Red Bull Hardline Canyon Gap: The Bike World Reacts

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When photos first emerged of the canyon gap at Red Bull Hardline over the weekend we all gulped. Since then, quite a lot has happened. Here’s a round up of what’s what so far:

What Is That Canyon Gap?

For those who have been under a rock this weekend, here’s what the fuss is about.

Who Is Riding At Hardline Wales 2024?

Who is lined up to tackle the course, and that gap? Here’s the men’s start list for Red Bull Hardline, Wales 2024:

Adam BraytonUK
Alex StorrUK
Bernard KerrUK
Brendan FaircloughUK
Brook MacDonaldNZL
Charlie HattonUK
Craig EvansUK
Dennis LuffmanUK
Edgar BrioleFRA
Gaetan VigeFRA
George BranniganNZ
Harry MolloyUK
Jim MonroUK
Jono JonesUK
Josh BrycelandUK
Josh LoweUK
Juanfer VelezCOL
Matt JonesUK
Matteo IniguezFRA
Matteo IniguezFRA
Ronan DunneIRL
Sam BlenkinsopNZ
Sam GaleNZ
Sam HockenhullUK
Sebastian HolguinCOL
Szymon GodziekPOL
Taylor VernonUK
Theo ErlangsenSA
Thibault LalyFRA
Thomas GenonBEL
Vincent TupinFRA

Tahnée Seagrave, Cami Nogueira, Hannah Bergmann, Louise-Anna Ferguson and Vaea Verbeeck began training on Monday.

That Canyon Gap – The Reactions

Josh Bryceland reacted with a kit addition:

First Hits

Bernard Kerr tackled it first.

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Then Matt Jones.

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Then Jim Monro.

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Sam Reynolds didn’t like how it looked, and he wasn’t wrong:

Sam does the ‘OK’ in inverted commas, and indeed, is a concussion OK? Yes, it’s better than falling into the actual canyon, but a brain injury is still an injury.

Got spat out of this one pretty hard but somehow came away with just a concussion, thanks everyone for the help off the hill 

Jim Monro – Instagram

Brendan Fairclough is apparently less worried:

Dean Lucas thinks it’s all gone too far:

There’s a bit of debate over on the Forum about what’s driving this. Is it progression or attention seeking? Will people do this stuff anyway, or is it pressure for attention and sponsors? What’s the difference between this and Red Bull Rampage?

2p From Me

For me, the key difference between Red Bull Hardline and Red Bull Rampage is twofold. One: Nothing at Rampage is mandatory – even the built features that are provided don’t have to be ridden. You dig and build your own thing, to your own tune, to your own strengths. There’s no ‘here’s a thing if you think you’re hard enough’ pressure to add into the mix. Two: Hardline is a race. Riders aren’t just aiming to clear the features, they’re aiming to do it at speed. I’m unconvinced that switching between red-mist race brain and Nitro-Circus level feature clearing is a great combination.

I’ve have many debates with people before about the ways in which I think Red Bull Rampage manages to tread just the right side of controlled risk taking vs glorifying self destruction. I don’t think I can step to the defence of this feature in the context of Hardline.

2p From Mark

He’s lucky to be alive and the problem I have is that the cost of entry to trying something like this is a bike, some wood and a massively dangerous drop. The first death from this is probably likely to be someone copying it in their local quarry.

Caveat: I’m 53 years old.

Back in the ‘olden’ days impressive stunts like this were common on the tellybox. Saturday night TV was full of it. But there was always a big fat notice or a presenter who said, ‘Don’t try this at home…. professional this and that blah’. Not that this made any difference to whether kids went into the park and spannered themselves but it at least showed that the producers were aware of the risks and the danger that showing it could cause. Red Bull don’t seem to care at all as long as it gets the clicks and engagement. I have a moral issue with this stuff and the fact the driving force is weighted too much towards commercial interests with questionable care given to the consequences. The policy seems to be, go bigger than we did last time, which is kind of how it’s always been in all endeavors but at some point there’s going to be a limiting line and the price of crossing that line was almost paid in full by Jim here. If they really cared there would have been a net up right from the start, although it would not have helped Jim. They got really lucky. The Risk Asessement doc must be interesting read, if there is one.

I know, I know. I sound just like my dad.

2p From Benji

Maybe the riders like doing things like this? I imagine they’ve been doing stupid shit since young, which is how they got where they are. That’s my Devil’s Advocate mode. Not sure if I’m fussed either way tbh!

