First 15 Riders Announced for Hardline 2019

Aug 20, 2019 at 7:35
by James Smurthwaite  
Kade exits the woods - riders faced sporadic rain throughout the day making visibility problematic

With less than a month to go until downhill’s hardest race, the first batch of 15 riders has been announced for Red Bull Hardline. On 14-15th September, these riders will descend on Machynlleth, Wales, to tackle Dan Atherton’s fiendish creation.

Topping the list is Gee Atherton, the reigning champion, who will have a busy post-season with his Rampage Wildcard entry already announced. Joining him are two other previous winners, Craig Evans and Bernard Kerr, as well as riders from all over the world. Nine riders from this first batch are British, but with another 15 still to be announced there’s still plenty of space available for more international riders.

Here are the first 15 riders lined up for the 6th Red Bull Hardline:

Gee Atherton (Atherton bikes)
UCI Rank: 16
Hardline History: Winner 2018

Dan Atherton (Atherton bikes)
UCI Rank: N/A
Hardline History: Hardline creator, 3rd 2017, 13th 2016, 2nd 2014

Brendan Fairclough (Scott Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 68
Hardline History: DNQ 2018

Laurie Greenland (MS Mondraker)
UCI Rank: 6
Hardline History: 9th 2018, 4th 2017

Brook McDonald (Team: MS Mondraker)
UCI Rank: 7
Hardline History: 10th 2016

Charlie Hatton (Atherton bikes)
UCI Rank: 32
Hardline History: 3rd 2018

Adam Brayton (Hope Technology)
UCI Rank: 51
Hardline History: 5th 2017, 3rd 2016, 4th 2015

Craig Evans (Team: Santa Cruz free agents)
UCI Rank: N/A
Hardline History: winner 2017, 6th 2015

Bernard Kerr (Pivot Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 33
Hardline History: 2nd 2018, 2nd 2017, winner 2016, 3rd 2015

Brage Vestavik (MS Mondraker)
UCI Rank: 92
Hardline History: 6th 2018

Florent Payet (Scott Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 57
Hardline History: 7th 2018

Kade Edwards (Trek Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 61
Hardline History: 10th 2018

Alexandre Fayolle (Polygon UR)
UCI Rank: 69,
Hardline History: 5th 2018, 10th 2017

Kaos Seagrave (Transition Bikes/ Muc-Off Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 380
Hardline History: 7th 2017

Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 28
Hardline History: 7th 2016


91 Comments

  • 146 1
 Is there anything Eddie can't do? #eagleHardline
  • 213 1
 Grow hair? But seriously, the guy is a legend.
  • 9 0
 @rebel12: LOL!!!
  • 37 0
 @rebel12: The hair can't keep up.
  • 31 0
 He must be the busiest rider out there. Whistler EWS, Northstar EWS, DH WC, Snowhoe DH, Hardline, Zermatt EWS, Finale EWS.
  • 4 0
 @tanadog: pretty incredible. I have been a fan for a while. His videos are always good for a laugh and awesome riding. It's great to see things falling into place for him. Hardline is such a crazy event. Can't wait to see him shred.
  • 2 0
 Great looking line up, looking forward to see what course changes Dan throws this year.
  • 5 0
 Ol towball will probably ride jandals to boot
  • 3 0
 @tanadog: bloody good value for pivot
  • 1 3
 ????????????????????
  • 3 0
 Not enough filter tags on each article, needs moar filter tags! Dev team, get on that for next sprint cycle. There's a pull request in que in github that may be a blocker. Once that's merged I'll circle back and put something on your radar for end of Q3 deliverables.
  • 3 0
 @NYShred: heck I feel bad for reading some agile stuff over here, when I am trying to avoid my job at being at this site. haha!.
  • 2 0
 @rebel12: Eddie for Rampage!
  • 2 0
 @CentralVTMTB: That would be unreal. Have you seen this gem?

