The Cresta Run & Olympic Bob
I would like to say a big thank you to Filippo Guerrani Maraldi from R K Harrison Insurance brokers for giving me these two amazing opportunities
1. The Olympic Bob with Marcel Gohler - Olympic Bob Champion
2. The Cresta Run....probably the first and only time I will 'Run' down a mountain head first on my front on a toboggan .... and yes I was wearing a helmet!
The Olympic Bob
The St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun (known officially as the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina) is a bobsleigh track located in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
onstructed in 1903, it officially opened on New Year's Day 1904 and is the oldest bobsleigh track in the world and the only one that is naturally refrigerated. It is also used for other sliding sports, including skeleton and luge.
The track, with 14 named curves, is 1,722 meters long with an elevation difference of 130 meters and an average grade of 8.14%. The curves were given most of their names by the British, which remain to this day.
Our speed today 130kph and our driver was Marcel Rohner. Marcel Rohner is a Swiss bobsledder who competed in the 1990s. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, he won a silver medal in the four-man event with teammates Markus Nüssli, Markus Wasser and Beat Seitz.
Our brake man was Timo Rohner who.is part of the ST Elite 2 and 4 man bob team.
Epic morning heart rate has just returned back to normal!!
The Cresta Run
About the SMTC & The Cresta Run
The St Moritz Tobogganing Club, with its world-wide membership, has always enjoyed a strong partnership with the town and people of St Moritz since the first Run was built in the winter of 1884/1885.
The Run and the traditions surrounding it remain constant, although the toboggans and equipment have evolved. It remains one of the last truly amateur sports. The SMTC is a private Club, founded in 1887, three years after the creation of the Cresta Run; its principal activities:
"...the conduct of races and practice on the Cresta Run and the encouragement of tobogganing generally..."
take place during the winter season in St Moritz.
What is the Cresta Run?
It is a natural ice run, built from scratch every year with snow which is then iced, as from the inception of the Run in the winter of 1884/85. It starts in St Moritz and winds its way down a narrow valley to what was the village of Cresta, but which now forms part of Celerina. It is approximately 3/4 mile (1,212m) in length with a drop of 514 feet (157m). The gradient varies from 1 in 2.8 to 1 in 8.7.
There are two starting points, Top and Junction where the womens event starts. Riders from Junction begin opposite the Clubhouse, about one-third down the Run from Top. Only experienced riders can qualify to ride from Top. The Run has 10 corners, all of which are named. The most infamous is Shuttlecock. If a rider is out of control, he risks going out at Shuttlecock, the most famous corner of the Run. Fallers at Shuttlecock automatically become members of the Shuttlecock Club and are entitled to wear a Shuttlecock tie.
35 ladies took part in the event and we had three turns each. The first 2 were practice runs and the final being the timed run. The aim is to get from Junction Box to Celerina in 70 seconds. However, to to the snowy conditions we were slowed down significantly. As a result 5 ladies in my team didn't actually complete their final run because they were stuck on the run in the snow.
The Cresta usually opens just before Christmas and continues for nine weeks until the end of February/early March and is operated by the St Moritz Tobogganing Club. There are over thirty highly competitive races and riding takes place every day of the season, except Christmas Day.
Members are elected from applicants who have ridden on the Supplementary List, although it is also possible for non-Members to ride the Cresta. Non-Members put their names down on the Supplementary List and become temporary Members for one season as 'SL Riders' or 'SLs'. To find out more please see our Ride the Cresta
My Shuttlecock....after a visit on my first try!