Red Bull Crashed Ice, the thrilling ice cross downhill sporting event, brings its world championship to battle the best of the International field in St. Paul February 22.
The sport is Ice Cross Downhill; Red Bull Crashed Ice is the series. It is a combination of hockey, boarder cross and downhill skiing.
“It is known by many as the fastest sport on skates, but dictated by one goal: first to the bottom wins. It’s challenging, fast, cold, hard, unique and action packed,” said the Red Bull Crashed Ice press release.
Indeed, the course looks daunting. A custom built 1,410 urban ice track will be riddled with a 48 ft. start ramp, hairpin turns, big-air jumps, step-ups, drop-offs, obstacles and gaps. Athletes can reach speeds of more than 40 mph.
Tagged by its promoters as “the toughest competition on ice” the event has completed qualifiers to narrow down the final competitors when the gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend.
Points are awarded at each Red Bull Crashed Ice. The points obtained at all five races are then added together after the final event to determine the winner.
Male or female, amateur or pro, from a variety of disciplines including hockey, downhill skiing, speed skating and boarder cross can register for Red Bull Crashed ice. Their website provides information on the results of each competition.
This is an international event and St. Paul is the second stop of four international cities and the only USA competition. The other cities are Helsinki, Moscow and Quebec City. The event has been held since 2001.
Team USA will have brothers Daniel and Andrew Bergeson of Red Wing, Cameron Naasz of Lakeville, Reed Whiting of Rochester, Tyler Witty of New Prague and Brian Schack of Minneapolis.
The Golden Ticket team has Joe Schaffer of Bloomington and Jordan Miller of Champlin.
Holiday Wild Card winners are Brett Miller of Brooklyn Park. The Saint Paul qualifier has athletes from around the state. There is also a Duluth qualifier. The women’s qualifiers represent five Minnesota cities. The qualifier results are on the Red Bull Crashed Ice website.
The Red Bull Crashed Ice is free and open to the public. However, the Crash Zone is $5 Saturday night. The Crash Zone is the only place onsite you can purchase alcohol. Food will be available in this area via local food trucks. You must be 21 to enter the Crash Zone. There will be a jumbo screen to watch the event.
What: Red Bull Crashed Ice—Ice Cross Downhill World Championship 2014
Where: Cathedral of St. Paul area
Cost: Free, but Crash Zone is $5 for those 21 and over
Parking: a premium; recommend provided shuttles; information on the Red Bull Crashed Ice website
Red Bull Crashed Ice — not for everyone (Betsy Mowrey, Community Voices)