Photos: Moonhead Media (Dan Griffiths)

A freeride comp? A race? A bit of both? There's no real definitive answer for what Hardline is. All we know is it's pushing the limits of downhill's elite as the one event that makes them stop and pause before dropping in.

This photo may not show it, but stoke levels are high
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In North Wales, Dan Atherton has been tweaking his monster course to be ready for the first sends on Friday. As a warm up, he invited the racers to his other creation in the DyFi forest to get used to the wet, slatey conditions and the feeling of riding big jumps again.

Brownie dwarfed by another Affy lip
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Led out by Gee, Muddy and Gaz Brewin, the morning was spent admiring Dan's handiwork and then sending it in huge party trains down the hill. Here's all the action:

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Huge.
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Kaos Seagrave is the youngest rider in Hardline this year. Respect.
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