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They’re the new faces in the lineup and include acro champions, record breakers, female athletes and the youngest ever competitor. Here’s the lowdown. 



The youngest competitor in the lineup, Tom will be 20 when the start gun fires but he’s a Red Bull X-Alps veteran, having supported Simon Oberrauner in both 2019 and 2017. Before that he was a huge fan and has dreamed of doing the race for as long as he can remember. Has he got the experience? He’s been flying since the age of 11 and over the past few years has clocked some impressive results, including a joint third place at the 2020 Eigertour with Hanes Kämpf (SUI3).



The first Brazilian athlete to compete since Richard Pethigal in 2011, Antonio Filho is a military police officer and cross-country instructor who’s flown a 405km straight line and placed 5th in the Brazil championships. But with limited mountain experience he could find hiking and flying in the Alps a challenge.



Théo’s acro antics are well known to his legion of social media fans. A three time Acro World Champion, he’s been flying since he was 12 and professional since 16. But when it comes to cross-country flying and endurance on the ground he is not so experienced, at least on paper. If you look at how he describes his training regime, it’s one of the most professional and toughest ones of them all. In any way, it will be interesting to see how he adapts.


One of three female athletes in the lineup, Laurie is a well-known paragliding pilot, who has been at the top of the sport for over a decade. Paragliding World Champion 2014 and 2017 (6th overall) she will definitely be one to watch. But she has suffered knee issues in the past.



A true adventurer, Damien is a climber, high altitude mountaineer and competitive paragliding pilot. He could do very well. He’s won Bornes to Fly twice and competed at dozens of other national and world cup events, placing fourth at the PWC in 2016. But it’s his adventure cred that stands out. In 2018 he and Antoine Girard made a 1,500km vol biv journey in the high mountains of Pakistan.



The first British athlete since 2015, Steve is a promising contender with a big advantage that he’s based in Switzerland, and trained with a lot of the Swiss athletes, including Chrigel. Recent results are impressive – he came 4th at the Eigertour. He’s also got the adventure credentials having once crossed New Zealand via bike, kayak and vol biv.


The son of a mountain guide, Michael has climbed and flown from many of the Alps’ classic summits, including Ortler, Mt Blanc, Piz Bernina and the Jungfrau. In the 2017 Bordair race he came 8th between many Red Bull X-Alps athletes. Hiking up to 6,000 vertical meters every week in training, he’s looking strong.



Another young athlete, Donini will be 23 when the race starts but he’s already an Italian national cross country and acro champion who’s podiumed on the world stage, coming 2nd at the paragliding world cup in Colombia in 2018. The son of Italian paragliding legend Luca Donini, Nicola was flying tandem at four, ground handling at nine and flying at 11. With the Dolomites as his home, he’s looking like a very strong prospect.



Ken was at university when he watched a program on the Red Bull X-Alps and vowed to take up the sport. Three days after learning, he co-incidentally met Kaoru Ogisawa (JPN). It felt like fate. In the six years since, he’s won and podiumed at various Japanese hike and fly events.



Dagfinn grew up in the Norwegian mountains and is used to spending several days out in harsh weather and alpine surroundings. Over the past couple of years he’s logged over 400 hours of flight time. He’s made 200km flights, ski tours in winter and earlier this year joined Antoine Girard on a vol biv journey across Norway. “This will be my single largest sporting undertaking this far in my flying career,” he says.


Supporter to Evgeny Griaznov in 2019, Andrei is a lone wolf adventure pilot who’s made some epic vol biv journeys across some of the world’s remotest mountains. These include a 230km flight in the Himalayas and a 1,600km vol biv expedition across the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains of central Asia in 2019. He says he may not know the Alps as well as the locals, “but we’ll see what happens”.



One of Chrigel’s ‘X-Alps Academy’ protégés, Hanes came joint third at this summer’s Eigertour with Thomas Friedrich (AUT3) having won the ‘Challenge’ class of the race in 2019. He has also made a west to east hike and fly across Switzerland in three days. One to watch – anyone trained by Chrigel will be good.



The only woman to have flown 500km in a paraglider (or hang glider), Yael has flown a 300km triangle in the Alps and clocked an impressive 11 world cup podiums. A ski instructor in the winter, she’s a super strong athlete but it will be interesting to see how she adapts to the race’s relentless pace, day after day, whatever the weather.

