Boggle Your Eyes: Kade Edwards Hardline FPV Drone One-Shot

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Hold on to your pants. This is boggling – and gives you loads of moments where you see just how gnarly the Hardline course is, even on the bits in between the obvious giant obstacle bits. Here’s the full PR before we get to the video. Or skip to the end and 2:14 in the vid if you’re impatient.

THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE COURSE IN ONE EPIC SINGLE TAKE RED BULL HARDLINE FPV DRONE RUN

When the world’s toughest downhill mountain bike course meets one of the world’s best drone pilots. Forever pushing the boundaries, the epic top-to-bottom FPV drone course video shows there’s no better way to perfectly capture this rollercoaster of a downhill course, from classics like The Cannon, Step Up and Road Gap, to the newer elements of the lilypad and the massive doubles.

Kade Edwards at Red Bull Hardline in the Dyfi Valley, Wales on July 16th, 2023. // Sam Dugon / Red Bull Content Pool
Kade Edwards riding at RedBull Hardline in the Dyfi Valley, Wales on July 13th, 2023. // Sam Dugon / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202307140746 // Usage for editorial use only //

Following Red Bull athlete and bike handling extraordinaire Kade Edwards down the world’s toughest downhill track, drone pilot Ralph Hogenbirk was able to keep pace with Kade in full flight, perfectly capturing his signature style set against the picturesque backdrop of the Dyfi Valley.

Kade Edwards riding at RedBull Hardline in the Dyfi Valley, Wales on July 13th, 2023. // Sam Dugon / Red Bull Content Pool

Drone pilot, Ralph Hogenbirk said: “This was a crazy project and we’re super happy with the result! I’ve always loved watching Red Bull Hardline, and I knew our drones could give a sick new perspective at this event to show the skill of these riders. But didn’t know if it was even possible to follow them from top to bottom, and it definitely wasn’t easy. I had to push my drones to the limit and stay 100% focused all the way down to make it work!”

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Red Bull Athlete, Kade Edward said: “It takes a lot of trust to have someone following you so closely with an FPV drone. The Red Bull Hardline course is unlike any other downhill track on the planet, and I was able to just concentrate on my riding with the drone flying behind me. With the tough conditions on the track and weather closing in, full concentration was really needed!

Kade Edwards performs at Red Bull Hardline July 2023, Dinas Mawddwy, Wales. // Nathan Hughes / Red Bull Content Pool

Pulling off a feat like this isn’t without its challenges. The toughest roadblock emerged in the tight, twisting forest section, where speed fluctuations and signal disruptions were frequent. 

With a meticulously coordinated three-person team comprising an FPV drone pilot, Mavic drone operator for signal relay, and a signal stability spotter, the Dutch Drone Gods achieved the breathtaking one-take shot – navigating the narrow corridor of trees at the top of the course with wind gusting up the mountain, to tackling the sharp twists and turns ahead of The Road Gap, all whilst being in perfect unison with Kade’s flat-out riding. 

Kade Edwards performs at Red Bull Hardline July 2023, Dinas Mawddwy, Wales // Nathan Hughes / Red Bull Content Pool
Kade Edwards performs at Red Bull Hardline July 2023, Dinas Mawddwy, Wales // Nathan Hughes / Red Bull Content Pool

The collaboration showcases Kade Edwards unique style on two-wheels and pushes technological boundaries to follow the huge freestyle jumps and extremely technical course that makes Red Bull Hardline the gnarliest downhill mountain bike track in the world, all filmed in one continuous run.

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  • MrSparkle
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    Blimey!

    bigdaddy
    Full Member

    That’s stunning! Some serious drone flying, on top of the impressive riding!

    lister
    Full Member

    Wow!

    fadda
    Full Member

    Meh, don’t know what the fuss is about… 😲

    nickc
    Full Member

    pffft, he’s not even pedalling, can’t be trying that hard.

    bigdaddy
    Full Member

    @nickc I did see him pedal once – in the air off a huge jump! 😂

    ads678
    Full Member

    Just shows, when I think I’m going fast. I’m really not!!….

    Drone flying is amazing as well.

    dirkpitt74
    Full Member

    Wow!

    That give a real perspective to the speed, steepness and how technical the course is.

