80 Riders Compete in Red Bull Sledhammers 2019
Montréal, QC (April 6, 2019) — For the second year in a row, Red Bull Sledhammers’s head-to-head format stormed the hills of Ski La Reserve in Saint-Donat, Quebec. Riders battled their way up 150 vertical meters of the mountain while navigating features that combined the best of hillclimb and snowcross.
The redesigned Red Bull Sledhammers 2019 course featured mandatory gaps and innovative features such as the double loop in a perfectly executed build by Today’s Park.
In front of a crowd of over 3,000, Quebec’s William St-Laurent charged his way up the course to be crowned the 2019 champion of Red Bull Sledhammers pro category, beating Keven Kelly in the all-new finals format that saw the riders compete in a best two-of-three format for the title. Rounding out the podium was Brian Whalley in the pro category.
Looking back on the day and the course, St-Laurent said, “The course was awesome. It had big jumps and was really technical.”
In the amateur class, Charles-Julien Beaulieu bested Simon Taillefer in the battle for first place. Zach Sarrazin came in third. A notable mention goes out to Megan Brodeur of Quebec, the 2019 ISOC Pro Woman champ, for being the only woman to compete in the contest.
“I’ve grown up racing with boys and I’ve always liked it. For sure, riding with boys makes it more challenging and I like it for sure,” Brodeur said, following the event.
About Red Bull Sledhammers
Red Bull Sledhammers is a one-of-a-kind snowmobile race put on in the birthplace of snowmobiling: Quebec. The competition puts racers to the test in a head-to-head format on a uniquely designed dual slalom track that carries competitors up 150 m vertical meters while challenging riders on features designed to test the limits of both big air and finesse. The event debuted at Ski La Réserve in 2018 and is back for its second year in 2019.