Jess Blewitt Breaks her Collarbone at Red Bull Hardline

Sep 10, 2022 at 9:02
by Ed Spratt  
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

Jess Blewitt has broken her collarbone after crashing on the huge step-up at Red Bull Hardline.

After a nasty crash in practice on the step-up jump Jess has broken her collarbone for the second time this year after first cracking it at the Fort William World Cup. Jess has been looking great on the massive drops and jumps of the Hardline course and has won the BF Goodrich rider of the week award. While she won't be continuing to hit the massive sends on course we have been told that she is doing well and will be cheering on the rest of the riders in finals tomorrow.

We wish Jess all the best with her recovery and hope she is back riding soon.

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185 Comments
  • 147 1
 I’m honestly just glad it wasn’t much worse. Hardline is insane this year.

Heal up soon!
  • 43 0
 *extra* insane this year
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flag RedBurn (Sep 10, 2022 at 9:50) (Below Threshold)
 Preserve women from this
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flag rubberbutter (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:08) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: Only misogynists enjoy watching a women get hurt.
  • 106 14
 @RedBurn: this is just the beginning! Women have progressed just as fast as men! She’s an inspiration for being there!
  • 62 0
 @RedBurn: I feel like it´s her own decision man not up to everyone else but her own
  • 10 0
 @RedBurn: why?
  • 38 2
 @RedBurn: preserve from what exactly…being sentient human beings whom can think for themselves
  • 71 7
 @RedBurn: Why? Professional woman ride much faster than most men, including you. Get off your prehistoric horse and grow up.
@ Jess, Heal up well! Looking forward to see you race next season(if this is the end)!
  • 13 0
 @tomo12377:

No, like raspberry preserves.
  • 35 1
 @RedBurn: preserve us from your idiotic comments.
  • 23 4
 @RedBurn: because everyone knows the main difference between men and women is the strength of their clavicles….. ‍♂️. George Brannigan broke his too, better check his undies.
  • 30 52
flag rubberbutter (Sep 10, 2022 at 16:18) (Below Threshold)
 @uncleric09: That's an absurd statement. Ask any woman if the've progressed just as fast as men and they'll tell you it's not true. Voting rights? Just as fast? Job salaries?

Jess Blewitt may be some kind of pioneer by entering the Hardline "race", but I'm sure Rachel Atherton had many opportunities to participate, as did Tracey Hannah and Miriam Nicole (Red Bull sponsored). They declined for some good reason, and there's no shame in that.

"Preserve women from this", as RedBurn said, is not about limiting women's opportunities or denigrating their powers. His statement is about keeping the pressure off these talented riders who have no business risking their careers at this frat-boy event. 56 riders in 8 years, nearly 40% of them never came back a second time (Hart, Bruni, Hannah, Wilson to name a few great racers)... 100 foot jumps... let's be real and admit that this is a spectacle, not a race.
  • 13 5
 @rubberbutter: @rubberbutter :
dude your comment is wrong because assumes the sponsors are forcing those athletes to participate in a relatively small event. Are you as vocal where riders are afraid of features on world cup dh tracks? For hardline it's an event from riders by riders. No one is forcing anyone. Sometimes we bite more than we can chew and it's not gender related. Do you even ride?
And yeah people dont come back because yeah it's a risky event but some of the ones who are afraid still do (Jono Jones to name one)
  • 4 0
 @rubberbutter: I think you need to work out some rubber butter. You seem frustrated.
  • 17 15
 @uncleric09: The progression of womens riding has been huge and is great to see and Jess is clearly more skilled than the vast majority, but….

Are we at a point where biological aspects such as strength and power may be the limit to what is possible for women here?

As someone said, pedalling hard between 70-100ft jumps? It’s a hugely physical track with so many large impacts etc.

Men do jump higher, run faster, swim faster, lift more at the same level of sport - that is statistical fact, so why would we expect women to be able to run the same course that some of the best men out there can literally only just manage?

