Shovel Racing

~By:KyleeKieme~

A Little Bit Of A Background :

Competitive shovel racing has its roots in New Mexico's ski resorts in the 1970s. It began after ski resort workers used shovels as sleds to quickly move from one location to another. The sport reached the zenith of its popularity in 1997 when it was featured in the winter X games. The serious injury of a shovel racer during a crash that year prompted fears that the fledgling sport would be banned. The most prominent competition is held in at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico. In 2005, the resort that hosted the largest annual competition dropped the event due to liability concerns. It was later resumed after modified sleds were banned from competition. Riders often decorate their sleds with custom paint jobs. There is a wide age range in competitors, including students and retirees.

2018 Olympic games

Competitive shovel racing has its roots in New Mexico's ski resorts in the 1970s. It began after ski resort workers used shovels as sleds to quickly move from one location to another. The sport reached the zenith of its popularity in 1997 when it was featured in the winter X games. The serious injury of a shovel racer during a crash that year prompted fears that the fledgling sport would be banned. The most prominent competition is held in at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico. In 2005, the resort that hosted the largest annual competition dropped the event due to liability concerns. It was later resumed after modified sleds were banned from competition. Riders often decorate their sleds with custom paint jobs. There is a wide age range in competitors, including students and retirees.The shovel racer typically races on a basic snow shovel. The rider sits in the shovel facing the handle and leans back with his feet pointed forwards. In some cases, shovel racers have extensively modified shovels to the point that they bear little resemblance to normal shovels. These shovels have been banned from competition due to safety concerns after a high profile accident on a modified shovel. Competitors generally wax the underside of the shovel in order to increase its speed. The top speed of elite shovel racers can range up to 70 miles per hour (112 km/h).Shovel racing is won when the fastest Shovel racers time gets matched up by there performance.If the Shovel racers go down a super slick hill and the racer has to have a nice clean race.The last shovel racing event happened on February, 6-9,2014. The shovel racing has been held at the Angel Fire Resort for about 30 Years. This resort is located in New Mexico. This Resort Lets Kids from the ages 6-+45 race in the shovel racing competition.I think that this sport should be in the 2018 Olympics for sure.

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Rules for Shovel Racing

The shovel racer typically races on a basic snow shovel. The rider sits in the shovel facing the handle and leans back with his feet pointed forwards. In some cases, shovel racers have extensively modified shovels to the point that they bear little resemblance to normal shovels. These shovels have been banned from competition due to safety concerns after a high profile accident on a modified shovel. Competitors generally wax the underside of the shovel in order to increase its speed. The top speed of elite shovel racers can range up to 70 miles per hour (112 km/h).
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How to win Shovel racing

Shovel racing is won when the fastest Shovel racers time gets matched up by there performance.If the Shovel racers go down a super slick hill and the racer has to have a nice clean race.

Things you need to go Shovel Racing:

  • You need a shovel
  • You need inner core strength
  • You need goggles
  • you need a snow suit
  • you need snow boots