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Red Bull Hardline is Cancelled Due to Extreme Weather Conditions

Jul 16, 2023 at 1:58
by Ed Spratt  
Sun down but some very unsettled atmosperics on the way. Hopefully we ll see some more action this weekend

After difficult weather conditions stopped practice on Friday and Saturday's qualifying the organisers of Red Bull Hardline alongside the riders have decided to cancel this year's event.

bigquotesHaving monitored course conditions in collaboration with the riders to provide the best possible chance of putting on a safe event, due to the extreme weather conditions in the Dyfi valley the decision has been made to cancel Red Bull Hardline to ensure the safety of the riders.Red Bull

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197 Comments
  • 163 1
 Glad to hear it. They need a back up event where they session disgusting rut lines instead.
  • 36 1
 I’d 100% watch that
  • 9 4
 Just have ride arounds on the gaps
  • 49 1
 The hairs on the back of Joe Barnes neck just tingled...
  • 4 1
 aand now we're talking
  • 6 16
flag chrismac70 FL (Jul 16, 2023 at 8:05) (Below Threshold)
 Doesn’t make for good marketing insta shots which is all RB are interested in
  • 8 1
 @JamesKROZ: it’d be just as good if not better. No nerves, just the gnarliest riders in the world railing ruts having fun with the mates.
  • 13 1
 Redbull Rutland? Rutline?
  • 5 1
 I would pay to watch guys railing nasty ruts over and over. Take my cc info.
  • 9 3
 @bikes-arent-real & @lehott: Redbull Rut-page!! Redbull, this really needs to happen right now: call back Ratboy & rest of Hardline field, dial up Loosedog & J.Barnes as Rut-page alternates, give each lad a mattock, & ruts will automagically appear for railing & viewing pleasure!
  • 10 0
 @chrismac70: Bump Skier's turned their weird fetish into an Olympic sport, I don't see why MTB can't have a high level rut line event, similar to Whip Offs.
  • 15 0
 isn't this every English mtb edit from the last ten years?
  • 7 0
 @lehott: Rutrage Big Grin
  • 1 1
 @jimfredo: well said,at least there would be a show.The jumps at the bottom would have been rideable.I was in the area this weekend and the weather wasn't extreme as the headline states.
  • 3 0
 @Mugen: his Slidey Sense is tingling.
  • 96 2
 Bah, what a shame. Right call though, it is windy out there today.
  • 24 9
 RIP Red Bull Hardblow 2023
  • 28 99
flag scott-townes FL (Jul 16, 2023 at 3:10) (Below Threshold)
 Gosh, they should really replace the 90ft. jumps with 15-20ft jumps and top out the drops to around 4ft so they can still race when its bad weather. It'll still be very thrilling to watch!
  • 34 18
 @scott-townes: then it’s not hardline. The purpose of hardline was to have a rampage style course in race format.

It’s like saying, “they should get rid of the 69ft drops in Utah for 15-20ft drops.” It’s not the same
  • 17 4
 @scott-townes: so just a regular DH race then
  • 39 8
 @scott-townes: it’s called Hardline, not Softline
  • 10 33
flag scott-townes FL (Jul 16, 2023 at 4:27) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb-jon: Yeah, exactly but its still called Hardline!

I think its a fantastic idea!!
  • 14 8
 @ kroozctrl: so it wasn’t hardline before they built the 90 footers last year then?

There are other lines and jumps that weren’t being used which might have been rideable in bad weather if they had been prep’d.

They’ve had bad weather ‘21 and ‘23 so maybe a bit of contingency planning for next year is needed.
  • 41 2
 @cypher74: pay back from the Welsh gods for destroying the castle
  • 31 5
 @scott-townes: I think a lot of people missed the sarcasm and thus hilarity of this your first comment haha.
  • 3 1
 Damn this event is cancelled and Goodwood FOS too
  • 3 5
 @lehott: Only Saturday was cancelled. Sunday is going ahead. Timed shootout coming “soon” : www.youtube.com/live/s1x2sVTm3EI
  • 7 4
 @scott-townes: love the trolling, will they notice?
  • 3 3
 @samanual: Was the castle built by the Normans? If so the Welsh maybe ok with that.
  • 2 2
 @scott-townes: im so sorry that people don't know how to understand sarcasm through text very well
  • 2 2
 @vondur: regardless of whoever built it (probs some rich English person) it is owned by the national park authority now aka the Welsh gods
  • 2 6
flag Barrywillox FL (Jul 16, 2023 at 14:43) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: sarcasm really is the lowest form of wit hence the downvotes I guess
  • 1 0
 @cypher74: no that was soft line
  • 1 2
 @mi-bike: you need to learn how to used that term correctly. But then again r/whoosh Bernard Kerr flew 90ft over you. He was literally one of the few people that did a top down run during the rain and wind.
  • 2 0
 @kroozctrl: Considering the galeforce winds cancelling the event my woosh was highly appropriate, thank you very much.
  • 1 0
 @AddisonEverett: Not really,we were invaded by the Norman's.
  • 53 3
 Best part of hardline are the "first hits" videos, so we got what we wanted

