let fans come watch! Its cool for 90,000 football fan pack a stadium or 12,000 posh t*ats to go to horse races but its not ok for 1,000 DH fans be spread out along a track outside!

Ahh well - hopefully redbull will have plenty of cameras to pick up all the action!
  • 2 1
 Bloody devolution
  • 11 0
 I hope Kaos takes revenge on the course, and finishes with flair and without pain. Awesome that Jono is going at it again. I bet Matt is going there to make some nice vlogs about it.
  • 3 0
 I love watching him ride. He does the best whips I've ever seen.
  • 2 0
 Matt has a great MTB last name, I read it as Huck 'n Haul - braaaap!
  • 3 0
 @pourquois-pas: I think there's some name confusion going on... Matt Jones is maybe making VLogs alongside his brother's participation.

But yeah, the other Matt has the better surname.
  • 15 1
 Hopefully Kade Edwards is bringing some style too?
  • 10 1
 On the no fans thing - Yeah it's a pain and the comparison to football is fair. It's ridiculous. But we have to remember that Hardline is in Wales and rules between the devolved administrations are different. I think Wales (and other DAs) have been much more cautious than Westminster.

Tricky one - Obviously there are politics at play in football and I'm sure there are things going on behind the scenes that we'll never know about. Shame. 70k in one place I'm sure cases are going to go up - Sucks!

Complete opposite for Hardline - I think that's very unfair, given it's more outdoors than a stadium. Numbers are obviously much much lower still than football/rugby events and even festivals!

Anyway, polite rant over. It'll be on TV and hopefully we can look forward to going to Fort Bill next year!
  • 17 9
 Where are the women at?! With the dust settling from Red Bull Formation, one would've expected to maybe see a women's lineup at Hardline. Not trying to start a huge debate here, but there are strong women riders out there, I'm sure they'd want a crack at this event.
  • 31 8
 Uh, you’re sure? From what I’ve observed over the years, women don’t love the gnarly tracks, and hardline is a bit more gnarly than your typical WC. Rachel is sketched out by hardline and she is 1000x the rider any of those FR women are.
  • 11 2
 It's interesting to see you get downvoted for this, as it's glaringly obvious that women aren't willing to ride the course. I'm sure many are able and I guarantee that any proven female rider who expressed interest would be encouraged to ride. Granted... Statistically, women take fewer risks than men and this event is about as risky as it gets.
  • 3 0
 @pnwpedal: Statistically... Razz eheh
  • 3 2
 @nvranka: Agreed on all front... my point exactly though as this event is the child of the Athertons, I would've expected something for the women. I know it's meant to be the gnarliest course possible, but it could be cool to see something to widen the field of who's competing. Just striking up a conversation here, did not mean to create a debate. Cheers.
  • 1 0
 @guillaumecommencal: cheers homie
  • 3 2
 @guillaumecommencal: haha it's absolutely down to each individual, but everything I've seen for behavioral science is that women tend to be more risk averse than men. For better or worse.
  • 3 2
 @pnwpedal: "I guarantee that any proven female rider who expressed interest would be encouraged to ride"
- Its always interesting when men who are not involved in putting on events respond like this. Like how do you know? There are countless events women have been asking to be apart of for years and they are denied. Dont assume if you dont know how these things get organized.
  • 3 1
 I imagine Dan does not want to be responsible for any girls crashing. smart.
  • 1 1
 @DDoc: WTF does that mean? Dollars to donuts you cant ride for sh**
  • 2 0
 @pnwpedal: I think there were only 2 women to hit the road gap in Les Gets finals run, right? I could be wrong about that. I would love to see women compete at Hardline.
  • 9 0
 Hhuummm I wonder, I feel like going hiking in the Welsh countryside sometime, July 24,25 sounds perfect..
  • 2 0
 The very top of the course appears to be on Open Access land, so you have the right to roam. Most of the rest is private forest or private farmland without any rights of way, apart from the waterfalls which are a little pocket of Open Access.
  • 19 2
 Bernard Kerr? I'm surprised he's not on the list yet too
  • 23 1
 I'm assuming it'll be later, or he declined, because there is zero chance he didn't get an invite.
  • 9 1
 @lister11: I hope he will be „added“ in the next days.
Can‘t imagine a hardline without him
  • 3 1
 My first thought too. Perhaps he's concentrating on the World Cup this year and doesn't want to risk it?
  • 3 1
 I'm almost sure I saw him mention in one of the LSDs that he'd be back in the UK and Sam Gale would be with him. He's bound to be doing it!
  • 1 1
 @ardee: he's on the list of riders in Wave Two listed in the article, so I would assume he is? Unless I'm drastically mis-reading something...
  • 2 0
 @yonibois: obviously he’s been added now, but your comment made me think - I wonder if he’d actually consider hardline a risk to his season? A rider like BK, similar to Kade seems fairly fearless - they won’t be thinking like us mere mortals
  • 1 0
 @CleanZine: well obviously! My comment was made last week before the 2nd load of riders had been announced.
  • 1 0
 @ardee: Sorry, my mistake! Thought something must have been up...
  • 6 0
 I hope Brage makes it to the event! #NeedMoreBrage
  • 1 0
 Good news!
  • 4 0
 All this talk about a Hardline, and the only HARDLINE im gonna be drawing is between me and f'in paywall... no way mate
  • 1 0
 Every year I hope to see the Top 10 DH riders racing against one another on this track. Is there a reason why apart from its location its always mostly full of Brits? Or is it most riders not willing to risk injury it on the hardline track .
  • 4 0
 Anyone else immediately thought of Brage Vestavik?
  • 5 1
 I guess they didn't invite Bernard Kerr cuz he'd probably win again
  • 3 0
 Spectator free, but that's ok, the race video will be posted on PB and other outside+ sites for a small additional fee.....
  • 5 0
 BRAGE VESTAVICK
  • 2 0
 Ghillie suit sales are about to go up! Can't stop ya if they can't see you. I need to find a suit that matches Virgin UT desert, if they dont allow spectators at Rampage.
  • 5 0
 Vinny T
  • 4 0
 I love watching Vinny T ride...it'll be cool to see him do Hardline!
  • 1 0
 @terribleone1982: go Vinny!
  • 1 1
 I am looking forward to Lewis B's new video from the top on his enduro bike.
For some reason I have a feeling he might just do it!

