Saturday Practice Photo Epic: Red Bull Hardline 2021

Jul 25, 2021
by Nick Bentley  


Saturday was the qualifying day that never was. Poor weather conditions called an early halt on the day's proceedings, with riders feeling unsafe tackling the step-up due to the high Welsh winds.

Craig Evens Santa Cruz V10 prepped and ready to go.
Craig Evans' Santa Cruz V10 prepped and ready to go.

Lewis Buchanan getting ready to head up to practice.
Lewis Buchanan getting ready to head up to practice.

Adam Brayton Relaxing in the Pit s a familuer site with the long wind delays today.
Adam Brayton relaxing in the pits, a familiar sight with the long wind delays today.

Laurie Greenland Brage Vestavik enjoying there down time.
Laurie Greenland & Brage Vestavik enjoying their downtime.

Gaetan Vige sending it though the lower sections of the track.
Gaëtan Vige sending it through the lower sections of the track.

You can t keep Gee away from Redbull Hardline even with all his injures. it is just amazing to see Gee up and walking around considering just how massive his crash was.
You can't keep Gee away from Red Bull Hardline even with all his injuries. It is just amazing to see Gee up and walking around considering how massive his crash was.

the biggest taking point of today was sadly the wind. With a big head wind heading in to the step up crossing the most trouble. this would lead to a delay then eventually a cancellation of qualifying for the day.
The biggest talking point of today was sadly the wind with a big headwind into the step-up causing the most trouble. This would lead to a delay then eventually a cancellation of qualifying for the day.

There was a few riders sending it off of the road gap even with the wind.
A few riders were sending it off the road gap even with the wind.

There was alto of conversation today with the riders working together to scope out the wind and if sections of the track were safe to ride.
There was a lot of conversation today with the riders working together to scope out the wind and if sections of the track were safe to ride.

the view from the uplift was stunning. massive thanks to the Pearce uplift team for shuttling around the media and marshals today.
The view from the uplift was stunning. Massive thanks to the Pearce uplift team for shuttling around the media and marshals today.

Theo Erlangsen taking in the stunning view at the top of the step up as we all waited for the inevitable call to stop riding for the day. there could be worse places to be stuck for 30 min.
Theo Erlangsen taking in the stunning view at the top of the step up as we all waited for the inevitable call to stop riding for the day. There could be worse places to be stuck for 30 minutes.

with the step up closed due to the wind riders hard to push up round it.
With the step up closed due to the wind, riders had to push up and around it.

Charlie Hatton Sending the Step up. unfortuntly for Charlie a gusting headwind would mean he would end up short casing the landing and leading to a nasty looking crash.
Charlie Hatton sending the step up. Unfortunately for Charlie, a gust of headwind would mean he would end up short casing the landing and leading to a nasty looking crash.

It was a massive crash for Charlie Hatton how ever he was up back on his feet with coasted down the track with the other riders. the Continental Athaton rider is clearly made of strong stuff.
Charlie Hatton had a massive crash but he was up back on his feet and managed to coast down the track with the other riders. The Continental Atherton rider is clearly made of strong stuff.

Brendan Fairclough scoping out the change to the track in practice.
Brendan Fairclough scoping out the change to the track in practice.

George Brannigan was one of the few riders to get full runs in before practice was called off. the Hardline track is dry dusty and fast.
George Brannigan was one of the few riders to get full runs in before practice was called off. The Hardline track was dry, dusty and fast.

The new drop after the step up is a monster it was also was closed today due to the high winds instead the riders road the old track which comes round to the riders left and out in front of the drop.
The new drop after the step up is a monster. It was closed today due to the high winds. Instead, the riders took the old track which comes round to the riders left and out in front of the drop.

First man down the track in practice was Bernard Kerr. The winner of the last Hardline in 2019 Bernard was looking like he could be on for a repeat this year to.
The first man down the track in practice was Bernard Kerr. The winner of the last Hardline in 2019, Bernard was looking like he could be on for a repeat this year too (even if he was dragging down half a bush with him!).

This was the area making all the issues the Step up is hard enough but with a gusting head wind it just became unsafe Rider safety at every race is number one priority but when the concerquences are as big as they are here at hardline.
This was the area making all the issues: the step up. It is hard enough but with a gusting headwind it just became unsafe. Rider safety at every race is the number one priority, but when the consequences are as big as they are here at Hardline the riders get the final decision on whether they feel safe, and this choice is never questioned.



19 Comments

  • 10 0
 Sad that qualifying was postponed, but it's for the safety for the riders.

Overall I like and enjoy the concept of this event. The vlogs were all about sending it with good vibes all around, riders caring and pushing each other and having fun riding pit bikes up the mountain/hill to have a sweet bbq i.e.
Somewhat I would call this a true bro event!

Sadly I can't watch the feed today, but wish all athletes no head or tail winds and good time down this massive course.
  • 7 0
 They have the invite list nailed, the amount of YouTube coverage of this is unreal, and so is the riding, makes me want to sell my bike cause I don’t even want to be able to do those jumps!!
  • 8 0
 Gee after breaking half the bones in his body: "Just another day at the office"
  • 12 1
 and with a can of redbull in hand! He is a sponsor's dream ambassador.
  • 4 0
 Anyone elses youtube recommended list just full of Hardline content? I've watched so much it feels like I'm there!
  • 1 0
 By posting this complaint, you’ve just got everybody thinking “Redbull” when we were here for the race. Redbull owes you some major thanks.
Maybe a case of Redbull without logos on the cans?
  • 2 0
 Is that a headless rider to the right of the windsock in third from last picture??
  • 1 0
 Charlie Hatton has had a slew of big crashes on that step up
  • 1 0
 Awesome photos - nice to see the details and the drama of speed
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