The entire bobsleigh track has a vertical drop of 110 meters and does so by 14 turns. The length of the track is 1.330 meters and does give some speed, OMG! We saw one coming down with at some point a speed of almost 127 kilometers per hour. Just about the same speed we had by driving our car, but I guess you will witness this speed way better in the bobsleigh as in a car.
It was great fun to have a good look at the training runs. Although it was rather cold the excitement kept us warm. So every now and then we had to make way for the tractor that took 2 bobs back up the hills and a few minutes later we saw them coming down with huge speed in the track. As far as we could discover we learned that the track hosted the first two-woman bobsleigh world championships in 2000. It also hosted the FIBT World Championships of men bobsleigh in 1995. Quite a historical ground I must say. After a half hour we decided that it was time to get back to our warm house and we took off. But still in the background hearing the bobsleigh getting down fast!
The Winterberg bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track is a bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track located near our house in Winterberg. We read that it is the only track of its kind in the world with a turn that has corporate sponsorship. We noticed this by walking towards curve 7 which is sponsored by Veltins, a German brewery who has its headquarters located in neighboring Meschede.
Once we were at the starting grid we spoke to a man who was coordinating the training that took place right at that time. The track was completed in 1977 and underwent a few redesign during all those years. He explained that the start house area where the women's luge start house was moved from before turn four to near the men's luge start house prior to turn one in 2006. This was done under the auspices of the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) and the International Luge Federation (FIL) and included a completely covered sled storage area, new changing rooms, and facilities for coaches and officials. Talking about professional sports!
When we first arrived at our cozy house in Winterberg there was a nice surprise waiting at us. We opened the door, walked our way into the living room and opened the doors towards the balcony. Once we were standing on the balcony we had a great view at the bobsleigh track of Winterberg, it was a great view! We had no idea that we would be so close to this amazing track and in one go we had a walk towards the track to explore it!
Officially it is called the Winterberg Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton track. But we only witnessed some bobsleigh action, which made it a bobsleigh track to us ƒº .To be honest it was quite cold, freezing about minus 26 Celsius, but it could not keep us, away from the track. It was a 5 minute walk to enter the premises at Kurve 7 (curve 7) the so called Veltins Kriesel. Maybe it is the highlight of the entire track, as this curve is a 270-degree Kriesel (circular) curve. In the entire world there are only three Kriesel curves.