www.pinkbike.com/video/472154
  • 2 0
 Eddie is the new standard
  • 92 1
 Invite the #DenimDestroyer
  • 34 1
 Don't see my name there. Phew.
  • 4 1
 it's like the draft. would be funny if they had a couple joes give it a go
  • 5 0
 @mtbmaniatv: I guess thats why they have a medical team right?
  • 1 0
 Yah, same here Big Grin
  • 26 2
 Best event of the year IMHO
  • 11 117
flag chriskneeland (Aug 20, 2019 at 16:11) (Below Threshold)
 I prefer real mountain bike races.
  • 14 16
 RedBull Rampage?
  • 26 0
 any event with Eddie is the best event
  • 20 13
 @chriskneeland: Same here, there's not even one open pedaling section. Bring back the real DH.
  • 2 0
 @andrewgiesbrecht: Eddie is doing so well this year! Very cool to see.
  • 1 0
 @RedBurn: when the Wind doesn't ruin the show.
  • 1 0
 @Clem-mk: c'est pareil pour hard-line
  • 1 0
 The only peddling is in between the 50 ft and the 60 ft gaps @Clarkeh:
  • 13 0
 Isn't Flo Payet on Scott Factory?
  • 9 2
 How about some North American riders
  • 1 0
 Who do you have in mind?
  • 3 1
 @Vector1: imagine Neko would be down. Finn and Mark Wallace too?
  • 1 0
 @SangamonTaylor: I’d love to see it, but it’s a week after the WC wraps up in the US so I can see those guys just wanting to chill at home instead of flying back to Europe.
  • 1 0
 That’s the same weekend as the US Open at big bear! Should be pretty awesome.
  • 2 20
flag Laymo (Aug 20, 2019 at 19:46) (Below Threshold)
 @Vector1: If Gwin could race & win this it could help make up for never winning World's. I would like to see him compete in Rampage also, when he's healthy enough. He could help Fairclough on his line then they could see who rides it better.
  • 3 0
 Bruce Klein was ripping in practice two years ago and then crashed last lap before races started. Would love to see him get back.
  • 11 1
 Donald Trump?
  • 14 2
 @LemonadeMoney: Donald would only race against Boris Johnson directly with the UK as grand prize. Now that he can't buy Greenland, he'll want to have his island instead. He'll build a wall between Northern Ireland and the rest of Ireland and let the EU pay for it.
  • 7 0
 @LemonadeMoney: I would pay good money to watch him attempt any sort of downhill run.
  • 1 0
 "Landlords and power whores on my people, they took turns. Dispute the suits, I ignite, and then watch 'em burn."
  • 2 0
 @vinay: I don't get it, what does Trump want with Laurie Greenland?
  • 4 0
 @discoclint: He wants to buy him because he thinks he has hidden treasures and tactics. Danish prime minster Mette Frederiksen thinks this is ridiculous. Now Trump doesn't want to visit Denmark anymore. I don't get the relation either but it seems to me he's going to use the time saved to practice at the worlds as a preparation for Hardline where he'll be chasing Greenland. Boris Johnson will be right on his back to stop him because he wants to keep British talent inside the UK after the Brexit. In fact they'll be racing a tandem down Hardline. The only way for Boris to finish first is to go OTB. Which requires some negotiation because it takes Trump to pull the front brake at the worst possible moment. He still has fate though. In fact, he'll be mad if Trump doesn't cooperate. Why doesn't everyone just cooperate?!
  • 1 0
 @vinay: thank you for the best comment on Pinkbike ever.
  • 1 0
 Neko, that would be intense! he likes the big stuff.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Ah I see, makes sense now. Cheers dude
  • 1 0
 @LemonadeMoney: you guy are so funny,hahaha
  • 8 0
 We want David McMillan.
  • 7 0
 I imagine not getting an invite to Hardline would be a relief for many.
  • 6 1
 Did anyone proofread this before it went out?
  • 85 0
 Yesn't
  • 4 0
 What a great starting list! Good to see some big hitters come out for this.
  • 5 3
 Sorry all that i didnt make the list. i am still recovering from back surgery. oh, and also i was never good enough to begin with. but thanks to my sponsors for sticking by me... oh wait. I dont have any of those. hmmmm.
  • 3 2
 Hahaha! Is someone trying to make a point about World Champs by putting Gee first on the list and noting his UCI ranking? Clearly a higher ranking that others who have been chosen for the World Champs team. Don't worry Gee. Rampage.
  • 2 1
 That might be his ranking but he hasn't made the top 20 all year. I suspect it will be a lot lower next year
  • 3 0
 With this new "tag" thing, I didn't even have to click into the post to see who was invited lol
  • 3 0
 You just know Kade and Kaos are gonna send this with style
  • 2 0
 And yet Tahnee was on the “most stylish” list but not Kaos. Which is strange because I feel Kaos is a co tender for that title
  • 3 1
 I think you guys are overdoing it a little bit with all the hashtags
  • 1 0
 ive always wondered how the riders for this is selected, seems kinda random to me? anyone have any insight
  • 12 0
 mates with the Athertons.
  • 2 0
 pretty much a who's who
  • 3 3
 Vaea Vebreck for the round 2 announcements would be sick. Any other female riders people think could have a crack?
  • 4 0
 If Rachel doesn't commit to riding the course, I don't see many others stepping up. That being said Vaea and Casey Brown would be the two women to crush it
  • 1 0
 Is there live coverage of this?
  • 2 1
 Yep, redbull.com
  • 2 1
 @metaam: It's recorded isn't it, and then released, so not live?
  • 2 0
 @LemonadeMoney: If I do remember correctly, last year was live.
  • 1 0
 How is Kaos ranked 380? I guess he just needs more races under his belt...
  • 5 0
 It’s done on uci points. I think Kaos is still hunting them. Not easy to get this day an age
  • 2 0
 Any women?
  • 1 0
 Anyone showing up for this one with a EMTB?
  • 2 1
 sounds like a party!
  • 1 0
 SOOOOOO sick!
  • 1 0
 Go Brage!
  • 1 0
 sick!
  • 8 0
 Get well soon!
  • 2 1
 I thought they committed a social media suicide. I miss them and their punk vibe
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