It’s Red Bull Hardline this weekend. As the name suggests, riders will be taking it in turns to swoop down a hillside on a trail punctuated by gaps which many of us would assume were whole sections of trail that had yet to be built. Drops, gaps, slabs, jumps – all on a scale that is a bit boggling to behold.
Luckily, the 29 riders who are lining up at the top of the course this weekend are given a chance to practice – really, this is practically cheating, surely they should be riding it blind? Photographers were on hand to check things out, so riders took the chance not just to practice their lines, but also to style things up a bit.
Making everything look easy…we’re sure we could do this course if only we had the right bike, and the right outfit…check out our pick of the pics from the action so far.
All images: Red Bull Content Pool
OK, we’re just jesting here. We’re appropriately mind boggled and awed by the skills and steeze of these riders. It’s pretty hard to get a fix on just how huge some of these features are, or how steep the track is.
It doesn’t always go to plan, but then, that’s the point of the practice days, surely?
We interrupt this story with a series of shots of planes. Because, well, planes. Planes and bikes. Flying planes and flying bikes. If that doesn’t excite you, please disable your internet safety settings and find another site.
Enough planes. Let’s move on to some ‘lifestyle’ shots. i.e. hanging around, looking cool, chillin’, track walkin’, practising fist bumps and many different finger pose combos.
Enough lifestylin’ and hangin’ out. Back to the action. Let’s have some speed blur pan shot air time glory.
Imagine having a photo of yourself like that. Just imagine…
The skills of these riders – and their guts – are astounding. We look forward to the event at the weekend and wish them all safe passage down the hillside.
Tickets are sold out but you can watch the action on Red Bull TV at 6pm UK time on Sunday 16 September.
Current rider line-up:
(NB, the rider line up is subject to change)