Bernard Kerr performs at Redbull Hardline July 2021, Dinas Mawddwy, Wales. // SI202107250198 // Usage for editorial use only //
Bernard Kerr seals Red Bull Hardline hat-trick!
Bernard Kerr was crowned champion of Red Bull Hardline 2021 for a record third victory on Sunday with an incredible time of 2.33.533 as he flew down the world’s toughest downhill mountain bike course in Dyfi Valley, North Wales.
With strong winds cancelling Saturday qualification, viewers on Red Bull TV were treated to an extended race on the Sunday, as 24 riders put times down on the ever evovling and ever gnarlier course built by MTB legend Dan Atherton. The racing during the seventh running of the event was hard and fast early from Josh Lowe and Lewis Buchanan. Adam Brayton – the four-time Red Bull Hardline veteran – threatened the top position midway through the race but it was Matteo Iniguez who was the man to beat for the first hour.
Brage Vestavik performs at Redbull Hardline July 2021, Dinas Mawddwy, Wales. // SI202107250221 // Usage for editorial use only //
Kade Edwards racing at RedBull Hardline course on July 25 2021. // SI202107250214 // Usage for editorial use only //
Brendan Fairclough performs at Redbull Hardline July 2021, Dinas Mawddwy, Wales. // SI202107250210 // Usage for editorial use only //
Former Junior Downhill World Champion Kade Edwards then went 1.7 seconds up before Laurie Greenland increased the gap further, holding first place until last man down Kerr nailed each feature with precision – including the huge new 60ft Step Down – to seal a title hat-trick.
It feels unreal. It’s been a tough week, but I honestly couldn’t be more stoked. I missed Friday practice, so I’m pretty relieved and happy it’s done now. It’s been such an amazing week, such a vibe in the camp. Positivity and an awesome atmosphere brings good riding.
Laurie Greenland rides the course at RedBull Hardline in Dinas Mawydd, Wales. // SI202107250080 // Usage for editorial use only //
We’re midway through the season, my head is in that race zone so I just went for it. The whole course, the features, and the wind this weekend meant that I had to be headstrong. Red Bull Hardline really is gnarly, but it’s been a great week with the rest of the guys.
For this year’s event Red Bull collaborated with Trash Free Trails, a community-focused, non-profit organisation with a mission to protect our trails and the wild places they take us. In the first collaboration from a planned long-term partnership, Red Bull Hardline 2021 has been the first major event to pilot the TFT Approved scheme, an independent self-certification toolkit, that aims to empower and enable organisers to deliver events to the highest possible sustainability standards.
You can watch a full replay fo the the event right here: