86ft Gaps & More Huge Features Added to the 2022 Red Bull Hardline Course

Sep 1, 2022 at 6:53
by Ed Spratt  
Considerable airtime coming next week.
Photo: Dan Griffiths

The already huge Red Bull Hardline course has received some updates for this year's racing with some massive new jumps added in.

Built on top of the previous 'Dirty Ferns' hip jump the builders have added in an on-off jump for riders. The jump will feature a 40ft gap to a 30ft landing pad before another 40ft gap out of the feature. Gee Atherton says this new feature adds to the "rhythm section" of the course where holding the perfect amount of speed is required to set a good time.

Taking a step back allows you to appreciate how precise you must be riding this one.
Photo: Dan Griffiths

The other new feature on the 2022 course is two huge double jumps, the first measures 86ft while riders will have a slightly easier 85ft gap on the second. Both jumps have the landings hidden by the take-offs so it will be a completely blind send for riders in their race runs. Originally the first jump was 91ft but it was shrunk down slightly as it was tough to get enough speed to clear the gap.

Big sends with even bigger views.
Photo: Dan Griffiths

The jump line is at a gradient meaning you re losing elevation the entire time making each jump feel like a step-down and even bigger still.
Photo: Dan Griffiths

After Tree felling in the 'Dirty Ferns' and 'Waterfall' sections, the previous jumps looked a bit small so the builders thought something bigger needed to be added in. Dan Atherton says: "The potential was suddenly there for some big, Fest Series-style features. The newly open, mellow terrain acts as the perfect foundation for fast, long jumps – something which, up until now, Hardline had been missing."

Dan Atherton has already become a casualty of the new features after a big crash on the 30ft landing pad ended in a trip to the hospital. Lucky Dan escaped with just a few minor grazes and is back prepping the course for next week. Dan said: "Testing the on-off was difficult because we couldn't visualise the outcome, and we didn't exactly know how to go about it. We dug out a load on the edge of the landing pad to make a run out if we needed to bail, but I went too far and missed the braking point, so I bounced off and piled straight into the back of the lander."

The build crew will be making some final touches to the course this weekend before riders arrive for the big race on Sunday September 11. You can read more about the updated course here.


  • 551 4
 Dear red bull, if you put on an entire dh series that you broadcast, we will all abandon the uci to watch your content. k thx.
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  • 146 3
 as long as Rob is still doing commentary, I'd be down.
  • 20 0
 yes please.
  • 11 0
 @danielfloyd: considering they have him under contract, I had just assumed he would be taking this role.
  • 50 6
 Who down voted this?! You and your BMX backgrounds can just leave.
  • 13 0
 We love RedBull. And Rob Warner.
  • 4 0
  • 18 26
flag warmerdamj (Sep 1, 2022 at 10:32) (Below Threshold)
 This will never happen for so many reasons:

1. Why would the athletes go? You don't think they like competing at the highest level? Just because you think the UCI is stupid this is still the show.

2. What are the sponsors going to do? They definately won't field a team in both leagues. It's too expensive and they only want a team in the top level anyway. This will instantly cut the talent pool way down for both, basically making both worse. It'll be like LIV golf vs the PGA, or the KHL vs the NHL. Both just have "some of the best players" now vs all of them.

3. Red Bull is not a bike racing company. They just make people think they are. People who like mx think it's an mx company, people who like base jumping think it's a base jumping company. Red Bull just plays the cool factor so you buy their poisonous drinks. That's all they want.
  • 6 4
 (we would also pay)
  • 2 0
 Definitely...the only two DH events I watch.
  • 10 0
 @warmerdamj: Top guys are showing up to hardline. I could see a series getting phased in. if they had the money to make payouts better and run better events, I wouldn't be surprised if the rider union that is forming made a choice. all they would have to do is say if you have a red bull helmet you are participating and that right there pulls a lot of the top guys and gals.
  • 8 0
 @warmerdamj: Hardline and Rampage both seem to get some top riders. And Joyride. And Foundations. And District Ride. And Monserrate Cerro Abajo. And Valparaíso Cerro Abajo.
Just sayin'
  • 4 13
flag warmerdamj (Sep 1, 2022 at 14:20) (Below Threshold)
 @rallyimprezive: let's not confuse any of those events with a UCI level world cup event though. Not to take anything away from the athletes at all, but it's just not on the same level.

@adrennan further to your union post, you think a union will make it easier for guys to jump around? f*ck no. Unions will make what the riders can do more restricted. You bring in unions and you bring in more paperwork and red tape. With unions and CBAs in most professional sports athletes are barred from doing a lot of extra curricular activities that could be dangerous outside their professional commitments. If a player or rider gets injured doing an 80' gap in hardline when they are under contract with trek as a UCI DH rider now there is issues with who pays them, who pays for the time off, who pays for the insurance, who pays for the union dues since they rider is out. These will all become factors if a union comes in.

Riders think it's unfair to get paid say 5k for a race but they can do as many different ones as they want now. When the union comes in they may get paid say 10k, but the union and contracts will prevent them in racing in most of the events they had access to before.

