Snowkiting has been around for awhile, but snowkite endurance races are quite new. In fact, the first was held last winter at Hardangervidda, a mountain plateau in western Norway. And they had such a great time, they're going to do it again.
The RedBull Ragnarok 2011 is scheduled to be raced on a day between March 31 and April 3 with 200 of the world's best snowkiters invited to compete.
Presumably, it'll be similar to last year when they raced for three hours, completing six rounds of about 30 minutes each, covering 6 to 12 miles depending on the wind, according Kiteboarder Magazine. Only four of 110 snowkiters were said to have survived the blustery conditions of the RedBull event.
A description of the snowkiting race from RedBull:
"Ragnarok" is a legend from Norse mythology; the last battle between the good and evil Gods -- where only the heroes of the battlefield would survive. Red Bull Ragnarok imitates this myth in the respect that only a mere few snowkite heroes will succeed.
Endurance is paramount, and only the toughest riders will make it to the finish line. Freestylers will be favored by having the possibility to overcome some obstacles in order to shorten the track.The 1-minute, 57-second preview film above not only gives an idea about the race but also offers a great visual of what snowkiting is all about, in case this is the first time you've seen it. It really is quite the adrenaline rush.
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