Wacky races: Germany hosts adrenaline-fueled Bavarian Sled Championships

The annual event saw 90 teams career down snowy tracks in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on 'horned sledges', with racers hitting top speeds of 100km (62mph).


These were the chaotic scenes in Germany as brave adrenaline junkies took to the slopes for the Bavarian Sled Racing Championships.

The annual event saw 90 teams career down snowy tracks in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on 'horned sledges', with racers hitting top speeds of 100km (62mph).

Unsurprisingly there were more than a few painful looking tumbles as teams struggled to tame the wild Bavarian slopes.

Crash course: Daring team take on the German slopes (Reuters)

The official website for the 44th Bavarian Sled Racing Championships described the event as 'thrilling snow-filled fun'.

It said: "On January 6 the excitement in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is palpable!

Dangerous: The contest had its share of painful-looking tumbles (Reuters)

Competitors race on 'horn sledges', named after the shape of the sled runners (Reuters)

"With four to a team the wooden sleds career down the slopes at speeds of anything up to 100km an hour twisting and turning their way around the corners and often spilling everyone off into the snow.

"The course is a classic: the “Hohe Weg” as it is known runs 1.2 km from the Partnachalm almost to the door of the Partenkirchen sled club (Hornschlittenverein)."