The Ice Cross Downhill season finale in Saint Paul promises to be a thriller when local hero Cameron Naasz attempts to overtake defending champion Scott Croxall to win the world championship. More than 100 athletes from 20 countries will be racing at the season finale in the frosty northern U.S. city.
The woman’s world championship will also be decided in front of what promises to be the most epic race of the season when Canada’s Jacqueline Legere, Myriam Trepanier and Elaine Toponilsky go head to head in front an enthusiastic crowd.
“It feels great to be in the lead,” said Croxall, who won the last Red Bull Crashed Ice race in Jyväskylä-Laajis, Finland and then jumped into the overall lead for the first time this season with his third place finish at the Riders Cup race in Bathurst, NB, Canada. “I’ve stuck to my game plan to be focused on having a consistent season.” That he has had with five podiums this season.
Naasz became the first American to lead the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship on the strength of his resounding victories at Red Bull Crashed Ice races in Quebec City and Munich. He could have clinched the title in Finland but stumbled while in the lead in the final and ended up fourth. Croxall, who had been third in Quebec City and second to Naasz in Munich, made the most out of the lucky break and now holds a slim lead over Naasz going into the finale. But Naasz, who grew up just south of Saint Paul in Lakeville, Minnesota, believes the home crowd will help propel him back into the lead to grab the title.