Replay: Finals - Hardline 2019

Sep 15, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

Watch all the racing from a tough day of racing on a slippery and treacherous track.

bigquotesRed Bull Hardline isn’t an event for the fainthearted. Hailed as one of the toughest downhill mountain bike races in the world, the event returns to the hills of Dyfi Valley in the north of Wales for its sixth edition.

The 2018 edition saw home favourite Gee Atherton taking home the trophy for the first time after a nail-biting final in front 3,000 spectators. Bernard Kerr came in second with Charlie Hatton in third.

Red Bull Hardline 2019 is bigger than ever before. With the worlds best DH riders coming from all corners of the world, expect to see some wild riding in the valleys of Dyfi this weekend.
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COURSE PREVIEW




6:17 am PDT The first rider on track is Harry Molloy and the track is looking pretty wet up top.

6:21 am PDT Molloy puts down a solid run and sets the first time of the day. 3:15.306 is the time to beat.

6:24 am PDT Kade Edwards was over two and a half seconds up at split one but he goes down just after the big step up.

6:25 am PDT Another mistake from Edwards, the track is looking lethal. The conditions are completely different to yesterday's qualifying.

6:26 am PDT Kade Edwards goes across the line 1.8 back.

6:30 am PDT Florent Payet has some difficulties on the slippery track but still manages to go nearly three seconds faster than Molloy.

6:32 am PDT Gaetan Vige is over four seconds up at the first split and even lays down a backflip on the step up!

6:33 am PDT Vige extends his lead to seven seconds at the next split.

6:34 am PDT Disaster! Vige has to take his feet off as he slides out in the rock garden before the road gap.

6:35 am PDT Gaetan Vige takes the hotseat with a time of 3:05.784, topping Payet's time by 6.793 seconds.

6:37 am PDT Kaos Seagrave is another rider sending a backflip on the step up but he crashes just after. He is back up and checking over his bike, it looks like he was coming into the section with way too much speed.

6:40 am PDT Seagrave tries to do another flip on the hip jump but can't quite make the landing, it may not be fast but this is a crazy run.

6:41 am PDT It looks like he has a front flat so that will be the end of Seagrave's race today.

6:46 am PDT Matt Walker doesn't look to be doing anything wrong but he can't seem to match the pace of Vige.

6:47 am PDT Walker goes around four and a half seconds back and slots into 2nd with eight riders left at the top.

6:50 am PDT Brage Vestavik is up at the second split, he is looking to be on an amazing run.

6:52 am PDT Vestavik lays down an almost flawless ride and secures the fastest time of the day by 5.9 seconds and goes under three minutes.

6:55 am PDT Laurie Greenland is just off the pace at the first split, can he find the time down the rest of the track?

6:55 am PDT Greenland loses more time at the next split. Vestavik's time is looking safe for now.

6:57 am PDT He makes up some time at the bottom but it is only good enough for second place, 4.420 back.

6:59 am PDT Alexandre Fayolle is just 0.120 back at the first split, he is on a wild run!

7:00 am PDT Fayolle loses another second at the next split, this could be close.

7:02 am PDT Wow that really was close! Fayolle goes 0.681 off the pace and finishes with a time just over three minutes.

7:03 am PDT Next up is Brendan Fairclough, will he give us another backflip on the step up?

7:04 am PDT He doesn't do a flip in his run today but he is just 0.160 off Vestavik at the first split.

7:07 am PDT A big mistake midway down costs Fairclough a lot of time but he slots into third place with a time of 3:01.336.

7:09 am PDT Joe Smith is flying in the tricky conditions, nearly two seconds faster at the first split.

7:10 am PDT 2.7 up at the next split, he is going to smash the time of Vestavik if he can hold on to the bottom.

7:12 am PDT Smith punctures at the bottom and even though he misses the final jump he takes the hotseat by just under two seconds.

7:14 am PDT Charlie Hatton had a great qualifier yesterday and he looks to be on pace today, only 0.6 back at split one.