Shame they can't just reschedule to a few days from now
  • 48 1
 It was really cool that this year they had a group of folks that werent necessarily a part of the competition, but just sessioning the different features with everyone that were training for race day. The Jones brothers, all the women they invited, having riders from different backgrounds give their perspective on the extreme features without the pressure of actually racing is healthy for the sport and fun to watch. Same with dark fest and rampage, having groups of riders that arent competing but just getting to ride the different features is intriguing for the audience and builds confidence for future competitors.
  • 52 1
 It's grey, cold, piss wet and windy, or as the Welsh like to call it "summer".
  • 37 2
 I just wanted to hear Rob Warners voice one more time.
  • 7 1
 the more i watch him, the more i'm convinced he secretly is redman's white twin brother.
  • 5 1
 Probly smokes as many blunts
  • 26 2
 Jackson might get to defend his win after all…
  • 14 3
 Always thought they had it later in the year so the weather wouldn't be as shite. Hopefully they do it later in the year. Kudos to Red Bull for putting riders safety first. Imagine hitting a 90 footer and its so windy your drifting in the air, haha no.
  • 20 1
 In the UK this is usually prime time for weather, however Wales is notorious fir being piss wet all year through
  • 9 1
 We had a good three or four weeks of fantastic weather followed by a couple of weeks of rubbish. It's just bad luck.
  • 2 0
 @jonlees: liquid sunshine!
  • 9 2
 Safe is better than sorry: it’s just part of “The process”.

Having said that: gutted for me, obvz, but mainly for the riders, the crews and the spectators

Roll on 2024
  • 11 2
 Feeling really bad for Blewitt.
  • 15 14
 Jess’s ankle Blewitt for nothing…
  • 8 35
flag Banktramp (Jul 16, 2023 at 2:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Muddy-Runs: the girls were only sessionong the jumps, was never going to do full timed runs or be part of the show.
  • 31 6
 @Banktramp: Looked like part of the show to me mate.
  • 7 19
flag Banktramp (Jul 16, 2023 at 4:39) (Below Threshold)
 @bikes-arent-real: nope, not on the list of riders, they just came to practice with the lads. Was never going to be a women’s race.
  • 18 6
 @Banktramp: Oh no not on the list of riders, big deal. I still saw them riding on various videos. That's half the show.
  • 3 1
 Any news on how bad Jess's ankle is? Seeing the video on BK's youtube made it look quite bad.
Massive respect for sending that drop!
  • 13 3
 @Banktramp: are you saying the Jones brothers weren't part of the show either? They've provided at least 54.7% of the entertainment and hype this year.
  • 4 17
flag Banktramp (Jul 16, 2023 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 @inked-up-metalhead: yes they was part of the build up, I was on about actually completing as in timed runs.

54.7% is an accurate measurement, care to explain how you got to that figure
  • 17 3
 @Banktramp: probably from the part of the brain associated with humor.
  • 1 16
flag Banktramp (Jul 16, 2023 at 8:18) (Below Threshold)
 @nickfranko: I would have expected a very low number then haha
  • 9 1
 @Banktramp: Actually on either Jess or Tahnee's IG, one of them said that if they were able to link together a full run in training that they would be allowed to race in qualifying. Unfortunately that didn't happen because of shortened practice and then the canceled race. They were given the opportunity to earn a spot in the show if they could put it together.
  • 6 2
 @FrothDog: that’s a shame, would be a massive step forward to have females included.
  • 3 2
 @Banktramp: I got that number because Ive watched 3 videos from jono, 1 from gee, 1 from brendog and 1 from Bernard kerr, but I got bored a few minutes before the end of Bernard's so you can't say 50% was non Jones content.
  • 2 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: you missed Adam Brayton out, he did 4 videos.

