Photo Epic: First Hits & Tricks - Hardline 2019

Sep 13, 2019 at 18:20
by Tristan Tinn  



With the torrential rain banished from the valleys, the riders soon got to work on the course. The majority looked comfortable on the large, technical features. It wasn't long before trick books were being opened up. By the end of the day, riders were starting to link together full runs and building their speeds ready for qualifying tomorrow...


Some stayed home to guard their handywork
Some stayed home to guard their handiwork.

Early morning mist decorated the cobwebs
Early morning mist decorated the cobwebs.

Final tweaks
Final tweaks.

Make it shine..
Make it shine..

Brage Vestavik a Hardline regular
Brage Vestavik, a Hardline regular.

Some riders got stuck in straight away while others had their reservations
Some riders got stuck in straight away while others had their reservations.

Greenland warms up with a foot plant
Greenland warms up with a foot plan.

Brage stayed strong and rode out of this after coming up rather short
Brage stayed strong and rode out of this after coming up rather short.

Brendon getting into it
Brendon getting into it.

Eddie Masters on the pan and zoom
Eddie Masters on the pan and zoom.

Kaos laying down a flip on his second hit of the day
Kaos laying down a flip on his second hit of the day.

Mach loop action as per usual in the background
Mach loop action as per usual in the background.

Dave Mcmillan dips a toe in
Dave Mcmillan dips a toe in.

Legs off for Joel Anderson
Legs off for Joel Anderson.

And the hands..
And the hands...

Kaos weighing up what next...
Kaos weighing up what's next...

Jono Jones got caught up in the flip frenzy it didn t go well for him.
Jono Jones got caught up in the flip frenzy. It didn't go well for him.

Luckily he walked away seeming unscathed
Luckily, he walked away seeming unscathed.

Charlie Hatton has been squeezing out the style whenever he left the ground today he looks very comfortable on course
Charlie Hatton has been squeezing out the style whenever he left the ground today, he looks very comfortable on course.

Brendog with the dog leg
Brendog with the dog leg.

Big roost as Oscar compresses into the daylight off the cannon
Big roost as Oscar compresses into the daylight off the cannon.

Gee flipped a little later but he didn t hold back on the boost
Gee flipped a little later, but he didn't hold back on the boost!

It s not all high octane action
It's not all high octane action.

Rider on course
Rider on course.

Fayole shows em how it s done a dirty huck to flat
Fayole shows em how it's done, a dirty huck to flat.

Harry Molloy tackles the nadgery rock drop up top
Harry Molloy tackles the nadgery rock drop up top.

Kade reaches for the T-Bog on dirty ferns
Kade reaches for the T-Bog on dirty ferns.

The jumps are large and technical requiring prescision carving off lips
The jumps are large and technical requiring precision carving off the lips.

Textbook execution
Textbook execution.

Joel Anderson testing the huck
Joel Anderson testing the huck.

Testament to how Juan Salido won that rampage spot
Testament to how Juan Salido won that Rampage spot.

Matt Jones up to his usual tricks - on a DJ bike...
Matt Jones up to his usual tricks - on a DJ bike...

Greenland knows how to swing it
Greenland knows how to swing it.

As does Dave McMillan
As does Dave Mcmillan.

Harry Molloy about to learn that it d the bits between the features that bite
Harry Molloy about to learn that it's the bits between the features that bite.

Kaos by name chaotic by nature showing us how to ride the new dirty ferns hip
Kaos by name ,chaotic by nature, showing us how to ride the new dirty ferns hip.

Brendog swings the back end out whenever the chance presents
Brendog swings the back end out whenever the chance presents.

Not fest...
Not fest...

Matt Walker with Cole Lucas in hot persuit
Matt Walker with Cole Lucas in hot pursuit.

Rampage qualifier Juan Salido goes huge leaving a leg behind
Rampage qualifier Juan Salido goes huge, leaving a leg behind.

Dave McMillan don t need no jump for steeze
Dave Mcmillan don't need no jump for steeze!

Bernard Kerr is always one to watch at Hardline
Bernard Kerr is always one to watch at Hardline.

Brendog digs deep for some roost up top
Brendog digs deep for some roost up top.

Some riders struggled with the dark woods no stress for Gee
Some riders struggled with the dark woods, no stress for Gee.

A long relaxed day in the communal pits
A long, relaxed day in the communal pits.

Qualifying awaits
Qualifying awaits.


Catch Red Bull Hardline Qualifying Live tomorrow HERE at 14:00 GMT




16 Comments

  • 26 3
 Everyone's over biked these days. All you really need is 140 for those hits
  • 7 1
 Am I missing the sarcasm in that message?
  • 15 1
 According to Matt Jones you need 0
  • 4 0
 I see an opportunity for an event with several bike swaps during the run!
  • 3 0
 But will he ride the tech sections? I think not @HurricaneCycles:
  • 11 0
 Gotta be honest, this is the event I look forward to most on the riding calendar. Can't wait for Sunday!
  • 4 0
 this ain't no World Cup track! If Dan atherton going to have "smooth berms" and "bike park" jumps he's going to make them work for it! You can't squash these bad boys!!
  • 6 0
 I prefer this to rampage, huge features at speed is always a sweet combo!
  • 5 0
 Awesome photos!
  • 2 0
 Wow Gee flipped that! Good luck Athertons and thanks for all the hard work.
  • 2 0
 I was there last year and took a few photos..................................... later today I shall put my camera on eBay.
  • 2 0
 Fucking awesome!!!
  • 1 0
 Dude. Looks like the best Hardline yet. Course is dialed in.
  • 1 0
 That hip is rather big
  • 3 0
 Can we start applying a ‘hip to waste’ ratio?
  • 2 5
 According to Matt Jones you need 0

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