For those seeking some thrills and excitement this March look no further than the Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.
Taking place on Saturday, March 14, in our city centre at 7:30pm, this free action packed final showdown features a unique urban ice track built in the streets with steep drops, quick gaps and quick-trigger turns.
Fans can catch the excitement as five international rivals square off on our River Valley course to showcase their speed, fearlessness and agility as they hurtle towards the finish line for the championship title.
The Ice Cross Downhill Finalists
Marco Dallago from Austria is the reigning champ of extreme sporting event, but there's some tough competition on the blades this year, including three Canadians and Marco is currently sitting in 4th spot overall; which may make it tricky to gain ground at this point. Dean Moriarity hails from Quebec, where the Ice Cross Downhill world championships have been held over the last nine years. Dean first qualified for a race in 2013, going on to place in the top 20 that year. He's currently sitting in 2nd place overall.
Ontario's Scott Croxall is a vet on the ice-cross track with over 20 downhill races under his belt since 2009. If anyone's hungry to win this, it's Scott, who's sitting in 1st position overall and is enjoying some brotherly rivalry with finalist Kyle Croxall. At 3rd place overall, Kyle is still very much a contender; gearing up to take on the four finalists and win back his 2012 title. American finalist, Cameron Naasz rounds out the competition in 5th place overall.
The Crashed Ice Championships Track
Challengers in this heart-racing sport train throughout the year on any ice they can get their skates on. From rinks to frozen lakes to cross training in gyms and skateparks, their strategies are developed to stay fit and keep themselves in fighting form for those danger zones on the track.
And the Crashed Ice championships track is no small structure itself. Building began in early February, with construction beginning on south Jasper Ave at 98th St, near the Shaw Conference Centre site. Development has been underway ever since, down Grierson Hill and into Louise McKinney Park. This is a creative and fast-paced circuit that incorporates roof, balcony, grass and asphalt features with scaffolding for each of the different levels.
For more information visit the Red Bull Crashed Ice website.