Saint Paul, Minnesota has been a staple of the Red Bull Crashed Ice series — known for its long and tough track that tests the endurance of riders year over year. Attracting crowds of more than 100,000 fans, it’s set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Luckily this year, we were able to witness the excitement firsthand, and offer up a recap through out lens.

Ice Cross Downhill is the world’s fastest-growing winter sport, emerging over the past 17 years and bringing together hockey players, rollerbladers, skiers and your average joe that have the balls to ride down a 630-meter track with insance vertical drops and tight turns. Over 400 male and female athletes, from 25 countries, come to compete in the Red Bull Crashed Ice and Riders Cup races. Athletes train countless hours in the gym and year-round preparing for the season. In fact, most athletes say they train about 5-6 times a week, including cross-fit training.

Red Bull Crushed Ice 2018
Reed Whiting at the top of the start gate / Credit: Karen Capalaran for BallerStatus.com
Red Bull Crushed Ice 2018
BF Goodrich turn / Credit: Karen Capalaran for BallerStatus.com

Kicking off our first day at the event, we were challenged to take on the last few meters of the Red Bull Crashed Ice track, coached by Reed Whiting himself — one of the most well known skaters in the sport. Stepping onto the ice, Red Bull decked us out in full head to toe hockey equipment and sent us speeding down the track at 20 mph.

As you can see in the clip below, we took some major L’s trying to get up that 5-foot ramp. With the experience definitely being a challenge, it’s safe to say, you can leave the rest of downhill skating for trained Red Bull athletes.

Big shoutout to Red Bull for hosting us. For more on Red Bull Crsshed Ice, visit the website here.