Jess Blewitt and Jackson Goldstone racing at Red Bull Hardline

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New Zealand trailblazer Jess Blewitt and Jackson Goldstone will form the strongest Red Bull Hardline rider list to date.

Red Bull Hardline will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV on Sunday 11th September.

Jess Blewitt performs at UCI DH World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra on July 16, 2022 (Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool)

Confirmed Rider List

NameTeamHardline History
Phil AtwillPropain Bicycles
George BranniganNS BIKES UR5th 2016
Adam BraytonHope Tech4th 2015. 3rd 2016. 5th 2017. 7th 2021
Ronan DunneContinental Nukeproof Racing
Kade Edwards Trek Factory Racing10th 2018. 13th 2019. 3rd 2021.
Craig EvansSanta Cruz6th 2015. 1st 2017. 15th 2021.
Dennis LuffmanFMD Racing
Sam GaleSpecialized Bicycles10th 2021.
Jackson GoldstoneSanta Cruz Syndicate
Jess BlewittGT Factory Racing
Thibault LalyPinkbike Racing20th 2021
Harry MolloyMadison Saracen.
Danny HartCUBE Factory Racing1st 2014.
Charlie HattonContinental Atherton MTB Race Team3rd 2018. 7th 2019.
Sam HockenhullCannondale18th 2021.
Dan AthertonContinental Atherton MTB Race Team2nd 2014, 13th 2016, 3rd 2017,
Matteo IniguezCommencal Vee6th 2021..
Gaetan VigeFRF race Company5th 2018 9th 2019 21st 2021
Bernard KerrPivot Cycles3rd 2015. 1st 2016. 2nd 2017. 2nd 2018. 1st 2019. 1st 2021.
Andreas KolbContinental Atherton MTB Race Team
Josh LoweYT Industries11th 2021.
Brook MacdonaldMS Mondraker Team10th 2016.
David McMillanSpecialized Bicycles
Jim MonroContinental Atherton MTB race team.13th 2021.
Flo PayetScott Factory Racing7th 2018. 11th 2019.
Kaos SeagraveFMD Racing7th 2017. 14th 2019. 8th 2021.
Joe SmithVitus Bikes4th 2014. 2nd 2015. 8th 2016. 2018 4th. 3rd 2019
Vincent TurpinScott Factory Racing
Theo ErlangsonComputer Mania MTB Team6th 2018. 2019 4th. 2o21 4th.
Jackson Goldstone seen at UCI DH World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra on July 16, 2022 (Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool)

Press Release

THE WORLD’S BEST & BRAVEST RIDERS REVEALED FOR RED BULL HARDLINE 2022

(Tuesday 30th August, 2022) The world’s toughest downhill mountain bike race, Red Bull Hardline, is not for the faint hearted. As we draw towards the end of an action packed UCI world cup racing season, the world’s most fearless downhillers look ahead to the return of Red Bull Hardline for it’s eighth and greatest edition. A world-class line up of riders are set to descend the Dyfi valley track as spectators return to the infamous course designed by Dan Atherton for the first time since 2019.

Who will cement their place in downhill MTB history by delivering a clean run to clinch victory in front of thousands of eager fans in the 2022 edition of the world’s toughest downhill mountain biking event?

Red Bull Hardline triple crown winner Bernard Kerr returns to defend his title, as last year’s overall winner prepares to tame the biggest features of any race on the downhill calendar. Having guided new and less experienced riders through the course in the 2021 edition, he’ll brave the hardcore course including some exciting new sections set to wow spectators and Red Bull TV viewers alike (stay tuned for details). Previous winners, Danny Hart and Craig Evans are no strangers to Red Bull Hardline and the Welsh mountains and will return this year with a vengeance, as they set out to replicate their blazing runs from 2014 and 2017 respectively.

This year, Brook “the ‘Bulldog” McDonald will also return for the first time since 2016, eager to defy gravity once again after recovering from a severe spinal cord injury three years ago.

