Austria’s Marco Dallago will be looking to extend his lead in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship when the action returns to Europe with a stop in Finland. But Canada’s Scott Croxall will be looking for his fourth straight win in Finland on Feb 2-3.
In the women’s championship, American Amanda Trunzo will try to make it two in a row in Finland after winning the season opener at home in Saint Paul. Trunzo got her first career win in Jyväsklä last year but will face a strong challenge from two-time defending champion Jacqueline Legere of Canada, who is second overall, and Austria’s Veronika Windisch, who is third.
Dallago became the first European to win a Red Bull Crashed Ice race in nearly four years with his thrilling come-from-behind victory. He said he is confident and looking forward to the challenges of the longest and perhaps most difficult track of the season in Jyväsklä. “Jyväskylä is a track that suits me very well,” said Dallago. “I like natural ice a lot and the style of the track a lot. Natural ice is more unpredictable and rough. I feel more comfortable in difficult situations than many others.”
Croxall has won the last two Red Bull Crashed Ice races in Jyväskylä in thrilling, crash-filled races on the bumpy ice with strength-sapping obstacles including waves, speed drops, chicanes, step-up jumps and the bone-jarring BF Goodrich Rock Drop that the racers fly over at high speed. He also won the Helsinki race in 2015 en route to the title that season.