Red Bull Hardline 2016 - Results

Sep 18, 2016
by Red Bull Bike  
Bernard Kerr getting comfy on the new step-up.

1. Bernard Kerr (GBR) 3:32.46
2. Ruaridh Cunningham (GBR) 3:34.86 +2.40
3. Adam Brayton (GBR) 3:35.50 +3.04
4. Gee Atherton (GBR) 3:35.97 +3.51
5. George Brannigan (NZ) 3:39.14 +6.68
6. Mick Hannah (AUS) 3:39.28 +6.82
7. Eddie Masters (NZ) 3:39.94 +7.48
8. Joe Smith (GBR) 3:40.21 +7.75
9. Taylor Vernon (GBR) 3:41.22 +8.76
10. Brook Macdonald (NZ) 3:41.30 +8.84
11. Mark Wallace (CAN) 3:41.82 +9.36
12. Al Bond (GBR) 3:47.24 +14.78
13. Dan Atherton (GBR) 3:47.66 +15.20
14. Graeme Mudd (AUS) 3:49.50 +17.04


MENTIONS: @redbullbike




102 Comments

  • + 180
 The coverage was awesome! Cameras everywhere. I wish the Crankworx events had coverage like that.
  • + 79
 Totally agree..i didn't expect it..all the track from start to finish with good camera angles..great coverage..
  • + 73
 Cheers to the production crew, video quality, camera placement were amazing! Thank you.
  • + 62
 Yeah, the coverage was seamless! Red Bull definitely spent some money on the video crew. It's going to be hard watching world cups after this with the same level of excitement...can we ask Dan Atherton to build a school or something next time?
  • + 28
 From how dialed everyone was to the filming/production, it was incredible. That was one of the best races ever.
  • + 30
 Was thinking the same thing. Cameras in all the right places. A short interview with every rider for who there was at least one slightly different question. A craze good course and awesome production all the way. Man this was a just closure of the racing season. Next year an even bigger crew to start with? We lost a few during training ain't?

Thanks to Dan and Olley. Thanks Red Bull.
  • + 12
 Yes, incredible event, and coverage to match. Great production all around - bravo! And as a Pivot rider, stoked for Bernard Kerr - congrats!
  • + 11
 r....replay...anyone?
  • + 6
 Difference was this wasn't live on redbull player. Reduces alot of the issues of broadcasting, which probably allows for more cameras, interviews etc. Really enjoyed the coverage, great to see more of the riders off the bike.
  • + 4
 @jamesmack: was it not live? The redbull player was saying live. However, thinking about it, I was watching at 8am in nz, so to be live it would have had to have been running at night!
  • + 1
 @kit-nz: they would have finished with lights on had it been live. It was their broadcast of the event, which explains it showing live on screen, was the same in the UK.
  • + 4
 They definitely stepped it up this year, much much better coverage, previous years have been awful presentation, this was done in race format with proper live commentary from warner and not a post edit do-over - excellent

Good idea to have a delay on broadcast too, just in case of problems/injuries, considering this is a gnarly course, now they have it down they may do it truly live next yeart??, a-la Rampage (although is there a tie delay on that too?)

There were some guys doing the commentary on the ground that are always on RedBull events (Gendle and that other bloke) that are broadcast on Dave TV channel here in the UK, I wonder if the extra cash in production is because they may run it on mainstream TV at some point?
  • + 3
 @kit-nz:finals were 3pm UK time, broadcast was at 7
  • + 20
 Would be more than happy to watch WC finals 3 hours late if the tv coverage was as good as hardline. You felt like you saw the entire 3.5 min run of each rider.
  • + 6
 @unconvinced: Preach brother, I'm with you. Particularly as 7/8ths of the WC races happen around midnight to 3am my time. I watch it delayed anyway so would rather have it slick like Hardline.

