Red Bull Hardline to Return in 2021

Jun 9, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Charlie Hatton is a threat he s looked super stylish all weekend being towed by Gee mostly. He slotted into third today matching last years result

Red Bull Hardline is set to return in 2021 after a hiatus year in 2020.

This will be the seventh running of the event with a course that is promised to be, "bigger and more technical than anything ever seen in previous years." So far, we've heard that the main course alteration will be an extension of the gap on the step up jump, making it faster than ever before, leading directly into a brand new 65ft step down feature.

bigquotes“Over the years Red Bull Hardline has gained a huge reputation both with spectators and riders. It’s more than just a race; it’s a statement of a rider’s commitment to pushing the sport, and this year is no exception. The course is the most intense it’s ever been with some new features that I honestly think push the limits of what is possible. With a huge amount of rider input to the course and an amazing rider list this year’s Hardline is going to go off. There’s some incredible riders already lining up, including a massive British contingent so I’m excited to get going and announce some names next week.”Dan Atherton

Brage stayed strong and rode out of this after coming up rather short
Brage Vestavik won't be happy to hear the step up is growing for 2021.

Due to ongoing Welsh COVID-19 restrictions, Red Bull Hardline is not opening the race to spectators at this time. Red Bull says this is, "to avoid a scenario where a limited number of socially distanced spectators are allowed on-site and therefore not able to enjoy the full Hardline experience, as well as to make sure the environment is as safe for the riders as possible." Instead, the race will be streamed live and for free on Red Bull TV. More details about the streaming and rider list are expected to follow soon.

Finally, Hardline 2021 will be the first major event to pilot the Trash Free Trails Approved scheme - an independent self-certification toolkit, that aims to empower and enable organisers to deliver events to the highest possible standards in terms of sustainability.

More info, here.


88 Comments

  • 114 1
 "Bigger and more technical" Thank goodness for that, since previously the course has have been soooooo small and smooth. /s
  • 50 1
 Yeah I heard it was so smooth and easy that Phil Atwill was planning to do it on an Hardtail ;-)
  • 21 0
 At first I thought the last photo was of Brage casing the step up. But after that move he made in his real mtb edit I'm not so sure it was a case. hehe
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: you think he was planning to go back to the take off and ride out, bold
  • 46 14
 There’s set to be a full 90,000 at Wembley for England’s 3rd Euros game THIS MONTH... but Red Bull aren’t willing to take spectators at an outdoors venue in 3 months time? Seems like a pretty rash decision to me.
  • 69 23
 I think that red Bull are being realistic, the Euros aren't...
  • 4 0
 This is next month, rather than the usual end of season slot.
  • 18 12
 As northernwig says, this is the sensible move.

The event is outside but what about the toilets, cafes etc? What about the medical team that will need to be on hand for the athletes, are they expected to also deal with the public in a covid safe way for a whole bunch of spectators who might fall down the hill hiking to spectate, get sunstroke, alcohol poisoning or have any other medical emergency while on site?

Filling Wembly to capacity is lunacy, even if the seats are outside.
  • 19 1
 @Patrick9-32: pubs are open though. A few hundred spectators outside is a much lower risk than a pub full of boozed up people.
  • 8 1
 The spectators are just a minor add-on at Hardline, you hardly notice them in the broadcast (unlike at WC races).
  • 17 3
 Wembley is not in Wales! Their hills, their rules at the moment.
  • 19 2
 @Patrick9-32: pretty funny, its a very risky event for the riders -the race is about as hardcore DH as it gets- at the same time its too much of a risk having a few hundred people watching it on a very well ventilated welsh hillside. This world is killing me.
  • 37 35
 @Patrick9-32: it's not. just stop. covid is effectively over. you can stay in your hypocondriac world, but the rest of us have had enough. everyone that wants to be vaccinated at this point is. time to live your life.
  • 12 15
 @conoat: couldn’t agree more.
  • 14 8
 @conoat: Boris, is that you?
  • 7 0
 Money talks thought and will outweigh what is logical.
  • 8 36
flag conoat (Jun 9, 2021 at 4:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Muckal: Adolph, is that you?
  • 17 7
 @conoat: It's not over tho is it. The sensible thing to do is what they're doing, not taking un-necessary risks. We've all been in the same boat and all want to get back to normal, but forcing that is why we're all still having to deal with this. Personally I'm gutted I likely won't be able to ride and race overseas this year, but it's one year, just have to deal with it.
  • 18 1
 @conoat: it's Adolf, but nevermind.
  • 7 0
 my Uncle wen't to a footy match December 20,
it was limited to 2000 fans
"spread around the ground?" I asked.....
Nope all cramed in one stand.............
yay football
  • 6 0
 @theboypanda: from Monday 7th June in Wales larger outdoor organised events such as concerts, football matches and sporting activities can take place with up to 4000 people non seated, or 10,000 seated.