But I get what your saying mate.
  • 6 1
 Seems like the best decision considering the weather and riders safety. But one think I don't get.. totally canceling instead of postponing it 1 week or something? Is it due to cost reasons or riders schedules, etc..? I'm just curious, not messing around or anything.
  • 10 1
 I'd guess most people involved have other plans than to waut around there for a week...
  • 5 0
 You'd be asking all the riders, their associated entourage, ticket holders, red bull employees, media people, marshals, medical/first aid staff, land owners, rental companies for all the infrastructure, uplift vehicle providers and anyone else that I haven't thought of to be free one week following. It's a big ask. Organizing a single weekend event requires ALOT of stars to align to make it happen.
  • 3 0
 @haroman666: thanks for being a voice of reason in this. The number of “just do it next weekend” comments are staggering.

Also, let’s not forget the riders’ families.

Also: hail satan.
  • 6 1
 Bummer! But we got to see a lot of cool riding on the course none the less. Jono & Matt Jones, Bernad Kerr and many more has put out some awesome videos on YT the last couple of days
  • 1 0
 It's a lot like watching dark fest, really. Just catching the videos from the individual riders hitting insane features.
  • 11 4
 Still more exciting than last year's rampage
  • 2 18
flag Mtn-Goat-13 FL (Jul 16, 2023 at 10:06) (Below Threshold)
 Really? Jax-G's 6+ sec win over everyone else not exciting enough, and less exciting than just practice this year?
  • 9 2
 @Mtn-Goat-13: He won Rampage too? Is there no stopping that boy?
  • 1 15
flag Mtn-Goat-13 FL (Jul 16, 2023 at 10:35) (Below Threshold)
 @commental: Hasn't won or competed in Rampage that I'm aware of ..but I could see him doing it one day. He's impossible not to watch and he's the case for natural talent - hasn't had anywhere near the years & level of workout / fitness training of longtime pros and has a relatively heavy bike vs. his body weigth...still taking out those long time pros, most of whom have not podiumed their 1st three races of the year (or ever for many). Kid said on a recent VitalMTB podcast w/ the Syndicate interiew that he doesn't even work out.
  • 1 13
flag Mtn-Goat-13 FL (Jul 16, 2023 at 11:16) (Below Threshold)
 @gnarnaimo: except we don't know each other enough to really joke like that. some ppl don't know...but enjoy your special dunk
  • 6 1
 Just a thought…with no spectators, Red Bull could install a monster wind break over the entire course and make the world’s largest billboard…
  • 5 2
 Disappointed but that's Sumner in the UK hey! So many cool riders there this year, including females. I was so excited and it was going to be epic! Mabey they should go back to end of WC season. Seems better weather.
  • 7 1
 Lets hope its rescheduled instead of written off this year.
  • 4 1
 Nope, it's been written off (see Gee Atherton's insta post).
  • 6 1
 It not safety first, it’s people first. Thanks for caring for the riders!
  • 6 1
 They should have it in some country that actually has a summer.
  • 2 1
 Yeh a mud mutha event, would test bikes ability in the gloop, help push designs and give feedback in these sorta conditions, we dont all bake in glorious sunshine and hard pack, so definitely a side event back up of sorts is better than disappointment at a cancelled event
  • 4 0
 Give the win to BK as he appears to be the only one who put in a full run early am youtu.be/odmspjFmBA4
  • 5 1
 Weather has been crazy this July. Non stop wind and monsoon rain.
  • 18 3
 Don’t you worry, there will be monstrous heat waves and draught soon enough.
  • 5 2
 @Ttimer: I'm gonna glue my hand to the track
  • 9 3
 @Moonduster: I think the evidence for actual climate change is there. Weather be bonkers these days.
  • 4 1
 Well, hopefully we get to see Ratboy and Goldstone next year racing in the event together
  • 1 1
 Disappointing not to get it, but that's the nature of the beast with weather and the sport. Similar to Rampage need better planning, scheduling and funding to have either back up venues/alt lines or weather days like Freeride Comps.
  • 5 1
 Bernard Kerr - Extreme weather?? Watch this peasants!
  • 2 1
 Damn! Now Ill probably have to watch Wimbledon. I was really looking forward to watching these Bad-Ass Athletes compete to conquer the Hardline. I understand though. Sux
  • 1 3
 Don't lower yourself, just pull up last years hardline. You'll only remember 1/2 of it except for maybe the outcome..
  • 1 0
 "Now Ill probably have to watch Wimbledon." Why wouldn't you ride your bike instead?
  • 5 2
 that`s sad but absolutely right decision
  • 6 3
 Storm Shadow to come soon.
  • 4 2
 why not postpone until next weekend? Seems like a lot of hard work for nothing
  • 9 1
 What they should do is host the event Natural Selection style because where there's a 5 day weather window and they pick the best one. Ensures safety and event success.
  • 2 0
 Riders, crew, emergency services, probably have other commitment next weekend. It is not like they are all procrastinating all year long except during RB Hardline.
  • 1 1
 Has to fit in with RB marketing scheme. That’s the only reason the event exists
  • 2 0
 Can't they just postpone it? Or do all the athletes have places to be right after Hardline?
  • 2 1
 Safety first! In addition, I can now get on my bike myself in almost perfect conditions :-)
  • 2 2
 Good. If you can't prepare nor compensate for such heavy gusts, it shouldn't be raced. Bummed for all those who put so much hard work (and money) into this one.
  • 4 3
 Soooo. . . . . .now what? No Hardline for another year, thats if the weather's ok in a year.
  • 9 11
 Better that than someone ruin the rest of the season (or their career) by sending it in bad conditions for our entertainment.

