‘I said I wouldn’t come back if I won’ – 10 Ryder interviews from Red Bull Hardline 2022

Once the stress of the hardcore race day was over and autographs were signed, we caught up with as many Red Bull Hardline riders as possible for some quick three-minute interviews.

Adam Brighton

How did you find your experience with Hardline?

You know what we’ve had a great week, some great changes to the course and I absolutely loved it. You know, despite what happened in the finals, I can’t really complain.

What is the hardest feature for you?

For me, I was mostly worried about choppy playback. I don’t know why, maybe because you have to get it right. I know you use the other features, but the big ones didn’t bother me. It was only occasionally but anyway I blew him every single time and yes, it was sweet.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

It’s just a crazy week, you know, all behind the scenes. You will not miss out on the world.

Have you made any changes to your bike’s Hardline setup?

Yes, we went a little more. To be honest, there weren’t a lot of changes from the Val di Sole, but the Val di Sole setup was poor! So it worked out just fine in the end.

Best hardcore moment?

Brooke MacDonald was probably in my room at 2 a.m. last night playing a boy’s party.

Will you come back next year?

I will now because I said I won’t come back if I win. I was convinced I would win today and I didn’t so I’m going back.


Jackson Goldstone

How did you find your experience with Hardline?

So the first time around, that experience was crazy. Such a good weekend, making big jumps and touring a really sick track. Yes, I couldn’t ask for anything better.

What is the hardest feature for you?

Umm, that’s a good question. Some of the rocks in the wet were much harder than the jumps. I’ve found, you know, the jumps are pretty straightforward to go faster and pull back while you have to be a little more accurate on the rocks. But you know, it’s a technical course from top to bottom, so it’s all very challenging.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

Maybe the 90-foot jumps. It’s definitely the jumps that I enjoy the most. It feels good to be in the air for so long.

Have you made any changes to your bike’s Hardline setup?

Just a few changes to the bike, I added a lot of compression and the spring rate went up. It made the bike a bit stiffer for extreme impacts and then slightly increased the psi in the tires, but pretty much the same settings.

Best hardcore moment?

I think the best moment in the hard line will probably be tonight. You know, I’ve always heard stories about having a really good after-party time.

Will you come back next year?

Yes, I will stay here until I retire.


Brooke McDonald

How did you find your experience with Hardline?

To be honest, I was really good. I haven’t been here since 16 and it has changed a lot. Features are getting bigger and more intense. I actually kind of forgot how vicious it is here and how much pressure you have to put on yourself to complete a full round and really get through everything. So yeah, it’s been a really great week, I was blown away just being here, cycling and hanging out with friends.

What is the hardest feature for you?

This step-up after the metal ramp step-up I struggled all week just figuring out what speed to approach and was overtaking and undershooting so yeah, for me it was definitely the hardest.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

Maybe that was sick of the 90-foot game. It’s literally like two or three seconds in the air. so cold.

Best hardcore moment?

Maybe just pass the entire course and tick everything off.

Will you come back next year?

Yes, of course.


Joe Smith

How did you find your experience with Hardline?

scary. It’s weird. I think I like, I’ve done it more than anyone or like everyone else, but I’m probably more afraid than I’ve ever been.

What is the hardest feature for you?

Everything was good this year. Like, let’s take those new jumps, I was so nervous while doing them. I had some technical issues the day everyone started turning them off so I didn’t do that that day. Then I went to the next day feeling like I was a little late. So I had to love, just step up and do it. I’ve actually only gone through them four times, but I’m still pretty good.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

The Last Leap Once you do that, you know you’re at the end. I used to like them like waterfall jumps and things like it’s a little slower and you get some of it like nice style but either that or like the cannon from the woods on top, that’s pretty cool.

Have you made any changes to your bike’s Hardline setup?

I did not change much no. I had a shock in coil a couple of weeks ago so I didn’t really know how that would work on the bike. Everyone said it would work fine. I went 25 pounds the hardest spring but I probably would have gotten it anyway. A little harder on the tires, like 2psi front and rear. Maybe an extra click to squeeze here and there but not by much, and not compared to the way we first did when we first got here.

Best hardcore moment?

Again, just go down after that final sprint at the end and get that full run in the bag.

Will you come back next year?

Yes I think so, it seems I always come back.


Charlie Hutton

How did you find your experience with Hardline?

It was pretty stressful, frankly, with the new features. The old features I was very comfortable with, the new ones I was like, “Oh my God.” No one has tried them, so I was like, would these work? Yes, I was too scared to be honest.

What is the hardest feature for you?

Perhaps the hardest feature was the new features, but just think mentally how big they are and how fast you have to go. In actual technical aspects, it probably isn’t as challenging as some of the other features, but it’s just a mindset to pedal to massive takeoff and dash hard when you’re probably 45 mph.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

I think when you tie full runs together and cross the line, it’s a feeling you can’t describe.

Have you made any changes to your bike’s Hardline setup?

Yes, a lot of changes actually. Maybe 3-4psi went with more power in the fork, more low-speed compression and a little slower rebound.

Best hardcore moment?

It’s just a great vibe and after a day of training we went on test bikes and yes, he ripped it off so that was fun.

Will you come back next year?

Yes, of course.


Tipu Lali

How did you find your experience with Hardline?

Hardline is always a very special moment of the year, like the atmosphere is so great. It’s always a little intimidating just to send those big jumps but it’s kind of fun too. There is a very specific atmosphere where all the riders push each other to send those big jumps even in windy or sloppy conditions. So it’s great to come after the season in general and to keep challenging.

