Gee's POV - Red Bull Hardline 2016

Sep 17, 2016 at 3:11
by Red Bull Bike  

Watch Gee Atherton in the POV video above as he takes on the whole course in this top to bottom preview. It’s not until you witness it from this first person perspective that you realise the magnitude of this insane course and quite how terrifying that road gap feature really is.

Don’t forget to tune into Red Bull TV on September 18 to watch the impressive list of international riders push their limits on this technically challenging course as they aim for that winning combination of speed and accuracy.


MENTIONS: @redbullbike / @trek




186 Comments

  • + 234
 Boy I'm curious that a week ago Gee couldn't race World Championships but now he's strong enough to ride the Hardline course. Boy doesn't make sense. Boy is that one sick track though. Cheers to all the racers.
  • + 321
 Who's this boy you keep talking about?
  • + 218
 It was the right decision though boy, cause that boy Kerr smashed it boy.
  • + 54
 Gee said he wasn't going to be competitive with the injury racing, so he rested it up a bit more for this event. What are the odds he flats again this year. Hey Boy?
  • + 193
 It's a completely different situation. That was world Champs, this is essentially an exhibition. And Gee never said he couldn't race last week, he said he wouldn't have been competative. So for a race where the only thing that matters is winning, he decided to give up his spot to someone else who has a better chance. If it were a regular world cup with points on the line I'm sure he would have taken his run.
  • + 5
 I think the same. Superfast healing Smile
  • + 74
 This comment makes so much more sense after watching the video lol
  • - 47
flag zer0c00l44 (Sep 17, 2016 at 4:50) (Below Threshold)
 @neimbc: He isnt that competitive when hes fit boy.
  • - 34
flag davidsimons (Sep 17, 2016 at 5:14) (Below Threshold)
 Weird, all "boys" and no "girls"; sis gone AWOL, slower next season?
  • + 34
 Boy that road gap is a big ball clencher
  • + 11
 @davidsimons: Not weird, Rach already said there was no way she wanted to hit those jumps.
  • - 20
flag jaame (Sep 17, 2016 at 5:41) (Below Threshold)
 The girls train just as hard as the boys though. They definitely deserve equal prize money hey boy
  • + 24
 @jaame: Sure. What does that have to do with Hardline though?
  • + 12
 @neil-g: about as much as @davidsimons comment did a few above...
  • + 2
 Did he get those bicycling techniques from his sister?
  • + 17
 True MAN track. Huge props to Dan and the other builders! Amazing!
  • + 6
 "Red Bull Hardline Michael Jackson POV course preview"
  • + 6
 Riding and racing can be two completely different things
  • + 0
 that's what i was thinking.....any way this track looks so much better then last week
  • + 4
 I think you need to add about 243 more boys into that post.
  • + 2
 That was jaw dropping, boyeeeeeeeee!!!!
  • + 2
 Clap clap gee...that was sick!!!! Add this one to the world cup list boy!
  • + 3
 thats because he's riding with his sister all the time
  • + 1
 As Gee said, this is a course for riders with balls. Man balls. Not UCI boy balls.
  • + 157
 Still waiting for Claudio and Peaty to follow Warner down this. He'd invent a whole new type of swearing.
  • + 10
 Like Dan said, theres no chicken ways haha !!
  • + 6
 @RedBurn: Warner could find one. Haha
  • + 102
 That camera angle is terrible !! Awesome course though !
  • + 2
 It would help if he set it up to 4:3 instead of 16:9. But maybe it is not a Gopro.
  • + 1
 Yes that's what I was thinking but then I realised how smooth it was compared to my super shaky gopro footages (and it's not because I ride harder lines...) so I think maybe there's a solution to reduce the shaking but on the other part it reduces the angle. My question is how they do that ? (I use Sony Vegas)
  • + 2
 @TomSmoke: Maybe but it doesn't look like it was done in post production. Whenever you see that the footage gets pretty distorted and honestly looks horrendous. I wonder what he was using for a helmet cam, maybe it has some sort of stabilizer built in the camera or mount.
  • - 12
flag madmon (Sep 17, 2016 at 20:43) (Below Threshold)
 all that work and killer riding and a shitty camera and ....I got to say it.....
.........He can only say "ok boys...boys.....?????
he knows it will be heard and seen by thousands and all he can do is grunt and mutter 5 words and zero comedy?
.........enter sandman negs
  • + 1
 @TomSmoke: i just froze on the intro and you can clearly see those new small gopro sessions under the visor. Maybe someone attached them to the visor instead of the lid and we know the visor acts like a feather vibrating all the time.
  • + 1
 @madmon: Oh damn, maybe that's all it is. either way, I don't see why these idiots are bitching. It clearly showed the course and its so steep anyways that nothing was really missed. OMG LIVE STREAM SOON!!! YESSSSS
