Red Bull’s Crashed Ice Championships Are Coming to Alberta

Red Bull knows a thing or two about pushing the limits, which is why we’ve been able to witness a rare breed of athletes flying over the Cairo’s pyramids in wingsuits, ice climbing Niagara Falls for the thrill of it, and wakeskating on frozen creeks outside of Sarajevo in the dead of winter. 

In the spirit of taking things to the next level, Red Bull will be coming to Edmonton next month to host an event that will make even the biggest and toughest of NHL players say ‘WTF?’

From March 12 to 14th, Ice Cross Downhill World Championship is taking over Alberta’s capital. For anyone who isn’t familiar with Ice Cross, this insanely wild and dangerous sport is somewhere between the barbarianism of Mad Max and The Mighty Ducks.

Held in Quebec City for close to a decade, audiences will see 2014’s champion Marco Dallago do battle on two blades against a fierce cross section of competitors from across the country and around the world.   

Engineering a custom track for the event, the course will wind its way from the city core and down to the River Valley. Requiring explosive speed, cat-like agility, and a serious death wish on skates, athletes will make their way down the urban ice track at top speeds as they drop, twist and turn over a series of obstacles with the hope of making it to the finish line without crashing. 

Described as “the world’s fastest sport on skates,” Ice Cross is one of the many Red Bull sports that employ daredevils, adrenaline junkies, and athletes who appear to have lost all rational fear of injury.

If you’re looking for an excuse for a road trip next month, make it Edmonton. This event promises to be fast and furious, and is sure to offer a front row seat to entertainment that will make your heart beat out of your chest. 

Much better than watching an Oilers game.


All images by: Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

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