Red Bull Hardline – Rachel Atherton Joins Commentary Team

September 10, 2019 - by Client News, Cycling

Rachel Atherton holds 40 World Cup wins, multiple World Championship titles and the only rider to achieve the perfect season in MTB history. If mountain biking had royalty, Rachel Atherton would be the queen. We’re excited to announce that she will be joining Rob Warner in the commentary box at this year’s Red Bull Hardline.

Atherton’s illustrious career has spanned over 12 years and has seen her dominate the sport, with 5 World Championship titles and 40 World Cup titles to her name. However, this season has not exactly gone to plan. During training for Les Gets World Cup in France back in July, Atherton landed heavily on a flat drop near the bottom of the course. The harsh landing resulted in an injury to the dominant British rider’s right Achilles tendon which has put her out for the rest of the season. 

However, Atherton will be swapping the bike for the microphone in Wales as she joins presenter Rob Warner to commentate on the toughest downhill mountain bike race in the world. Rachel will be on hand to provide her expert opinions and insights whilst the riders tackle the brutal course built by her brother Dan Atherton.

The sixth edition of the toughest downhill mountain bike race in the world, Red Bull Hardline, will take place across the weekend of the 14th-15th September. This year, tickets are available for the Saturday open practice session and qualifying. Finals will take place on Sunday. A huge screen will be in the event village for the public to watch the race on both Saturday and Sunday. All the action, both Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s final will be available to watch live at

Saturday tickets have now sold out, however, tickets for Sunday are available, they are sold per car, for a cost of  £40 + booking fee (max five people per car). In total, 500 tickets per day have been made available. In 2019, spectators will have access to more of the course than in previous years with viewing areas accessible further up the track. 

For more information and to buy tickets please visit and join the conversation @RedBullUK with the hashtag #RedBullHardline.


Gee Atherton (Atherton bikes) 

UCI Rank: 16 

Hardline History: Winner 2018


Dan Atherton (Atherton bikes)

UCI Rank: N/A 

Hardline History: Hardline creator, 3rd 2017, 13th 2016, 2nd 2014


Matt Jones (Marin)

FMB Rank: 50

Hardline History: N/A


Jono Jones (DMR Bikes)

Hardline History: N/A


Brendan Fairclough (Scott downhill factory)

UCI Rank: 68

Hardline History: DNQ 2018


Laurie Greenland (MS Mondraker) 

UCI Rank: 6

Hardline History: 9th 2018, 4th 2017


Charlie Hatton (Atherton bikes)

UCI Rank: 32

Hardline History: 3rd 2018


Craig Evans (Team: Santa Cruz free agents)

UCI Rank: N/A

Hardline History: winner 2017, 6th 2015


Brage Vestavik (MS Mondraker)

UCI Rank: 92

Hardline History: 6th 2018


Florent Payet (VoulVoul Racing)

UCI Rank: 57

Hardline History: 7th 2018 


Kade Edwards (Trek Factory Racing)

UCI Rank: 61

Hardline History: 10th 2018


Alexandre Fayolle (Polygon UR) 

UCI Rank: 69, 

Hardline History: 5th 2018, 10th 2017


Kaos Seagrave (Transition Bikes/ Muc-Off Factory Racing)

UCI Rank: 380

Hardline History: 7th 2017


Gaëtan Vigé (Cube Global Squad)
UCI Rank: 253

Hardline History: 8th 2018


Cole Lucas (Pivot Factory Racing)

EWS Rank: 10

Hardline History: N/A


Joe Smith (Propain Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 82

Hardline History: 4th 2018, 8th 2016, 2nd 2015


Harry Molloy (Insync Racing)
UCI Rank: 71

Hardline History: N/A


Leo Sandler (Transition Bikes)
UCI Rank: N/A

Hardline History: N/A


Oscar Härnström (Intense)

UCI Rank: N/A

Hardline History: N/A


David McMillan (Specialized)

EWS Rank: 56

Hardline History: N/A


Juan Diego Salido (Transition Bikes)

Hardline History: N/A


Jérôme Caroli (Santa Cruz)
UCI Rank: 225

Hardline History: N/A


Matt Walker (Pivot Factory Racing)
UCI Rank: 84

Hardline History: N/A


Joel Anderson (Specialized)

Hardline History: N/A

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Adam Tranter

Adam founded Fusion Media in 2007 from a passion for cycling and the media. Over the last ten years, he has successfully grown the company to lead the way in communicating cycling and endurance sport to the mainstream. Adam was a former racing cyclist and has also worked as a freelance journalist, contributing to cycling and national publications, including BBC News during London 2012. He is passionate about getting more people on bikes.

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