If you were staying at the October Country Inn next weekend, you would be in for a rare spectacle. Daredevil skateboarders from around the world descend on Killington June 6, 7 & 8 for the second annual Throwdown freeride event. Presented by Restless Longboards, this speed competition is a favorite for downhill skateboard and street luge competitors. This steep downhill course covers the twists, and turns of the lower two miles of East Mountain Road. Racers can reach speeds of 75 miles per hour.
Click on this YouTube video link to follow Sam Blais and Sam Davignon down the course.
This is the fastest course east of the Mississippi. East Mountain Road is notoriously steep and very challenging to ride. Over a hundred competitors from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Spain, and New Zealand are expected to compete in this event. The Killington Downhill Throwdown is the first stop in this year’s Vermont International Downhill Federation Skate Week. Part two is hosted by Burke Mountain on June 11 to 13.
Don’t miss the action. Racing on East Mountain Road starts daily at 9:00am and ends at 5:30pm. Of course, the road will be closed for the racing during this event from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Get there early and get a good spot. Passage up East Mountain Road between events will be allowed (approximately every 20 minutes) and the Killington Police Department will be directing traffic. This is really exciting stuff to watch. These skateboarders are very skillful and go very fast. Don’t miss it.