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