Shit happens. Get over it
  • 12 7
 @MrRight: Thanks for the dramatic reply champ, it means a lot.
  • 5 2
 Man I wish they could just postpone it for a couple days or a week. This sucks.
  • 2 0
 Yeh weather forecast next year is looking primo
  • 1 1
 @DylanH93: doesn’t suit the RB marketing schedule which is all this event is about
  • 3 1
 Respect for making the right decision, props to the organizers!!
  • 5 4
 I disagree. Shame on the organizers for not having a plan B for a one day event.
  • 2 2
 schedule 2 weekends in advance for 2024? If one weekend is cancelled, you have a spare backup weekend.....take advantage of the long break for WC mid-season
  • 1 0
 WC break doesn't mean racing is not happening in other events over the summer.
  • 3 3
 ...As a Plan B - why not? Run it in Reverse - "eBike Uphill Monster Climb Challenge? Le Mans start, hardline e mega avalanche, 1st to the top takes the win?
  • 1 0
 Well, riding the boundary loop today made me forget about any Red Bull events.
  • 1 0
 The folks that report extreme weather from the Weather Channel would have sent it in those conditions.
  • 2 1
 Are they rescheduling it, or is it cancelled entirely?
  • 1 1
 cancelled completely
  • 4 4
 Red Bull just needs to attach some kite surfing kites to their bikes and rename the event Red Bull Hardblow.
  • 3 2
 The reliable british 'summer' strikes again...
  • 3 3
 just out of interest, can someone let me know why it was moved from Sept this year? Pretty sure it's always later?
  • 2 1
 Think cos the WC season is going on til early October this year, the earliest they would have been able to do it and have any WC riders show would have been mid October. So they did it in the break before Worlds.
  • 2 0
 @alexhyland: cheers man, in the last couple of years I have been away from the sport and racing coverage so was confused as why it was in July! Hadn't noticed the WC cal running into October! Madness!
  • 1 1
 @alexhyland: WC riders don’t show up anyway. BK is the only one there who might top 20
  • 1 0
 Red Bull actually concerned for rider safety shocker.
  • 3 1
 First time for everything
  • 1 1
 Any one know if it is being rescheduled or just cancel?
  • 1 2
 Yh been super windy here yesterday 50 mph gusts in July , f*ck what a shame , no hope of reschedule.... ;(;(
  • 1 2
 Boo. I booked Sunday afternoon off on the couch to watch that! Still, safety first. Live to shed another day….
  • 4 3
 Fuckin weather
  • 2 1
 Brah!
  • 2 3
 "Ride the Lightning"- Metallica (probabilly)....probabally....proobadillinium.... ahh for fook sakes!
  • 3 3
 Hottest weekend in Europe since ever they said but Wales gives a fuck
  • 2 2
 Sooo sad but right,hope it will be scheduled to a later date...
  • 3 3
 bummed we did not get to hear real announcers and Red Bull production
  • 3 2
 Goldstone retains gold!
  • 1 0
 Power and Speed.
  • 4 5
 Expect a lot more of this in the near future
  • 1 0
 Yeah I think they get off to canceling events lolol makes me feel like they’ve done something good.
  • 1 1
 rubbish year for DH fans
  • 3 5
 Pave the rainforest
  • 1 3
 Fuck this year man
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