Red Bull Hardline heads to Australia as the insanely tough MTB event expands in 2024

Red Bull Hardline
Sam Hockenhull at Red Bull Hardlene 2022 (Image credit: Paul Brett)

We speculated last week that Red Bull would celebrate the tenth year of Hardline, the most hardcore and best downhill mountain bike race by launching a brand new Red Bull Hardline MTB event. After this year's cancellation, Red Bull has now confirmed that Hardline will celebrate its anniversary in style, returning to the unforgiving terrain of the Dyfi Valley in Wales on June 1st and 2nd next year, and for the first time, Hardline will venture beyond its renowned UK location, to make a debut down under as it visits Tasmania, Australia. The date being penciled in for the 23rd and 24th of February 2024 for this exciting brand new event and expansion of the much loved downhill event.

Hardline takes place, as always, on the course designed and built by Dan Atherton, hosted by Atherton Racing, and the build team of the UK course including Dan and brother Gee Atherton will head to Australia to take the Red Bull Hardline spirit to Tasmania.

Gee Atherton competing at Red Bull Hardline

Dan and brother Gee will head to Australia to build the Hardline course (Image credit: Paul Brett)

As yet it's unclear on the details of the new Tasmania 2024 Red Bull Hardline event. However, as we reported the Red Bull Screening Room site  had given some clues to the possible format saying, "Twenty of the world’s best and bravest riders will be put to the test in this one-of-a-kind race series. The iconic Wales edition will return for its 10-year anniversary in June. And we are busy working on the expansion [Tasmania] of our most established downhill event."

It would appear that the same invited riders will compete at both events and perhaps an overall winner of the mini-series will be declared or perhaps it'll be two unique winners. Whatever the final format, riders are sure to be fired up to take the win at the first ever edition of the expanded series.

Red Bull Hardline road gap jump

Jim Monro sending the road gap at Dyfi (Image credit: Paul Brett)

Also confirmed is the return of the female downhill riders, with the likes of Tahnée Seagrave at the forefront of creating an environment for an incredible group of talented and eager female athletes to take on the challenges of the Red Bull Hardline course. Female riders sessioned the Hardline course before the cancellation this year in the Dyfi Valley. The 2024 edition will continue to provide a platform for the best female downhill bike riders to test and progress towards piecing together a full course, across both events in the UK and Australia. 

Tickets for the event in Wales on June 1st and 2nd are available at Redbull.com. There you can also find out more on the details for Tasmania and stay up to date on all the latest information on Red Bull Hardline including rider announcements.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm