Red Bull Hardline, the world’s gnarliest downhill mountain bike race, has returned for the eighth time to Wales’ Dyfi Valley.
As qualifying got underway this afternoon in temperamental weather conditions, some of the world’s bravest riders continued to get to grips with the biggest, fastest and most terrifying features that Red Bull Hardline has ever seen.
Don’t let the name qualifying fool you, the athletes turned up the heat for their final run of the day. Jackson Goldstone, new to the Dyfi Valley course, threw down a slick run but Red Bull Hardline veteran Adam Brayton swooped in to overtake his lead. Three time champion Bernard Kerr, who has a possible fractured hand, sat out practice yesterday – not that you’d notice. He made a huge return today, clinching first in qualis by almost three seconds.
Jess Blewitt, a first-timer at Red Bull Hardline, capped off her first appearance by being voted BF Goodrich rider of the week by her fellow riders. Jess didn’t shy away from the challenge, tackling the course head on by stylishly sending the drops and flying over Hardline’s largest jumps to date. A spill at the Step-Up has unfortunately left Jess with a broken collarbone but her spirits remain high and she’ll be cheering on the rest of the crew from base camp.
Full qualifying times below:
Red Bull Hardline riders who did not compete in qualifying or finish their run will still be able to race on Sunday.
Red Bull Hardline will be broadcast live globally on Red Bull TV from 1pm on Sunday 11th September. Downhill fans can enjoy daily shows documenting all of behind the scenes action at Red Bull Hardline on Red Bull Bike YouTube and episode 3 as an exclusive pre-show offering on Red Bull TV ahead of the main event.
For further Red Bull Hardline updates, track builds and for more information visit www.redbull.com/hardline @RedBullUK with the hashtag #RedBullHardline.
Red Bull selected their Photo of the Day, with this shot of Vincent Tupin (Vinny T) going upside down on the insane step up.
We’re excited to see what goes down in finals, best of luck to all the riders!