7:14 am PDT Hatton goes down in the tricky middle section.

7:16 am PDT He goes into fifth with a gap of less than five seconds to Smith. That could have been an incredible run.

7:19 am PDT Gee Atherton is back by over a second at the first split!

7:20 am PDT He loses a little bit of time by the next split but with Joe's puncture at the bottom he has some time to play with.

7:22 am PDT Atherton goes fastest by over two and a half seconds! Only Bernard Kerr can beat him now but no matter what happens we will see the first-ever double winner today.

7:24 am PDT Bernard Kerr is up by over a second at the first split.

7:26 am PDT Kerr goes three seconds faster and takes the 2019 title!




41 Comments

  • 51 2
 The big news just in is that Gee has finally stopped tucking his ears into his cap.
  • 11 1
 Now we just need Rob Warner to take the sticker off of his.
  • 45 2
 Rach and Rob make a great combo. One of the better duos in commentary for our sport.
  • 8 0
 I thought Rachel and Rob were great. Rachel had lots of racer insight. Only problem was on Gee's run. She almost forgot she was commenting and was probably just holding on to her chair and gritting her teeth.
  • 7 0
 Agreed. Rob has needed an equal as a co-host for a while. Some have come close but nobody has quite matched his skills. Rachel seems like she could pull it off. For a first appearance, she was smooth, properly paced and insightful.
  • 3 0
 I thought so too!
  • 2 0
 Better than Grover off Sesame Street anyway.
  • 2 0
 @cains08: I'm glad someone else thinks Grover
  • 45 5
 Rachel is a natural
  • 11 0
 save of the day rachel's 'oh shhhhhhh...ugar'
  • 32 3
 Awesome event and coverage!

We really need Ben Cathro at Hardline 2020. They're always telling us how the scariest bits are in between the big jumps, but they never show us. Nice pictures/videos of the different rock sections, which lines you can choose, and what makes them harder than World Cups; it would add a lot of depth and would help spectators enjoy the event more.
  • 5 1
 Agree with that, although Ben probably needs a holiday...
  • 29 0
 If I ever meet the bloke who just shouted 'Rob Warner dyes his hair' on the live feed I need to buy him a beer
  • 3 0
 Hahaha What time stamp?
  • 2 0
 @JamesGTi: during Brendogs run
  • 23 0
 Gaetan Vige's run was rad, and the flip wtf!
  • 1 0
 Shit your hearing is good.
  • 19 1
 Who else hopes Rachel steps into the commentary booth after she decides to retire from racing? I hope she has a long racing career but she also appears to be a natural commentator. She knows about racing, has insightful observations, is comfortable on camera and knows when to talk or be silent. Our sport has precious few people with all of these skills at the same time. Seriously, we need more Rachel commentary!
  • 16 0
 Kaos flipping the wall Helmet
  • 17 2
 Kaos for MVP
  • 2 0
 Absolute Rockstar that lad!!!
  • 9 0
 Livestream on youtube! Is it christmas already?
  • 10 2
 Kaos.... so rad!!
  • 4 1
 so loose!
  • 1 0
 On the best Best Track preview I have seen . Gee and a rider behind filming ... gives you great sense of the course and what riders have to go through ( in comparison as to just the usual helmet go pro).
  • 1 0
 Missing a front cameraseeing the contact of wheels and ground on that mid technichal bit where Bernard was gapping. Also. Some mdrone footage would be awesome
  • 2 0
 Rachel is killing it on the commentary! Loved the coverage this year. Great riding! HOly shit and no big crashes!
  • 2 0
 The conditions look gnarly!
  • 2 0
 I`m having a red bull hard on...
  • 1 0
 Fun race. I watched it all. They need more of those guys in leotards who do the flips and shit.
  • 1 0
 When I thought after Snowshoe it couldn't get any better, this!
  • 6 5
 #drinkwater
  • 1 0
 Bloody hell!
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