Belfast Telegraph

Crashed Ice World Series seeking cool heads for Stormont date

By Ali Gordon

Red Bull have embarked on a search to find athletes from across the province to go head-to-head in their Crashed Ice World Series when it comes to Stormont Estate on February 20 and 21.

The event is a huge fixture in the ice cross downhill skating calendar, with daring athletes' ice skating skill, agility, and strength put to the test in a four-man full-contact, high-speed downhill ice skating race along a 440-metre track.

Competitors will have to negotiate steep turns and vertical drops, reaching speeds of up to 60km/h in a timed battle, with the first to the bottom crowned victorious.

Belfast will be one of four host locations for the tour. The event will kick-off in Saint Paul, Minnesota ahead of its arrival in Belfast. It then moves to Helsinki in Finland and Edmonton, Canada.

Over 140 participants are expected to take part in the heart-pumping assault course, which has been specifically designed for Stormont, with thousands expected in attendance.

Fearless athletes from across the country are invited to register online via the Red Bull Crashed Ice Series website (www.redbullcrashedice.com) for an opportunity to secure a place in the competition's qualifying events in Belfast and Dublin next month.

A lottery will randomly select the athletes, per qualifying city, to participate in a thrilling race against the clock. The qualifiers will use individual speed trials on an ice hockey surface to determine who makes it through to the Belfast leg.

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.ie priced £11 for adults, £5.75 for children and £28 for a family of two adults and two children.

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