Two Local Athletes Competing in Ice Cross Downhill
Two local athletes will be competing in the All Terrain Skate Cross (ATSX) Riders Cup Race for the 2018 Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship Tour. Qualifiers will be Thursday 22, and Friday 23, and finals will be held on Sat. Feb 24 at 9 a.m. at Highland Ski Area in Bloomington, MN. Streaming details can be found at atsx.org and on their Facebook event page.
How does someone train for an event like this, especially in Austin?
My preparation for this race has consisted of sport specific training at Atomic Athlete and a strict nutrition plan from Pursuit Nutrition. Another form of training has been roller blading at some of the skateparks here in Austin, this is a pro tip I actually picked up from Jack. There isn't a Crashed Ice track to practice on here in Austin, so getting a feel for the jumps and drops at a skate park is the next best thing.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to get to do this and it wouldn't have been possible without the support of some local Austin businesses; Atomic Athlete, Pursuit Nutrition, Fringe Sport, Terra Bar, ChiveTV and NeuFit. - Brittan Morris @notsogreat_brittan
What does it feel like to be in a race, going that fast downhill?
We are bombing an ice hill on an 1/8” wide blade and catching air time on a track made out of wood, nails, and rough ice reaching speeds of 50 mph while three other competitors are trying to rip your head off. It's one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. This, combined with the travel that the sport demands, is an addictive recipe. I can’t get enough. - Jack Schram @thenomadathlete