News: Dan Atherton Out of Red Bull Hardline 2015

Sep 10, 2015 at 9:30
by Fraktiv  

Dan Atherton will not be riding at this weekend’s Red Bull Hardline with Jeep, the course that he designed at stunning Dinas Mawddwy and has spent the vast majority of the last three months building.

Dan had a fall while testing the course and has fractured his scapula (shoulder blade).

bigquotesMy whole life in mountain-biking has been about pushing my limits, Hardline has been a way to express this progression both in the building and the riding. Unfortunately, progression doesn't come without consequences, and I crashed out on one of the big hip jumps and fractured my scapula into three pieces.

What we're doing at Hardline is combining the elements of Freeride, BMX and Downhill, we're essentially pioneering a new sport so judging your speed as you come into a BMX style jump at Downhill speed and scale is hard. I feel like I've taken the hits for the other riders, needless to say we've changed the jump, a couple of the guys have tested it and jumped it clean. I'm pretty gutted not to be riding with all the boys, but that's the price we pay for pushing so hard. Stoked to see you all down there at the weekend. - Dan Atherton, Red Bull Hardline Creator

We all wish Dan the speediest possible recovery.


MENTIONS: @GTBicycles / @redbullbike

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97 Comments

  • + 175
 Heal up quick DanFrown
  • - 37
flag zer0c00l44 (Sep 10, 2015 at 11:40) (Below Threshold)
 Can not compete due to a shoulder injury, hard lines Dan.
  • - 57
flag FunkovitzFC (Sep 10, 2015 at 11:59) (Below Threshold)
 Shoulder injury on a hip jump - how is that even possible?
  • + 126
 Redbull Sideline.
  • + 1
 Went over the front apparently...I assume anyway. I have busted my shoulder on a hip jump nose case...heal up Dan! Shoulders hurt, but you will heal, and come back wiser.
  • + 10
 Check out his instagram. The crash is on there
  • - 1
 By crashing...
  • + 15
 Went over the front apparently....... i assume anyway??

That makes no sense what-so-ever.
  • + 6
 @zer0c00l44 I can't believe you're getting neg'd for that!
  • + 1
 Best gag I've read all week!
  • + 3
 F'n Superman. Such a beast. So happy you're not hurt worse.
  • + 1
 Shiiiiiit, sooo sorry for him Frown
  • + 67
 Gutted for Dan. And that's probably the most technical trail I've never ridden...
  • + 12
 Dan Atherton for President of the UCI!
  • + 36
 FEST and WC hybrid? This course is insane
  • + 24
 That course looks absolutely insane. I had so many Holy shit moments while watching that.
  • + 5
 jaw on floor
  • + 12
 Gee whiz that's a fast course.
  • + 9
 Heal fast Dan. Course looks insane. I talked to Gee at Windham about this event and he was stoked. Now I see why. you guys are pushing the sport!
  • + 7
 Where's this course video you all speak of?
  • + 5
 Thank you.
  • + 4
 Good job mdg3d
  • + 3
 holy shit. if one of the fittest DH riders on the planet gets so wasted, and doesn't hit it all then its getting there as one of the hardest timed courses ever created. wish i'd got a spectator ticket now..
  • + 1
 me too, was supposed to be going but for some reason thought i could just pay on the gate, doh!!!!!!!
  • + 6
 This event should be renamed DanFEST or AffyFest or something of the like.
  • + 3
 Shame...

Not that many of the top WC racers entering this..... All that effort for only a few of the top guys..?

Still can't wait though...
  • + 1
 Is there a list of the contenders?
Thanks!
  • + 4
 www.redbull.com/uk/en/bike/stories/1331746931037/hardline-2015-rider-profiles

