SADDLEThe saddle is one of the most important parts of the sled as I use it to hold on to so that I don't fall of off! For the push start I grip the back of the saddle so I don't have to bend down as far, I can push on either side of the sled and therefore use either the left or right part of the saddle. When I'm lying in position I put my arms down by my sides and grip onto the saddle with my hands, tucking my body in as close as possible to the sled.
BUMPERSEvery sled has four metal bumpers which stick out a little bit from the sled on each of the corners, these are there to take any hits from the side of the track so that my arms don't get bruised instead!
RUNNERSWe have different runners for different ice conditions, like the wet and dry tyres used in Formula 1 racing. The two runners are in contact with the ice the whole time and have a certain setting for each track and each run. I can change the runner setting with my tools like allen keys and spanners, putting in more or less rock into them.
There are also knives cut into the back half of the runner, which enable me to change direction when I am sliding down the track. The more I dig each runner in to the ice, the more the sled will grip and then change direction.