Red Bull Hardline 2023 – rider roster announced for the world's toughest downhill MTB race

Gee Atherton on the 'Step Up' at Red Bull Hardline
Gee Atherton on the 'Step Up' at Red Bull Hardline 2022 (Image credit: Paul Brett)

The ninth edition of Red Bull Hardline returns on the 15th & 16th of July, slap bang in the middle of what is looking like the best downhill mountain bike season yet, as riders travel around the globe chasing glory, participating in numerous exciting events like the UCI Mountain Bike World Series, the Crankworx World Tour and prepare for the World Championships on the iconic Fort William downhill track. Red Bull Hardline has today announced one of its strongest rider lineups to date, and for the thirty riders competing it's a chance to take on the infamous Dyfi Valley course built and designed by Dan Atherton.

2022 Red Bull Hardline winner Jackson Goldstone does a whip over a jump

2022 Red Bull Hardline winner Jackson Goldstone is back to defend his title (Image credit: Paul Brett)

Last year the title went to the Santa Cruz Syndicate teenage rider Jackson Goldstone, and the Canadian Junior downhill hill world champ will be back to defend his title. The youngest Red Bull Hardline winner to date spoke about the event, "The course at Red Bull Hardline is like no other. To take the win last year with such stiff competition was an epic feeling. I'm stoked to get back out to Wales to defend my title".

Other names that jump out on the stellar list of riders are last year’s second-place Joe Smith and third-placed Taylor Vernon. Three times winner Bernard Kerr, whose race run ended in the rock slab section high on the course last year, will be returning with a vengeance, looking to add another title to his list.

Riders enjoying the sun under the Red Bull arch at 2022 Hardline

The Red Bull archway returns for the 2023 Red Bull Hardline (Image credit: Paul Brett)

New to Red Bull Hardline will be Kyle Strait. The US mountain biker fractured three vertebrae last year while competing in Red Bull Rampage and has been on a steady road to recovery since. Making your comeback by returning to the hardest downhill race out there is becoming a trend, as last year former winner and twice world champion Gee Atherton made his return after his infamous crash filming the Knife Edge.

Gee also spoke about his excitement for the 2023 Red Bull Hardline, "The legacy of Red Bull Hardline speaks for itself. To hold the event for a ninth year is just a dream. The world's best riders continue to push their own limits here in Machynlleth and the boundaries of the sport continue to be exceeded. I'm excited to see what the crew pull out the bag this year”.

Joe Smith riding at Red Bull Hardline 2022

Last year Joe Smith finished second and returns looking for the win in 2023 (Image credit: Paul Brett)

Red Bull Hardline will be working with Trash Free Trails at the event to reduce the effect that mountain bike races have on the local environment. Spectators are encouraged to bring water bottles and take any rubbish home with them, as well as train marshals to collect litter left along the course in order to make Hardline a Gold Standard Trash Free Trails event. There will also be a collection of old riding kit that will be donated to a local youth cycling project.

Red Bull Hardline will be broadcast live globally on Red Bull TV on Sunday 16th July. Ahead of the event, fans can enjoy the week’s best action from course walk and practice on Red Bull Bike YouTube ahead of the main event. 

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Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for 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.

Rides: Scott Spark RC Team Issue, Ribble 725, Bergamont Grandurance Elite