(BIG BEAR, Calif.) The adrenaline rush of the Red Bull Ultra-Cross will collide with southern California's spring riding capitol, Big BearMountain Resort, March 16-17.
The Ultra-Cross, to be aired on ESPN 2 this fall, will combine thetalents of the world's best skiers and snowboarders in a unique relay race format with a $15,000 cash purse. Competitors will battlehead-to-head while negotiating the intense Ultra-Cross course littered with steep bank turns, huge table tops and long gap jumps.
"Having a skier and snowboarder on the same team totally changeseverything," said Darian Boyle, co-winner of last year's women'sdivision. "It adds a whole new element that no other race has, whichmakes it extremely challenging."
Teams consist of two competitors – one on skis, the other on asnowboard. Snowboarders go first, six at a time. While they fight to the bottom, their skiing counterparts get set in the same starting gates. As each boarder crosses the finish line, their teammate's gate isautomatically opened by a high-tech timing mechanism. Then it's theskiers' turn to combat through the course – the first to make it downwins.
The scariest thing about the Red Bull Ultra-Cross is that, besides the world's top invited pros, anyone can enter. The first 100 teams toregister will find themselves in the starting gates alongside thehottest names in freeriding – Shane McConkey, Darian Boyle, Shane Szocs and Sherry Newstead. The cost to enter is $100 per team.
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For more information on the Red Bull Ultra-Cross, call 530-583-4638.