Downhill Throwdown

Downhill Throwdown

Downhill Throwdown
Thursday, June 16 – Saturday, June 18 2016

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,” says 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,” says 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,” adds 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.

View an event preview video Here

Photos submitted and courtesy of Robin Alberti and Marion Ross

 

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  • I read the article about the Downhill Throwdown and was hoping to find information necessary for viewers – such as exactly when to arrive, where to park, good places to view the racers, etc. You state that the road will be closed at 8:00 am however the event listing cites the practice runs as starting at 10:00. Some of the web sites that talk about this event are even from 2014. How do you expect visitors to enjoy this event without the information that they need???? Please advise when participants can drive to the site and where to park to view a portion of the ‘trail’ . . . Thank you.

    • Hi Sally,

      East Mountain Road will be closed from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. You will be able to park at the Skyeship Base lodge and hike up to the viewing areas. You may be able to park at the top of East Mountain Road and hike down but the runs will be taking place towards the bottom of the road. We have included a map of the approximate run location. We have also included a link to the event preview video. Hopefully this will answer your questions. Enjoy the Downhill Throwdown.

  • We were just driving by and saw this whole event. Loved it! Hope to see more in the up and coming years. Love the long boards and the downhill trikes. Those looked fun to do. I think I’ll be building one for next year.

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