Inline Downhill

Inline Downhill is a form of Inlineskatens, when an asphalt (mountain) shuts down route. A conventional onlinedownhill track has an averagegradient 7-13% and has several hairpin bends. The average speed is about 60 km / h. However, pace of around 110 km / h achieved on certain routes. Since 2000 every year by the FIRS World Championships conducted. Since about 1995 were in the European Cuprace regularly performed. The European Cup was established in 2001 by the World Cup replaced.

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Downhill skaters in full regalia

To improve the aerodynamics racing suits are from the alpine skiing used. Some drivers use leathers from the motorcycleracing.

The in-line skate is usually a combination of slalom shoe (high shaft with good grip) and a rail with five reels. Since only a few manufacturers offer special downhill shoes, the material is usually combined by several manufacturers.

Since the brake pad or brake pads do not achieve the desired delay, many drivers have the pad removed and brakes with the wheels (Sliden).

To have a good combination of speed to achieve cornering stability and slide capability, most riders use wheels with 84 or 100 mm diameter. Depending on the distance and body weight of the driver has a hardness of rolls of 80-84A is used.


On the race tracks the curves with air mats, straw bales and mattresses are hedged respectively. Exposed areas such as lampposts or large stones are additionally secured. The downhill trails are checked before the race by the members of the IIDA committee for safety and complete protection.

Race may only with a full equipment consisting of helmet to be driven (chin guard), carapace, knee and elbow protectors.

Braking techniques

Are best learned in the order described.

Brake pad, the brake pad is used mainly for reasons of cost, since the Sliden with the wheels of a not inconsiderable wear caused. The pad holds, however, depending on the shoe shop at high speeds certain risks, because then the whole weight rests only on a roll. This can have an uncontrolled slippage of the shoe result. Some good riders swear but on the pad.

The T-Brake When T-Brake is a foot 90 degrees set aside and pulled behind the body. Since not all of the weight can be placed on the braking distance, the T-Brake is downhill rather inefficient and is therefore referred to by some drivers mockingly as raclette. However, the T-Brake has the advantage that at least one shoe while driving still has fresh rolls and enough grip and posture is relatively stable.

The snowplow When snow plow, the legs apart and turned to tiptoe midsection. The snowplow is usually practiced by new drivers as a precursor to the Magic or Powerslide. Especially at high speeds, the triggering of the snow plow requires some courage. However, it has a stable position and, in the case of a disturbance continue quickly in the direction of travel.

The Magic The Magic is a continuation of the snow plow and serves as a precursor for the Powerslide. In addition to the spread legs, the entire body is still moving 90 degrees to the direction of travel. Both shoes Sliden transversely to the direction of travel. The Magic is the most aesthetic way of braking. However, since braked only with one foot in the direction of travel, the rollers wear down unevenly and you lost a little one of efficiency.

The Powerslide is the pinnacle for inline downhill. The body is like rotated 90 degrees to the direction of travel at the Magic. However, both feet are in the direction of travel in front of the body. Triggering the Powerslides requires peace, skill and a lot of training. It is the most efficient way to slow down and causes the least wear on the rollers together with the pad. At a speed of 80 km / h, however, still requires about 30 meters to come to a halt.


Inline downhill trail at the Col d’Izoard

The inline downhill umbrella organization is the IIDA (International Inline Downhill Association), which organizes the World Cup in inline downhill. The IIDA was founded in 2001 during the World Cup in Lausanne and extended the time carried out the European Cup with international races. The IIDA consist of a President (Davide Tacchini ITA) and a committee (each a country representative, who is regarded as contact person for the driver).

In America that organizes IGSA (International Gravity Sports Association) race. However, the IGSA is not a pure inline downhill association also organizes races for longboard and street luge.

IIDA and IGSA cooperate closely. For this reason, some races are in both organizations counted.

The FIRS (Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports) is responsible for the implementation of the World Championships.

In Germany, Austria and France, the riders into the national Skates integrated organizations.


date venue
July 5 to 6 Albstadt -Ebingen (GER)
July 18 to 20 Übersaxen -Rankweil (AUT) 9th FIRS Inline Downhill World Championship
1 to 3 August Teolo Padova (ITA)
August 22 to 24 Col d’Izoard (FRA)
August 27 to 31 Goldendale-Maryhill, WA (USA)
6 to 7 September Fouchy (FRA)
September 12 to 14 Eastbourne (UK)
September 27 Lyon (FRA)
November 22 Ile de la Reunion, (FRA Overseas)


World Championships
year venue World Champion World Champion
20:00 Zell am See (AUT) Oscar Galliazzo (ITA) Gabi Leuenberger (SUI)
2001 Lausanne (SUI) Oscar Galliazzo (ITA) Elisabeth Schrenk (AUT)
2002 Belluno (ITA) Daniel Ladurner (AUT) Severine Thomas (FRA)
2003 Übersaxen (AUT) Daniel Ladurner (AUT) Gabi Leuenberger (SUI)
2004 Borgholzhausen (GER) Oscar Galliazzo (ITA) Severine Thomas (FRA)
2005 Lyon (FRA) Harry Pernat (FRA) Severine Thomas (FRA)
2006 Teolo Padova (ITA) Daniel Ladurner (AUT) Severine Thomas (FRA)
2007 Albstadt -Ebingen (GER) Harry Pernat (FRA) Severine Thomas (FRA)
2008 Übersaxen (AUT) Daniel Ladurner (AUT) Severine Thomas (FRA)

Web Links

  • IIDA– International Inline Downhill Association
  • IGSA– International Gravity Sports Association
  • FIRS– Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports


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