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: @scott-townes: Really depends on how you edit it. AE warp stabilizer is pretty stinkin' efficient with minimal distortion and has a setting where you crop out all the off-screen bounce. That would match what happened here @TomSmoke
  • + 89
 yeh boi
  • + 79
 Can hear the bike bottoming out. Yeh boi.
  • + 15
 only on those harsher flat drops. looks/sounds super-smooth on the big hits.
Do you notice they just calmly flow the jumps that last year caused some issues? What a difference some experience and course tuning makes..
  • + 6
 @plyawn: Not sure how much it has to do with experience, probably last time the course was water logged up untill race day and on the day conditions were still very slippery. It shows how skilled they are to get enough speed to clear jumps like that last year.
  • + 59
 Needs more boy
  • + 50
 That was sick to watch! One of the more exhilarating POV's I've seen. Cool to hear Gee having a good time without his game face on. Yahb-oi!
  • + 19
 I thought exactly the same about Gee. It's good when the more serious side of the sport gets to open up and show that they have as much fun riding bikes as anyone else.
  • + 2
 That was intense, some huge hits!!
  • + 44
 Boys
  • + 30
 People talk alot of shit but there's no denying Gee is a SAVAGE! Would be interesting to see them have a world cup on a track like this.
  • + 29
 Haters going hate !!! Insane course.. Good effort Dan and full respect to gee for giving up his champs spot.... That said he's no slug on this course lol. RESPECT
  • + 2
 So they build the most RIDICULOUS DH line and can't get the guy a gimbal SMH at RedBull for that one
  • + 27
 Boy that jump was scary.. Boy which jump.. Boy everyone...
  • + 24
 Nice one Gee / Dan that was insane !!!!
  • + 18
 You know how POV videos flatten steep sections and make jumps look small.... Well that still looked gnarly as!
  • + 7
 If it's live at 7pm they'll be racing in the dark.
  • + 3
 @ThomDawson: hahaha no dude .... I sould have written """live""" Big Grin its recomposed by redbull tv with the commentators and everything, racing will be in the afternoon ... Like every WC !
  • + 4
 @ThomDawson: racing that in the dark would be a hard line!
  • + 3
 @RedBurn: I know dude I was being a silly billy Razz I just feel they're playing a little fast and loose with the term 'live' on this one. Glad it's covered though, is Warner on the commentarials? And have they allowed spectatorship up top this year? And has Gee fallen off yet? Yeah boi. Not that I want anyone to fall off you understand.
  • + 1
 Here's hoping the coverage is better than last year!!!
  • + 16
 Weren't lying about that road gap. Holy shit!!
  • + 11
 They should have 3 or so of these around the world just like Crank Works. They could have the triple crown of DH. Make this the most prestige’s title to get. Have restrictions on who can race it as one has to qualify for the event just like joyride.
  • + 2
 Yeah, crank works for SS, rampage for FR, and hardline for DH.
  • + 11
 Gee is the man. People give him a hard time but you can hear how stoked he is in this video and he is hitting the family track which is the most nuts thing out there at the moment. Props to the gee mam.
  • + 14
 Large balls required
  • + 9
 Loving the changes to the track this year, it just keeps on getting gnarlier and gnarlier. Big respect to those that can ride it.
  • + 10
 That track is something else. Looks brutal.
  • + 7
 Wales is full of boyo's so backoff you boy haters ! Hehe . We all no GB has the best crop of dh'ers the world has ever seen !
  • + 4
 somehow people still manage to complain about something. what is it with you complainers. Is it just that you never get any? or what is it. I really struggle to see what it is you have to complain about. Don't like, don't watch. Simple. POV not up to scratch WTF
  • + 7
 fuck yeah. that is insane. this is the best dh track ever. congratulations gee and dan. its a wc and rampage mix ye boi!!!
  • + 8
 Yeah booyyyyyyy
  • + 2
 Now that folks is what we like to refer to as a BIG balls DH track. Gotta be fizzing after completing that run . Well done Dan for the dig, Well done Redbull for covering the race and Kudos to all the riders, go hard stay safe
  • + 7
 Yeah boy!
  • + 4
 Man, I swear, that section after the road gap is where Gee turned into a mountain goat!! How do you ride something like that, absolutely incredible!!
  • + 3
 I wish on my behalf and everyone here in San Diego, that I had property like that to build a mere humble resemblance of that creative masterpiece of a line, period.
  • + 1
 All b.s aside... Gee.. is a ..G... on this hardline! Lots good riders , im curious bout the live feed, is it gonna be like world cup, wit cameras in areas or, 1 cam at top, 1 in the middle, an 1 at bottom jump/finish! It will be good no matter wha.........
  • + 5
 This preview is Flava' Flav approved.
  • + 2
 Word searched the comment section for 'flav'. Was not let down!

