Northern Ireland hosts its first Ice Cross Downhill race with a stop in Belfast on February 21 that could help make the sport popular across the nation of fearless athletes and fun-loving fans.
BELFAST (Northern Ireland) – The 2015 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship battle is shaping up to be the most exciting ever with a different winner at every race so far. The world’s fastest sport on skates will move to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the first time with the competition in front of the dazzling white facade of the city’s iconic Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
“We’re all really excited about the race in Belfast,” said Scott Croxall after his maiden win in Helsinki. He added the riders were looking forward to racing on a unique new track built in front of the Parliament Buildings. “The track design looks like one of the best courses we’ve ever seen,” he said, referring to the track that is almost completely linear and passes on a massive bridge next to the 12-foot high Lord Carson Statue shortly before the sprint finish. The Ice Cross Downhill athletes will be competing in the Riders Cup in Jyväskylä, Finland – a competition designed “by riders for riders” – on February 14 and will then travel to the third Red Bull Crashed Ice stop of the eight-race season