The highly contested European leg of the IDF World Series kicks off with a brand world cup new race, King’s Gate in Austria. Followed almost immediately, with only a day of rest with Kozakov Challenge. After these two world cups, the European leg will conclude with two Italian WQSes, Verdicchio and Capionato del Mondo. These four races will be the most hotly contested races in the World Series. Every contender for the series championship will be racing the two world cups, with most of them also fighting over the two WQSes to earn the bonus points.
Colombia’s La Leonera DH was the third and final race in IDF’s South American leg of the World Tour. Luis Mogrovejo was on hand to lock up the South American series, while Ryan Farmer was seeing if he could sweep the series.
APAC Championship, Brazil’s World Cup event on the IDF circuit is a fast course with a tight chicane in the middle and a very steep, greater than 90 degree corner towards the finish. The course isn’t very technical on paper, but its speed makes it a challenging run.
The South American leg of the IDF World Series Tour kicked off high, May 28, in the Peruvian Andes, with Yaku Raymi. With the start line around 14,500 feet, it is the highest race in the world. The course was very technical, with 9 hairpins and some fairly steep sections.
South Korea hosted their first every downhill race April 28-30, Airrang Hell Fest. The organizers pulled out all the stops, to show that they were capable of hosting an international event downhill race. The course was a fantastically twisty and steep course, albeit with nontraditional surface that was very slippery. A closing ceremony with Korean Drums, an organization backed by the Korean Olympic Committee, and a live stream of their jumbotron.
The first independent race of the season was run on Mt Jefferson by North Carolina Downhill. NCDH has been putting on a nice little race on Mt Jefferson for a few years. For the first time in 2017 they invited the street lugers to join them.
The 2017 IDF Asian Tour was decimated. First the New Zealand race was lost due to a change in the board of the company that controlled the road. Later the first World Cup in China was lost because the original road was being repaved, and a good enough replacement couldn’t be found in time. This left the Asian Circuit with one World Cup and two Qualifiers. Keeping it High, a race in the Philippines was just held, with the last even in the circuit in South Korea in two weeks.
Newton’s is a beast, and claimed its share of victims today. Sprained ankles, broken legs, and broken calvicle. Newton’s was the first stop on the International Downhill Federation’s point series. Taking place on the world famous Mount Panorama race track. While the course is short, it has two very technical and challenging turns. Throw in a cement wall to keep the race cars out of the spectators, and it is a dangerous mix.
The 2017 Street Luge World Tour is about to get under way. The Tour will travel through five continents, and 13 countries. The first race, Newton’s, in Bathurst, Australia, on Feb 18 is a World Cup and will be raced on the famous race car track Mount Panorama. The tour then travels through Asia, with an exciting new race in South Korea and a new course in China. The South American portion will quickly follow, with a new race as a World Cup. A departure from schedules in the past where the South American portion finished up the tour. Next up is Europe, starting with another new race. The tour will finish in America in September. The final stop of the points tour will be the fastest race in the world. The following week, an independent, non point event will hold time trials, attempting to set the speed World Record.