FIL Natural Track Luge World Cup 2018/19 - Umhausen (AUT)

Natural track luge: action packed luge races

World Cup 2018/19

Umhausen (AUT), February 2019

Unlike artificial luge tracks, natural tracks are adapted from existing mountain roads 

and paths. Artificially banked curves are not permitted. The track’s surface must 

be horizontal. As the use of artificial refrigeration is forbidden, they are naturally 

iced. Natural track luge requires a completely different technique than on an artificial 

track. At the start, the athletes gain momentum by “paddling”,  dragging their hands on the 

ice to move forward. In order to drive around the tight flat corners, athletes use a 

steering rein, drag their hands and use their legs. Braking is often required in front 

of curves and is accomplished by the use of spikes built on the bottom of the shoes. 

At the finish line, hundredths of a second decide over victory or defeat.