Red Bull’s penchant for staging wild, hugely challenging events was again on display this past weekend in The Hague during the Red Bull Knock Out 2015. Four hour-long heats with 375 riders on the line, bombing down a wet, cold, sandy beach to make it to the semi which pits the best 700 riders against one another in an hour long race to qualify for the final. The fastest 350 riders make it to the main show and the first rider to finish the hour-long event takes the top-step. This year’s race featured extreme wind as well on top of the brutal course conditions. The eventual winner, Axel van de Sande, was elated at taking the victory in such a difficult race.
“This has been extremely heavy, I have never done anything so heavy,” said Van de Sande. “It was the very first time I competed in this event and I cannot believe I ended up becoming the winner. Riding the sand suits me well and luckily I’ve had every chance to keep my tempo up.”
UK rider Nathan Watson finished in second-place followed by French rider Camille Chapeliere in third. Lars van Berkel was the best Dutch finisher of the event in fourth.
To see what these riders were up against, check out the recap video, courtesy of Red Bull, below.