Duel of brothers Luca Dallago takes the crown in Finland

Sibling rivalry took centre stage in Red Bull Crashed Ice’s first European stop.

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Markus Juola of Finland, Michael Johansson of Sweden, Tommy Mertz of the United States and Dmitriy Murlychkin of Russia compete during the finals at the fifth stage of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship at the Red Bull Crashed Ice in Jyvaskyla-Laajis, Finland on February 3, 2018. // Andreas Schaad/Red Bull

Despite the frosty -11 degrees’ Celsius conditions, blue skies prevailed in Jyväskylä in Central Finland for Red Bull Crashed Ice’s historic day time race.

Brothers were pitted against brothers for the thrilling final as Austrian’s Luca and Marco Dallago took on Canada’s Scott and Kyle Croxall, with 26 year old Luca Dallago claiming victory.

Canada’s Scott Croxall took second place after his older brother Kyle, as well as Luca’s older brother Marco Dallago, were disqualified for contact earlier in the race.

In the women’s race, American Amanda Trunzo claimed her second win in Jyväskylä ahead of Myriam Trepanier of Canada in second, and Tamara Kajah (CAN) in third.

Here is all the information you need to know:

-Luca said: “The whole race was a kind of wired because it’s a daylight race but I really liked it. The final heat was wild one. I needed to find some legs for the finish. It was wired comin in second and getting to first through disqualification but still I got the win I guess.”

– Marco Dallago was the 2014 Red Bull Crashed Ice, Ice Cross Champion, and currently on top of the leader board. Marco first became interested in competing for Red Bull Crashed Ice after watching it on tv at aged 13.

-Luca Dallago a has been studying a Bachelor degree in training and sport at the university of applied sciences in Wiener Neustadt (AUT) and hopes to not only focus on his own training, but build on his own experience to help other athletes train, believing it to be essential for teaching the proper technique for the obstacles in ice cross downhill.

-In 2015-2016, the Dallago brothers built a track in the forest in Austria, hosting their own summer training camp for Ice Cross Downhill skaters.

– This is Kyle Croxall’s 10th year competing in Red Bull Crashed Ice, and Scott’s 9th year after following his older brother into the sport.

– Combining elements of ski cross and motocross, Red Bull Crashed Ice is an Ice Cross Downhill is an ice skating winter extreme sport performed on a man-made walled track with hairpin turns and vertical drops at speeds of up to 70kms/h as 4 skaters vie for victory.

-Did you know? The ice-making system was created specifically for this sport, and it requires three high performance refrigeration units that pump 30,000 litres of salt water brine to create the track? Ice makers spray water in a fine mist onto the refrigerated mats 24 hours a day for 6 days to create the competition ice surface.

Results:

Top 3 Men: 1. Luca Dallago (AUT), 2. Scott Kroxall (USA), 3. Kyle Croxall (CAN)
Top 3 Women: 1. Amanda Trunzo (USA), 2. Myriam Trepanier (CAN), 3. Tamarja Kajah (CAN)