Pete McLeod spent the weekend in Quebec City attending one of the fastest growing sporting events in the world – Red Bull Crashed Ice
The final race of the 2012 season took place in Quebec City on Saturday March, 17th where Canadian Kyle Croxall captured the world championship title in front of over 100,000 spectators.
“It’s amazing to see how much the sport of ‘Ice Cross’ has grown in magnitude over the years,” said McLeod from his hangar in London, ON as he oversaw some mechanical work on the airplane.
“The event has grown on every level, the scale of the track, speed of the skaters and most notably the pumped-up crowd – the crowd was absolutely wild and it created an amazing atmosphere for a great night of ice cross.”
The 2012 season saw the world’s best skaters compete in four races including Saint Paul (USA), Valkenburg (NED), Aare (SWE) and Quebec City (CAN). The downhill tracks are approximately 350 metres long and competitors race in heats of four reaching speeds of up to 70kph.
In addition to Pete’s media commitments while in Quebec City, he had the opportunity to meet with other Red Bull athletes from across Canada and around the globe.
“It always amazes me how much high-level athletes from completely different sports can have in common. The mental side, training and ingrained lifestyle are very similar. Red Bull has a very special network of athletes and it always makes for a good time.”
When asked if he will be taking his racing skills to the ice cross track in the future McLeod replied, “It looks like fun but I think I would miss the speed and three dimensions of freestyle aerobatics and air race. Maybe I could get 350 horsepower skates and a G-suit? Now that sounds fun!”