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Participant flies during the Red Bull X-Alps preparations in Zermatt, Switzerland on June 19, 2017


Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) putting his name on the final signboard in Monaco. © Sebastian Marko / zooom


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Paul Guschlbauer at Turnpoint 4, Kronplatz, Italy during Red Bull X-Alps at on June 18, 2019. © Harald Tauderer / zooom


Tom De Dorlodot (BEL) hikes during the Red Bull X-Alps in St. Hilaire , France on June 24, 2019. © Honza Zak / zooom



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Red Bull X-Alps 2021 - Meet the Athletes

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Highlights: Day 4 -Red Bull X-Alps 2019

Die Eroberung von Davos

Der Schauplatz des härtesten Abenteuer-Rennens hat sich heute in das Schweizer Bergresort verlagert.  

Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) und Maxime Pinot (FRA4) im Kampf um die Red Bull X-Alps 2019 Krone © / Sebastian Marko

Red Bull X-Alps 2019 erreichte heute das Schweizerische Davos. Eigentlich bekannt als Treffpunkt der Weltwirtschaftsspitzen, hieß der Ort heute die weltbesten Athleten mit ihren Gleitschirmen willkommen. Da passte es natürlich perfekt, dass es wieder einmal der Fünffach-Sieger Christian ‚Chrigel‘ Maurer war, der angefeuert von seinen Fans seinen Namen als Erster auf dem Signboard eintrug. 
Knapp dahinter wie auch gestern, der Franzose Maxime Pinot. Er landete kurz nach 13 Uhr müde, aber zufrieden.
“Das muss auf dem Live Tracking super aussehen,“ sagte der Rookie. „Oben in der Luft war es heute schon eine Herausforderung mit 20 bis 30 Knoten Wind. Außerdem habe ich heute beim Start Zeit liegen lassen. Der Startplatz, den wir gewählt haben, war schwierig.“
Bereits den zweiten Tag in Folge startete Pinot gemeinsam mit Maurer in die Luft, fiel dort aber zurück. Es scheint, dass nur ein Fehler von Maurer den Franzosen in Führung bringen kann. Und das erscheint derzeit eher unmöglich. Heute Nachmittag war Pinot weiterhin auf direkter Verfolgungsjagd hinter dem klaren Führenden.
Das Wetter könnte die Situation an der Spitze beeinflussen. Für morgen sieht es nach nicht mehr ganz so gutem Flugwetter aus. Damit verlagert sich alles auf die Beine und davon könnte der jüngere Franzose profitieren. Er ist ein erfahrener und schneller Ultra-Läufer. Für Maurer war es bereits 2017 sehr hart lange Tagesetappen zu laufen. 

Maxime Pinot (FRA4) auf den Fersen des             Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) nach der Landung bei Kappl, Österreich © / Harald Tauderer
fünffachen Champions Christian Maurer                                                                              
© / Honza Zak                        
Alle Augen waren heute auf das Comeback des italienischen Flug-Maestros Aaron Durogati (ITA1) gerichtet. Beim Start des Rennens bewegte er sich am hinteren Ende des Wettkampffeldes, aber seit dem zweiten Tag hat er täglich aufgeholt und stürmte heute an die Spitze vor. Derzeit liegt er auf dem dritten Platz. Aber auch für ihn könnten die kommenden Tage mit langen Märschen verbunden sein und damit zu einem Problem werden. 
Direkt hinter dem Italiener liegen der Österreicher Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) und Gaspard Petiot (FRA2). Gefolgt von einer Gruppe aus zehn Athleten, die alle ziemlich gleichauf liegen und gemeinsam in der Luft unterwegs sind. Alle lauern natürlich auf ihre Chancen davonzuziehen. 
Am Ende des Wettkampffeldes kam heute das erwartete Aus für den Libanesen Rodolphe Akl. Der nächste Athlet wird in 48 Stunden eliminiert. Im Moment sieht es für die Polin Dominika Kasieczko nicht gut aus. Sie hat bereits gestern ihren Night Pass gezogen und hat damit keinen Trumpf mehr in der Hand. Heute Nacht wird der Russe Evgenii Griaznov (RUS) auf den Beinen sein. 
Die gesamte Action verfolgt man am besten über das Live Tracking auf .
Paul Guschlbauer wandert in Lermoos – Tiroler Zugspitz Arena                      Aaron Durogati (ITA1) erreichte als dritter Athlet den Turnpoint 5                                                                 
 © / Honza Zak                                                                                  © / Honza Zak      

Red Bull X-Alps 2019, das härteste Abenteuerrennen der Welt, startete am 16. Juni 2019 in seine neunte Ausgabe. Von Salzburg aus überqueren 32 Athleten aus 20 Nationen die 1.138km lange Strecke quer über die Alpen nur zu Fuß und mit dem Paragleiter kämpfen darum, als Erster das Ziel in Monaco zu erreichen. Jeder ihrer Schritte wird dabei von fortschrittlicher Live Tracking Technologie erfasst und für Millionen von Fans zugänglich gemacht. Es starten 16 Veteranen, 15 Rookies und der fünfmalige Gewinner des Rennens, der den sechsten Titel in seiner Siegesserie anstrebt.

