Lifestyle

Red Bull’s 400-Man ‘Fox Hunt’ Is Absolute MTB Mayhem

400 red hounds, one world-famous white fox, and 3.5 miles of unreal downhill bedlam.

The Red Bull Fox Hunt dove into its fifth year with 400 amateur riders anxiously gathering in Rostrevor, Ireland, to “hunt” their prey: former World Downhill Champion Gee Atherton.

Predictably, with a 400-person mass start along a mountain and everyone vying for the same piece of narrow, rutted real estate, several wrecks ensued.

red bull mtb fox hunt
Gee Atherton picked off 399 riders on his way down the mountain, but there was one rider he couldn’t quite catch. Photo: ©Red Bull.

But for the first time in the event’s history, the “fox” managed to podium. Atherton beat out 399 other racers to finish second behind rider Colin Ross.

Want even more pulse-pounding fox hunt? Check out Atherton’s POV cam from the event.

Source: Red Bull’s 400-Man ‘Fox Hunt’ Is Absolute MTB Mayhem

Jason Lorch

Author: Jason Lorch

Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them.

So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.

Chief editor at Tyres and Soles.

Follow @tyresandsoles
  • What’s your favourite lightweight overnight pack? Ours is the Levity 45 by @ospreyaustralia | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • Hitting the high ground just as a severe storm cell approaches may be foolish but I was glad I went lightweight for this overnighter. After shooting this, we made a hasty b-line to our camp spot and hunkered down, thanks to the @ospreyaustralia for the Levity 40l, ultra-light pack. | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • Are you whinging about this hot and humid weather in Sydney? We’d highly recommend you go and get Frankd! | 📸 @richardmcgibbon |@frankdmtbapparel
  • Taking the men’s and women’s @frankdmtbapparel out for a spin. A full review of these awesome jerseys coming soon!🤟 | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • The Airborne 15 MTB pack from @uswesports is a cut above other packs with its unique cross over harness system. (No dancing monkeys were harmed in the making of this post) | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • The women’s mid height Trail socks from @injinji are super-comfy, supportive and provide a blister free solution. What more could you ask for from a sock? Read the full review on our website, link in profile, 😊 | Photo 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • The @7protection Project Knee pads are for racers and riders looking for lightweight, hard shell protection with a little extra coverage. | Photo 📸 @richardmcgibbon | #kneeprotection #mtblifestyle #7protection #bodyarmour #livetoride
  • When the load gets too heavy to shoulder, the @ospreyaustralia Transporter Wheeled Duffel Series rolling prowess feels like first-class treatment. Highly weatherproof TPU coated-nylon provide incredible water resistance while internal & external organisation pockets, compression straps, and padded grab handles make hauling, tossing or dragging these packs easier.

Image: @bentommat 
#OspreyAustralia | #TheGoodDaysAreMade | #OspreyPacks
  • Quite frankly, all of us at Tyres and Soles have been very impressed with the gear being produced by the Australian brand @frankdmtbapparel 👏 | Photo credit 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • In near 100% humidity and 35 degree heat, we were incredibly thankful to be testing the @frankdmtbapparel jerseys. The men’s “Blue Wheeler” and women’s “Tori” both have mesh side panels, designed just for a day like today. 🥵👍 | Photo credit: 📸 @richardmcgibbon | #mtblife #mtbgear #activelifestyle #mtblifestyle
  • We all need a little hope in our lives. 🥰 #hope #hopehubs #hopetech #sheffield
  • Here’s to thinking back to the week that’s just gone and to the weekend ahead. Let the great outdoors wash away all of your concerns and stresses that may have come before. Nature is the great leveller, so why not let it into your lives and level your body and mind this weekend. Give in to the awesomeness of the universe and be one with it. Enjoy it, cherish it and protect it. Now go have some fun! 😊 📸 @richardmcgibbon