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Top 5 Speed Runs

DO YOU FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED?

The Flying Kilometre, Les Arcs, France.


Where? Probably the world’s most famous flying kilometre, Darren Powell still holds the world snowboard speed record that he set here in 1999, though that might possibly be because no one else has the courage to don the ridiculous speed suit ensemble.

When? The record was set in 1999, but you can still try your hand at it today.

What is it? A long, steep, icy death chute. POint yourself downhill and pray you don’t crash.

Will I need a helmet? If you want to try and beat the record of 125mph, we’d suggest full body armour. And the silly suit.

Can I do it in fancy dress? It’s mandatory.

What chance do I have of winning? Seeing as the current record has stood for fifteen years now, slim.

How fast am I likely to go? The course is completely closed off so all the racers have the chance to go as fast as they dare. If you’re comfortable with hitting 60kmph or faster, here’s your chance to do it. If not, hang back with the kids and the mums and dads, and cruise your way down.

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