Amazing riding from Jess though and the clips I have seen of her hitting those huge jumps show the skill is there.
  • 4 5
 @rubberbutter: only sadists enjoy seeing anyone get hurt, regardless of gender. Having to quantify that makes me think you enjoy seeing men get hurt? Bit of a kink maybe?
  • 9 28
flag willysee1 (Sep 11, 2022 at 3:49) (Below Threshold)
 @RidleyRijder: not really my 15 year old friends are faster than most pro women
  • 11 18
flag IMeasureStuff FL (Sep 11, 2022 at 4:02) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: basically all true. If you take tennis as an example it's well know that a man ranked 200 to 300 in the world can best any top 10 womans player.

Jess is an amazing rider but there are many hundreds of male amature (let alone professional) riders that ride faster and jump bigger than she can. Imagine the insanity if an amateur rider of her ability received a wildcard invite to Hardline.

The problem with this format for riders that are not the very best of the very best is there is no working your way up to these features. Each feature is literally the biggest and gnarliest you will find in a race format. Even if you are a first time racer here chances are you are already confident on features 85 to 100% of what's on track. There are 4 days to prep you to get to a solid 100% (while still freaking out).

That said I would like to hear what Jess has to say about the track and most importantly if she thinks she could actually put together a solid race run in 4 days.
  • 6 0
 @rubberbutter: events like these are seeing more and more take part in them. She’s just the first, I’m sure if you looked back at the first male to ride a course like this, he was crapping his pants, and probably had similar issues. Hell, some of the dudes there this year has issues.

The progression of women on bikes has been huge. Regardless of what you think, like I said, this is just the beginning. We’re seeing women at Provingground, they’re holding their own events like Dark Horse, and Formation. These women are absolute shredders!
  • 5 16
flag justanotherusername (Sep 11, 2022 at 8:56) (Below Threshold)
 @uncleric09: you think ‘progression’ can remove the biological aspect here?

You genuinely think women can reach the same level as men at this sport?

Of course the women competing by are phenomenal athletes but they will never be as strong or powerful as their male equivalent who can only just cope with such a track.
  • 5 16
flag hllclmbr (Sep 11, 2022 at 9:09) (Below Threshold)
 @willysee1:

When I was in high school, I ran 400m faster than any women ever has, to this day.

I was a never ever got a top 10 in Norba Nationals Pro, back in the day.

Let’s not pretend that girls are better athletes than men.

That’s just silly.
  • 13 2
 @justanotherusername: progression doesn’t mean same level. Google the definition of “progress” you are the opposite of that… how long have women been competing in events like this, or freestyle events? I never once said they’d be at the same level as the men. But to say they can never be at the same level is hard to prove. I’d be willing to bet a woman like Casey Brown could outride a man like you?
  • 9 0
 @rubberbutter: how about let them do what the hell they want you ass hat.
  • 5 7
 @uncleric09: Ah the old ‘well could you ride faster or better than xx woman’ bullshit.

No of course I couldn’t, but I already said that earlier on, didn’t I? Is also said how skilled these women are and how it’s great to see how much women are progressing in the sport.

I just find it odd how we are happy to remove the biological aspect altogether in what is a very physical sport, you say yourself women will never reach the same level as men so how can we then expect women to ride the same track that the best men struggle to even get down?
  • 10 1
 We shouldn't patronize women so much. The first rampage for men was actually quite similar to the first rampage for women. If a woman want's to ride Hardline, let her. Anyone remember Missy Giove? She beat half off the men back in the day.
  • 3 10
flag hllclmbr (Sep 11, 2022 at 14:26) (Below Threshold)
 @IMeasureStuff:

I upvoted you only because of the truth.

I’m 50, and only do ultra endurance, both running and mtb.

Back in high school though, before I really found my niche, I ran a 440 (that’s yards - that’s how old I am) read: 400m
faster than any woman has to this day.