but.... Saturday looks like lots of rain in Wales = carnage or a good few call offs.

Would be good to see the fast Frenchies etc race probably the gnarliest and hardest track out there, find out who is the best big boy track rider in the world. (I heard stories of some of the worlds best saying they wouldn't do the drop).
  • 1 0
 @commental: I saw Lewis out up a video of his Hardline bike.
Fair play to him doing it on his enduro bike plus a Dh fork.
  • 1 0
 @commental: I heard about Greg and his visit to hardline from one of the drivers on the day.
It's just mental though!
  • 2 0
 When will people start to see that we are getting mugged, all the folk that have been double jabbed still cannot do shit, when will the penny drop
  • 2 0
 It's a ploy but the world elites to assume total control!
  • 3 0
 No Atherton! not a true Hardline
  • 3 0
 Excited to see Brage Vestavik
  • 3 0
 Brage! This will be one to watch. Looking forward...
  • 3 0
 BRAGE!!! Something tells me this track will suit his abilities
  • 3 0
 Phil Atwill should be a good watch!
  • 1 1
 Hopefully they've made some changes to the course this year, last years race was pretty boring to watch, a lot of the track has been the same for a while now. The practice videos where great to watch tho.
  • 3 0
 Lacondeguy FTW. If only....
  • 2 0
 I also thought it'd be amazing to see him competing in this.
Do we think the relative lack of freeriders on this just reflects that Dan is creating something for the DH scene?
  • 2 0
 So good that Redbull are showing the qualifying, all they need to do now is replicate that in the WCDH.
  • 1 0
 Bike magician Elliot Heap will race Hardline!
That will be interesting, I’m sure he’ll do pretty well.
  • 2 0
 One of the best races out there, can't wait!
  • 2 0
 Brage against the machine
  • 1 0
 Are they the first non-brits to race Hardline? I thought Bruni did it once, and maybe others.
  • 1 0
 There have been a lot of riders from overseas at Hardline in the past. Bulldog, Hannah, Brannigan, Ed Masters, Fayolle, Payet and Wallace to name a few. I don't recall Bruni though.
  • 1 0
 @commental: 2014 Bruni placed 3rd. Danny Hart won. That was one of the first races I think (maybe the first).
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: So he did! I'm surprised I don't remember that, I've always loved watching Hardline.
  • 1 1
 @tremeer023: Hardline, AKA the British National series
  • 2 0
 You must invite Jonhi Salido de Mexico.!
  • 3 0
 Brage hell yeah!
  • 1 0
 Lol I'd sooo rather not have noise makers on track for this line. Ifnit twer me... Wink
  • 3 0
 Yeah! B-RAGE!
  • 2 0
 Stoked to see Craig Evans tame this beast again and rep 50:01
  • 2 0
 Lewis Buchanan? On his Range??
  • 1 0
 Think he’s getting an Aurum soon
  • 1 0
 @jonnybeher: Hopefully soon means like tomorrow, for practice. But I see no reason he couldn't throw a dual crown on the Range. It would be a cool test of the bike, I'm sure it would do decently well.
  • 2 0
 Yea Lewis B, smash it mate!!
  • 2 0
 Nice for us swedes to see Oscar Härnström up there in the mix!
  • 2 0
 Yea Theo!!!! Repping us Saffa's!!
  • 1 0
 Is this a British only event?
  • 2 0
 First wave dude. Hopefully there will be a mixed field.
  • 1 0
 Elliot Heap as an outside bet for the win... Great DH rider.
  • 1 0
 He looked like he absolutely tanked it through the rock garden at today’s ews. Visibly quicker than others. I’d love to see him do well
  • 2 1
 Where is M. Van Der Poel?!
  • 2 0
 #Randy4hardline
  • 1 0
 Open u :eyes: hes first on da lizist
  • 1 0
 Insane line up! Hyped to marshall again this year!
  • 2 1
 140 000 PEOPLE went to F1 race at Silverstone too for 3 days?
  • 1 1
 Rachel out for obvious reason (congrats) but no other women taking part, shame... I hope simply none could/wanted too
  • 1 0
 No Laurie Greenland?
  • 2 1
 Where tf is Kerr!?!?
  • 1 0
 The second list that is
  • 1 0
 A South African first!
  • 2 1
 No Sam Pilgrim ?!?!
  • 1 0
 thank you red bull!
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