Updated: Red Bull Hardline Returns for 2021

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After a break in 2020, Red Bull Hardline is back for 2021. Spectators will be unable to attend this year, but the event will be returning from 24-25 July. We have updated the post with the list of riders set to take part in a few weeks.

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Rider List:

  • Charlie Hatton
  • Kaos Seagrave
  • Brendan Fairclough
  • Adam Brayton
  • Craig Evans
  • Joe Smith
  • Harry Molloy
  • Jono Jones
  • Joe Breeden
  • Elliot Heap
  • Phil Atwill
  • Matt Hockenhull

Update to rider list on 15/07/2021:

  • Laurie Greenland
  • Kade Edwards
  • George Brannigan
  • Bernard Kerr
  • Brage Vestavik
  • Matt Walker
  • George Brannigan

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Red Bull Hardline

The release reads:

It’s back! Red Bull Hardline, the world’s toughest downhill mountain bike race, is returning to Wales’ Dyfi Valley on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of July, with the seventh edition of the event promising a course that is bigger and more technical than anything ever seen in previous years.

Following a hiatus last year, the race that is hard by name and hard by nature is returning with a course once again designed by Dan Atherton. Playing to their strengths of faster, bigger and more extreme than ever before. Nestled in the remote Welsh mountains the course ensures riders will have to defy some of the largest jumps and slab rolls in downhill mountain biking, including an extension of the gap on the mammoth Step Up jump for this year, making it faster than ever before, and leading directly into a brand new 65ft step down. 

Bernard Kerr at Red Bull Hardline. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool.

Dan Atherton on Hardline

Over the years Red Bull Hardline has gained a huge reputation both with spectators and riders. It’s more than just a race; it’s a statement of a rider’s commitment to pushing the sport, and this year is no exception. The course is the most intense it’s ever been with some new features that I honestly think push the limits of what is possible. With a huge amount of rider input to the course and an amazing rider list, this year’s Hardline is going to go off. There are some incredible riders already lining up, including a massive British contingent so I’m excited to get going.

Due to current Welsh government COVID-19 restrictions, Red Bull is not able to open the event to spectators at this time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to maintain social distancing on site, and making sure the environment is as safe for the riders and residents as possible is paramount. However, Red Bull Hardline will be streamed free and live on Red Bull TV across the entire weekend, providing incredible access and insight into the race. Stay tuned for rider announcements and broadcast details in the days and weeks to follow.

For this year’s event, Red Bull is proud to collaborate with Trash Free Trails, a community-focused, non-profit organisation with a mission to protect our trails and the wild places they take us. In the first collaboration from a planned long-term partnership, Red Bull Hardline 2021 will be the first major event to pilot the TFT Approved scheme, an independent self-certification toolkit, that aims to empower and enable organisers to deliver events to the highest possible standards in terms of sustainability.

Dan Atherton

For more information, head to Red Bull Hardline.

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Not too good about writing about myself, but not so bad at writing about other things. There was a time that I hated bikes, but then they became my life. Wouldn't be the person I am if I hadn't been on this journey. Here's to bikes, drinking tea and everything that comes with life on two wheels. I'm Lauren, I like bikes and writing about them. Always trying my best and up for adventures.

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Comments (5)

    65 foot stepdown!

    Counting on lots of original content coverage of this event from STW! Now, who could you get to do that?

    “TFT Approved scheme, an independent self-certification toolkit, that aims to empower and enable organisers to deliver events to the highest possible standards in terms of sustainability”

    You know I have to read through no end of stuff like this at work and would really appreciate not having to do so on a site I visit out of choice. When this is decoded I think it means that they are going to leave the place like they found it at the start. Isn’t this what 99% of us do anyway without being partnered by Red Bull?

    No Bernard Kerr?

    Which Matt Walker?

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