However, I'd say some part of the quality coverage was due to Redbull having unfettered access to the track for as long as they needed. On a WC track they may have limited time available to get everything set up.
  • + 13
 Really great footage, good to see the whole track, especially liked the new guy Ed who commentated with Rob, much more professional and works off of Rob so much better, doesn't correct Rob all the time, doesn't talk over him, doesn't go on about how 'he would have done it', just bounces off him and delivers equally as good commentary from another angle, just how a commentating twosome should operate - When the going gets crazy or a riders having a great run, Claudio just resorts to saying "woooo" "awwww" "yeeeahh" and not actually contributing anything inciteful and Rob is left filling all the blanks on his own. Really hope Ed is on the WC circuit next year, Claudio can stick to the course previews maybe.
  • + 8
 @ctd07: Rob works with that guy on the RedBull xFighters, he and that guy present the TV footage for Dave TV channel here in the UK, so Rob is actual;ly a regular TV presenter here too - and they get on really well together
  • + 4
 @ctd07: Yes, really hoping that he will be commentating with Rob in the wc next year, and i think he will. Really professional.
  • + 2
 THIS!!!
  • - 14
flag davidsimons (Sep 19, 2016 at 4:37) (Below Threshold)
 Agree, great coverage, but that guy with Warner in the commentary box.... Can't they find someone who can speak without lisping and hissing and at least know something about mountain bike ridimg? Oh, and where's the crash reel, all the hype about the crashing at this event and none shown?
  • + 2
 @davidsimons: Plenty of stuff out there from various feeds (riders and viewers that were there on practice day etc), They only filmed and posted it all yesterday so give them (Redbull Media) a chance, but we know RedBull will release a crash reel, we can be sure of that, as crash reels bring in the most hits on YT and FB .. all about the hits baby
  • + 4
 Congrats Bernard!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 @makdthed: tim and gendle, both thoroughly nice chaps..
  • + 6
 @ctd07: Ed Leigh does all the coverage of the Redbull FMX events along with Rob so they know each other well. Ed is on tv in the UK too covering all our Ski racing - he's an ex pro snowbaorder I think
  • + 4
 i wish all mtb events coverage was like hardline, it was all most better then be in the event, you could experience each run from top to bottom...and the best of all, it was no crashes in the event it self and it's HARDLINE!!!
  • - 2
 Claudio sounds like a muppet. He's over cooked.
  • - 1
 @Intense4life: You're a muppet.
  • + 0
 Ed or anyone who doesn't sound like a spaz next year for WC commentary please!
  • + 54
 big respect to Gee for racing injured and still getting 4th.
  • + 17
 agreed. i don't get the hate for skipping worlds and now racing hardline. him skipping worlds made it possible that Bernard Kerr could race.
  • + 3
 @leopaul: I'm with you, very odd. A week is a week and this is their signature event! Plus no medal at world champs for him would mean not worth it.
  • + 17
 I'll bet Eddie could have placed higher but had to stop for a beer on the way down Wink
  • + 14
 My hat is off to Gee Atherton. He is such an amazing athlete who rides with such so much power, skill, and focus. He could have been on top if he wasn't nursing that shoulder injury. If it's not a flat, it's an injury that keeps him from the podium at Hardline. Gee, have a great off season and hold your head high.
  • + 15
 SickMick is 6th.... Now just to see if he suicide no handed that roadgap
  • + 29
 Not the roadgap, unfortunately. But he did suicide no-hand the last jump.
  • + 10
 @paul-bee:plus in training he suicided the renegade booster...sick...mick
  • + 15
 Shiieet GBR not doing too bad lately
  • + 16
 To be fair, 53% of the field were British... But still having said that, they killed it!
  • + 7
 did GBR ever did bad in DH?
  • + 12
 Awesome to see everyone make it down in one piece.
  • + 7
 Red Bull -- thank you for the great coverage. More camera locations made the race a pleasure to watch.

Congratulations Dan, on your vistion and the crazy amount of work you and your team did on the course. It would be interesting to see if this genre of DH bike race will evolve to attract more racers.

Gee -- you are a nutter for racing/freeriding with your injured wing, and what a show you put on.

To all the competitors -- I tip my hat.
  • + 9
 pro bikes for sale! only one ride in them Big Grin
jk, i want to see bottoming out photos!
  • + 5
 that whole event was incredibly well run. And a ton of props and thanks to all the people that help put it on. The coverage was unreal. I mean it really showcased the potential that exists with extensive DH coverage. Their were more angles and cameras then ive ever seen before on the world cup. And it was really a huge difference being able to see the vast majority of the run. It was just awesome to watch. Imagine if val di sole had that many cameras, or any other WC track. Hardline was mainly jumps and gnarly features, witch is crazy fun to watch, but a little difficult differentiating speed between riders. Imagine if vallnord, or any other WC race had that many cameras. You could see allmost every important part of the track, So instead of a few key sections, you could really get a true sense of the race, like you did with the hardline coverage. Hell sometimes the WC doesn't even pick until 2 plus minutes into the track. But watching it, its really easy to completely forget that, and consequently not really appreciate what the riders doing. I realize one of the reasons the coverage was so excellent was because fewer riders meant more time for filming, and i imagine goof financial backing from jeep and other sponsors.help't as well. Red bull did a phenomenal job too., And i realize the WC filming is a different story but after seeing that race it really gave you that glimpse into what DH coverage could be. Im not sure what would need to happen to get a similar level of coverage at the WC, but man it would be awesome. If DH racing is going to start appealing to a broader audience its races and coverage like hardline thats going to do it.Well done to riders and organizers.
  • + 3
 Isn't part of the issue with the regular world cups that there is multiple riders on course at the same time?
  • + 7
 This is what a proper downhill course should look like. Stoked for Kerr and Masters.
  • + 6
 IT WAS GREAT, it was like the WC had another gnarly final round :-D loved it...
  • + 6
 Bernard Kerr styling up the big road gap was insane!
  • + 1
 One of the most amazing thing about the whole event,was the weather!
I live 10 mins away,to see no wind and rain for the whole event was a miracle!
The DH weather gods were smiling this weekend Smile
Rained on the way home Smile
Awesome weekend!
  • + 5
 cant wait for the video!
  • + 1
 That was a pretty impressive Jeep/Red Bull commercial. Thank you, to all involved.
The quarter second of footage showing a bike snapping in half, perfectly demonstrated the magnitude of the course.
  • + 3
 Where was Brendog? He would have killed it!
  • + 4
 Apparently resting up his ankle, he's got rampage soon.
  • - 3
 He's sponsored by Monster...
  • + 6
 @ictus: Would that be like crossing the beams in Ghostbusters?
  • + 1
 I don't like the man, but Dan's one footed tabletop at the end was a thing of beauty...
  • + 1
 congrats to kerr. agree def a versatile rider. if i recall correctly - won king of crankworx one year (did some slalom too?)
  • + 1
 No timing chips on the forks and nothing at the start hut? How so, anyone know?
  • + 4
 Break beam Tag stuff, full runs never two riders on course at the same time.
  • + 1
 @Gaz2405: Oh right, that's interesting, I'll have to look that up on t'net. Cheers
  • + 3
 FK YES BK
  • + 3
 Eddie is fucking ace!
  • + 1
 More goliath features next year!
  • + 0
 Bollo, I was flicking between Davis Cup, Football and Grand Prix. Didn't realise this was on! Lightweight
  • + 1
 Very happy with the coverage!! The camera were well placed
  • + 1
 Why are there no girls in the results?
  • + 2
 Cunningham!!!
  • + 4
 Yeah, back when he got the rainbow stripes as junior I expected him to do well in the senior ranks as well. But he didn't quite stand out. Until now that he consistently (for what it's worth) seems to do well at the Hardline races. You'd say he'd like a DH series of stuff like this.