Am I missing something?
  • 8 1
 @iwantstinky: 'Can' take place, doesn't mean they should, it's down to whoever is organising the events.
  • 15 1
 90,000 at Wembley is just natural selection in action.
  • 12 5
 @conoat: You’re not alone. The fear mongers may think they’re in the majority but the real majority is mostly silent. COVID needs to be managed by the numbers using science, not fear-based lockdowns and wishful thinking.
  • 6 1
 @northernwig: 13,000 people attended the test events in Liverpool a few months back, which led to just 15 cases and all of the vulnerable have now had or been offered both shots of the vaccine.

Just doesn't make any sense to me how RB can look at running an event in September and think that its still going to be risky to have spectators? Especially on a hillside in the middle of nowhere.
  • 11 4
 Locking down was absolutely science based decision making, particularly drawing on experience from SARS outbreaks. The wishful thinking is that this is all over because we are bored of covid. Great idea until it mutates beyond the coverage of our current vaccines that are still being rolled out, and we are back to square one.
  • 2 11
flag conoat (Jun 9, 2021 at 6:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Muckal: gotcha, Adolf!
  • 7 2
 @Freakyjon: uh...it's been two years if you are writing off the rest of this year.

and no. it is over. no sense in talking about what is the past, even though it was a massive personal liberty violation and unquestionably immoral. let me repeat....everyone that wants the vaccine can get it or has had it. move along. the only people that can be hurt are those that knowingly take the risk. wtf does anyone care?
  • 6 9
 @L0rdTom: jaysus skateboarding christ! how much of a f*cking authoritarian bootlicker can you be? science based? please explain how there is no discernable difference between places that didnt lock down vs kind of locked down and places that went full retard china lockdown?


you *need* it to be the right thing because you can't face yourself of the implication that you were a part of the biggest abuse of power in human history. face it. you are the problem.
  • 3 1
 Don't expect consistent, rational decisons these days.
  • 11 3
 @conoat: I would like to get my vaccine but cannot, honestly no idea when we are even rolling out the full dose to the younger age groups, and that's in Britain who are doing fairly well with vaccine coverage!

In the real world this isn't over until you have global vaccine coverage to prevent mutation, and we are not even close to that.
  • 8 6
 @L0rdTom: it doesn't, and cannot, mutate fast enough to take the vaccines from 90% efficacy to 0%. the mutations that are out there, the delta variant, only knock a few percent off the efficacy of the vaccines, but also that variant is less transmittable as well as tends to not cause the number of severe reactions. so it's likely a wash in over all deaths.

if you are below the current threshold for age to get the shot, then you absolutely have f*ckall to worry about. this is only an issue for people over like f*cking 70 and usually also super fat or otherwise immunocomprimised.
  • 2 0
 @Patrick9-32: Thought vaccines and masks would stop it all hhahahhaha
  • 4 5
 @conoat: I was counting the rest of this season/year, not previous as that's gone.

And just because you've had the vaccine doesn't mean you can't carry and risk infecting others who aren't vaccined. Your view is selfish and based around you. Just be patient and wait like everyone else. It's those that aren't being patient that have and are prolonging this whole thing.
  • 6 3
 @conoat: there are large discrepancies even between WHEN countries locked down, let alone the scale of lockdown, and there are many more factors than just the lockdown when it comes to deaths.

