Icy Thrills & Ample Spills Coming to Windsor at the Local Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier

Friday February 3rd, 2012

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Canada’s extreme ice racers are getting primed to compete in regional qualifying events across the country for a chance to take on the massive urban ice track at Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2012 in Quebec City.

More than 10,000 intrepid male and female adrenaline junkies nationwide – 248 in Windsor alone – registered online, and after a random lottery selection, 220 daredevils from Windsor are now competing for the chance to head to Quebec City to race against the world’s top ice cross downhill athletes at the epic final world-tour stop on March 15-17, 2012.

Windsor’s qualifier will take place at the WFCU Centre on February 10th at 6pm.

The format: The participants—200 men and 20 women—will compete in individual speed trials on a flat ice surface in a traditional indoor hockey rink. The top skaters (5 men and 1 woman from the Windsor qualifier) who demonstrate skating skill, agility, strategy, and strength will move on to participate in the main event in Quebec City, where consecutive heats of four skaters will race head-to-head in a double elimination bracket, based on time.

Additional spots open: A second chance is given to all registrants who were not selected by the lottery or missed the registration deadline, as Red Bull Crashed Ice will also allow 50 walk-up spots per qualifying city (as time permits and registration allows). The 50 walk-ups (first come, first served) will join the 200 men and 20 women selected via the lottery eligible to take part in the qualifiers as they all vie to skate into Quebec City in 2012.

Icy action ahead: Only the quickest and sharpest men and women from Windsor will travel to Quebec City to tackle the monolithic urban ice track (with a 60m vertical).

For more information, visit the Red Bull Crashed Ice website.

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