Red Bull has created what looks like the toughest downhill race in the world, in the Dyfi valley in Mid Wales
Don’t take our word for it though, world cup riders who raced this crazy track this September say it’s tougher than the downhill World Cup series: A 60ft road gap, huge boulder fields, steep rooty sections and dirt jumps combined to make Hardline very hard indeed.
“You’ve got two options: you either clear it and you’re sweet or you go home in a wooden box,” Danny hart said of the massive road gap.
The track was designed and built by Dan Atherton to smash the limits of downhill and push the sport to the next level, Red Bull says.
Dan and Gee Atherton, Danny Hart, Sam Dale, Loic Bruni, Brendan Fairclough, Nico Vink, Joe Smith, Mike Jones and Gareth Brewin spent three days mastering the track that all agreed was “totally intimidating and totally exhilarating”.
Dan put in a tremendous run of 3:41.491 to take the hotseat and neither Loic or Brendan could match him but second placed qualifier Danny Hart went ahead of Dan by 2.4 seconds. Gee Atherton was last man left on the hill and expectations were sky high for an awesome Finals run. Gee came out fast, he showed incredible speed to go up on Danny Hart by two whole seconds at the first split but he punctured in the middle section and failed to finish the race.
Watch Dan Atherton’s GoPro footage from his Red Bull Hardline race run.