Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Twelve races with three main events set for Japan, Kazakhstan and Russia.
The Red Bull Ice Cross World Championship, hosted by the All Terrain Skate Cross (ATSX) federation, is back for the 2019/2020 season with a bigger and tougher calendar thanks to 12 races over seven countries and three continents. Here is all you need to know:
– The new era for the world’s fastest sport on skates begins December 28 in Judenburg (Austria) with three marquee events, labelled ATSX 1000, taking place in Yokohama (Japan) and Nur Sultan (Kazakhstan) in February and finally Moscow (Russia) in March.
– It will be the 20th winter of high-speed action as fearless skaters hurtle down courses of up to 700m in length filled with bumps, turns, hairpins and waves.
– Over the past two decades, 1,000 athletes from 51 countries and five continents have taken part in races that draw enormous and enthusiastic crowds.
– The ice can be natural in ski resorts or artificial in city centres with riders battling it out four-at-a-time, at speeds of up to 80 km/h, until a winner is crowned.
– Two of these major venues are on exciting new tracks with three world titles awarded for men, women and juniors across ATSX 250, 500 and 1000 battle.
– Reigning men’s champion Cameron Naasz (USA) will again face Canadian sibling rivals Kyle and Scott Croxall as well as fearsome Austrians Marco and Luca Dallago.
– Former junior champions Mirko Lahti (Finland) and Jojo Velazquez (USA) will also be in the mix for big race victories alongside Canadian stalwart Dean Moriarty – back from two years performing at Cirque du Soleil.
– American Amanda Trunzo is all set to defend her women’s title against formidable Canadians Jacqueline Légère and Myriam Trépanier as well as Anaïs Morand – the quickest Swiss on skates.
– Russian and Japanese athletes such as German Titov (Men), Toma Yamauchi (Men) and Junko Yamamoto (Women) are also ready to use crucial home advantage in their pursuit of glory.
Red Bull Ice Cross World Championship 2019/2020
Dec 28, Judenburg, AUT – ATSX 500
Jan 11, Praloup, FRA – ATSX 500
Jan 25, Igora, RUS – ATSX 500
Feb 1, Percé, CAN – ATSX 250
Feb 1, TBA, JPN – ATSX 250
Feb 8, Rautalampi, FIN – ATSX 500
Feb 15, Yokohama, JPN – ATSX 1000
TBA, Almati, KAZ – ATSX 250
Feb 29, Nur Sultan, KAZ – ATSX 1000
Mar 7, TBD, CAN – ATSX 500
TBD, Ekaterinenburg, RUS – ATSX 250
Mar 21, Moscow, RUS – ATSX 1000
ATSX 1000 races will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV.