Before the starting shot was fired, there was a lot of waxing and sanding. The fastest sledder, Ursina Wendler, a member of the Davos Sledging Club, took just 08:28:80 minutes to reach the finish line. Others took it easier and enjoyed the winter landscape on the Flüela Pass for just under an hour. With a time of 30:49:50, Silvio Bersorger came closest to the average sledging time of all participants – and won. At the award ceremony in Bolgen Plaza, a participant from Zurich said: “It was a great atmosphere. We came to Davos especially for a hen party. Now the party continues!” The speciality: Unlike normal sledge races, the winner of the “Red Bull Sledgends” was not the sledge that crossed the finish line the fastest. Instead, the aim was to come closest to the average journey time of all participants. So there was also time for a photo and to enjoy the atmosphere along the way.
From Super Mario to Batman and robots
With 550 sledgers, the second edition of “Red Bull Sledgends” in Davos was sold out. In keeping with the current carnival season, many came dressed up and gave the snow-covered Flüela Pass a special splash of colour. Whether as Globi, a robot, Batman or in a nostalgic outfit, the focus was on having fun. There was also a special prize for the best costume. This was won by four robot slithers: “We encourage everyone to enter the 'Best Dress' category next year. We would definitely be there again!”
Sledging on the closed Flüela Pass
The race started at the highest point at 2,383 metres above sea level. The 5.65-kilometre-long toboggan run led 444 metres downhill to Tschuggen, past tight bends and steep sections. This unspoilt winter landscape usually remains hidden from most people at this time of year, as the Flüela Pass is deserted due to the winter closure. Samuel Rosenast, Head of Communications at Destination Davos Klosters, is delighted: “This event is 'Sports Unlimited' combined with a great Davos tradition, sledging.” The second edition of the event once again exceeded all expectations: Everything went according to plan, including the glorious weather, and there were no incidents.