Video: Evolution of The World's Gnarliest DH Race - Hardline 2019

Sep 11, 2019
by Sarah Moore  

Red 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 world's best DH riders coming from all corners of the world, expect to see some wild riding in the valleys of Dyfi this weekend.

2019 course features:
• Rock drop: 13ft drop
• Cannon: 57ft travelled
• Step Up: 40mph speed required to clear jump
• Dirty Ferns: 45ft travelled
• Road Gap: trajectory 55ft
• Out of the woods: 45ft travelled
• The Final Fly Off: 65ft travelled – biggest jump ever at Red Bull Hardline

For those who can’t make the event, live-action will be broadcast on Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm local time at with commentary from Rob Warner. Warner will be joined in the commentary box by none other than 5x World Champion Rachel Atherton.

Qualifying will be live-streamed on Saturday, September 14, followed by finals on Sunday, September 15.


  • 35 1
 They need a hardtail class for this one
  • 50 0
 Hah! What would the prize be? Perhaps the person who gets furthest down the track before they die gets their funeral paid for.
  • 12 0
 @nickism: the golden coffin
  • 16 0
 @nickism: Complementary knee replacements.
  • 2 0
 @Banan725135650 that would be something for you??
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 @BartDM: That sounds like a plan! Big Grin
  • 15 1
 Reckon they should have an Atherton swear box, every time Rachel says 'like' during the commentary she puts £5 in, end of the race the cash gets given to a charity or a lucky kid down in the finish area!
  • 6 0
 £15 if she say's "lush".
  • 12 2
 Top 20 overall WC should be all invited and to be the ice of the cake of the whole season...
  • 7 0
 Given its in Wales, the weather certainly makes it difficult. At Rampage they may get a bit dusty, but last time I was in Wales Noah was out with his chainsaw.
  • 5 0
 Favorite event of the year. Rampage-esque with all the drama of racing against the clock.
  • 22 1
 And nobody can get robbed.
  • 1 0
 Oh man this is such a crazy track. I know us PB'ers look at some WC track sections and think we could ride that, maybe not at race speed but still make it down in one piece. This track I would NOPE out of 95% of it! My only gripe is I wish Robs audio commentary was actually made with the recording of the event. It's pretty easy to call out when he's not seeing it as it unfolds live, I think Claudio did a course preview where the commentary was dubbed over after the run.
  • 1 0
 I still think we heckled Dan out of DH racing, way back in Port Angeles, when 26" was alive, Gee was fast, and it made sense to drink a half dozen IPA's while yelling at strangers!
  • 3 0
 Forecast is epic sunshine. Can't wait to watch it in person!
  • 3 0
 Gnarlier then Rampage?
  • 9 6
 Gnarlier than the wife's bush
  • 2 0
 I'd imagine most Rampage riders could ride this course, but its the speed that truly makes it gnarly.
  • 3 2
 What the hell is that 2019 course feature list? Dude just tell us what's big and how much descent the course has.
  • 2 0
 Gee's resume is top notch no doubt about it.
  • 1 0
 Gnarl. Gnarly. Yeaboi. Shred. Send it.
  • 1 0
 And yeeeeeeeewww.
  • 1 0
 First time this has been screened live?
  • 1 0
 £43.20 for a ticket :-o
  • 1 0
 But that 1 ticket gets in 5 people
  • 1 0
 per car. 4 in a car= just over a tenner. As far as I can remember.

very not bad I think
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure if you turn up on foot (maybe even bike?) you just pay £10 anyway
  • 2 0
 @JoelAllport: it's defo 5 people per ticket so £8.64 each, pretty darn reasonable IMO. We got 9 going into 2 cars = 2 tickets

@therevfryslim All tickets are sold out for the Sunday, not sure if they leave a few for walk ins
  • 1 0
 @Garpur44: Yeah obvs better value for a full car but if theres only 2 or 3 of you then a tenner each is a bargain as well tbf. I'm pretty sure it's car spots that sell out rather than event capacity.

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