I was a pretty good Norba racer, back in the day, but I was just pretty good.
  • 8 0
 @hllclmbr: you go girl!
  • 5 2
 @justanotherusername: I said I never said it, as in this conversation. I also said to say they never could is hard to believe. Yes, some men are physically stronger because of their biological make up. I’m 6’4 and 250lbs. I understand this fully. But that doesn’t mean as the sport and women progress, they couldn’t be just as fast as men. Men have a tendency to rely on strength to power thru a lot of features and obstacles, women mostly rely on technique. Obviously the men at a UCI are super technical while also being strong, but I know a lot of women who Oly lift with me, that can throw a lot of weight around! To say, they can never be as fast Riding a bike is not only closed minded, but far fetched. You’re not Marty mcfly & You also can’t predict the future.
  • 6 3
 @hllclmbr: I think we need a list of all your accomplishments. This synopsis of your storied athletic career is very intriguing. Tell us more!
  • 2 7
flag IMeasureStuff FL (Sep 11, 2022 at 18:53) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: What does your comment (actually comments) accomplish? I see a number of different viewpoints, opinions and constructive criticism on the topic, and then there is you sitting in the corner desperately trying to be funny.
  • 6 3
 @IMeasureStuff: I find it quite humorous that you think you actually have some valid/important viewpoint that must be said here as if it has any bearing on what women chose to do… or not, despite whatever comparative analysis you seem to find relative. ZERO bearing. BUT, if you list your accolades like your buddy here I will be impressed!
  • 2 7
flag IMeasureStuff FL (Sep 11, 2022 at 19:57) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: yawn
  • 2 5
 @uncleric09: yet again the same ridiculous comparisons of yourself to women who are more skilled / physically stronger than you as an individual.

You are not an elite athlete - so finding a women who is faster, more powerful or stronger than you is no surprise, we are talking like for like here, as in elite sprinter v elite sprinter or elite mtb rider v elite mtb.

Tell me one single time In the history of World Cup do racing where the top woman’s time was faster than the top men? Or the top woman’s 100m sprint time was faster?

So no, women will never progress to be ‘as fast as men’ - that is biology, not me being oppressive or ‘Marty mcfly’.

Men and women have different biological traits, a fact of reality and this defines physical performance, it’s an unarguable fact.
  • 7 3
 @justanotherusername: What does it matter if there's never equal performance? What's your point?
You can't see into the future, perhaps there will be a time when men and women have equal performance in terms of mountain biking, the point made above is for most of us keyboard warriors the level that women are riding at surpasses our amateur efforts significantly.
Jess took part in Hardline this year which is a significant first for the sport, she made the road gap and several other shit-your-pants features. She's an accomplished freerider and evidently an accomplished racer given her recent podium.
Yet here we are again with comments focusing on what women can't do rather than what they have done. Lame.
  • 3 4
 @Steventux: Thank you for completely missing the point and turning it into another bullshit ‘you are telling women what they can’t do argument’

Again though you say - ‘you can’t see into the future’ regarding equal sporting performance between men and women in DH - yes you absolutely can, it’s called biology and in no way is that denigrating or ‘holding women down’ - it’s reality, in the same way women are not going to sprint as fast as men in the future.

Just a point, at VDS DH the winning woman’s time was 40 seconds slower than the mens who finished in the mid 3 minute mark, no amount of ‘progression’ will ever close that gap (it will make it smaller of course) as it’s biologically dependent.

My point about never reaching equal performance is that asking women to ride an identical track such as hardline may (and I say may as I don’t know, this is a discussion, it’s not definite) not be able to work because of biological factors and that you need the same performance as the top male riders in order to complete the course.

It isn’t ‘Lame’ to discuss biology and I have praised Jess and will continue to do so, her riding is amazing.
  • 4 2
 @justanotherusername: It is lame to take a story like this and repeatedly point out what women can't do as opposed to what they have done. Well done.
  • 2 3
 @Steventux: yea bro, mega lame bro, don’t have a discussion about this bro, lame.
  • 5 2
 @justanotherusername: Lol you win. Other opportunities to gatekeep will arise. Be vigilant. Stay frosty.
  • 2 3
 @Steventux: More 'gatekeep' bla bla 'keep women down' bla bla ' tell women what to to' bla bla hysterics?