What is the hardest feature for you?

I would say the hardest feature was the second doubling and the big jump when jumping. The jump to jump was very difficult to manage the speed. You know you don’t want to be too far or too close to the first. So you just need to push but at the exact speed to jump when jumping and then the first one is very easy you just have to pedal as hard as you can and pull as hard as you can. But the second is a little more with speed. So when I first hit it, I broke the middle and that was exactly the wrong thing to do. So yes the second double for sure. The others are pretty cool and maybe the metal ramp was also hard for me because I crashed into it last year.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

I do not know exactly. I think the first double was a lot of fun. You’ve been pedaling really hard, hitting like I don’t know 60km/h and just pushing all you have to just make sure you can pass which is definitely the biggest leap I’ve made in my career. So it is very good.

Have you made any changes to your bike’s Hardline setup?

Yes, there are a lot of big changes in general. My comment settings are set differently. More closed pressure and lower speed, less rebound, lower tire and tire pressure.

Best hardcore moment?

The best moment for sure is to finish it, cross the finish line and realize you’re still alive. I survived this weekend. You had a good run, just knowing you’re in one piece and ready to go again.

Will you come back next year?

Maybe I will say yes.


Phil Atwell

How did you find your experience with Hardline?

Yes, naughty but very good. survived. buzzing.

I was very nervous when I spoke to you in Val di Sole about it. Did it get easier when he got here?

No, not really. The first day I was terrified, and didn’t hurt much. The second day got a lot better but after that, he had to pull out due to the mechanical.

What is the hardest feature for you?

All this is a challenge. It’s not just one feature, it’s trying to tie the playback together. Wind too, that’s a huge factor.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

The bottom from after 90 feet down, the technical part was fine. I’ve never hit 90 feet.

Have you made any changes to your bike’s Hardline setup?

Sure, a little slower and a little harder.

Best hardcore moment?

Convenience in accomplishing all features, except for 90 feet, was a huge square marked.

Will you come back next year?

we will see. We’ll see, we’ll definitely think about that.


Taylor Vernon[/

What has been the hardest feature for you?

Honestly, after the first day walking it, seeing the new builds in the middle of the track, you’ve got the 90-foot doubles. I was like, wow. I didn’t even think they were possible to start with and then Bernard went and hit it and had a huge one. The shape, the new lip, and then the boys started ticking them off. All weekend I just sat back and watched people do stuff and I was the very last person to do it. Then, as soon as I knew it safe, I do it, and then you know it’s paid off, and I just put a bit of speed down at the end.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

I think I like to Step-on, Step-off because I’m such a moto fan it’s like the closest we’ll ever get to being in a moto race.

Did you make any changes to your bike setup for Hardline?

No, not really. I run pretty stiff anyway. Compared to last weekend at Val di Sole, I was like three psi up on the fork and rear end four psi. Not too much just for those little bit heavier landings if they happen, just a bit of safety.

Best Hardline moment?

Honestly, just having craic with the boys. There’s such a good vibe all weekend, like we’ve all been picking each other up and helping each other get over jumps and a few beers every night. It was pretty decent standing on the podium too.

Will you be back next year?

Yeah, hopefully, if they invite me back. I was a wildcard guy I didn’t get asked until last weekend, so I was a last-minute guy and showed up and smashed it.


Chris Cumming

How have you found your Hardline experience?

I got invited at the last World Cup in Val Di Sole, Italy. I was a bit nervous when I found out the news that I got invited, but no I was keen. I wasn’t too sure if I was going to hit all the features as they’re just absolutely massive. But all the help from all the guys and the riders made it quite easy, well easy enough for me to ride. Definitely fun hanging out with all the boys and girls. Yeah, it was scary but some craic and fun.

What has been the hardest feature for you?

First hit wise, the biggest one for me was the Road Gap, even though it’s the easiest. It’s just the thought of pushing your bike over a cliff edge, which is absolutely humongous. That was a very cool thing flying through the air on that.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

The feature I found the most fun was probably the first 90-footer. It was massive and it was a very cool feeling just flying through the air.

Did you make any changes to your bike setup for Hardline?

Not really. My bike was set up for Val di Sole so it’s already stiff and it was ready for a bloody battering. But no, just probably two clicks on high speed on my compression that’s really it to my shock.

Best Hardline moment?

Oh, the craics unreal. Just hanging out with other boys. Also, getting down and completing a full lap was probably the most fun I’ve had whilst doing Hardline just hitting all the big jumps and doing it all together. It was fun. I really enjoyed that.

Will you be back next year?

I’d love to be back, hopefully going to get an invite again next year because this week has been the highlight of the year for me so yeah, it was unreal.


Ronan Dunne

How have you found your Hardline experience?

Yeah, it’s pretty sick. Enjoyed it. So like there’s great craic with the lads and then racing was savage. I came fourth with 0.2s off second with a dropped chain. So I was pretty frustrated about that but enjoy the whole experience.

What has been the hardest feature for you?

Probably that little rock garden before the Road Gap. I think all those techy bits, they’re the tough ones, to be honest.

What feature did you enjoy the most?

Maybe the 90 Footers, I think they’re the best.

Did you make any changes to your bike setup for Hardline?

Just stiffened up everything. I think I was like 100 psi in the forks like 260 in the shock or something. And then tyre pressure is actually the exact same.

Best Hardline moment?

I don’t know, probably just the craic with the lads, even back at the hotel and around the pits. That’s the main thing it was great fun.

Will you be back next year?

100%. Yeah, definitely. I’m coming back for my money.