King’s Gate – day 1

The Austrian Alps at Hinterstoder was the setting for Day 1 of the inaugural King's Gate today. One hundred and thirty riders from 21 different countries converged on this small mountain town, with most staying in the campsite located right below the finish line.

King's Gate Campsite
King's Gate Campsite nestled in the Hinsterstoder valley

It's a high-class field featuring 2015 and 2016 World Champ Carlos Paixão of Brazil, and current 2017 points leader Daniel Engel of California. Women's World Champ Emily Pross is also competing despite breaking a toe in recent weeks, and she faces Melissa Brogni of Brazil, one of the few women on the tour who could challenge her.

In Luge, last year's World Champ Abdil Mahdzan of Malaysia will face off against Spain's Mikel Echegaray Diez, the 2015 World Champ.

With another three days to go in the event, the goal today was to stay out of trouble and work out the track, which is highly technical, featuring kinks, chicanes, and tight hairpins in rapid succession. There are limited overtaking opportunities, so the strategy is likely to be simple; get out in front and go fast.

Track safety was an initial concern of some riders due to the reliance on ski race safety netting rather than hay bales, however organizers have rushed to double the netting in some crash zones, and have also ordered 200 hay bales to arrive tomorrow to beef up the critical spots.

Text: Colin Beck

Today's Timeline

16:46
Lugers at the first corner

Lugers @ King's Gate IDF World Cup in #Austria 🇦🇹 #race #luge #longboard #downhill @idfracing @bigmountainskate

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14:45
Repairing the nets

Repairing the nets after a crash @ King's Gate #austria #longboard #luge #race @bigmountainskate

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14:41
Live video from after King's Gate corner

Live video from just after the straight @ King's Gate

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13:23
Nicolas Demarais going sideways

Nicolas Demarais (?) going sideways at King's Gate #austria #race #luge #longboard @bigmountainskate

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13:20
Lugers in the first corner

The first run has started @ King's Gate in Austria 🇦🇹 @bigmountainskate #downhill #race #longboard #luge #gravity #speed

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08:45
Teaser for All Year Long broadcast @ King's Gate
WELCOME TO KING's GATE (AUSTRIA)

The freshest editions coming out of Kings Gate the first track of the European world cup. Serious corners, beautiful scenery and a list of riders that will make this a real exciting event. Follow us this week for some interviews and a cheeky peek at the first reaction of some riders seeing the track. #aylive #aylong #allyearlong #europeaneditions #aymedia #bigmountainskate #kingsgate #pyhrnpriel #hinterstoder BIGMOUNTAINSKATE IDF - International Downhill FederationROCKET Longboards Madrid Longboard KebbeK Skateboards BLUE TOMATO Loaded Boards TSG INTERNATIONAL Triple 8 NYC

Geplaatst door All Year Long op woensdag 12 juli 2017