Apparently Unharmed : Riders of the Cresta Run
The Cresta rider hurtles head-first down an ice run with a vertical drop the height of a 50-storey building. With his face two inches from the ice, on a steel toboggan without steering or braking, the rider reaches speeds of 80 miles an hour plus, before thundering through the finish line - or into a bank of ice. The St Moritz Tobogganing Club in Switzerland operates the Cresta Run, building it from scratch every year in the contours of the St Moritz valley. Club member and rider Michael DiGicomo provides a history of this legendary run, and tells the stories of the riders who come every year to test their nerves and skill and experience incredible raw speed of the Cresta Run. These riders come from all walks of life, with little in common but their shared passion for speed and danger.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 133.9 x 209.8 x 21.6mm | 378.21g
- 01 Nov 2000
- Cengage Learning, Inc
- Texere Publishing
- Florence, United States
- b&w photographs
Time Out, July 18-25, 2001 Michael DiGiacomo offers a remarkably calm and quirky celebration of plunging down the three-quarters of a mile-long Cresta Run. M2 Communications, January 9, 2001 Provides a detailed insight in to an interesting sport which is not widely recognised. All Sport and Leisure Monthly, Feb/Mar, 2001 Looks at one of those events which divide the sporting world...
Table of contents
A rider's perspective; cresta run; getting started; meglothymia; top down the run; achtung! camion!; the power of tower; the death talk; the year of living dangerously; condom suits and pointy boots; race day; prizegiving; the colours and the cups; plaques of honour; Edi and the changing room; top hut Zen; getting into the dream; moldy oldies; getting there; Sankt Moritz; apres cresta; Badrutt's bet; the palace; Yogi; a sporting club; l'esprit; the president; the Hon. live president; the vicar; expenses; ladies' day; Schlitten; anatomy of a flattop; tobogan variations; starting techniques; the adventures of Arnold; gurus; top beginners; Bruon and the Kamikaze; ode to foolishness; the cresta kiss and other unpleasantries; death on the run; the shuttlecock club; shuttlecock dinners; Billy Fiske; Bond, James Bond; the world's fastest greengrocer and his ilk; sunshine's boy; the Lord Wrottesley; their duel continued; east v. west; the stars and stripes; the human firework; the stoat, and the cresta spirit; a Georges prade cup; cocktails at clinic gut; another Georges prade cup.
About Michael Digiacomo
Michael DiGiacomo is a member of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club and a rider of The Cresta Run. He is also an investment banker and former lawyer.