Basically what I'm saying is the way things are now are likely the best they could be. In the end wether there's a union or not everybody is still getting f*cked. It's just different kinds of getting f*cked.
  • 7 0
 @MatthewYoung4: just to clarify, I upvoted this
  • 1 2
 @warmerdamj: Yea, I agree with that.
  • 1 8
flag dhmad (Sep 1, 2022 at 18:27) (Below Threshold)
 @warmerdamj: We don't think UCI is stupid. The broadcast is.
  • 11 1
 @warmerdamj: Red bull have done more for sport and sports teams around the world than everyone in the comment section has...

yes, they make poison drinks. will I still drink them? absof*ckinglutely.
  • 7 0
 @warmerdamj: You're right Hardline is a completely different level to a normal UCI world cup. Harder course - better coverage and way more interesting. Much higher level
  • 3 0
 @warmerdamj: you have such a rigid view of what a union is. Yes we still see these unions I speak of all around the world; however, mtbers are a different breed. The mtb community, especially at the elite level, respect each other and camaraderie. If given a better platform to do what they do is provided, why wouldnt they move?

And before you say “their sponsors” remember how free ride was born, mtbers choosing how they wanted to ride
  • 1 0
 Where Warner goes, I go.
  • 198 1
 In other news, i hit a 3ft gap yesterday.
  • 28 0
 Yeaaaaah boy, how about that !!
  • 31 1
 I bet you had a great time! Keep at it!!
  • 13 0
 The jump from a 3' table top to a gap is bigger than 86ft
  • 69 5
 86 feet is big.. almost as big as your mom....
  • 6 6
 Your big mom is awesome, she invited me over for a sleep over last night.
  • 9 3
 I thought you had two dads? Which makes @trollhunter .....
  • 13 11
 if you want my comeback, its in your moms mouth
  • 1 0
 @bmxbackground69: username checks out
  • 41 0
Are we calling it Redbull Harder line now?
  • 22 0
 That's the gas station pills I get
  • 3 0
 @derekbnorakim: the little blue ones?
  • 39 0
 damn, who got to guinea pig the 91'er? yeah mate, came up a wee bit short on that; let's trim 6' off
  • 27 0
 Ive had rides shorter than some of these gaps
  • 20 0
 Bernard: "2 nice doubles? Hmm, I think I'll go for the Quad..."
  • 16 1
 I just hope it doesn't turn into an over groomed slope course with just a few tech features between.
  • 2 0
 Still has the top bit, as well as the serious rocks just before and after the road gap. But it has been noted to be smoother over the course. The reality is, courses like Val Di Sole and Snowshoe definitely fill the psycho tech niche. But no World Cup would EVER put this stuff in, so yeah... It is gonna turn slightly into fest DH.
  • 14 0
 I guess they have to rebuild the whole course now after Dan bounced off of it. Hope they get it finished in time!
  • 10 0
 Every year there's one or two riders who opt out of the race after checking the course out. I'll be curious to see if everyone's up for 86 ft doubles...
  • 18 0
 "the first measures 86ft while riders will have a slightly easier 85ft gap on the second."

get your facts straight!
  • 1 6
flag Caiokv (Sep 1, 2022 at 10:14) (Below Threshold)
 Considering Crabapple Hits is roughly 20 m, hardline's 26 m should not keep anyone out?
  • 10 0
 @Caiokv: I’m admittedly not a metric scientist but an extra 6m is not nothing
  • 6 0
 @Caiokv: You're forget an important detail... Crappable hits are tables
  • 2 0
 Crabapple definitely is not that big lol @Caiokv:
  • 4 0
 @Caiokv: You mean more than 25% bigger? And no table to save you if you come up short? I could see that playing a factor.
  • 7 0
 "Originally the first jump was 91ft but it was shrunk down slightly as it was tough to get enough speed to clear the gap"
Holy f*ck someone cased that
  • 5 0
 Some new gnarly tech sections would be good to see aswell, maybe a bit less viewing excitement but probably a lot safer. And if it’s still a race, making up time is quite hard on a 90ft jump right?
  • 6 0
 And here's me frothin at doing the step down at Ae Forest.
  • 4 2
 Anybody else not fussed with Hardline anymore. The last few to me have felt really flat to watch. I'm sure it is fun to ride, I'd love to try the try course one day, but it's much more exciting watching a World Cup in my opinion. Maybe the course changes will help, guess we'll see.
  • 4 0
 Damn, 86 feet to a dude who rides an Atherton bike is like, 142 feet to a dude who rides a YT. That's a big jump.
  • 3 0
 Only Dan Atherton could describe any part of this course as "mellow terrain". It's a combination of rock, super-slippy mud and shale.
  • 2 0
 Course looks amazing, great to see it changed up a bit again with some new features. But holy hell those photos are horrible!
  • 3 1
 so basically what you're saying is that RB added hardline sized features to the hardline course. Check.
  • 3 0
 That’s f*cking massive
  • 5 2
 Ain't got shit on Warley
  • 1 0
 Under rated comment
  • 2 0
 Damn they trynna kill somebody lol
  • 2 0
 Looks like it could be dangerous
  • 1 0
 Spectating for the first time for the final on Sunday. Better set the camera to super wide angle to film these gaps…
  • 1 0
 Getting STOKED for this Sundays show. Can't wait to see the new features in action!
  • 2 0
 86' gaps...........
  • 10 0
 It's really 85.99999
  • 20 1
 its the Dub Step
  • 3 0
 Did they already blow right past a 69' gap?
  • 1 0
 So next year it's 90? Sick.
  • 1 0
 Hardline never ceases to blow my mind.
  • 2 0
 Redbull gives you wings
  • 1 0
 Where lewboy
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