Add your 2p… head to the comments and/or vote in this poll:

How To Watch Hardline

If you’ve still got the stomach to watch it, Hardline will be broadcastlive globally on Red Bull TV on Sunday 2nd June at 2.30pm GMT. Ahead of the event, the week’s best action from course walk and practice will be on the Red Bull Bike YouTube. 

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  • Redbull Hardline – 2024
  • crab
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    The weather gods are smiling on north Wales thankfully this year, looking forward to the race and hearing Warner and co on the mic.

    Ronan obviously a favourite but would love to see BK get it too, would be great to see ratboy get a good result also.

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    fossy
    Full Member

    Looking good weather wise. Will have to wrestle with son who is watching 24h Nurenburgh, for the projector..

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Anyone know what time coverage starts, UKT?

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Just found it – 2.30pm for livestream

    crab
    Free Member

    2.20pm according to YouTube

    FunkyDunc
    Free Member

    Will be interesting to see if it all goes ahead very windy at the minute (in that part of the world )

    masterdabber
    Free Member

    Just found it – 2.30pm for livestream

    Looks like 15;30 in the UK

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Currently showing delayed by an hour

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Delayed by another hour

    hammerandcycle
    Free Member

    Anyone know what the reason for the delay is?

    sazmtb
    Free Member

    Not sounding good down in the btm field that it will be going ahead .no wind at the btm but as soon as you walk up the hill its blowing a hoolie.

    sazmtb
    Free Member

    Wind

    desperatebicycle
    Full Member

    4:20 start now 🙁

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Looks like it’s on, Jono just posted that they are on course soon

    fossy
    Full Member

    It’s on – looks windy though !

    honourablegeorge
    Full Member

    Brayton having a proper go, what a first run

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    desperatebicycle
    Full Member

    I’ve seen a lot of runs down this course, but Brayton had me really sweaty palmed! Great start 😁

    honourablegeorge
    Full Member

    Unlucky. Big pink cloud of Muc Off sealant for Matt Jones

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    mrhoppy
    Full Member

    Splits measurement is broken, it’s all WB/UCI fault.

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Not a good day for the Joneses

    lister
    Full Member

    Can someone drop a pin on a map for the location of the course please? I can usually work it out on OS or aerial photos and I know the general area but I can’t work out where the canyon/waterfall/cliff area actually is!

    4
    honourablegeorge
    Full Member

    Tahnee is quite natural on commentary, works well with Warner

    8
    BoardinBob
    Full Member

    You know what’s great?

    Seeing every single part of the run from top to bottom. No smash cutting to someone a 3rd of the way down, or only showing the same final few corners for everyone

    desperatebicycle
    Full Member

    Heard Matt Jones cry of anguish when he was on the edge of that cliff! What happened to Jono? Missed his run

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Jono punctured at the top

    Velez is smoking this

    dafoj
    Free Member

    Come on BK!

    honourablegeorge
    Full Member

    Brilliant from Kerr

    Tracey
    Full Member

    What a last run

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    Kramer
    Free Member

    Well dunne, Ronan.

    1
    sharkattack
    Full Member

    That was an awesome watch. Remember when the world cups were this good?

    Kramer
    Free Member

    It’s a great course because as far as I can see no one has rode it all perfectly, so there’s always an opportunity to gain time.

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    desperatebicycle
    Full Member

    Fantastic..so exciting at the end. Gutted for BK, but Dunne was amazing 🤩

    alpin
    Free Member

    The weather gods are smiling on north Wales thankfully this year

    That aged well.

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    bigdaddy
    Full Member

    That was great fun! Not watched it all before, really enjoyed it. Commentary was great and as said, alerting the whole run start to finish was great. Mind blowing riding!

    1
    dafoj
    Free Member

    That was great, why can’t we have this every Sunday arvo? 😁

    1
    masterdabber
    Free Member

    That was just great….  great racing, great TV coverage/filming, great commentary (both of them). Although I never drink Red Bull I can’t fault them for this afternoon.

    lovewookie
    Full Member

    That is how you do race coverage.

    Really enjoyable, plenty of camera shots, and great commentary.

    wordnumb
    Free Member

    Yeah, superb. Not sure about the shoe-champagne thing but excellent footage, commentary, weather and riding.

    crab
    Free Member

    Was it bad weather then @alpin? That’s funny because I just watched a superb race in pretty much ideal conditions. not sure about you…

    dafoj
    Free Member

    North Wales dust, not something you see that often……

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