Felix Kersten was head and shoulders above the snowkiting competition in Norway with the German cruising to victory on skis in the longest ever Red Bull Ragnarok race.

Three hundred and fifty kiters on ski and snowboard from 29 nations had gathered at the start in Hardangervidda to take on the 130 km, which was 30 km longer than any of the previous six editions.

The weather sprang into life on Saturday with winds of up to 23 m/s (small storm) and top speeds nearly reaching 100 km/h (62 mph).

Kersten looked supreme in the men’s ski category to claim his second Ragnarok gold medal after finishing five laps in 3 hours 40 minutes – nearly 27 minutes faster than second place.

He said, “This was far harder than previous Ragnaroks. I’m totally done and totally happy. This was a really tough and crazy race.

“On the top we had 40 knots and sometimes in the valley we had almost zero. The best experience is that I’m still the fastest.”

Just two months after he started snowboarding, Switzerland’s Jonas Lengwiler dug deep to secure the men’s snowboard gold having finished fourth twice before on skis.

He revealed, “It’s incredible. It’s a really tough race, really long and has gusty wind. Every year is tougher, this year with really strong wind.

“It’s really nice that I can win. Next year I will start again and try to win with skis, that’s my goal.”

Britain’s Stephanie Bridge held off two Norwegians to claim victory in the women’s ski category with Latvian Aija Ambrasa taking the honours in the women’s snowboard category.

Results

Men Ski
1. Felix Kersten (Germany)
2. Bruce Kessler (Switzerland)
3. Dominik Zimmermann (Germany)

Men Snowboard
1. Jonas Lengwiler (Switzerland)
2. Sigve Botnen (Norway)
3. Miroslav Schutz (Czech Republic)

Women Ski
1. Stephanie Bridge (Great Britain)
2. Camilla Ringvold (Norway)
3. Camilla Nore (Norway)

Women Snowboard
1. Aija Ambrasa (Latvia)
2. Iris Straume (Norway)
3. Marie-Eve Mayrand (Canada)

About Red Bull Ragnarok

Annual snow kite race at Haugastøl, Hardangervidda, Norway.
2017 is the 7th edition (first held in 2010).
The world’s hardest and biggest snow kite competition, 350 kiters from 29 nations try to complete five laps of in total 130 km within five hours.
Four categories: Men’s ski & snowboard and Women’s ski & snowboard.
Only 25 out of 350 kiters managed to complete all five rounds in 2016.
Only 8 out of 350 kiters managed to complete all five rounds in 2017.
This year the oldest kiter is 59 years old, the youngest 16 years old.

Story courtesy of Red Bull.