Again, nothing but praise and admiration for Jess and other women that have pushed the sport of cycling in recent years - Rachel continuing to be a role-model for all, but that does't stop me from discussing a factor that is based upon undeniable, scientific, fact.

How on earth have the biological differences between a man and woman become a subject that is outright denied as a reality and also unable to be discussed is beyond me, the pysical limits of men and women are different and are factored into all sorts of sports all around the world.
  • 3 2
 @justanotherusername: I'm not denying any biological differences old boy, I'm saying it's not relevant to what Jess has achieved, it's indicative of someone who'd rather focus on what women can't do rather than what they have done.
  • 2 4
 @Steventux: @Steventux: Haha, another 'you focus on what women cant do' response, brilliant contribution.

I was having a wider discussion as you can clearly see 'old boy' (you are a lot older than me btw stevie) it wasn't specifically about the achievement (of which I praised several times as her riding is facking awesome) Jess has made at this event, do you have anything to add to the discussion other than consistently rolling out the same re-written trope 'you stop telling tha womuns what they cant do' when you know I am not doing that.

I am simply asking (yes asking, not telling) if maybe this very specific kind of riding could be hard for women to participate in due to the biological differences between them and men, but this discussion seems to be out of bounds or is labelled as 'gatekeeping' 'telling women what they can do' or other such nonsense.
  • 97 10
 Don't say it!
  • 27 4
 Don't even think about it!
  • 5 22
flag rubberbutter (Sep 10, 2022 at 10:16) (Below Threshold)
 Foot in my mouth.



"If you´ll walk across my camera,
I will flash the world your story,
I will pay you more than money, Ingrid Bergman.

