Blog: Red Bull Crashed Ice
Maybe you’ve heard of the phenomenon known as Red Bull Crashed Ice. The event is making its way to St. Paul for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, January 24. The Twin Cities are one of only 4 stops in the Ice Cross World Championships. Make no mistake, this is a BIG event. Don''t miss it! We're here to fill you in on all the action you can expect to see.
Maybe you’ve heard of the phenomenon known as Red Bull Crashed Ice. The event is making its way to St. Paul for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, January 24. The Twin Cities are one of only 4 stops in the Ice Cross World Championships. Over 100,000 spectators cheered on racers beneath the St. Paul Cathedral last year. Make no mistake, this is a BIG event. Don't miss it!
We're here to fill you in on all the action you can expect to see.
So, what is the sport of Ice Cross?
The sport is Ice Cross, the race is Red Bull Crashed Ice. One of the world's most breathtaking extreme sports events, skaters descend a steep ice canal filled with waves, jumps, turns and obstacles four-at-a-time, reaching speeds of up to 40mph. The rules are simple: first to the bottom wins. Competitors are not allowed to intentionally cause others to fall or slow down, but in a high speed race on a winding course, crashes are inevitable.
Red Bull Crashed Ice is held over a three-day period in a classic knockout format. The field of 64 riders who qualify for the main event Saturday night will be whittled down to just four athletes in the final.At each world championship event, the field is made up of the best international elite riders and the fastest athletes from national qualifying races. 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.
How do they build the course?
The Crashed Ice course takes 2-3 weeks and 15 truckloads of steel and lumber to construct. The course is different each year. This year’s track is 1,509 ft long, will have a 131 ft vertical drop, and propel racers over a bridge. If you’re in St. Paul near the capitol, keep an eye out for the first signs of the Crashed Ice course!
The key component needed to make the ice on the track is called the AST “Skateway”, and is like a flexible carpet of tubes. The tubes are cooled down to 14°F by a circulating coolant to keep the ice frozen and is designed to maintain the ice in temperatures up to 53°F. Even in warm weather, the race will go on- in that case, here’s to hoping for warm weather!
- FREE to attend!
- The main event is Saturday evening from 6:30-9:00pm, but Crashed Ice actually includes 3 days of action! Consider also checking out one of the many semifinals taking place Thursday and Friday. Schedule
- Gates open at 4:30pm on Saturday
- Food trucks will be lined up on John Ireland Boulevard as well as College Avenue. You will not be able to bring outside food & beverages in.
- Stay for the Red Bull Crashed Ice After Party. West 7th Street, just south of the Cathedral grounds, will be hosting a block party immediately following the event. 9:00pm- 2:00am
- Watch for local hero, Cameron Naasz. The Minnesota native almost clinched the world title in 2014!
- We don't recommend trying to park near the event. Metro Transit is offering free rides to Crashed Ice, and free shuttles are also available at various locations in the metro! Transportation information
- Minneapolis Northwest is less than 30 minutes from the action in downtown St. Paul, conveniently located right off of I-94 and I-694!
About the Author
- Becca Schaar
Minneapolis Northwest native and freelance blogger