by Edmonton Tourism
Edmonton will host the Ice Cross Downhill World Series Season Finale for the first time this March 14, as the country celebrates ten years of Red Bull Crashed Ice events in Canada. The season will kick off in Saint Paul, Minnesota this January, followed by Helsinki, Finland and then two brand new race locations – Belfast, Northern Ireland and Edmonton. The season finale stop is consistently renowned as the most iconic of the circuit, and Edmonton’s will feature the longest track of the entire season. It will start within the city centre and will make its way down to the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
“As the sport of Ice Cross Downhill grows, it’s very exciting to expose Red Bull Crashed Ice to a new audience in Western Canada”, says Christian Papillon, Ice Cross Downhill Sport Director, “The city offers a perfect urban backdrop. I can tell you that Edmonton’s final showdown will have the most impressive and challenging track of the whole season”.
ATHLETE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Fearless male and female athletes are now invited to register at www.redbullcrashedice.com/registration
for the chance to participate in one of 10 Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier events taking place across Canada this January and February. A lottery will randomly select 200 men and 20 women (per qualifying city) to participate in each Qualifier, for a chance to move on to Edmonton’s season finale race. Registration will remain open from November 12, 2014 at 12pm CET until January 23, 2015.
CANADIAN ATHLETES ON TOP
Two Canadian athletes currently hold top 10 spots in the sport of Ice Cross Downhill. Scott Croxall (Ontario) sits at second place, trailing only Marco Dallago of Austria (3800 points). Scott’s older brother, Kyle, a resident of Alberta, currently sits in 9th place overall and will have the coveted opportunity to battle on his home turf this season. With Canada’s long-standing hockey heritage, Canadian winter athletes will come out in the thousands this season to fight for icy glory, many even training year-round for the series.
ABOUT RED BULL CRASHED ICE
Ice Cross Downhill is entering its 15th year of international competition, and is recognized as the most unique and challenging sport of its kind. A combination of hockey, boardercross, and downhill skiing, athletes hurtle down an urban ice track that weaves through city streets at speeds of over 60 km/hr. Since 2001, there have been 33 Red Bull Crashed Ice races in 15 different cities and more than 10 different countries. 2014’s events alone brought out crowds of over 300,000.
RED BULL CRASHED ICE 2015 CALENDAR
January 24, 2015 - Saint Paul (MN), USA
February 7 - Helsinki, Finland
February 21 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
March 14 - Edmonton, Canada
Edmonton has a longstanding history of hosting world-class sport and culture events. From festivals to outdoor recreation, Edmonton residents come out in the thousands as spectators and volunteers to support major events. The city is a prime winter destination in Canada, with a population that truly embraces the winter season.
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