Red Bull Crashed Ice returns to the spectacular natural ice track in frosty Finland
On February 3, skaters will once again battle on the frozen northern rim of Europe as Red Bull Crashed Ice returns to Jyväskylä, the largest city in Central Finland. The second event of the season will deliver a spectacular and action-packed competition on one of the world's most exciting natural ice tracks. Finland is the home of some of the world's top ice cross downhill racers, including Miikka Jouhkimainen, Paavo Klintrup and last season's Junior World Champion, Mirko Lahti. The sport is hugely popular in this country that loves speed and athletes who push themselves to the limit.
The race in Finland will be the only major stop on a natural ice track, and the riders will have to adjust to the small – but important – differences of racing on the natural ice after the season opener was held on an artificial ice track built in Saint Paul. In general, natural ice tracks tend to be bumpier and invariably more challenging with a greater variation of the ice conditions from the start high up on the mountains to finish lines down in the valleys than the more perfect and consistent ice conditions throughout created by cooling systems that are buried beneath the artificial ice tracks.