Spectacularly fast track centrepiece of Red Bull Crashed Ice Belfast

P-20150219-00064_HiRes JPEG 24bit RGBOne of the most spectacular Ice Cross Downhill race tracks ever built will take centre stage at Red Bull Crashed Ice this weekend in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The world’s fastest ice cross downhill skaters will be hitting speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour down the uniquely linear 430-meter long obstacle filled race track at Stormont with its 40 meter vertical drop.

BELFAST (Northern Ireland) – The third Red Bull Crashed Ice event of the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship starts in front of the stately Stormont Buildings and passes right next to the 12-foot high statue of Lord Carson. Along the way down the hill there are five tough turns and two big bridges – the parliament bridge and Carson bridge. One of the most irresistible features of the Belfast track is a scintillating U-turn wall ride right before the 100 international and 40 national athletes in the competition make a mad dash to the finish line.

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Crews of workers spent 34 days setting up the 10-centimeter thick artificial ice track and it took them five days of round-the-clock work to create the massive 337,000 cubic litres of ice that is being kept frozen with 22,500 meters of cooling pipes. Along with some 40,000 spectators expected over the two days, there are also some 1,600 light fittings lining the track, which the Ice Cross Downhill riders have been looking forward to all season after first seeing pictures of the Belfast location. “It looks like one of the best designs for a track ever,” said red hot Scott Croxall of Canada, who won the last Red Bull Crashed Ice race in Helsinki two weeks ago and the Riders Cup stop in Jyväskylä, Finland last week.

Canada’s Kyle Croxall leads the championship standings after five of the eight races this year and will be trying to hold onto his lead over a pack of hard-charging athletes, including his brother Scott, from 14 different nations.

Red Bull Crashed Ice Belfast will be live on redbullcrashedice.com (8:30pm CET) and on Red Bull TV (9:15pm CET) on February 21. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit about.redbull.tv.

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