There will be 9 races on 3 continents in this year’s ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship and the introduction of a new category – the “ATSX 500” – along with the traditional “ATSX 1000” Red Bull Crashed Ice Races and the “ATSX 250” that were previously known as Riders Cup races.

Highlights of the new season include a world premiere Red Bull Crashed Ice in Asia, in Yokohama, Japan, as well as race for the first time in an American baseball stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park. There will also be races for the first time at the Igora ski resort in St. Petersburg, Russia; Judenburg, Austria; and Uktus, Ekaterinburg, Russia.

1000 World Championship points will be up for grabs for the winners of the three “ATSX 1000” races – in Yokohama, Japan (December 7-8), Jyväskylä, Finland (February 2), and Boston, Mass, USA (February 8-9)

500 World Championship points will be up for grabs for the winners of the three “ATSX 500” races – the ski resort of Igora, St. Petersburg, Russia (January 26), Mont du Lac, Wisconsin, USA (February 16), and La Sarre, Quebec, Canada (March 2).

250 World Championship points will be up for grabs for the winners of the three “ATSX 250” races – in Judenburg, Austria (January 6), Rautalampi, Finland (January 19), and Uktus, Ekaterinburg, Russia (February 16).

The “ATSX 1000” – or Red Bull Crashed Ice races – remain the most prestigious races at the top of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. The races previously known as the Riders Cup series will now be called “ATSX 250” races, where the winner receives 250 championship points, and they will remain the entry level races.

The “ATSX 500” races will be the new feature in the 2018/19 season. They will be more advanced and challenging than the “ATSX 250” races and from a competitive standpoint settled in between the entry level races and the top level Red Bull Crashed Ice races. The three “ATSX 500” races will be run on enclosed tracks with crash boards installed for the entire length of courses that will be a minimum of 300 meters long and at least four meters wide.

Canada’s Scott Croxall will be looking to defend his ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship title this year and win the title for a third time in the men’s division while Amanda Trunzo of the United States will be fighting to defend her championship title. There will be a new champion in the junior’s division after last year’s winner Mirko Lahti of Finland advanced out of the group to the senior competition.