The weekend started with grey skies and consistent rain. With most of the features relying on firm ground for speed, practice wasn't looking promising.
The Redbull road gap was visible from the finish area, if spectators thought it looked big from down there they'd be in for a shock when they got up close. As most features at Hardline this year proved to be, it was a monster.
Practice got underway with the raincoat clad riders deciding to hit the road gap first... but it wouldn't be Hardline without a gnarly rock garden immediately before it.
Kye Forte sends the road gap, courtesy of Dan Atherton and his build crew - some of the features this year must have required a serious amount of engineering.
The Welsh weather was far from what Lluis Lacondeguy is used to. A days missed practice and seriously challenging conditions combined with a course "gnarlier than the fest series" kept him from racing.
Back in the pits for lunch and conditions weren't looking much better...
The afternoon was spent sessioning the two huge middle dirt jumps. The second involved clearing a dry stone wall but the rain soon started to wreak havoc with the takeoffs and the landings began to take a bit of a beating.
Desperate attempts were made to patch up the takeoffs between riders but really they needed a while to dry out. A better weather forecast for Sunday kept the riders feeling positive for race runs.
A sunny end to the day meant it was time for a train over the finish jump. Bernard Kerr knows how to please the crowds.
Gee always has time for a quick catch up with the fans before focusing on the next days racing.
No messing around on Sunday, it was straight into some of the biggest features on the course. Big step down into...
...even bigger hip jump.
Big jumps make for big crashes. Joe Smith went down hard in practice but bounced back for finals and finished 2nd.
The Renegade step up remained unconquered.
With the sheer size of the jumps it's easy to forget how gnarly the rest of the track is. Sheffield's Craig Evans makes light work of one of the more technical sections.
Al Bond styling up the middle jumps on his race run.
After a first place in qualifying, bad luck was strike Gee again for a second year running. A flat in the top section put a swift end to his days racing.
Looking consistent all weekend, it was Ruaridh Cunningham who took the win on the day.