RedBull Hardline – Bigger In Real Life, But Is It Worth The Effort?

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What’s it like to be at RedBull Hardline? Should you make the trip to Wales, or stay home and watch on TV? James finds out.

RedBull Hardline 2019

2.11pm, Saturday 14 September 2019.

A pack of four sparrowhawks circle ominously in the sky, while butterflies drift lazily between the Dirty Ferns down below. The muted hum of the A470 rumbles on in the distance, and grasshoppers chirp away merrily, the bucolic calm punctuated only by the occasional blast of an impatient trumpet or the clang of a battered rim. Qualifying officially started 11 minutes ago, and so far nothing much has happened. I reposition my camera and check my remote setup is working for the umpteenth time, and then we finally hear it. A single blast of a whistle followed by the crackle of a marshall’s radio; “rider on course”. 

It’s showtime.

RedBull Hardline
David McMillan sends the Step Up early on Saturday morning
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James Vincent

Having ridden bikes for as long as he can remember, James takes a certain twisted pleasure in carrying his bike to the most inaccessible locations he can find, before attempting to ride back down again, preferably with both feet on the pedals.

After seeing the light on a recent road trip to Austria, James walked away from the stresses of running a design agency, picked up a camera and is several years deep into a mid life crisis that shows no sign of abating. As a photographer, he enjoys nothing more than climbing trees and asking others to follow his sketchy lines while expecting them to make it look as natural and stylish as possible.

He has come to realise this is infinitely more fun than being tied to a desk, and is in no hurry to go back.

Comments (3)

    Cracking photos J-Vince! And that kid has a seriously weird trumpet technique.

    Great article, would like to go and see this sometime!

    Excellent article! Will now go to mock those without a “P” on the Hardline thread 😀

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