: )
  • + 4
 Let's play a game called 'how many people will comment 'yeah boy' before it gets old
  • + 4
 Should of given Sam Hill an invite, see if that course could get him stoked on DH again!
  • + 2
 I think after Hill is currently leading in Valberg, it's unlikely to see him on that course... unless you would do that as final stage for EWS tomorrow
  • + 1
 @Blacksh33p: imagine that beast of a track on an enduro bike. doubt it would be possible...
  • + 0
 @Luneec: For Sammy it's possible.
  • + 6
 Hello, boys
  • + 5
 No Hart on the Hartline ?
  • + 5
 He's in Whistler.
  • + 1
 He is the hottest property in DH right now, I doubt this race is as high on his agenda as looking forward to next seasons racing.
  • + 5
 @Racer951: Don't forget he has won Hardline before Smile
  • + 1
 @geebeebee: He hasnt won several WC races and the World Champs on the trot before though! I am sure perspectives change after something like that.
  • + 1
 @Racer951: actually I would imagine hardline getting a lot of media coverage. Bet it's worth it to hit it up to encourage the sponsors to fork some cash over
  • - 1
 @StupidFastRebound: Aside from this helmet-cam Hardline so far is getting very little coverage, none on Vital, small mention on Dirt and the obvious Red-Bull coverage as it is their event.

Last weekends world champs had 3-4 days of 2-3 posts a day on Pinkbike, plenty on Vital and Dirt etc and Rampage will get an immense about of coverage.
  • + 3
 @Racer951: All that's on his agenda at the moment is Park laps with his friends. They were all having a blast yesterday when we saw them Wink
  • + 1
 @Racer951: Last year had a ton of hype leading into the event. Then there was shite coverage of the event itself. Just results and some pictures. Come February, FIVE months later, a 45min video drops on Youtube complete with Rob Warner commentary. I'm guessing there's some kind of fight for rights and reimbursements with Redbull, but I'm also guessing none of the big websites want to get chumped like that again.
  • + 5
 camera too low!!
  • + 5
 Yeah Baoi!
  • + 3
 Someone give me a physics lesson...why do his bars look like they are 12" wide?
  • + 4
 Big hands
  • + 5
 haven't you heard? 12" bars, 29"wheels and 140mm stems are all the rage now.
  • + 1
 no offence, but how can pros not get their helmet cams right? It isn't that hard to get in the right position surely unless there is a safety rule.
  • + 3
 This course is insane. yeeoow
  • + 2
 Always happy when the word hardline appears on Pinkbike. Yeah Gee, sick course, insane skills !
  • + 4
 "Yeah boy"

Gee Atherton
  • + 4
 Yeah boy??
  • + 3
 If all else fails, try Wales! Right bois!
  • - 1
 Crazy stuff, if every race of the wc season was like this half the field would be injured by the end! Not sure how much of a future hardline has though - its the athertons and close mates racing and two people already are out with injuries, Mike Jones a collar bone which is shame - Cant see many sponsors allowing participation in the future as it has real potential to injure the riders putting them off the bike all off-season.
  • + 9
 So Rampage is going too be over soon also then?
  • + 1
 @tobywombat: Not a great comparison.