Not by pennies dimes nor quarters,
But with happy sons and daughters,
And they´ll sing around Stromboli,
Ingrid Bergman."
  • 32 75
flag usedbikestuff (Sep 10, 2022 at 10:28) (Below Threshold)
 Jess blewitt this year? Better luck next year
  • 12 2
 @usedbikestuff: you disnt read the comments above? Right!!
  • 23 3
 Looks like a Session?
  • 1 3
 To be fair puns on Pinkbike about being a professional mountain biker in a competition are probably tame compared to what the kids used to say to her in school. I mean not helpful, kind of obvious, too easy for sure but tame.
  • 3 0
 Puns are totally normal between men, so as it may look rude, it is really a sign of appreciation. I mean, she has bigger balls then 90% of us doesn't she? You can make fun of and still totally respect someone.
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: Jess is definitely braver and more skilled on a bike than me and that definitely gains my respect. People that are to scared to read comments on the internet they disagree with do not.
  • 64 1
 Mad respect Jess! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
  • 47 0
 Even so... Kudos to her for pushing her limits that far and seeing what she's made of.
  • 125 5
 bones, apparently
  • 40 0
 Such a shame, but she’s a machine and was ticking off the features bit by bit…the gauntlet’s been thrown down…
  • 28 0
 Good fucking effort. Ticked off a bunch of features and will be back next year with a far more experienced head on her shoulders ready to smash it. The standard is astronomical this year and there is potential for some serious injuries, So at the end of the day, a broken collar bone isn't the end of the world.
  • 23 1
 Gutted to hear she's injured. Looking at the clips she was absolutely smashing it in practise. I really hope she'll be back at hardline, hopefully with some more female riders as well!
  • 27 4
 She has more balls then most of the ppl on PB. Sucks she got injured but it is part of the sport we love so much. Sending her healing vibes.
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flag emptybe-er (Sep 11, 2022 at 3:06) (Below Threshold)
 Aww, I was gonna make fun of you for making a stupid comment after the first two sentences but then you went and sent her healing vibes. That’s f-ing brilliant. I bet your wedding toasts are legendary.
  • 47 25
 Hardline is too much this year, I hate seeing athletes getting hurt
  • 17 61
flag waxed (Sep 10, 2022 at 10:56) (Below Threshold)
 dont watch it then! better go sit in a safe space...
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flag chrismac70 FL (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:29) (Below Threshold)
 Especially when it’s sole purpose is to sell more tins of drink. It’s not as if the results mean anything given it’s an invitational and most of the elite aren’t there
  • 45 1
 @chrismac70: Everybody who is there wants to be there. It means something to them. I wonder how they'll sleep tonight knowing it means nothing to you.
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flag chrismac70 FL (Sep 10, 2022 at 12:08) (Below Threshold)
 @commental: Or are obligated to be there by sponsors. I’m sure those who are there are enjoying it but that still doesn’t mean it matters
  • 16 1
 @chrismac70: Whatever mate, don't watch.
  • 6 0
 Wrong. If you watch friday fails people get hurt way more just doing normal tracks. These pros want to be there riding and have the ability to do the stuff they’re doing.
  • 7 5
 Don't worry. Red Bull Softline will be introduced next year
  • 5 6
 who needs a cuddle here aww!
  • 8 0
 @chrismac70: I mean you could argue Rampage or World Cup results also don't "mean" anything in and of themselves - the value of competing is based on sponsor exposure and the athlete's personal ambitions. Winning Hardline is a huge achievement second only to winning a World Cup, so of course riders will show up.
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flag chrismac70 FL (Sep 10, 2022 at 14:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Jake-Whitehouse: The world cups are internationally recognised. This is just a pr show. Most of the elite World Cup aren’t there. None of the frenchies are there, no Minnar no gwin, no hart. None of the trek, specialised, commencal teams are there.
  • 3 3
 You're an idiot
  • 10 0
 @Jake-Whitehouse: it's not comparable to world cups, because the field's pretty small because it's pretty much an invitational. The race made a name for itself because of the combination of tech and huge jumps and in this the value of winning it comes from. The exposure for people like Adam Brayton etc. is also much higher than in the average world cup race. When it comes to that, i also don't miss the likes of Amaury, Loic etc. Their great dudes, but also nice to see other people being talked about in regards to other events.
  • 9 0
 @chrismac70: it's the french National champs this weekend so that's where Loic, AP, Vergier and pretty much all of the Commnecal riders are. Reece Wilson probably doesn't want to risk it with his head, same for Finn. Minaar and Greenland are injured. Hart is most likely with his family. Don't see this being Gwin's thing but Red Bull would probably love to have him there as he's one of their athletes. For some WC riders it's just not there thing or they may have headed home after the season.
  • 6 0
 @chrismac70: who pissed in your cheerios this morning? Don’t freaking watch
  • 5 0
 Did you say the same about val di sole where a large % of the riders did not finish or start?
  • 6 0
 @chrismac70: @chrismac70: The organizer of Hardline are the athertones. Redbull is just one of the sponsors. At least know what you are criticising.
  • 6 0
 @chrismac70:

What does it mean that a race is "internationally recognized" ? I don't remember there is a definition.

Also using your logic Rampage, Megaavalanche and nother non world cup big races are also scrapped. We just abolish any event that is not world cup downhill
  • 8 0
 @chrismac70: Minnarr was there last year scoping and riding the track. He wouldn't hit the road gap...
  • 2 0
 You should go and play golf without scorecards for a participation trophy. It's still way safer than the Isle of man tt which happens every year
  • 3 5
 Lol who is the one triggered here at this point? Listen, I want like an F1 level of safety. I’ll even take WRC. Hardline is overkill. My 2c, I’ll take my downvotes idgaf
  • 4 0
 @mariomtblt: Yeah, it's all about you and what you want. Who gives a f*ck if it's what the riders want. They are fully aware of the risks they are taking. They want to be here, no one is forcing them. If it's too much for you to deal with then don't watch.
  • 3 1
 @mariomtblt: my 2c is get a road bike and try a different forum?
  • 1 0
 @chrismac70: HL is what it is for the exact reasons you think it's not a big or worthy event.
  • 4 0
 @waxed: that's way riskier man, personally I prefer getting my chances with a tree stump rather a range rover or a tesla!
  • 4 0
 @adespotoskyli: This. Roadies are insane
  • 2 0
 @spaced: the Athertones?
A family based three piece combo from another dimension, not unlike our own reality's Hanson, probably.
I bet Dan's the drummer.
  • 17 0
 It’s a shame she’s out, but we’ll all remember the name. Great job Jess.
  • 12 0
 Dammit. Course is racking up crashes quick this year. Healing vibes Jess. Next year! Now I'm going to bite my nails through the rest of the runs. Be careful out there everyone. Looking at you Gee
  • 3 0
 I want Gee to win, just because I don't want to see him go down..
  • 15 0
 Brannigan now Blewitt and nearly Kerr. Watching between my fingers
  • 8 0
 Respect for her stepping up and breaking barriers. Sad to hear of the injury. It is always a bit of a guilty endevor watching these athletes take such huge risks, but I can't help myself.
  • 9 0
 All the best and speedy recovery, Jess!
Was great to see you hit that stuff bit by bit!
Next year...?
  • 8 0
 So gutted for her! Such a rad rider! She's be back stronger! Speedy recovery!
  • 8 0
 2nd collarbone hardline has claimed this year.
  • 41 2
 I reckon Crank It Up claims more collarbones on an average Tuesday.
  • 5 0
 @L0rdTom: 2 broke while you were typing that.

