Photos Courtesy of Paul Holmes, Beau Williams and the Town of Killington
June 16-18 — KILLINGTON — Killington’s Downhill Throwdown freeride event is back for a third year, with three days of high-speed action taking place June 16 – 18.
The event draws downhill skateboard and street luge competitors from all over the world to ride a thrilling two miles of pavement down East Mountain Road. Known for its twists, turns and big downhills, the course is cited as a rider favorite, with racers reaching speeds of over 60 mph.
“We are thrilled to be back at East Mountain Road, for what our riders believe to be the fastest course east of the Mississippi,” said event producer, Marc Dean. “This is a one-of-a-kind ride on a notoriously steep and challenging mountain road, a can’t-miss adrenaline rush!”
“The combination of the challenging terrain and stunning scenery will make this a memorable event for locals and visitors alike,” said Amy Morrison, Killington Pico Area Association director.
Over one hundred competitors from the U.S., Canada, Spain, Australia, Brazil, China, and Malaysia are expected to participate in the Downhill Throwdown, which is the only International Downhill Federation World Cup event in the United States.
“If these men and women were in cars, they would be given speeding tickets,” said Dean. “Skaters, lugers and drift riders are coming from all over the world, so if you have a love for adrenaline, this event is for you. See you on the hill!”
Racing on East Mountain Road begins daily at 9 a.m. and concludes by 5:30 p.m. East Mountain Road to Roundabout Road will be closed to through traffic during the event from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Killington Police Department will be stationed at the beginning and end of the course to allow for safe vehicle passage between each round of competitors (approximately every 20 minutes throughout the day). Please use caution on during this time.
Want to catch a piece of the action? Prime viewing spots for the event are at the hairpin turn, affectionately called “tetanus corner” by the riders, or adjacent to the Bear Mountain access road. Parking is available at the Skyeship Base Area or on any side street on East Mountain Road. Limited shuttles are available, please be aware that you will may to walk to the viewing area of your choice.
For more information, visit discoverkillington.com.