Rampage is not a race and has hardly any world cup racers present any more, anybody else other than Brendan take part? - There is good reason behind that other than it being beyond their skill-set and that is potential for injury.

Rampage is a different league to Hardline too having worldwide TV and online coverage. Hardline is a 'race' that a handful of riders compete in - Most of the riders are WC racers and as is the case with Mike Jones there is huge potential to hurt yourself, he will now have to struggle to get back to form before next season.

I imagine there are quite a few riders that wont race Hardlie or couldnt even if they wanted to - Am I right in saying Danny Hart competed in the past, he certainly wouldnt be this year as I am sure he and his sponsors want to keep him in one piece.

I am not saying Hardline isnt an awesome display of what is possible from a track and riders, its just that I cant see it growing into anything more than it is now and if anything it will only die out unless it becomes more of a Rampage style thing and lures that crowd into competing - The top racers have a job at the end of the day, racing the WC season and not getting injured is crutial to that.
  • + 5
 @Racer951: Most rampage riders compete in slopestyle though, right? So it is a similar comparison, because those who ride Rampage will be competing in slope style events throughout the season.
Never the less, I think you're wrong.

Dan isn't holding these riders at gun point to ride his track. Yes, there's risks in it, but there's risks in everything. Downhill mtb is literally one big risk. These guys are out there to have fun. Judging by their Instagram's everyone is loving it, and for good reason. People ride bikes for fun, and sending it down this course is about as fun as mtb gets.
  • - 8
flag justanotherusername (Sep 17, 2016 at 5:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Jack-McLovin: That is an even more detatched comparison and not even relevant to comparing Rampage and Hardline, Slopestyle and Rampage are very similar indeed, Rampage and Hardline have nothing in common at all other than being on bikes and some of the features are big. Point still stands that Rampage is a HUGE event and Hardline doesnt even draw close to the same publicty, not even in the ballpark.

At no point did I say Dan was forcing riders into doing it - I also didnt say the riders themselves wouldnt want to race the event. What I did say was that some of the sponsors who pay the riders wages might not want their riders competing in an event like this - Can you not understand that, I know people ride bikes for fun as you put it but some people also ride them for a living and if they are injured then they cant do that, can they?

Yes DH mtb has risks but it doesnt usually have 40ft road gaps and 20ft+ kicker risks, does it?

You can think I am wrong, that is your opinion but it doesnt change the fact that the list of riders competing is so small and many of the riders are not challenging the top spots at any races - The big names have slowly dropped off over the last few years.
  • + 2
 @Racer951: The point is you said Hardline will die out because people don't want to get injured, and I'm disagreeing with that.

These are top guys. Their sponsors aren't going to chuck 'em off their team because they want to ride Hardline lol. If they did, then f*ck that company. I would never buy a product from them. Because that is not what this sport is about. It's about doing sick shit and having fun.

Besides, Hardline has exactly the same exposure as Rampage, it's all streamed on RebBullTV. Sponsors will like that.

Hardline will always have people competing for as long as Dan wants to keep it running. Who cares if they are not WC winners, I just want to see rad people do gnarly shit. If I was good enough and got an invite from Dan, I would say yes in a heart beat. Because it's challenging, FUN, and the adrenaline rush is second to none.
And that is why hardline won't die.
  • + 1
 @Racer951: Tobywombats comment still stands.

For example, Trek don't pay Brandon Semenuk to just compete in Rampage. They pay him to compete in slopestyle. Yet Brandon, along with loads of other slopestyle dudes, still compete in Rampage.
  • + 0
 As long as Red Bull broadcasts it, sponsors would be happy to see their boys in it. They have all off season to heal up if something goes bad.
  • - 4
flag justanotherusername (Sep 17, 2016 at 7:42) (Below Threshold)
 @Jack-McLovin: Jack, you are missing a lot of my points and showing your age here - you are 17, you still have a lot to learn about life and paying the bills and I dont mean that in a condescending manner.

