During the winter season 2017/2018, Wagrain-Klein will host the kick-off event of the Riders Cup for the fourth time. In the fastest sport on ice, athletes from almost 20 countries fight for World Cup points in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship from 14. till 17. december 2017. The toughest ice skaters in the world, an atmosphere full of suspense, and thousands of cubic meters of frozen water in the heart of the Salzburg world of sports guarantee an extraordinary event.
Be there when the daring athletes speed down the demanding ice track with up to 80 km/h!
Action on ice
World class sports in the Salzburg world of sports
The Riders Cup reflects the rapid development this action-packed sport on ice has seen over the last several years. The Riders Cup events are organized “by riders for riders” and are part of the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. The athletes who participate in the Red Bull Crashed Ice and Riders Cup, practice all year round and come from various disciplines, from alpine skiing to mountain biking.
The race calendar of the Riders Cup, which was kicked off in Wagrain-Kleinarl last year, consists of five competitions in Europe and North America.
„Riders Cup 2017 – See the fastest ice skaters live in Wagrain-Kleinarl."
In 2010, when it was first held as a world championship, Marco Dallago decided to compete in the qualification for the race at the Olympic Park Munich. The passionate skier and ice hockey enthusiastquickly established himself in the scene and achieved his biggest success with the 2014 world championship title.
After a quite successful first season in 2012, Marco’s brother Luca decided to build a practice track in the family’s own forest. Apart from the team world championship title in 2014 (with his brother Marco, John Fisher and Andreas Wirnstl), this decision also brought him a 4th (2014) and 5th (2016) overall ranking in the World Championship.
Women and men can both register for the Riders Cup and will start in the same competition. There is not a separate race for women. However, a results list for women will be posted and there will be an awards ceremony for women as well.
As they were designing it, the Dallago brothers and other athletes from Europe insured the 300-350 meter course would drop 35 vertical meters with an average course width of around 4.5 meters. It was conceived with the idea of also giving racers new to the sport a really good feel for the experience – a bit of high speed, flowing combinations of rollers and jumps, along with a long stopping area.
If you are looking for accommodation, the team of Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus is glad to help. In the past few years, many participants stayed at the youthostel Oberwimm, which is located near the track.