You are confusing "authoritarian bootlicker" with "some semblance of social care and duty to your neighbours". And as far as a year of lockdown being the "biggest abuse of power in human history", amidst laughing at you I would recommend you get off YouTube, it's affecting your brain mate.

Keep well and get the vaccine, I've heard the 5G is sick.
  • 4 0
 @Freakyjon: who exactly is he risking? The people that pose the biggest risk to putting too much pressure on the NHS are now double vaccinated. Literally nothing more we can do.
  • 5 4
 @Freakyjon: just wait huh? another year? two? 5??? how do we, as individuals, know how much time on earth we have?
  • 3 5
 @L0rdTom: I will not be getting the vaccine. do not need. I am not at risk. you do you though.

you want a post card from whistler next month??
  • 1 0
 @conoat: Nah I'm good for post cards, I'd take a burger from Splitz though..
  • 5 2
 @conoat: What are you talking about?! Amazing! And not having the vaccine, well that just about sums you up. Point proven, I'm done here!
  • 2 3
 @iwantstinky: There is a lot more we can do and a long way to go yet. Think about the fact the vaccines will likely be needed annually, at least for those at risk, so getting the numbers down is key to getting back to normal otherwise it'll continue like this indefinitely. It's no where near over yet. We just have to be sensible, that's it.
  • 4 2
 @optimumnotmaximum: "pretty funny, its a very risky event for the riders -the race is about as hardcore DH as it gets- at the same time its too much of a risk having a few hundred people watching it on a very well ventilated welsh hillside. This world is killing me."

Every race event I have ever entered as a racer has a very heavy "I will not sue you even if you are negligent and it leads to my death" type disclaimer you have to sign in order to race. The risk of injury to the riders is carried by the riders, not the event organisers.

Can you imagine trying to make something like that work for a thousand spectators, some of whom simply walked over the mountain to get there?

Can you imagine being the company that has to be the first one to defend their wording of that type of legal disclaimer in court against a class action suit when you cause the death or permanent disability to a group of young sports fans by not having the correct covid procedures and becoming the precedent for all other similar cases to the point where it becomes what your company name is known for?

Red Bull is a business, they have made a business decision, it just happens for once to be one which is better for people's health, rather than worse for it.
  • 4 0
 @Patrick9-32: I am not saying that i can fully judge this business decision and i dont -at least whether it is a good or a bad business decision. I can only speak of my experience as a german lawyer but here it would be extremely difficult to file such a (successful) lawsuit. But again Redbull will have its reasons.

But i also think, that this is happening is not a good thing or sign. Some day you will die and all kinds of bad things can happen, cancelling all social events because of minor risks or stupid lawsuits bugs me out.
(lets be honest: its a hill in the middle of nowhere with a mostly young audience and vaccination at least half way done - at some point you have to accept that nothing is 100% safe. And if you are afraid/sick not vaccinated just use your brain and dont go there.)
  • 6 1
 @conoat: i think you've made your point and everybody has a clear picture of you.
  • 2 4
 @Patrick9-32: Why don’t you continue to hide under your bedsheets while the rest of us continue to live our lives.
Outside what is the problem.average age of death82 .
99.6 percent recovery rate.
Your probably in more danger in your bed.
I see the government have got you in full control. Oh and by the way Covid is dangerous for a tiny minority so don’t give me the Covid denier shite.
Sheep!!!
  • 2 0
 Indy500 just went down at full capacity. 1 would think they'd look at data like that now that it's been couple weeks.
  • 26 0
 Sad I can't go, happy it's on! I'll tilt my T.V 45 degrees to make it more realistic.
  • 24 6
 There is an irony in that Red Bull are happy to see riders huck themselves off jumps and drops larger than a house with a very high risk of death or serious injury but aren't happy with the risk of a spectator catching Covid outside when the majority of the population have been vaccinated.
  • 4 2
 If a company is involved, lawyers are involved. Nothing about what they're doing is based on what they want, it's lawyers. Whichever way those lawyers decide everyone needs to go, the company's marketing department will bullshit that it's the right choice.
  • 4 5
 @Peally: The thing is, it has nothing to do with legal liability. Instead it’s the company cowering to fear mongers and not wanting to be called out on CNN for going back to normal life.
  • 6 2
 @gnarlysipes: Or its simple capitalism.

