Qualifying Photo Epic: Red Bull Hardline 2022
Sep 10, 2022 at 12:44
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Words & Photography by Nick Bentley(Man Down Media)
Hardline returns with changes made to the track to make it a little bit crazier. Alongside this, the fans have returned once again to be able to witness the madness for themselves.
Josh Lowe heading up in practice, although it wasn't to be for Josh today with a big crash leaving Josh awaiting x-rays on Saturday evening
Charlie Hatton was excited to head out riding this morning in practice
This section is a firm fan favourite
Last year's seeding day was plagued with wind, however, this year the Welsh-weather gods played ball
The step-up was changed a little this year to send the riders a little higher
Chris Cumming came up short on the step-up
But somehow both him and his new Nukeproof walked away unscathed
Thibault Laly kept it rubber side down in seeding, finishing up in 9th - a great effort for a first-time rider at Hardline
The drop after the step-up is formidable, although there were plenty of case marks from where the riders had come up just short
In respect for Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth the Second, fans, riders and crew paused for a minutes silence at 12 o'clock
Jackson Goldstone has taken to Hardline without missing a beat finishing up third in seeding
Is there anything that this young Canadian cannot do?
Ronan Dunne with his eyes fixed firmly on the step-up run in
No wind today meant the riders could send it
The Welsh Mountains make the perfect backdrop to the Hardline jumps
Less squashing for Jim Monro, more style over speed in practice
Harry Molloy trying to squash the step-up as much as he could
David McMillan hitting the step-up with some style
He may have retired from downhill racing but Florent Payet still charging hard here at Hardline
Bikes on the uplift trailer for one last run
You'll see more of these jumps tomorrow but I suspect images won't do their size any justice
Sam Hockenhull skipping across the rocky outcrop below the big drop
Chris Cumming giving it a little tweak off the big drop
This year the foliage has grown so much in the felled area of the track, the riders just keep dipping in and out of view
With a 7th place finish in seeding Gee Atherton wasn't just here to make up the numbers
So good to see Jackson Goldstone riding Hardline and, as always with Jackson, making it look oh so easy
Everyone's favourite privateer Taylor Vernon - the only Welshman in the field charging hard on home turf
4th place for Charlie Hatton. Charlie really is on a roll at the moment - it could be a good outside bet for tomorrow's race
This stunning waterfall runs alongside the main section of track
The exposed rock sections mid-track are taken flat out by the riders
Gaetan Vige riding on a borrowed bike from Jackson Goldstone
It didn't stop him sending all the features and finishing up in 15th
Sam Hockenhull unfortunately did not finish after smashing his rear mech off
Jim Monro laying it flat off the road gap
The Gee Man is back and wasn't shy in sending it
Harry Molloy on the gas through the flat-ish section between the big drop and the new jump line
The road gap was another firm crowd favourite, it's so great to see the fans back at Hardline
A cheeky toboggan for Theo Erlangsen over the final jump
Ad Brayton straight on the gas after landing the last jump
The bracken was pretty lush all around the track, disguising just how many rocks Joe Smith was making short work of on his way to sixth
Bernard Kerr sending it over the final jump
Vincent Tupin making his way through the tech below the big drop
The comradery between riders is second to none at Hardline
The crowds are back this year and the finish field was a firm favourite
The sun came out in the afternoon making it hot work for the riders
The Top 3 from seeding: Bernard Kerr, Adam Brayton and Jackson Goldstone
Jess Blewitt took a big slam on the step-up in practice earlier in the week but was voted riders 'Rider of the Week' by her fellow competitors
I have no idea how Bernard Kerr made it down after his horrendous earlier in the week, but he somehow managed to not only do it but qualify first
Team France were having a great time, ready to send it tomorrow
We'll be back tomorrow with more Hardline craziness!
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(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:51)
Bernard Kerr- Riding after a crash on a 90ft gap slam? That is tenacity.Speaking of that Gee Atherton must be one of the toughest competitors on the planet after breaking literally everything and now back up to speed, just amazing. Jackson Goldstone is carrying the torch for the next generation of multitalented freeride racers. One of the most raw events in MTB.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 19:45)
Gee is pretty tough. I mean he only took some of the hardest slams in DH MTBing and freeriding history at the gnarliest events and while filming possibly the gnarliest line ever. That seems pretty tough.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 18:24)
Vincent Tupin backfliped the step up and suicided the road gap, should be nice to have some picture ?
(Sorry for the chauvinisme)
Unbelivibel Kerr, so fast i lost my english
(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:45)
Good on them for observing silence. Proof that young people have respect. Also, you're all completely fucking mental.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 18:05)
Right?!?! This should be called mountain free fall on bike. Amazing!
(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:58)
So Redbull, how about a Hardline world tour?
