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Red Bull Hardline 2024: Mountain biking’s toughest race returns to Powys

The 10th edition of mountain biking’s toughest downhill race, Red Bull Hardline, returns to the iconic Dyfi Valley in Powys this weekend. 

This year’s event promises to be the most challenging yet, featuring a daunting 70-foot canyon gap that has already caused a spine-chilling crash for Atherton Bikes’ Jim Monro, following Bernard Kerr’s initial attempt. There are reports suggesting this feature might not make it into the final event. Additionally, a new top section appears nearly impossible to navigate without mishap.

This year marks the second Hardline event, the first being held in Australia for the first time, where Irishman Ronan Dunne claimed victory ahead of Bernard Kerr. Both are set to compete this weekend. After weather disruptions last year, several prominent female riders, including Louise-Anna Ferguson and Tahnée Seagrave, are expected to participate. So, how can you watch the action, and who’s in top form for this year’s most hardcore race?

When is Red Bull Hardline and How Can I Watch It?

Red Bull Hardline is almost the antithesis of World Cup downhill racing. While World Cup tracks arguably become faster and less technical, Hardline continues to push riders to their absolute limits. This year’s course has sparked debate, especially after footage emerged of Jim Monro’s mishap on the new canyon gap. However, Hardline has always been notoriously difficult, designed to test the best riders in the world, which is what captivates the audience.

You can watch the event live on Red Bull TV on Sunday, 2 June, from 14:30 GMT (15:30 BST, 10:30 ET). Additionally, Red Bull Bike’s YouTube channel will feature previews, including track walks and practice sessions.

For those hoping to watch the event in person, tickets are sold out online. However, there may be limited availability on the day, depending on capacity, for those arriving on foot.

Who’s Racing at Red Bull Hardline 2024?

This weekend’s line-up features several big names. Ronan Dunne aims to secure a double win after his victory in Tasmania and his recent World Cup triumph in Poland. Three-time Hardline winner Bernard Kerr, who has already conquered the new top section, will be a strong contender, making for a tight competition between the two.

Several female riders have been invited back, including Tahnée Seagrave, Cami Nogueira, Hannah Bergmann, Louise-Anna Ferguson (the only woman to complete a race run in Hardline Tasmania earlier this year), and Hardline newcomer Vaea Verbeeck.

Prepare for an epic weekend of mountain biking as the world’s best riders take on one of the most challenging courses ever.