Covid procedures cost money.

Getting sued by someone who gets covid at your event because you didn't take adequate covid precautions costs a lot more money.

Spectators at an event like this do not bring in much money at all, it is far more profitable to just not have them than to spend the money to make it safe.
  • 1 0
 @Patrick9-32: My bad. I didn’t realize this was in Wales. (Yeah, I don’t follow most events very closely.) After over year of COVID, the inherent risk of getting sick at a large event like this is well known. Here in the states, the chances of winning that lawsuit are slim to non. Especially considering many event organizers likely have implicit or explicit liability waivers.
  • 9 0
 But who will shake the cowbells all day long?

Can we have a Red Bull powered hydraulic arm?
  • 9 0
 So, we can go to the pub and watch it on the big telly. Sounds reasonable.
  • 12 4
 Just. Get. Vaccinated.
  • 11 15
flag gnarlysipes (Jun 9, 2021 at 6:19) (Below Threshold)
 You’d think, but there are many people (a small but vocal minority) who think we should all still be wearing masks and tin foil hats. A 99.99% survival rate (without vaccination) means there’s still a chance you could die! We should probably outlaw all forms of cycling, driving of cars, and living life in general.
  • 12 5
 @gnarlysipes: Where did you get that 99.99% from, 4chan?
  • 1 0
 The kooks are here too. Oh no, you probably won't die... meh, talk to the countless people who did, oh, wait, you can't. Talk to the long haulers, those that may have permanent damage to their bodies, those with severe complications, like people with lupus who had an attack as a reaction and still can't go back to normal life.
  • 1 0
 @colincolin: covid19.who.int - survival rate is very high, and COVID-19's overall death rate on the global population is such that 99.9995 of us will not die from it. Vaccinations reduce the risk of severe cases dramatically, further driving down CFR.
  • 1 0
 @yinyang: yup. don't go to hardline if you are a high risk individual. not trying to be a d*ck, but we have to allow people to make their own choices, particularly if they're vaccinated.
  • 6 3
 noones assed about the risk of a heart attack or diabetes after swigging a can of red bull, but everyone is shook about catching a cold that you have a 99% chance of surviving HA
  • 3 0
 Hardline are stepping things up.... quite literally. Hopefully we will have more of the Dh elite at the event this year, probably the hardest Dh race on the calendar.
  • 7 3
 I want Andreu Lacondeguy in it!
  • 5 1
 "Spectator free" -sounds very positive ,like "Gluten free".
  • 7 0
 gluten free sounds horrible
  • 1 0
 Ok, on TV then. I expect a course preview by Warner and Caluori and real time comentating by Waldorf and Statler. Grover will take care of emergencies. I love how there is so much more possible once things get on TV.
  • 3 0
 I think I need a bump to come down from that redbull I had last night .
  • 1 0
 epic bummer, it wont be the same without live audience, i bet the riders will be feeling the lack of vibes as as result. Deffo need some stoke to get down that big boy
  • 2 0
 I wonder what a lot of the other riders sponsors think having this mid season?
  • 7 5
 Doing downhill correctly......UCI should take note
  • 5 0
 Hardline is such a cool track but I think junior and women racers would need a chicken line around most of it unfortunately.
  • 2 0
 @tremeer023: I agree on options of the obstacles but the UCI is stagnant in comparison. I think you’d be surprised of some in them classes were given the option tho.
  • 3 1
 Hasn't everyone in the UK been vaccinated?
  • 5 5
 everyone in the uk has been vaccinated yes thank you absolutely everyone
  • 4 1
 not yet, quite far from it.
  • 1 0
 Brage will definitely BE happy that it's bigger. Dude is epic, don't project his emotions haha.
  • 3 0
 Where can I sign Up?
  • 1 0
 Bigger and more technical Big Grin
  • 8 0
 They should make it longer, lower and slacker instead Big Grin
  • 3 2
 Stomping a life threatening line with no cheering? Meh.
  • 1 0
 More POV footage. It's my fav
  • 1 0
 Hardline is how all WC tracks should be like....
  • 1 0
 perfect event for Goldstone. Lets see it.
  • 1 0
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