(Sep 10, 2022 at 16:06)
I was just thinking that! It would be so epic and pull better numbers than the world cup I bet
(Sep 10, 2022 at 17:31)
The amount of hype and coverage this event has had this week is insane. I hope something is in the works. More stoked on this than World Cups and I love me a good World Cup race
(Sep 10, 2022 at 17:25)
If I'm a bonehead, then please say so.
But is Remy Metailler too much of a robot to be invited to Hardline?
If anyone was built to kill a line like that it's him
(Sep 10, 2022 at 18:07)
My only thought is he is really the master of slow tech, I mean we have all seen him ripping up bike parks, has the skills etc but there is something very different here, but both really huge and big style riding.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 18:22)
: I hear you on the slow tech. He is mental on all that technical slow stuff. Except there is no one that hits whistler hits with the speed he does. He boots over landings and slams the next ones like they were built for him. Show me a video of someone that owns whistler like Remy.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 19:40)
: no success on the wc circuit though, an exception park rat no doubt
(Sep 10, 2022 at 20:14)
I have no idea if he was invited or not. But I don’t think we can just assume any rider who isn’t there has never received an invite. I’m sure there are plenty of riders who have declined an invite for whatever the reason but they don’t make that info public.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 22:01)
: think he's still injured anyway
(Sep 11, 2022 at 23:51)
He has done many a DH race but I believe he has issues with his hands or something to that effect when racing?
(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:54)
Yeah great shots. Bernard you are a monster. And Old Man Brayton and the Kid sharing a podium, pretty cool.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 17:36)
If Jackson wins my mind will be truly blown. He is without doubt in a league of his own in his age group. From the speed on the DH circuit to the steez on a jump line and now hucking these rediculois hits at speed. Looking forward to the next 10 years of shredding.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 19:17)
Some really high quality photography here from Nick Bentley. That B&W shot of the crowd with the dude in the Dickies shirt right in the center shot staring right at the camera is brilliant.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:21)
Clearly that new Nukeproof frame is up to the job! Unlikely we'd see a supreme survive that case.........
(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:47)
Holy Sheesh how good are these photies??
(Sep 10, 2022 at 16:48)
Can anyone identify the clearly living white fuzzy animal on the rock below the big drop? The backside of a Welsh Jackalope trying to hide perhaps?
(Sep 10, 2022 at 16:57)
Thats no ordinary rabbit - Monty Python
(Sep 11, 2022 at 15:56)
I suspect it's a microphone.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:23)
Great to see Taylor Vernon up there again. Still remember his horrible crash at VDS years ago. BK is total badass
(Sep 10, 2022 at 15:36)
Gonna be a ripper, good luck to all racing. Get it Brayton.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 17:31)
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(Sep 10, 2022 at 17:40)
I saw some shots of Thibault wearing the PB WC Jersey. Would he cool to see some footage coming from the PB Team.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 17:56)
I'm actually very disappointed at Pinkbike Racing's lack of coverage around their obviously best racer, Thibault. Seems like the whole series was dominated by Cathro and the juniors, while Laly was just crushing it and was clearly better than all of them. I'm a fan of Cathro's videos...kinda, but man, respect Laly and give him the coverage. There was a seperate video about every team rider except him...disrespectful for someone who qualified regularly for the WC races. Now, Laly is SENDING it at hardline, and no video, no inside the tape, no footage, not even recognition that he's there.... disappointed.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 19:08)
(Sep 10, 2022 at 19:49)
: You've got completely the wong end of the stick. The majority of the series will come out after the season - with each rider getting two episodes each. Thibault's first episode is next. I saw the first draft the other day and it's absolutely fantastic.
(Sep 11, 2022 at 0:34)
: the guy was in every pov track preview and lauded by ben all the ways down…what better way to present a fast guy to the pb/social audience?
(Sep 10, 2022 at 23:49)
Joe Smith is also from Wales!
(Sep 10, 2022 at 19:58)
No action shot of Jess Blewit? She deserves more than that!
(Sep 10, 2022 at 20:11)
Agree but she unfortunately got injured yesterday and didn't ride today.
(Sep 10, 2022 at 23:13)
: did she get through to the bottom of the track? Crazy and skilled for even trying!?
(Sep 11, 2022 at 1:58)
Agreed. I think its awesome that she was riding such an insane track. I thought being the first and only female riding that there'd be quite a bit of footage of her but I couldnt really find much. Couple of short clips on her Insta is about all I could find. Maybe I was watching all the wrong video clips........ Would love PB to do an article of her experience at Hardline along with some video footage and photos. 'hint hint' Awesome photos btw!!
(Sep 10, 2022 at 23:48)
Good photos Nick, some of your best yet [thumbs up]
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