Go behind the scenes of Red Bull 400 preparations

See what goes into getting a Red Bull 400 race set up at the World Championship in Germany.
By Helmut Berger

About 30 hours before the start of the first Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany we start our look behind-the-scenes and follow the transformation of the Hochfirstschanze ski jumping arena from dreamy spot in the Schwarzwald to a vibrant host for more than 1,000 competitors.

Let's start just shy of 08:00, when the first truck arrived at the venue. There was already some work waiting, though, with the goodie bags for the competitors having been delivered the evening before, ready to be put together.

Next milestone: The construction of the main hub tent. At 9am you could only suspect how it would look hours later.

The tent is about to be built at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany on July 14, 2017
The tent is about to be built © Helmut Berger

10:00: The start gifts have to be put together as more and more cars and trucks arrive, delivering, among other things, advertising boards – all under disappointingly rainy conditions.

One hour later installation of the speakers is underway and the tent is coming along.

Set up scenes at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany on July 14, 2017
Assembly of the speakers © Helmut Berger
Set up scenes at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany on July 14, 2017
Another look at the tent © Helmut Berger

Around noon, the 'store' is about to be transformed into the welcome centre for the athletes, and finally the sun breaks through.

The welcome area for the athletes at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany on July 14, 2017
The welcome area for the athletes © Helmut Berger
Overview of venue set up at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany on July 14, 2017
A lot of things have happened the last four hours © Helmut Berger

By 13:00 the tent is almost finished and more and more people arrive at the event office.

Almost finished: The Red Bull 400 tent
Almost finished: The Red Bull 400 tent © Helmut Berger
The event office at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany on July 14, 2017
The event office © Helmut Berger

Finally time for lunch.

Set up scenes at the Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany on July 14, 2017
Time for lunch © Helmut Berger

Some sunny impressions, while the good weather lasts.

Following some heavy rain, at 16:00 accreditation of the first runners starts and the first Red Bull 400 World Championships became official.

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