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Mont Du Lac Ice Cross Downhill

Updated: 03/06/2014 12:14 AM
Created: 03/02/2014 10:00 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
lkennedy@wdio.com

Armed with skates and a some serious guts, more than sixty racers flew down a course at Mont Du Lac on Saturday. David Gross was one of them.

"I love to compete," Gross said. "You're going fast, you gotta take some chances sometimes. It's just really fun going down the track at high speeds."

This is the first ever ice cross downhill event to be held in the Twin Ports, and the track is a special one.

"The course is really unique because there's not too many courses build on a ski hill," said Reed Whiting, Crashed Ice athlete. "We've got a lot of big jumps, steep drops, speed sections where you hit over 30 miles per hour, bank turns, this thing has it all."

Wind whipped on their faces and temperatures were below zero, but Cole Meyer says it didn't keep anyone away.

"It got cold every once in awhile when you were waiting for your race," Meyer said. "The wind slowed you down a little bit. Overall it wasn't too bad,"

The sport can be unpredictable, even for the most seasoned athletes.

"It's downhill racing on skates," said Kevin Wentland. "A lot of these guys are hockey players, but skating without a stick, it's just totally different. It's the speed."

They came from all over North America seeking the next thrill ride, and they got it.

"The track was fast and it was technical just like St. Paul, so it was good experience for us," Gross said.

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