The elite of ice cross downhill will do battle in Saint Paul (USA), Valkenburg (NED), Aare (SWE) and Quebec City (CAN). Hundreds of hopefuls will start, but only one can become World Champion. The competitors will battle it out shoulder-to-shoulder as they descend an assault course made out of ice. It’s anything goes... well, almost – there are still a few set rules that must be obeyed by all athletes participating in Red Bull Crashed Ice.
At each World Championship event, the field is made up of the best riders from the ice cross international elite, representatives of national teams, and the fastest athletes from national qualifying races held around the world. Each event is preceded by National Qualifiers held across the host country and is open to everybody looking to take part in the main race and test themselves against the best ice cross racers in the world.
With athletes descending 350 metre-long downhill courses four abreast at speeds of up to 70kph, crashes are the only thing that’s certain. Competitors are, however, strictly forbidden from intentionally causing a fellow competitor to fall, slow down or leave the course, for example by holding his shirt, pushing or even striking him. Any athlete found guilty by the Competition Committee of hindering another athlete intentionally will be disqualified automatically.