Ice cross downhill is the fastest sport on skates. Take some of the best and toughest skaters in the world, a sizzling atmosphere, stunning surroundings, and thousands of square metres of frozen water. The result? Red Bull Crashed Ice! Athletes skate down a massive ice track filled with drops, hairpin turns, and gaps at speeds of more than 50 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.
15 seasons / 37 races / 12 countries / 20 locations / 12 winners / 6 different world champions
First Red Bull Crashed Ice race: Stockholm, Sweden in 2001
Defending World Champion: Scott Croxall (Canada)
Athletes with the most wins (7 each): Jasper Felder (SWE), Arttu Philainen (FIN), and Kyle Croxall (CAN)
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. 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.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators have watched the races on the ever-more advanced tracks – on ski slopes in the mountains and through urban valleys in city centres. While in the past the races were staged as individual events, it is a formal World Cham-pionship since 2010.
Watch this video about the rules of Red Bull Crashed Ice
International All Terrain Skate Cross Federation (ATSX)
The All Terrain Skate Cross (ATSX) Federation is the international governing body for Ice Cross Downhill, Dirt Cross and Lumber Cross. It was founded in 2015 to promote and set up rules and guidelines for downhill sports on skates around the world. All downhill races in ATSX are in essence similar with athletes racing downhill with the main difference between the different sports encompassed by ATSX being the different terrains on which the races take place. More information at www.atsx.org