In fairness, Crank It Up sees .00001% pro riders, with the rest kamikaze punters like us. Hardline is 100% pros.
  • 6 0
 Gutted she's been on fire this year too was looking forward to her run! Why only the one woman invited though? Surely you'd invite a couple atleast.
  • 10 0
 Jess is running point. Next year
  • 6 0
 The speed needed to clear those big gaps is insane , Some were flat out pedalling in between take offs and landing.
  • 8 0
 She´s a pioneer girl! Heal up and push once more!
  • 11 4
 And yet still no neck braces in sight. Just saying.,
  • 10 17
flag L0rdTom (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:50) (Below Threshold)
 Not sure what your point is, neck braces are known FOR breaking collarbones..
  • 13 4
 @L0rdTom: yes they are, in the same way 5G is known for controlling your mind. There is no evidence though, all available evidence shows a net protective benefit to all manner of injury.

www.cyclenews.com/2018/12/article/neck-brace-effectiveness-study
  • 9 0
 @Mtmw: I mean I would definitely want a neck brace to be riding stuff half this size, I'd be more worried about my neck than my collarbones!

Clearly these guys who are very accustomed to big features and big slams have a good reason for not wearing them, can we get them asked?
  • 14 1
 @Mtmw: it's not the 5g that's controlling our minds, it's the YouTube and tiktok that it is conveying!
  • 6 12
flag KK11 (Sep 10, 2022 at 13:25) (Below Threshold)
 @L0rdTom: because it doesn’t look cool. Yup, it’s that simple…..and dumb.
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 @KK11: ah glad you asked them, thanks!
  • 7 1
 @L0rdTom: That was the prevailing opinion for a long time. The brace transfers impact right into the collarbone, so it wasn't that much of a stretch to arrive at that conclusion .

Dr. Leatt spent a lot of effort to set the record straight with newer studies.
  • 3 0
 @ViolaVesperlin: ah that's news to me, there's certainly plenty of anecdotal evidence of it, but that's it. I'll have to Google for his papers.
  • 3 1
 @L0rdTom: That's true, there's an avalanche of anecdotal evidence. Although those people might have had broken necks instead...
  • 6 0
 @L0rdTom: you’re right that they are a vanishing sight with pros. Danny hart held on the longest in WC, t mac still riding one at rampage. I think it’s really hard to be the last person rocking safety gear in an instagram driven society.

I too would really like to know why pros have ditched them. I think it’s a very uncomfortable conversation and the people to ask are recently retired pros with no more contracts to worry about.

