Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle Send it at Red Bull Hardline - Video

Sep 25, 2017
by UR Team  

While Mick and Tracey were enjoying a well-deserved rest and Kenta Gallagher preparing for the last round of Finale Ligure the team had the pleasure of seeing Sam Reynolds going out of his comfort zone and Alex Fayolle back healthy on the bike.

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Nathan Hughes

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Boris Beyer

In those conditions, only 10 of 23 riders made it to the qualifications, unfortunately, Sam Reynolds did not qualify but he had a good time doing some tricks. Alex was also back on form with a great 3rd place qualifier.

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Boris Beyer

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Nathan Hughes

For the final, thousands of spectators were cheering on the side of the tracks and the Redbull TV live coverage was excellent which made us appreciate the show, unfortunately, it started raining for the last few riders and this time Alex didn't escape the rain and crashed twice in his race run, but before his crash, he was absolutely flying but as the saying goes, "third time's a charm," so can't wait to see what Alex will be doing next year.

 during the 2017 Red Bull Hardline downhill race.
Photo: Sven Martin

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Nathan Hughes

So it was good for our sports to see some event like that pushing the limit while giving us some great coverage.

 during the 2017 Red Bull Hardline downhill race.
Photo: Sven Martin

 during the 2017 Red Bull Hardline downhill race.
Photo: Sven Martin

 during the 2017 Red Bull Hardline downhill race.
Photo: Sven Martin

 during the 2017 Red Bull Hardline downhill race.
Photo: Sven Martin

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Nathan Hughes

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Boris Beyer

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Sven Martin

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Sven Martin

 during the 2017 Red Bull Hardline downhill race.
Photo: Sven Martin

 during the 2017 Red Bull Hardline downhill race.
Photo: Sven Martin

Sam Reynolds and Alex Fayolle at Red Bull Hardline 2017
Photo: Nathan Hughes

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29 Comments

  • 21 3
 highest level DH track. Something like Rampage and Lourdes World Cup DH rolled up in one track. You must be a free ride specialist.
  • 15 0
 I prefer to dead sailor when I'm in the air.
  • 15 2
 Combine the Hardline event (racing) with a FEST series event (freeride/ tricks) in two events on one circuit - winner.
  • 7 0
 up the game on the crankworx speed and style event
  • 13 3
 Pretty skitz that Sam Reynolds - who rode Rampage in 2015 - didn't want to race because it was too technical. Shows what a crazy track it is. If Sam is scared to hit it imagine the rest of us peasants.
  • 6 2
 It's not the first time he'e "scared to ride" an event Wink
  • 1 2
 @ictus: So why not? He is alive and kick ass, isn't he?
  • 3 0
 Sam Reynolds is like the canary they used to send down the mines. If he stops singing, GTFO!
  • 1 1
 @ictus: He's obviously got a slightly stronger sense of "self-preservation" than some other pros
  • 7 0
 Crashes twice and still continues all the way down!? Respect!
  • 1 0
 What a boss eh
  • 8 2
 When Sam Reynolds pulls out because its too gnarly. You know.
  • 3 0
 Damn Alex, you sent it! Too bad for your final run, but still! Well Done!
  • 2 0
 Congrats to all riders, and thank you for pushing up the sport!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic insight into the race. Like the honest rider feedback.
  • 1 0
 2nd major event in a year that Sam bailed on. Perhaps its time to invite other riders more willing to throw down?
  • 3 6
 Some skills to ride this. It doesn't appeal at all though-not that I have the ability, or ever will, but it just looks horrible. Also, maybe some more skilled riders could explain this- it seems like many riders have to pedal quite hard to get just enough speed for the step ups and jumps, why is that?
  • 9 0
 poor conditions making it hard to carry speed i imagine.
  • 4 1
 Why does it look horrible to you? I went to watch on Sunday and honestly it looks sick. Even on the easier parts of the track, it just looked really fun.
Not to mention it must be a very rewarding track to ride - especially finishing a run under the pressures of racing.
  • 1 0
 because some of the gaps are a little too big for the jump that you can barely clear them. and other jumps like the big drop step down you need to slow down a little or not pedal at all to land just at the right spot.
  • 1 0
 Conditions were very wet and the wind picked up too. On a dry and still day it would have been different.
  • 1 1
 @Jack-McLovin: Had been thinking of going to watch it myself, and might have enjoyed it too. I think parts of the track look awkward, and it could have more flow overall. It doesn't look horrible overall actually, I take that back, but it looks too high consequence for not enough fun, too stressful maybe. OF course that appeals to some riders, so good for them, and I guess that's why it's called Hardline, it's not your typical track.
  • 2 0
 @IrishTom:
Yeah, like @euroford said, it's difficult to keep flow when the conditions are against you. If it was lovely and dry there would be no problems clearing the gaps I'm sure - one probably shouldn't doubt the building skills of none other than Dan Atherton himself Razz
Awkward, maybe. I think difficult is the better term to use. One thing we can agree on is it is definitely high consequence!

You should go and watch it next year dude. Make a weekend of it and ride Revolution on Saturday, or maybe even Dyfi bike park if it's open by then, and then watch Hardline on Sunday Big Grin Perfect weekend!
  • 3 2
 @IrishTom I think you may have been watching the wrong race.
  • 3 1
 Did he 360 that! Beast!!
  • 1 4
 Think it should be at least 15 riders to ride in the finals, pity Sam Reynolds didn't ride. Would have stood a good chance of a podium I reckon', well done all those that took part;
  • 3 0
 Apparently he wouldn't have , that is why he dropped.
  • 1 0
 @bman33: To be honest I think it's a bit of a lottery, anyone of the top 10 can win it, regardless of who's won it previous, or who's favourite. Would love to have seen him hit those jumps tho;

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