If you’re still experiencing vertigo after checking out our gallery, then perhaps don’t watch this course preview.
Gee Atherton manages to talk his way down this course, which combines downhill with freeride with lunacy. This year’s course combines the iconic road gap jump with some new epic jumps which will test the riders at speed as they enter the final section of the course. The final fly off, which is the biggest jump ever at Red Bull Hardline, will see riders travel 65ft as they speed towards the finish line, but before they get there they’ll have to clear:
- Rock drop (13ft drop)
- Cannon (57ft traveled)
- Step Up (40mph speed required to clear jump)
- Dirty Ferns (45ft traveled)
- Road Gap (Trajectory 55ft)
- Out of the woods (45ft traveled)
If you want to see what all that looks like, check out the video here:
Former World Cup Champion, Josh Bryceland, has been confirmed as joining the line-up. As one of the most gifted riders in the line-up, he will be one to watch in the competition this weekend. He said:
“Feeling good after the first day of practice. It’s quite a good learning curve as I’ve never been before, but I know some of the features through watching it online so it was good to actually get down and complete the course. Last year I saw Craig Evans win and I was buzzing for him! Feeling good about Saturday, hoping to make it down smoothly.”
The 29 strong line-up includes Gee Atherton, Bernard Kerr, Craig Evans and young gun Kade Evans. Greg Minnaar, the most successful downhill mountain biker the sport has ever seen, will be joining Rob Warner in the commentary box.
You can watch the action on Red Bull TV at 6pm UK time on Sunday 16 September.