Pinkbike podcasts, do your magic!
  • 2 0
 I once read that the terrain is too steep for a neck brace for RedBull Rampage. It doesn't allow you to move your head back far enough to see the line properly. Maybe the same for Hardline as it doesn't look like a Sunday stroll.
  • 5 0
 What a rider though. She'll have a huge amount of confidence coming into next season from entering this. Dam, only 1 Kiwi left riding now.
  • 4 0
 Wondered what she had done as she was in jenanays latest YouTube flog. Looks like she’s hurt her right wrist as well as that was also bandaged up.
  • 5 0
 Damn! Heal up Jess! My wife and I were stoked to see you race this year, but there’s always next year!!
  • 6 0
 Massive respect to Jess! Healing vibes and a speedy recovery.
  • 3 1
 This is an event that I enjoy watching but now it is becoming an exaggerated pursuit of sensationalism. Yes, the athletes are prepared, they jump everything, many of them break ... all good until an athlete hits a tree at 60 km / h and then one wonders if all this makes sense.
  • 2 2
 If it's getting too much for you don't watch. Or do you think it should be banned, even though the riders are stoked to be there and understand all too well the risks they are taking?
  • 2 1
 @commental: likewise do not read my comment if it seems too much against the tide
  • 1 1
 @blacktea: What a ridiculous reply. How am I supposed to know if I should avoid reading your comment before I've read it?
  • 1 2
 @commental: In the same way that I couldn't know what I would see when watching the race. Come on, let's finish this talk
  • 4 3
 Hope that doesn't stop event organizers to invite women. Also men got injured, it's just a gnarly track out there. Huge props to Jess and a hopefully speedy recovery.
Does anyone know if she broke the her collarbone on the same side again?
  • 2 0
 I’ll answer that: no. We wouldn’t have any men’s or women’s events left if that was happening. If everyone was getting catastrophically broken off on a particular feature they’d probably just change that section of the course.
This course is always a gnarly puzzle like old school freeride lines used to be. Very intense and techy, hard to ride smoothly.
  • 5 0
 Oh no. Well shit. Heal up strong jess!
  • 7 3
 She has got bigger balls than most men for even showing up. Unlucky for her but good for her for even riding this event.
  • 4 5
 Stupid me, I thought she was just an excellent, talented rider. But it actually boils down to luck and huge balls. Thank you for the thoughtful analysis, gralame.
  • 1 2
 @emptybe-er: I’d say much of hardline mostly requires balls and a tow in.
  • 2 0
 @nvranka: I’d say skill and strength is most important. Balls are dime a dozen
  • 1 1
 @emptybe-er: hey man it sounds like your the expert that we've all been looking for. Perhaps you should offer your insights to her so she does better next time,but offer to do it face to face and not from behind your keyboard. Thanks for your insights
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 @grahame9590: Not sure what you’re* babbling about but at least you’re* politely confused
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 dang. Heal up Jess.
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 Great photo!
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 Speedy recovery Jess! Lot's of time to get ready for next season.
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 Tough person and looks like an amazing rider. Kudos for taking it on as most wouldn’t consider.
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 Are there any bids of Jess riding here? I have only seen one small clip where she’s coming up tho the cannon but the camera doesn’t follow her off it.
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flag nvranka (Sep 11, 2022 at 10:04) (Below Threshold)
 I wonder why that is…lol
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 To all the people having a go at Jess, I'm sure many of you have broken a collarbone on far tamer stuff. She's got waaaay bigger balls than I'll ever have!
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 Damn, was stokes for her.
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 Tough girl. Wish you a speedy recovery!
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 Respect.
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 Heal quick girl, nzdh starts soon
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 Damn it!
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 HEAL UP KID!
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 Damn itttttttttt. So gutted for her! Heal up soon!!
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 She is one hardcore lass.
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 FEST SERIES, but race
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 I hope RB are making a donation to the local NHS trust that has to deal with the carnage
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 No difference to them, the Athertons live there...
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 Do you work for Discovery or something? It seems like you can't wait to throw shade on Red Bull at every opportunity.
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 Looks like…..
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 Unpopular opinion the idea of hardline is cool but eh not worth it to watch let alone for the riders to ride
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 She Blewitt! Heal fast Jess...
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 Ha, Yes
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 Jess "blew it"
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 Her collar bone, she blewitt
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