Your comment about the sport being about 'doing sick shit and having fun' shows your age - these guys do love doing that stuff, of course they do but they still have bills to pay and if they get injured, have a poor off-season and dont get results they wont get a new contract, they wont get their race-win bonuses and thats it, no more riding for a living - Back to being like you or me, no more getting waged to do 'sick shit'.

I did not suggest sponsors would 'chuck riders off the team' if they wanted to ride Hardline but I did suggest that sponsors may not allow them to ride, even if they wanted to - You sign a contract when you become a sposnored rider and there are many terms to contracts.

If Hardline carries without the top WC racers, great! I for one dont want to see it stop but I could see why that would happen. Open your eyes a bit and see the difference between us and paid pro riders and the industry that relies on sponsorship, exposure, coverage and results to keep going. You can say you would ride hardline if you had the chance but you dont have a mortage to pay for that is based on your wold cup DH results, do you?

On a sperate point, I dont know how you can think Hardline is on the same level as Rampage - Rampage is a worldwide event and almost a phenomena of this sport in that it is played on 'real' TV and has prize money that isnt a complete joke (though still too small) - Rampage is almost fully fielded by riders that specialise in Slopestyle events so that is what the riders are paid to do!
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: If that is true, then where are all of the sponsors 'boys' then? - There is a handful of riders present, some riders barely have sponsors and certainly dont ride a bike as their primary living.
  • + 0
 @Racer951: I see what you're saying, but I think being a pro rider is becoming increasingly more about creating and maintaining an image that resonates well with people like us, as evidenced by team videos, and not just about results, although I do still think they're important. Who's to say that participating in events like Hardline wouldn't have a more positive impact than getting a top 30 result at a WC? I know if it weren't for events like this and rampage along with the Atherton project I would not be as big a fan of Gee as I am. And yes, me being a fan of his has resulted in (admittedly, relatively small - think components and apparel) purchases of the stuff he promotes.

Back to the main topic of whether Hardline has a chance of continuing to run: I would like to think so because of the added respect people like you and me have of riders who are willing and capable of competing on a track like this. Whether or not that added respect translates into sales is up for question, but the same could be said for WC results.
  • + 5
 @Racer951: in the uk hardline is massive, maybe it doesnt get the coverage over the pond.

To quote adam brayton:: "this is what downhill shoukd be"

Stop hating on the young lad, hardlines in its infancy hence the supposed.lack of media coverage. Everythig starts somewhere
  • + 6
 @Racer951: "If that is true, then where are all of the sponsors 'boys' then? - There is a handful of riders present, some riders barely have sponsors and certainly dont ride a bike as their primary living."

WTF are you talking about? Of the top 30 fastest riders in the world this year 11 of them are in this event. Of the 20 or so riders you have a handfull of up and coming young riders, 1 privateer and all the rest are seasoned pros 2 of which were in the top 5 at world champs just last week!
  • + 1
 @Racer951: Am I not mistaken that riders will still get paid regardless of whether they are injured or not? And I have to agree with @DH777 that it's not all about results, but about the riders image. For instance, Rat hasn't been getting top notch results lately, but yet we all still know and love him and he's one of the most popular guys in the sport.

Anyway, I'm fairly certain the only other time RedBull stream a race in the UK is at the WC in Fort Bill. So this is a big opportunity for sponsors to be shown to a world wide audience which is exactly what they want.
And also Hardline does cause quite a stir on social media. RedBulls 2015 video of Hardline 2015 has racked up nearly 3M views on YouTube, and Gee's POV of practice yesterday has racked up nearly 140k views in 7 hours on FaceBook, and that number is only going to increase, especially as more footage emerges throughout the weekend.
  • + 1
 its about pushing the sport further. Who cares if it continues or it was a one off event. Someone will take it another step and thats how we get things like Rampage and Fest Series.