    HoratioHufnagel
    Free Member

    Wow. That drone setup must be pretty dialed to keep the bike in shot the whole time. I remember the early drone shots they used to have to pirouette to scrub the speed as they descended to you couldn’t really tell what was going on.

    ayjaydoubleyou
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    A lot of cameras shoot quite a wide angle and the footage is then cropped – I guess this could be done here.

    sharkattack
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    Did anyone notice you can’t hear the screaming whine of the drone, but you can hear every little pitter patter of the bike on the ground?

    Nice touch that.

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Just ****ing incredible tbh. It’s not just that it’s awesome to watch, it’s… til recently you just couldn’t give any impression of what a track like that really was like. Helmet cams can’t do it, static cams certainly can’t. And there was that whole selection thing when camera positions would always choose places they could get a single good shot, basically meaning jumps or open bits or just occasionally that orrible steep rock bit and you’d not just not get a true impression, it was actively giving a false one. It’s not just better, it’s a completely different thing.

    Also makes me want to get a fps drone and go zooooooooming. While making speederbike noises obviously

    leffeboy
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    goodness, all of that was incredible.  Not only was he flying at crazy speed through narrow trees he then had to come out of the woods and turn to face a shot on one side while continuing to fly sideways.  All of this and some amazing riding at crazy speeds.  As above, it’s a completely new way of seeing the route

    augustuswindsock
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    Bonkers, awesomely, brilliantly, mental bonkers!!!

    noeffsgiven
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    Always thought kade was one of the best bike handlers on the planet with talent and skill in spades, it’s weird how it doesn’t transfer to results, I guess racing iq and mindset really is key. At least we get some dry Hardline footage this year 😀

    crazy-legs
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    Did anyone notice you can’t hear the screaming whine of the drone, but you can hear every little pitter patter of the bike on the ground?

    Some drones now come with AI “stuff” (technical term) to remove the noise of the rotors completely.

    Stunning footage, that’s phenomenal flying.

    The riding is another league. I can do that sort of speed on a road bike. The absolute most basic bits of that trail, I could just about mince down quite carefully. The jumps – sorry, that sort of distance is a helicopter flight, not a bike ride. 🤯

    desperatebicycle
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    Was there a “twitch” after he landed the road gap? Stomach in mouth moment at that speed. They always make mad stuff like that look so easy.

    weeksy
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    Was there a “twitch” after he landed the road gap?

    Sure looked like it to me… i wonder if that’s just ‘OK’ to these guys or if it’s a “WOOOAH” moment.

    reeksy
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    Always thought kade was one of the best bike handlers on the planet with talent and skill in spades, it’s weird how it doesn’t transfer to results,

    Watch this

    https://www.redbull.com/au-en/episodes/race-tapes-s1-e4

    simon_g
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    I assumed audio is from a mic on the bike, you get a little bit of drone rotor noise when it’s close in the slower sections.

    The flying is amazing, they show a bit of the glitchy, low-res feed that pilot gets into his goggles early on so incredible to get through all the trees and other hazards with that going on – there was a similar one from one of the urban DH races and he was having complete dropouts in many places. The drones also don’t slow down very well – a few places where he got really really close.

    Cool to see a full top to bottom that isn’t a helmet/chest cam, there’s so much to that course beyond the huge jumps.

    desperatebicycle
    Full Member

    there’s so much to that course beyond the huge jumps.

    Yeah, some of the sections after the road gap are mad. Doesn’t look like much room for error here!

    nickc
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    Always thought kade was one of the best bike handlers on the planet with talent and skill in spades, it’s weird how it doesn’t transfer to results,

    Yes agreed, although after watching this and other vids that Kade has done, you can see why Trek while at the same time as having him on the race team, probs. aren’t that bothered about results for him. Last race, both Ric and Cedric essentially stopped talking about timing/racing and just used his run to tell everyone they both have a man crush on Kade because of his skills.

    zerocool
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    I don’t know what was more jaw-dropping, the riding or the drone navigating through those trees.  Both were pretty special.

    and that footage was so much better than just helmet cam

    bfw
    Full Member

    Amazing

    sirromj
    Full Member

    Don’t think I’ve ever rewatched a video so many times in short succession.

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