Red Bull Hardline 2015: Our anticipation was high for this event. Described as the “toughest downhill race ever run” it attracts some of the world’s best downhill mountain bike riders to stretch their limits on a very technical and demanding course. Let us share the action within its stunning surroundings with some of our (amateur) snaps.
It’s only the 2nd time this event has been held, taking place against the beautiful hilly backdrop of Mid-Wales, and last year’s edition wasn't even open to the public; which only made us count down to it that bit more.
Built by professional UK downhill racer Dan Atherton, former Great Britain national champion and on this occassion 1st victim of his own downhill landscaping after a test ride resulted in a crash and broken shoulder, the course delivered plenty of gap drops, spicy turns and intimidating jumps.
After a steep climb up the Welsh mountain hills through the mud, it was an incredible spectacle to see this level of talent fly through the woods and tackle the challenging downhill course.
On Saturday, the Welsh weather didn't do the track any favours, making the top section of the track unrideable and transforming some of the jump landings into complete stand stills.
A bit of trial and error during the practice sessions definitely got the crowd gasping - both in awe and with empathy.
The course turned out to be such a beast that by the final racing day only 8 riders remained at the start line to tackle the challenge. One of the most impressive obstacles was the road gap, leading the riders straight into a turn, dropping almost straight over the heads of the spectators.
Former World Champion Gee Atherton clocked the fastest time during qualifications. Unfortunately a blowout ended his race run, but regardless, he still made it all the way down the hills on a tyre-less rim. Pretty impressive performance.
Quoted from the official Red Bull report, Ruaridh said, “The course was incredibly tough, mentally and physically the toughest I have ever ridden. It was good to see everyone get down safely and I am delighted to take the win”.
This beautiful scenery combined with the intimidating speed, endless airtime and crafty obstacles left us longing for more. Feeling fuelled for riding by these inspiring performances, we can't wait to get out on the bikes.
Special thanks to Luke Ryan who accompanied us on the trip and shared some of his stunning pictures with us for this post.
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