The first ever indoor track for ice cross downhill at SnowWorld, in Landgraaf, in the Netherlands, will be open to the public from January 2.
The 330-metre-long ice track has been laid out at SnowWorld in Landgraaf, and will be used as a training facility for the fearless participants in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship as well as the Dutch National Championship – the qualifier on January 11 which will decide which Dutch athletes go forth for the third global Red Bull Crashed Ice event of the winter to take place on the same track on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
The Dutch national team, made up of Glenn Bakx, Remo Speijers, and Bart van Roosmalen (pictured, above), is currently in the middle of an intensive training programme led by coaches Ab Krook and Falko Zandstra.
Besides top athletes, this is also a chance for those new to the sport to have a go and all are welcome on the track. An hour of ice cross downhill will cost the same as an hour of skiing or snowboarding: €22.95. You can rent all the gear you need on site.
A crew of around 15 men have been working on the track which measures 330 metres in length. A 70-metre vertical drop makes the track one of the steepest ever built.
On January 11, a host of daring skaters will battle it out on the icy track in the first ever Dutch National Ice Cross Downhill Championship at SnowWorld. Go to redbullcrashedice.com to register. Anyone aged 16 and over can register to take part in the Dutch National Championship. The registration fee is €10.
The 56 fastest skaters will qualify for the National Shoot Out in the official Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, the Dutch leg of which will be held on this very same track in Landgraaf on February 9, 2013.
The track in Holland is the latest permanent facility to be built for ice cross downhill with a resort in Finland also close to completion. Go here for the latest news from the Nordics.