His time may come eventually. Back in 2005 or so Danny Hart drew my attention by winning every single round of the BDS (or was it Dragon?) that year. Then joined Nicolas Vouilloz at Lapierre so I expected him to become pretty dominant on the world circuit. But except for the odd World Championship it just didn't happen. Until recently. Hopefully the same eventually goes for Ruaridh.
  • + 1
 Great Britain represent.
  • - 1
 Gee Cant do worlds but doing the hardest track in DH OK.... as for Bernie if you can win this why not a WC.. Just thoughts..
  • - 1
 Make the Hardline course a stop on next year's World Cup circuit. Seriously.
  • + 16
 definitely not, tis course took out several people before quallies even started, its a showpiece event and should remain as such, while progression is one thing, there are limits and racing has to be possible for everyone, not just those select few that can manage a course like this just to re-iterate . .awesome event and course and defo not a WC stop
  • + 3
 @makdthed: make it one of Brendawgs new race series.......
  • - 2
 What are the women going to race then?
  • + 1
 @leopaul: yeap.. those massive jump probably will take large number of toll if it's were a world cup
  • + 1
 @cikudh: Rachel said during the first hardline in 2014 she wouldn't be able to handle those jumps. Ergo no Woman on earth is able to ride it
  • + 3
 @makdthed: "racing has to be possible for everyone"... I have to disagree with this statement. These are elite level DH riders, and the WC would benefit from throwing a groundbreaking track into the mix. The whole idea of making racing possible for everyone by definition means you're going to be putting top riders on a course that's not incredibly difficult for them. This track raises the bar. Hardline World Cup 2017. Put it on the calendar.
  • + 1
 @martis: By "everyone" I was not meaning lame ass fools like me!!!, I was meaning all those that are currently on the Pro race circuit, from Juniors, to women's, to elite men, - we can't have track builders making separate tracks for the women's class as well as the juniors, at the moment they can all race and manage, in one form or the other, the same tracks - tracks like this will always be extreme and on another level, I can not see it changing, OK, if someone wants to make a FEST/HARDLINE race series then yes, all those that fancy it can rock-on, but I cant see the sponsors backing it, especially as bikes were getting broke left right and centre on this one stop alone!!
.. progression .. yes, of course .. and maybe in 10 years time this may be the norm, who knows eh!!
  • + 0
 That was awesome, brayton getting wild as usual!
  • - 1
 Ah I missed the live coverage
  • - 1
 @jamesmack: Still it was taken down for an hour after the broadcast, quite strange to me.
  • + 0
 @Startgas: I just watched it then
  • - 2
 What happened to the rest of the riders? Did they die and get cut out of the broadcast?
  • + 2
 Sadly a good few ended up broken before qualifying.
  • - 1
 Amazing course build, a lesson in the use of natural features!
  • - 1
 Did kerr win on a 26" bike?
  • + 5
 dont think so... carbon phoenix... but he did Whip the Road gap though !!!
  • + 2
 27.5
  • + 2
 @Lagr1980: Damn...doing ANYTHING aside from straight-air off that road gap is impressive!
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