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January 28, 2019

The World’s Most Dangerous Sport: Ski Racing Behind Cars and Motorcycles Speeds Up to 100 MPH in 1955

For those of you that think we have extreme sports now, or the X-Games are crazy check this out. Here’s a short video that shows these guys being pulled behind cars and motorcycles.

Motor skiing is just one of the forms of skijoring. Other forms are being towed behind a horse, dog, or snowmobile. Skijor raced are held in many countries that have snow during the winter. The longest skijor race is in Kalevala, Russia and is 270 miles long.

Nobody knows the country of origin for sure, but it is believed that the first races were held in Scandinavia. Bavaria, Germany, is another place where motor skiing is thought to have originated. Around 1955, a group of crazy Germans decided to hold races in which they towed themselves around at high speeds with Porsches, Volkswagens, and motorbikes. They navigated race courses at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
“The skiers who’ve decided that shere gravity doesn’t give them enough kick, hitch themselves to motorbikes and cars and take the fastest way home. Speeds of up to 100 miles per hour have been reached. Little wonder that it’s know as the most dangerous sport in the world.”
It’s awesome to watch the video and you know that these guys are getting one helluva thrill. Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

(via Petrolicious)



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