Ice Cross Downhill World Championship expands to 8 stops with new Riders Cup
The Riders Cup events are organized "by riders for riders“ and have now earned the honor of becoming part of the Red Bull Crashed Ice – Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.
Those participating will be able to earn up to 25 percent of the points awarded at the four major Red Bull Crashed Ice stops. The Riders Cups events will be held, for the most part, in the vicinity of the major stops and they will be designed, built and organized by the host riders themselves on their home courses.
Besides a separate Riders Cup ranking, the participants of the new competition can also earn valuable points for the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship with the winner of each Riders Cup race collecting 250 points in the overall World Championship - in other words 25 percent of the 1,000 points awarded to the winners of the major stops.
The competitor who skates through the season with the most points will be crowned the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2015 Ice Cross Downhill World Champion.
Whiting will host the first Riders Cup on January 18 in Afton Alps/Hastings, Minnesota - just outside Saint Paul.
The second Riders Cup will take place in Wagrain-Kleinarl, Austria and will be organized by the reigning 2014 World Champion Marco Dallago. The third Riders Cup race will be run by Finland´s Arttu Pihlainen, the 2011 World Champion in Jyväskyla, Finland. The 4th Riders Cup of the 2015 season will be organized by Red Bull Crashed Ice sportive director Christian Papillon in Sherbrooke, Canada.
The 2015 calendar:
Jan 18 – Riders Cup Afton Alps/Hastings, MN (USA)
Jan 24 – Red Bull Crashed Ice Saint Paul, MN (USA)
Jan 31 – Riders Cup Wagrain-Kleinarl (AUT)
Feb 07 – Red Bull Crashed Ice Helsinki (FIN)
Feb 14 – Riders Cup Jyväskyla (FIN)
Feb 21 – Red Bull Crashed Ice Belfast (NI)
Mar 07 – Riders Cup Sherbrooke (CAN)
Mar 14 – Red Bull Crashed Ice Edmonton (CAN)
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