200 snowkiters in a massive snowkite marathon

The worlds best snowkiters from 16 nations met at the toughest snowkite race on the planet.

Participants perform during the Red Bull Ragnarok at Hardangervidda near Haugastol, Norway on April 4th 2014
© Mats Grimsæth / Red Bull Content Pool

HAUGASTØL (Norway) – Excellent snow conditions and sunny weather made set an impressive scenery for the mountain race. Natural obstacles, such as ravines, drifts, rocks and hills at Dyranut, was part of the Norwegian mountain plateau. Occasionally light wind made the competitors struggle to keep their kites in the air. Only 40 of the kiters managed to finish the whole race.

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There is a good combination of hills and cliffs, and you have to be able to play with the terrain.

Dominik Zimmermann.

Participant performs during the Red Bull Ragnarok at Hardangervidda near Haugastol, Norway on April 4th 2014
Tyske Dominik tok seieren med god margin© Mats Grimsæth / Red Bull Content Pool

The challange was to complete five laps of the 13 kilometer long circuit

- I really enjoyed the light wind riding and my kite was good for these conditions, says Dominik Zimmermann, the overall winner.

It took Dominik three hours to finish the race. Other spent five hours passing the first round.

- I think Red Bull Ragnarok is the most interesting race, because it’s not on the flats. There is a good combination of hills and cliffs, and you have to be able to play with the terrain.

Results (Overall Winners Categories): Sigve Botnen (Snowboard), Dominik Zimmermann (Men Ski & Overall), Camilla Ringvold (Women Ski).

Winners (Sigve Bottnen, Dominik Zimmermann and Camilla Ringvold) pose for a portrait after the Red Bull Ragnarok at Hardangervidda near Haugastol, Norway on April 4th 2014
Pallen 2014: Sigve, Dominik og Camilla.© Mats Grimsæth / Red Bull Content Pool
Participant performs during the Red Bull Ragnarok at Hardangervidda near Haugastol, Norway on April 4th 2014
Russiske Alexandr ga jernet i årets Ragnarok© Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

About Red Bull Ragnarok

Red Bull Ragnarok imitates the myth of an incident in Norse mythology describing the last battle between the good and evil Gods, where only the heroes survive, in the respect that only a mere few snow-kite heroes will succeed.

Endurance is paramount, and only the toughest riders will make it to the finish line. Freestylers will be favored by having the possibility to overcome some obstacles in order to shorten the track.