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Trip Planner: Europe / Latvia / Vidzeme Region / Sigulda / Bobsleigh, Sigulda
The Sigulda bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track is located in Sigulda, Latvia. Currently, the track manager is Dainis Dukurs, former bobsleigh brakeman and the father of skeleton racers Martins and Tomass Dukurs.
Sledding took place in Sigulda as early as 1887. Several alpine skiing venues were held near the track following World War II. By the late 1960s, the city government of Sigulda approved construction of a new track, which was finally completed in 1986. It was built for the needs of Soviet bobsledders and lugers. Although skeleton wasn't initially in the building plan, Sigulda has hosted World Cup races in skeleton in the 2000s. Also, luge competitions are hosted in Sigulda each year, however, the track can't host four-man bobsleigh races, therefore there haven't been any Bobsleigh World Cup or World Championship races hosted in Sigulda. Zintis Ekmanis and the original track designer has designed a new layout which would change two curves and make four-man bobsleigh races possible, though lugers are not happy with this idea because this may render the track unusable for women's singles and men's doubles lugers. Also, Dainis Dukurs has said in an interview for Sporta Avīze that there was an experiment involving Juris Šics, Andris Šics, Tomass Dukurs and Martins Dukurs, in which the quartet drove with a four-man bobsleigh without crashing. Dukurs stated that this proves that the track is, in fact, suitable for four-man teams, but to make it perfect for bobsleigh, most of the track should be rebuilt. The track will undergo major renovation after 2014 season. Also, an artificial ice start estacade was built in summer of 2008. To find out how to plan a trip to Sigulda, use our trip itinerary maker.
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We visited Sigulda on a Saturday via the train from Riga. We turned up at 11:10 (10 minutes after opening) and there was about 15 people in front of us waiting. It’s cash only and only open...
We visited Sigulda on a Saturday via the train from Riga. We turned up at 11:10 (10 minutes after opening) and there was about 15 people in front of us waiting. It’s cash only and only open... more »
Sadly the opening times are not accurate on the website so we travelled from Riga yesterday to be told it was closed. Best to try and email or call before you go as website information all wrong
Sadly the opening times are not accurate on the website so we travelled from Riga yesterday to be told it was closed. Best to try and email or call before you go as website information all wrong more »
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