Red Bull Crashed Ice has returned for the 2016/17 season…but what is it exactly?
For a quick glimpse into the sport check out this POV vision (prepare yourself for speed, stacks and incredible skating skills).
What is it?
Ice cross downhill is the fastest sport on skates. Take some of the best and toughest skaters in the world, stops across the globe, and thousands of square metres of frozen water and you have Red Bull Crashed Ice. Since the first-ever race back in 2001, Red Bull Crashed Ice has developed into one of the world’s most breathtaking winter sports events.
How does it work?
Athletes skate down a massive ice track filled with drops, hairpin turns, and gaps at speeds of up to 80 km/h. World Championship points are up for grabs at each of the stops and the competitor who skates through the season with the most points accumulated after the races is crowned World Champion.
Riders hurtle down courses up to 600 metres in length in groups of four, shoulder to shoulder, as they fight it out for victory. The whole race is held on a steep downhill track dotted with chicanes, jumps and rollers. Pushing, sliding and sprinting are all on the agenda as the athletes race down the course, but the rules are very simple: first to the bottom wins.
What about the Aussie’s?
Australia’s very own Luke Webb is competing in this year’s season. Originally from Brisbane, Luke is Australia’s first Red Bull Crashed Ice athlete.
The second race of the seasons kicks off this weekend, Jan 20th-21st, in Jyväskylä Finland. More info on this race is available here.