With spectators allowed back on site, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric. All eyes will also be on Kaos Seagrave, eagerly waiting to see if he’ll throw another huge backflip over the Step Up like in 2019. Crowds can also expect to see local riders like Joe Smith return after suffering a hard crash last year as he looks to tame Dan Atherton’s intense and technical downhill track. Atherton Racing’s own Charlie Hatton is also set to ride as he aims to go one better than his podium finish in 2018, alongside Red Bull Hardline course builder turned racer Jim Munro. Fellow team mate Andreas Kolb is also set to take on the world’s toughest downhill mountain bike event for the first time after a strong season on the world cup circuit.

For the second year in a row Red Bull is working again with Trash Free Trails (TFT), the community-focused, non-profit organisation with a mission to protect our trails and the wild places they take us.

Ahead of the main event, fans can enjoy daily shows documenting all of behind the scenes action at Red Bull Hardline with episodes 1 & 2 available to watch on Saturday 10th Sep, and episode 3 as an exclusive pre-show offering on Red Bull TV ahead of the main event.

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  • Jess Blewitt and Jackson Goldstone racing at Red Bull Hardline
  • johnjn2000
    Full Member

    Been a while since Dan Atherton lined up in a race I think? Will be really good to see him ride. Great line up overall, just wondering what has happened to Brage Vestevik as he is missing from Rampage as well?

    weeksy
    Full Member

    He wasn’t invited to Rampage, neither was Fairclough apparently

    submarined
    Free Member

    Good lineup, I’m trying to remember which other female riders have tackled it other than Jess?

    weeksy
    Full Member

    None, she’s the first.

    submarined
    Free Member

    I swear someone qualified before, but crashed out before their race run, but it looks like I may be making that up.

    johnjn2000
    Full Member

    He wasn’t invited to Rampage, neither was Fairclough apparently

    Yeah, was wondering if he was injured or something hence not being at either. If he isn’t it sucks he didn’t get the invite for Rampage as it does for Brendan

    ayjaydoubleyou
    Full Member

    He wasn’t invited to Rampage, neither was Fairclough apparently

    *applies tin foil headwear*

    if those two compete half the comments on PB and VITAL will be about their challenging/mental freeride lines not getting scored as highly as Semenuk et al’s flippy spinny stuff.

    So maybe their ommision was deliberate…

    razorrazoo
    Full Member

    He wasn’t invited to Rampage, neither was Fairclough apparently

    Yeah, was wondering if he was injured or something hence not being at either. If he isn’t it sucks he didn’t get the invite for Rampage as it does for Brendan

    From the riders socials, Brage is still not 100% fit after Rampage crash last year so sitting the big ones out (and he’s a RB athlete so it’s not like there’s a sponsor issue), Brendan sounds like he’s focusing on existing projects (I think there’s a Deathgrip 2 or suchlike in the works).  Didn’t sound like they’d been dropped in either case.

    submarined
    Free Member

    *applies tin foil headwear*

    if those two compete half the comments on PB and VITAL will be about their challenging/mental freeride lines not getting scored as highly as Semenuk et al’s flippy spinny stuff.

    So maybe their ommision was deliberate…

    I reckon you can put that hat out on recycling day.
    Brage has a big back of tricks he can reach into, and would be a big crowd pleaser.

    zerocool
    Full Member

    One of the problems with Rampage is that the OG established riders all have their lines already there so they can just get on with tidying up and tweaking them whereas the newer younger riders often have to start from scratch which already puts them at a disadvantage.

    I can’t comment on whether the judging and scoring is biased or not…

    … apart from saying “Norbs was robbed!” 😉

    Fahzure Freeride
    Full Member

    @zerocool The Rampage venue has traditionally been moved every two years to a new area along the ridge. This year could see area.

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    That’s a great line-up. Gonna be a thriller.. Dan Atherton designs the course! How can he be racing it? Guaranteed a win, surely? (Jokin!)

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