Under the Bonnet: Bobsledding for Beginners

Today's bobsled is positively a luxury saloon compared to the rigged-up wooden sleds that trundled down the halfpipe in 19th century St. Moritz. Want a closer look? Our Lillehammer Bobsled Weekend gives you the inside story...

The Speed

At speeds of up to 130km/h (80mph) subtle steering is needed to negotiate the twists and turns - don't worry, an authorised pilot takes you around the track!

The Frame

The modern bobseld has a lightweight frame, but its fibreglass or composite shell makes it robust enough to cope with anything the track throws at it.

The Steering

The steering system consists of a pulley system activated by two metal rings in the forward cowling that turns the front runners.

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The Crew

Crews are either two-person or four-person. The men's weight limit for a crew of two is 859 pounds (390kg), and for women, a crew of two can't exceed 749 pounds (340kg).

The Brakes

The brake crewmember stops the sled after crossing the finish by pulling the sled's brake push bars.

The Runners

The sled sits on steel runners, which are usually a competition regulated 66.8cm long - as are the runners on our Lillehammer bobsleds.

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The Track

Modern tracks are made of concrete, coated with ice - so the bobsled must be strong enough top withstand high speed forces of up to 5Gs.

Try it: Our Lillehammer Bobsled Weekend offers adrenalin overload. Whether it's hurtling down the ice in the larger bob-raft (at 75km/h) or even the more hair-raising taxi-bob (at 125km/h) this is a sleigh ride like no other!

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