The 2015 Street Luge World Series Circuit is about ready to kick off. This global circuit consists of seven races spanning four continents. The champion is crowned at the end of the season, as the person with the most points given their four best performances.
This year the circuit kicks off at the Burke Push Culture Family Picnic. This event takes place June 13 on Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. Despite it being the first race, the turnout is expected to be low. Canada’s top luger Kolby Parks will compete and expects to podium. Justin Crenshaw, burning up the east coast races will most likely podium. In addition Spanish Sensation, and one of the top riders in the world, Mikel Echegaray Diez is hoping to take gold. Parks and Diez will be two of the top contenders for the championship, and this will be the first of many races they will face off.
Due to the spread out schedule, the premier race, with the most top lugers attending will be the second race in the series, Maryhill Festival of Speed. The festival will be celebrating its 9th season on June 28th. Competitors will race down Washington State’s first paved road just outside of Goldendale, WA, with beautiful vistas of the Columbia River Gorge.
Diez, 2013 winner, along with Parks, and Crenshaw, will be joined by the some of the best lugers, as well as the three most recent Maryhill gold medalists. Mike McIntyre, an X-Games veteran and winner of the 2011 race, will be a strong competitor. John Rogers, from Southern California, also an X-Games veteran, and 2012 winner, will be bringing his protégé Ryan Farmer. Last year’s winner and two time World Champion Abdil Mahdzan, all the way from Malaysia, will be defending his gold medal, and will put up a tough fight. Other notables to watch include Christian Conaway, one of the sports prominent young stars, returning after a 2 year missionary absence, will be looking for his first Gold. Washington’s own Kurtis Head, one of the pioneers of the sport, an X-Games competitor and Red Bull DHX gold medalist, will venture out of retirement to compete for the first time in a decade.
This year’s field will be the toughest field seen in years, at any race. With Maryhill a slower, longer course, 2015 should prove to showcase some of the best, and tightest racing in years.
The circuit will continue in Europe, at Lillehammer, Norway July 12. The fourth and fastest race will take place at Kozakov, Czech Republic July 25. The circuit returns to North America, visiting Whistler, BC, Canada on September 20th. The Circuit will finish in South America with two races; Festival de la Bajada in Colombia on October 12 and Mega Grand Prix in Brazil on November 1.