It’s a combination of roller derby, hockey and downhill skiing.


The new sport of ice-cross downhill returns to Quebec City on Jan. 26 for the Red Bull Crashed Ice tournament.


Last year over 75,000 fans lined the city’s cobblestone streets as they watched 100 participants race down a 500-metre ice track featuring jumps, sharp turns and vertical drops.


The track, which winds and dives through the city, takes three weeks to construct.

Heats of four skaters will race head-to-head at speeds up to 50 kilometres an hour, with the champion picking up the top prize of $5,000.

The competition will be followed at 10 p.m. by an outdoor performance by alt-rock band Three Days Grace in front of Notre Dame de Quebec Cathedral.

Ice-cross downhill events have been held in other cities with hockey roots, including Stockholm, Moscow, Prague and Helsinki.

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