Take a four-wheel drive MINI, a sturdy cable and some venturesome athletes! This is the extreme new way to train for Red Bull Crashed Ice that was tried out on a lake in Sweden for the first time on Thursday.
The sport of ice cross downhill run under the aegis of Red Bull Crashed Ice has become popular around the world in just over the first decade since it was created. Now what is certainly the most extreme sport on skates has developed a new training method. The racy training alternative was baptised spontaneously Ice Cross Hot Rope during the world premiere today on Lake Kall near Are in central Sweden, where the idea was tried for the first time.
World championship ice cross downhill athletes Adam Horst (CAN), Tigh Isaac (USA), Fabian Mels (GER) and Claudio Caluori (SUI) took turns being pulled through a slalom course set up on the frozen lake while attached to a cable being pulled by a MINI Countryman Cooper S, which was equipped with a 186-horsepower engine and spiked tyres. Test rider Claudio Calouri, a professional mountain bike downhill racer, was duly impressed with the new riding sensation. “You need to have a lot of stability and balance to be able to withstand the tremendous amount of pressure in the turns,” he said.
After the successful initial tests, there are plans to make it even more challenging with not only buoys to navigate around on the slalom course but also jumps and waves which will be built into the ice track.
The third race of the 2012 world championship takes place in Are on Saturday. Kyle Croxall (CAN) is leading the championship ahead of Fabian Mels (GER) and Arttu Pihlainen (FIN). Have all the excitement of ice cross downhill at your fingertips... download the official Red Bull Crashed Ice App for iPhone and Android!