Don't get me wrong... Really looking forward to it...Just wish there were a few more competitors...
  • + 4
 Makes no sense... What about Brendog and Danny Hart? Dan mentioned them in another interview with redbull.
  • + 2
 No mention of Matt Simmons, Brewin or Terion on the rider list redbull have sent me with the tickets earlier today 1. Gee Atherton 2. Alex Bond 3. Adam Brayton 4. Craig Evans 5. Kye Forte 6. Ruaridh Cunningham 7. Bernard Kerr 8. Lluis Lacondeguy 9. Martin Maes 10. Joe Smith 11. Taylor Vernon 12. Mark Wallace 13. Reese Wilson
  • + 2
 Then this is no longer a race
  • + 2
 Pretty awesome that he's taking the hits and not just sending riders down a possible death course. That thing is gnarly looking, in Gee's POV video, I don't know how any normal riders arms or brakes could handle it.
  • + 2
 While watching the whole way down i kept mumbling, then screaming "what the hell....ok theres no way he's gunna hit-...yo what the f*ck...ok well what even-...WHAT the hell"
  • + 5
 Where's the vid?
  • + 1
 B'jesus, you can understand how even a man of HIS ability can do themselves on that track, what a run!!! Sending you healing vibes big man...
  • + 3
 Hardline turned into Hardtimes.
  • + 2
 That section after the road gap @ 3:22 = Marly (Mental Gnarly)
Rest up Dan, amazing stuff.
  • + 2
 That had to be one hell of a crash. It takes a lot of kinetic energy to break a scapula.
  • + 2
 I did one of those about 10 years ago. Split it 3/4 the length of the bone, they are painful
  • + 1
 Think it's on Dans Instagram page!!
  • + 1
 yep scapular fracture = huge force. usually accompanied by pneumothorax or worse... hope dan is okay and not in hospital with a chest tube.
  • + 1
 Dude, heal fast, and I must say THANK YOU for creating what could possibly be the most bad a$$ style of mountain biking period!!!!!
  • + 1
 Video was on Gee's YouTube but it's been taken down for some reason. Gutted.
  • + 2
 Hardline is so sick! Heal up quick Dan, you've done some great work!
  • + 2
 where is the video...???? redbull dont want it here????
  • + 2
 When will FEST tour includes Dan's Quarry line?
  • + 1
 Bruhh! Hope it gets better quick! Hasn't he broken his scapula several times already?
  • + 2
 gutted my favorite pinkbike word
  • + 2
 Claudio course preview please
  • + 1
 Absolutely gutted I won't get to see the man himself ride his own track! Gutted for Dan too, heal up quick dude!
  • + 1
 What the fuck. This Track is Crazy. Last year ofc it was too but these Jumps are sick. Definitly a Touch of the fest Jumps.
  • + 2
 Who else has sweaty palms watching that!
  • + 1
 me ahah
  • + 1
 scapula is so think and beefy. you've gotta go down extra hard to bust that bone up. heal up you beast.
  • + 1
 That suck for Dan.

Is that Gee's tire buzzing on the big landings in the vid?
  • + 3
 Yeah, sounds like he was bottoming his rear end on like every landing and on half the take offs. Those hits must be gigantic.
  • + 1
 definitely his shock bottoming out and maybe yeah tire rub
  • + 2
 At least i have the same bike carrier on my car. Close enough!
  • + 2
 bonkers nuts...gee was hu huh huh all the way down scary shit
  • + 2
 jesus, how many runs does a back wheel last?
  • + 1
 the course is so long, they should call it redbull hardTRAIL. lol this should also be a world cup dh track
  • + 1
 Gutted for you bud. Rest up well Dan!
  • + 1
 Go big until you break yourself Heal rinse repeat
  • + 1
 Dan you're a beast among beasts.
  • + 2
 That course is heavy...
  • + 1
 What a trooper! Heal up Affy!
  • + 1
 anyperson sais trail is east I want to fight them ok
  • + 1
 Where is the course preview?
  • + 0
 OMG! why can't this be on the WC circuit?
  • + 1
 This is a BUMMER!
  • + 1
 healing vibes dude
  • + 1
 man thats nasty to hear
  • + 0
 the video has been taken down too..must've bin horrible!
  • + 1
 DAMNITTT!
  • + 3
 DANIT?....I'll get my coat...
  • + 2
 Seriously though, gutted for Dan. We don't get to see him as much in recent years, which sucks because he's an awesome rider to watch...can't wait to see him make his come back stronger than ever!
  • + 1
 Well that was gnarly.
  • + 0
 Now that's a WC course! Well, maybe If they cut back on the jumps
  • + 2
 It would be hard for a lot of the people to clear all that, and they probably couldn't do a season of trails like this without everyone getting hurt.
  • + 0
 Essentially pioneering a new sport...
  • - 1
 not really... its just downhill... the riders go from point A to B as fast as they can on bikes. Its just gnarlier than any other dh race
  • + 6
 Advancing an existing sport for sure. It might be a race, but it is not just downhill.
  • - 1
 it is so down hill. I ride down hill too and is easy when I practice. you say its not again makes me want fight you ok
  • + 1
 Dan you badass
  • + 1
 sorry to hear this news.
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