6 Takeaways From Red Bull Hardline Tasmania

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The season’s Downhill racing has started. It’s official. What did you make of the new Tasmanian Red Bull Hardline event? Here are some takeaways from our point of view.

1. Gracey Hemstreet and Louise Ferguson are made of strong stuff.

Gracey Hemstreet’s back wheel and tyre went their separate ways when landing a huge drop in practice, resulting in a huge crash. She bounced back, completed the course and qualifying runs, and became the first woman to race Red Bull Hardline. Meanwhile, Louise Ferguson crashed twice in her race run, but still went on to hit every feature and complete the course. Hitting those massive jumps after taking such slams… just wow. Nerves of steel and heaps of grit. Rachel Atherton recently tipped Gracey as one to watch – the athlete who might take on Rachel’s record of titles. She might well be right.

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2. Hardline: it’s hard.

Matt Jones forgot his passport so was late to arrive in Tasmania and missed the track walk day. His vlog shows him struggling his way down an unknown course, unable to stay on the tail of other riders to give him clues as to what’s coming up. He’s dragging the brakes and stopping above features he’d easily clear if he’d known they were there, getting tired because he’s dragging the brakes, and then riding worse and losing confidence because he’s getting tired. It’s a nice bit of reality and vulnerability from a pro rider – and there’s probably a fair bit in there many of us can relate to from our own bad days on the trail.

3. Hardline: it’s not that hard.

Well, Rónán Dunne made it look easy. With his bike arriving late, he had around a day and half less practice time than other riders and still took the win in an absolutely blistering time. Him and his Mondraker team mates this year should make for some great viewing in the World Series.

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4. Hardline: it is a race.

There were a few there from the freeride scene – who could ride the course, but not at the pace needed to bother the podium. But it wasn’t just the speed that made things harder for the freeriders – the length of the course proved a challenge, both in endurance terms and for learning the track. The seasoned DH riders found it much easier to remember the course and learn what features were coming next and what lines to take. Witness one of the slowest riders down, Reed Boggs, tackling his race run. If more courses get added to the Hardline series, we could well have a pretty epic race series to watch in years to come. Could it ever rival the World Series? 5000 fans turned out to watch this Tasmanian event. Not a bad start.

5. Tahnée Seagrave can commentate.

Dropped into the commentary box at the last minute after not making the start list (you had to complete all the features to race, and the wind kept her from ticking off the last jump), Tahnée joined Rob Warner and Eliot Jackson for much of the race. It was so slick you’d think it was pre-recorded. Useful and insightful commentary that helped us understand what the riders’ process was. Nice one.

6. It’s not about the kit

Ok, if you’re at the pointy end of the race, it is – riders were making adjustments of just one psi or click to their set ups to get things just right. But there was also Remy Morton with his chainless Specialized Demo with 26/24 mullet. And Dennis Luffman who turned up with a Canyon Sender so old and battered that it was deemed unfit to race. He ended up competing on Dan Atherton’s bike – and wearing baggy jeans tucked into his socks. A nice reminder that mountain biking is about having fun, not shopping.

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Red Bull Hardline Tasmania 2024 Results

Red Bull Hardline Tasmania Final results: 

Rónán DunneIRL3:08.145
Bernard KerrGBR3:10.021
George BranniganNZL3:11.021
Matteo Ingiuez FRA3:13.047
Connor Fearon AUS3:13.469
Laurie Greenland GBR3:14.177
Sam Gale NZL3:14.700
Sam BlenkinsopNZL3:14.721
Theo ErlangsenRSA3:15.807
Gaeton Vige FRA3:15.844
Brook MacDonaldNZL3:16.607
Baxter Maiwald AUS3:18.072
Adam Brayton GBR3:18.508
Thibault Laly FRA3:18.727
Kaos Seagrave GBR3:20.832
Vincent TupinFRA3:21.447
Jim Monro GBR3:22.525
Dennis Luffman GBR3:25.487
Johny Salido MEX3:36.340
Remy MortonAUS3:45.607
Matt Jones GBR3:54.107
Gracey Hemstreet  CAN3:56.586
Reed Boggs USA3:59.562
Thoomas Genon BEL4:19.916
Louise-Anna Ferguson  GBR5:08.412
Dan Booker AUSDNF
Jackson Goldstone CANDNF
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  • 6 Takeaways From Red Bull Hardline Tasmania
  • nickc
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    Agree with all that, it was interesting to see the comparison between the freeriders and the racers – who frankly made them look a bit pedestrian.

    Tahnee’s commentary was pretty good, no? I think Rachel did H-L Wales a few years back and the insights that a current pro-racer can bring makes the whole thing much more interesting.

    Also the event had my wife (doesn’t ride bikes) stop and stare at the telly in a “Holy shit, are they on push-bikes?” kinda way…She was hooked after watching just a couple of features.

    davosaurusrex
    Full Member

    Loved Tahnee’s commentary, great insight and funny as well, she’s a natural

    mtbfix
    Full Member

    It’s not about shopping? The winner mentioned the event sponsor repeatedly in his post run interview. Very professional of him. And very much about selling a product.

    Good racing though and props to the ladies for getting on that start line.

    ayjaydoubleyou
    Full Member

    The winner mentioned the event sponsor repeatedly in his post run interview. Very professional of him. And very much about selling a product.

    With Dunne you can totally believe he’s slugging multiple red bulls before dropping in, sort of like the Warboys from Fury Road. He’s got that sort of crazy wildman personality.

    Rachel and Loic I remember in the past trying (and failing) to convince me that their race success is due to a sponsor correct sugar and caffine hit.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Ronan has been vocal about his love for Red Bull for ages. If he wasn’t already in line for a Red Bull sponsorship, he surely must be now.

    And possibly a Pepto Bismol sponsorship to help sort his guts out after drinking so much of it.

    snotrag
    Full Member

    Louise Ferguson – Hard as nails.

    Her onboard POV run is amazing – absolutely smashing the ground into submission, shouting “I’m alright, I’m fine, honest!” at the marshalls who are giving it full rider down on the walkie-talkies, and carries on. Twice.

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    A nice reminder that mountain biking is about having fun, not shopping.

    The winner mentioned the event sponsor repeatedly in his post run interview. Very professional of him. And very much about selling a product.

    Don’t watch much racing then? It’s the continuation of a running joke about Ronan’s Red Bull consumption. He’s not even sponsored by them.

    LAT
    Full Member

    It’s not about shopping? The winner mentioned the event sponsor repeatedly in his post run interview

    I think the point being made was that you don’t need to have the latest kit to have fun riding a bike, not that events can run without sponsors to cover the costs.

    Teedertodder
    Full Member

    Loved the build-up, the racing, the incredible competitors and of course the fantastic commentary.
    Feel Louise Ferguson should’ve won something for being such a legend tbh.

    daviek
    Full Member

    I can see some of the big teams stopping/trying to stop some of the riders take part in these events if they are at the start of the season or even half way through in case of injuries.

    fix-the-spade
    Free Member

    Bike thieves, they ain’t the brightest…

    123decibels
    Full Member

    Thanks for putting that together. What brave riders! My heart was in my mouth just watching Louise Ferguson’s run.

    jamesfts
    Free Member

    I can see some of the big teams stopping/trying to stop some of the riders take part in these events if they are at the start of the season or even half way through in case of injuries.

    Yup, Bruni and Finn apparently wanted to race but Specialized stop it.

    ready
    Full Member

    Where was Kade? Isn’t he a RedBull rider? Would loved to have seen him smash this course!

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