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William St-Laurent and Keven Kelly compete at Red Bull Sledhammers at Ski La Réserve, in Saint-Donat, Quebec, Canada, on 6 April, 2019.
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April 9th, 2019
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80 Riders Compete in Red Bull Sledhammers 2019

Red Bull Sledhammers once again delivered a unique race format for a dynamic competition.

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.

 

Red Bull Sledhammers 2019

Nicolas Rodrigue competes at Red Bull Sledhammers at Ski La Réserve. Felix Rioux / Red Bull Content Pool

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.

Brian Whalley - William St-Laurent - Keven Kelly
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Winners (L-R) Brian Whalley, William St-Laurent and Keven Kelly pose for a portrait on the podium at Red Bull Sledhammers at Ski La Réserve, in Saint-Donat, Quebec, Canada, on 6 April, 2019.

Looking back on the day and the course, St-Laurent said, “The course was awesome. It had big jumps and was really technical.”

Jonathan Lafrance - Cedric Leclair
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Jonathan Lafrance and Cedric Leclair compete head-to-head.
Raphael Boily competes at Red Bull Sledhammers at Ski La Réserve, in Saint-Donat, Quebec, Canada, on 6 April, 2019.
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Raphael Boily navigates an over-under feature at Red Bull Sledhammers 2019.

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.

 

Red Bull Sledhammers 2019

Megan Brodeur on the podium. Felix Rioux / Red Bull Content Pool

 

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.