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Red Bull tracks Max Stöckl down Hahnenkamm downhill ski course

Plenty of spikes and some hairy moments when the speed record holder hits the slopes

Red Bull Max Stockl

Mountain bike speed record holder Max Stöckl is more comfortable than most at extreme velocities, but riding the legendary Hahnenkamm downhill ski course on a bike presented an entirely new challenge for the daredevil from Oberndorf. In order to ride down the 3312 m piste, which runs at a spine-chilling 27% average gradient, the 43-year-old added 15 mm metal spikes to both of his tires for extra traction. Stöckl had previously hit a top speed of 167.6 km/h in Chile’s Atacama desert in order to break the speed record for a standard bike, but taking on the ski hill was still a challenge. “Racing down a straight icy hill is a totally different thing to anything else I have done,” said Stöckl of the run. “It definitely reached and exceeded my expectations. It was more fun than I thought it would be. Coming down the final shoot and jump was a great rush.” The wide open ski track makes Stöckl’s runs appear slow, but he hit a max speed of 106 km/h on the bike. The danger appears more immediate when Stöckl starts drifting to the outside of a long, sweeping off camber corner towards the safety netting on the track’s edge. Watch this two-wheeled run, then tune in on Jan. 20 for the 78th running of the Hahnenkamm downhill ski race on the same slope.