re-sized Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull’s Crashed Ice event in Valkenburg

Valkenburg in Holland has the longest and most difficult Ice Cross Downhill track in the history of Red Bull Crashed Ice with its 575-metre long artificial ice track with steep ramps and challenging obstacles. It’s a beast of a course.

The start ramp featured a 7-metre drop and racers were able to accelerate to over 70km/h on the track. And this was the setting for a surprise win by the rank outsider of the day! – not, I hasten to add, the rank outsider of the tournament. Kyle Croxall has already won one race this season.

Kyle Croxall, a Canadian firefighter, was trailing a dismal 17th place in the qualifiers, but came from nowhere on the day knocking out Arttu Pihlainen in the semi-finals and defeating Germany’s rising star Fabian Mels into second and Finland’s Paavo Klintrup into third place. He also beat his younger brother Scott Croxall into fourth place after Scott broke a skate blade in the final.

Competition speeds up in the Red Bull Crashed Ice event

Two competitions down and two more to go, the next stop for Red Bull Crashed Ice is in Are, Sweden, in two weeks, 18th February.

If you want to try this sport out for yourselves you can now do that at a permanent Ice Cross Downhill track at Pillersee Tal, Austria. It’s a skates only track and is an exhilarating mixture  between boardercross and downhill. Pillersee Tal  lies between the Steinplatte and the mighty rock formations of the Loferer and Leoganger Steinberge in the north-east of the Tyrol mountains bordering on the Province of Salzburg and Bavaria. The area is well-known for its fabulous hiking trails and great skiing.

Czecho-slovak Red Bull Crashed Ice training in Waidring, Austria.

You can get an idea of the area by watching this video of the Slovak team using the course for a training session:

 

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