Professional roller blade Dirk Auer sets a new world record – by in-line skating down a roller coaster- after he race down a roller coaster at the speed of 90km/h (56mph). The 36 year old roller decide to do something impossible which no one had ever done by skating down a 860 metre track in a minute.
By wearing a special designed in-line skates the German made the attempt on the Mammoth roller coaster at the Trips Drill theme park in Stuttgart, Germany. It was a very dangerous stunt and the Dirk Auer shows no fear and skate down the roller coaster. It took him 2 months and 110 hours of work to produce the special designed in-line skates.
He said: “Since I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with downhill and speed – it’s probably why I like luge. To me it seemed like a no-brainer to invent a sport that brings together ice and speed in a new way – Downhill Ice Skating. While I’ve yet to see that sport on the docket of the Olympic games”.
The 36-year-old admitted he had placed his life at risk by performing the daredevil stunt. “This was a very dangerous stunt because there were so many factors to consider. The roller caster is wooden and so unlike rides made from iron and steel there was always a chance of the odd nail or screw that would not be entirely flat, ” he said.
He also added: “If the skates were to catch a stray nail then I could have fallen and I would almost certainly have died. When I reached the first drop I was 30 metres high and this allowed me to reach speeds of 90kmh on descent. After this some of the sides were so high that at times I was at 90 degrees and so it was very important to have as much traction as possible. Luckily everything went according to plan – it was a lot of fun.”
Mr Auer, from Gross-Gerau near Frankfurt, is considered to be the most extreme in-line skater in the world. He already holds the world record for reaching speeds of 190 mph as he was dragged along behind a Porsche GT2. [via DailyMail]