Two days before the Red Bull Crashed Ice finale takes place on Saturday, March 19, Sportive Director Christian Papillon (Quebec City, QC) and Switzerland’s Claudio Caluori ventured out with their skates and racing equipment gliding on drifting ice in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River – the river that runs through Quebec and Ontario, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.
“It was an incredible challenge but in contrast to the unpredictable ice floes in the Saint Lawrence River, the Red Bull Crashed Ice track in the heart of Quebec City is thick -- five times thicker than the ice rinks in the National Hockey League,” said Papillon, the sports’ first ever Sportive Director.
The 540-metre urban ice track in Quebec City is considered the most difficult in the world, as it features a 60-metre vertical and is only 4.5 metres wide. Between the starting gates at the Château Frontenac and the finish line jump at the Place de Paris near the Saint Lawrence River, the racers will hit speeds of up to 60 km/h in their battle to the bottom.
More than 11,000 Canadians registered to participate in 12 qualifying events across the country for the chance to participate in the final race of the 2011 World Championship, taking place this Saturday, March 19 in Quebec City.
If you can't make it to Quebec City to be part of the action, you can catch the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2011 World Championship exclusively on TSN and RDS (times listed below).
TSN (The Sports Network):
March 19 - Quebec City LIVE – World Championship @ 8:30pm EST on TSN
Local listings are available on TSN.ca (http://www.tsn.ca/tsn2/schedule/?channel=tsn2&date=01-24-2011&tz=0)
Le Réseau des Sports (RDS):
March 19 - Quebec City LIVE – World Championship@ 8:30pm EST
Detailed schedule is available at RDS.ca (http://www.rds.ca/surnosondes/)