ice cross wagrain

Riders Cup

Ice cross downhill event in Wagrain-Kleinarl

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."

Local Heroes

Austrian hot stuff

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.

riders cup wagrain winner | © Jorg Mitter© Jorg Mitter

About the Riders Cup in Wagrain

The journey to Wagrain-Kleinarl is quiet easy - even by rail, bus or car. Details will be find here.

Complete ice-hockey gear is required to fulfil qualifying conditions. This includes:

  • Helmet with face mask   
  • Shoulder protectors
  • Chest/back padding
  • Elbow guards
  • Hockey gloves 
  • Hockey pants
  • Knee/shin guards 
  • Hockey skates (speed skates are not permitted)

For additional details regarding prescribed equipment, please read our official rules.

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.

We ask participants to bring their own blade covers to the event.

The course is in the EGG section of Wagrain, close to "Jugendhotel Markushof"- or the valley station "Flying Mozart" > map

Participants must be 18 years of age by the first qualifying run on December 15 2017.

A blade-sharpening service will be offered here on-site – only on the days of the event itself.

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.

Registration is open to a maximum of 160 racers on a "first come – first serve" basis. Registration for the event 2017 starts in November. 

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.  


Enjoy live the Riders Cup event.