(and if rampage wasn't a month away I'm sure the rider list would be ridiculous.)
  • + 1
 easy boyyyyys !
  • + 1
 @Racer951: there are a ton of top WC riders here. But it isn't a WC and any result bonus paid for this would be far less as the audience is smaller. Also, sponsors may not want to incur the cost of transportation and set up. Plus, it isn't required and most are exhausted from Champs last week. You're questioning why the absolute very top guys (Gwin, Hart, Bruni, Minaar) are not here obviously, but you have a bunch of top 25 represented which is common for these off season races. To think Hardline is going to go away is wrong. Last year, Red Bull took a week or so to get an edit up, while this year they are running this day of, which means they are spending more resources for a reason.
  • + 4
 Needs more boy
  • + 1
 That was the most terrifying piece of mountain bike cycling I have every seen.
  • + 2
 Held my breath on that road gap...
  • + 1
 Now lets group this event with Rampage, make 1 or 2 others and call it something like Plus sized DH world cup series.
  • + 2
 I could probably ride that.
  • + 1
 Oh my god boy, that's a tough course boy, holy shit the road gap is big boy, this looks sick boy, it's the boys boy.
  • + 1
 And Gee still cant setup his cam properly, every time same shit angle!, sick track and riding deserves better view!
  • + 1
 Why the fuck isn't red Bull player mobile friendly yet. Get with the times please. Can't fit laptop in my pocket yet.
  • + 2
 So Gee, Please aim your camera slightly higher and go do it again. thanks
  • + 1
 Apparently the top section before the big step-up goes through some sort of JRR Tolkien haunted forest.
  • + 2
 I nominate this track for world cup.
  • + 1
 In two minds about watching that again, feel a little ill. When Gee gives an "oh God" you know its gnarly.
  • + 1
 pleeease change camera angle or change to 960p tall setting Big Grin my brain hurts
  • + 1
 Absolutely balls out! Sweet jesus what an insanely rough course. Total gnar!
  • + 1
 Looks so intense!!!! Eek
  • + 1
 Last year his shock was wheezing a TON! This year I only heard it twice
  • + 2
 Yeah boy!
  • + 1
 Looks like I came too early. There's no video just a screen grab.
  • + 5
 That used to happen to me too.. You just have to beat out the easy one.
  • + 1
 id pay $ to see gwin smash this
  • + 1
 Why is Brendog not there??
  • + 1
 the person that designed this track is an axe murderer...
  • + 2
 HERE COMES DAT BOI!
  • + 1
 Oh boy!, That looks a hard line!... Big Grin
  • + 1
 Yea boiii That giggle on the step up!
  • + 1
 Gee doesnt say 'yea boi' much
  • + 2
 Yea boys ...
  • + 2
 Big bigger biggest
  • + 1
 Can anyone ride this trail when the race is over? Looks like a blast!
  • + 1
 Yeah boi - gee atherton 2016
  • + 0
 Looks like a Session, bet that's great in the wet, BOY,BOY,BOY !
What happened t the DeVinci guy ?
  • + 1
 that looks absolutely mental.
  • + 1
 "My longest yeah boi ever"
  • + 1
 yeah boiiiiiiii @Willba12
  • + 2
 yeh bois
  • + 1
 Those jumps are pretty big eh!
  • + 2
 wow,big balls needed!
  • + 2
 Holy crap.
  • + 1
 That as incredible. Best course I've ever seen!
  • + 1
 Here comes that boy. Oh shit whaddup
  • + 1
 why aren't there any women invited?

shame
  • + 1
 Road gap is insane
  • + 1
 Jeeeeeeeezus
  • + 1
 WOW
  • + 1
 NEVER.
  • + 1
 Boyos
  • + 0
 yeh boyyy that was epic...I can't wait for this!
  • + 1
 Go big or Go home.
  • + 1
 Yah boy!!
  • + 1
 the aptly named !
  • + 1
 Here hold my beer~
  • + 3
 hey boy, hold my beer
  • + 0
 boy oh boy that was boysterous
  • + 1
 I want to see Dan's POV
  • + 1
 not sure that boy was wearing a cam
  • + 1
 Yeah boy
  • + 0
 so I bet rach was saying… go faster!! haha
  • + 1
 rach was saying "go faster, boy."
  • + 1
 boy/boys count: 9
  • + 1
 lunacy.
  • + 1
 Red Bull Player is back
  • + 1
 Sweet jeezis
  • + 1
 Geesus Christ!!!
  • + 1
 Boy o boy
  • - 1
 That kid who did the worlds longest 'Yeah Boiiiiiiiiiii' (youtube it if you haven't seen it) has got some competition !
  • - 1
 bit of a paedo with all these boys
  • + 1
 soooo many boys
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