Finals Photo Epic: Rise of the Phoenix - Hardline 2019

Sep 15, 2019
by Tristan Tinn  




Today brought the sixth battle deep in Dinas Mawddwy, North Wales. A course designed to test the best athletes in the world has done just that. With just 14 riders remaining following qualifying, who would race to survive and who would race to thrive? With yesterday's weather on the up, today's weather brought us firmly back down - building winds, poor visibility, and slick slop all turning up the difficulty a notch. The riders had time for just two practice runs this morning to acclimatise to the new conditions before tackling the most punishing downhill track in the world.


A mud guard awaits
A mudguard awaits

Gotta dry them shoes..
Gotta dry them shoes.


Charlie Hatton leads Gee off the step up in first practice run
Charlie Hatton leads Gee off the step up in first practice run

A little different to yesterday

Brendan and Kaos in quick succession. Training this close to keep Brendog in sight perhaps
Brendan and Kaos in quick succession. Training this close to keep Brendog in sight perhaps?

Kade doesn t seem phased by the weather and still flicks a huge whip
Kade doesn't seem fazed by the weather and flicks a huge whip.

Brage tucks it up for the step up
Brage tucks it up for the step up.

Bernard skips through the tech
Bernard skips through the tech.

Gaetan applies the air brake
Gaetan applies the air brake.

Kaos laying down yet another huge one foot turn down
Kaos laying down yet another huge one foot turn down.

Forgot your goggles or gone full euro
Forgot your goggles or gone full euro?

Laurie dangles on for the fans
Laurie dangles on for the fans.

Kade over the dirty ferns
Kade over the dirty ferns.

Charlie battling one of the smaller gaps
Charlie battling one of the smaller gaps.

Lunch time hose down

Mechanics going to lengths to keep things clean
Mechanics going to lengths to keep things clean.

Danny Mac on form for the fans
Danny Mac on form for the fans.

Rach and Rob in the commentary box
Rach and Rob in the commentary box.

Not quite the classic rim rattle
Not quite the classic rim rattle.

Midday whip train for the fans
Midday whip train for the fans.

Lunch time laps with the boys
Lunch time laps with the boys.

Kade goes up
Kade goes up.

Kade goes down
Kade goes down.

Flo tucks it up before the send
Flo tucks it up before the send.

When this man makes things look big...
When this man makes things look big...

Brage looking super smooth into the finish arena
Brage looking super smooth into the finish arena.

Brendan sails into the finish over the fans
Brendan sails into the finish over the fans, note the non-custom coloured link. Not sure what happened to the old one.

Matt Walker takes it in his stride
Matt Walker takes it in his stride.

Gee coming in hot
Gee coming in hot.

Gee the crowd pleaser
Gee the crowd pleaser.

Gee watches on as seconds are taken off his time
Gee watches on as seconds are taken off his time.

Kerr pushes it across the line
Kerr pushes it across the line.

Bernard takes it
Bernard takes it!

With a juicy cash boost to close his season hopefully we won t be seeing this face on Don t pay w ll take it away any time soon...
With a juicy cash boost to close his season, hopefully, we won't be seeing this face on 'Don't pay we'll take it away' any time soon...

Used and abused
Used and abused.

Bernard back on top
Bernard back on top. The first two time Hardline winner.

Over and out
Over and out.



Top Five Riders:

1st. Bernard Kerr: 2:52.109
2nd. Gee Atherton: 2:55.338
3rd. Joe Smith: 2:57.886
4th. Brage Vestavik: 2:59.828
5th. Alexandre Fayolle: 3:00.509


32 Comments

  • 31 0
 I struggle to find a spare set of uppers for my u-turn pikes and heres ol mate hittin em with a spanner, ahh well
  • 13 0
 @edbullmedia on the job once again!
  • 2 0
 So camo'd he's hard to make out in all those photos
  • 11 0
 Hitting a straight steerer non boost fork is so yesterday.
  • 5 0
 Tristan Tinn's photo of Matt Walker on that drop shows just how gnarly the "smaller" stuff is. That thing doesn't look too bad on the live feed, but it's massive.
  • 6 0
 No word about Joe Smith? He was on a hot one, till... well #sealantcloudoftheyear
  • 4 0
 Sorry but Gwin won the # at Fort William with the "mid-flip twin spray"!
  • 4 0
 I thought he had vaporized a limestone rock he was going so fast.
  • 3 0
 You know stuff is big when it looks big in the pics or videos. Definitely need to get up there to watch next year, just to get a real sense of the outrageous skills and stones needed to hit a track like that.

Huge kudos to Kaos, crashed, back flipped the big step up and then flipped the hip into the trees too. Complete and utter nutter :-)
  • 5 0
 That shot of kaos...no wonder he blew both pedals. The kid is a hoss. Bummed for him and the Ginja Ninja!
  • 3 19
flag scott-townes (Sep 15, 2019 at 17:41) (Below Threshold)
 *ginger

Best race of the year. Kaos flipping the hip was the most insane move.
  • 1 0
 pargolf8 if you only you got the point that better it looks, the more people that do not ride or follow the sport would watch, and the more that watch, the more the riders would get better deals, money and more recognition. But hey 'its free' so lets just keep us small number of people happy instead of trying to make these amazing athletes more recognized as the great sports stars they are.
  • 2 0
 all I wanna kno is where I can get that dope ass jacked ed masters is rockin... anyone kno cheers.
  • 2 0
 They were for sale there, custom dryrobe £155.
  • 1 0
 He posed a giveaway for a moment including these on his Instagram. But he took it down rather quickly
  • 2 0
 Any close-ups of the trophies? Them dragons looks pretty gnarly!
  • 5 4
 one foot turn down? damn that must be a world's first!
  • 1 0
 That pic of brendan and kaos is pretty erie looking. One of the best
  • 3 2
 Fazed not phased, but whatevs.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what the cash prize is for the race this year?
  • 21 0
 Bout tree fiddy
  • 1 0
 @Brasher: das wassup
  • 1 0
 Eddie Masters Moo Moo.. sick.
  • 1 0
 Dw ftw. Lord wizard indeed
  • 1 0
 Legends!
  • 2 4
 so wheres HAIBIKE?
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