Auf ihrem Weg müssen die Athleten 13 Turnpoints in 6 verschiedenen Ländern passieren. Vor dem Rennen wird es einen eintägigen Prolog geben, bei dem die Abenteurer um eine gute Ausgangsposition für das Hauptrennen kämpfen werden. Die ersten drei Athleten gewinnen außerdem jeweils einen zusätzlichen Night Pass, mit dem sie durch eine zweite Nacht im Hauptrennen weiterlaufen dürfen.

Die diesjährige Route wird die Abenteurer in sowohl bekannte als neue Gebiete führen – garantiert sind täglich steinige Aufstiege, spektakuläre Flüge und wesentliche strategische Entscheidungen – eine Herausforderung für Körper und Geist. Mit einer anspruchsvolleren Route als jemals zuvor werden die Red Bull X-Alps 2019 für Spannung, Abenteuer und hochalpine Action sorgen. Der Gewinner muss sowohl mental als auch körperlich top fit sein und einerseits sehr gut vorausplanen, aber auch kurzfristig die richtigen Entscheidungen treffen können – und ein wenig Glück gehört auch dazu. Red Bull X-Alps 2019 ist das härteste Abenteuerrennen der Welt – und es geht bald los.

Fly like a condor

Maurer’s ultra-efficient flying style is the reason he can push ahead and stay out front


Why is Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) out front all the time? What is his secret? One thing it is not is magic – Maurer is an athlete and a pilot, just like all the rest of the Red Bull X-Alps athletes.

He has a lot of experience in the race, yes, but there is also one extra thing that defines him, and that is his flying style.

Although he has earned the nickname ‘Chrigel the Eagle’, Maurer’s flying style is in fact more like a condor. Because like these giant birds of the Andes, as a pilot he tends to fly in as straight a line as possible.

A typical paraglider pilot uses the ‘climb-and-glide’ technique to fly cross country through the air. That means they find a thermal, turn circles in it until they reach cloudbase, then turn and glide to the next thermal, where they turn in circles again to gain more height.

Watch Maurer – and the other top athletes in this race – for any length of time on Live Tracking, and you will see that Maurer spends most of his time gliding, and a lot less time turning in circles and climbing than many other pilots, especially the ones further back.

‘When you are climbing, you are facing the wrong way half the time,’ he has said before – and he is only half joking. 

His technique, where he stitches together lines of lift either in the sky below the clouds, or along valleys and mountains, allows him to move quickly across the terrain. This is exactly what condors do in the wild skies of the Andes and Patagonia. It is also why, over several hours, the cumulative effect is that Maurer manages to push ahead.

The ‘condor technique’ is an extremely advanced style of flying – more like flying a sailplane or glider – and it is learned by years and years of practice.

Add this very efficient flying style to Maurer’s clear-headed decision making, Alpine flying and hiking knowledge and experience, and the whole package adds up to what you can see in the Red Bull X-Alps. A mountain athlete and pilot at the very peak of their abilities – and still the man to beat.


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Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Maxime Pinot (FRA4) fighting for the Red Bull X-Alps 2019 crown © / Sebastian Marko

The Red Bull X-Alps today entered Davos, Switzerland. The Swiss mountain resort may be better known as the gathering place of world leaders. But from today it welcomes the world’s top adventure athletes swooping in under human power. Appropriately, it was the five-time Swiss champion Christian ‘Chrigel’ Maurer who was first to make the Turnpoint, arriving to huge cheers from the lakeside crowd who’d come to greet his arrival.
In hot pursuit was the French rookie athlete Maxime Pinot, who arrived shortly after 1pm, looking tired from the flight. 
“It must look good on Live Tracking,” he said. “But sometimes there are 20kph to 30kph winds and it was quite complicated. We also lost some time at the launch. The ridge where we hiked was not so easy to take off from.”
It is the second time that Pinot has started the day alongside Maurer only to fall behind in the air. It would seem his only chance is for Maurer to make a mistake, something increasingly unlikely as the multiple champion enters home turf. But by mid-afternoon Pinot was hanging on in his slipstream. 
But there is one thing that could yet turn the race in his favor – the weather. If it turns against the leaders tomorrow as predicted, and forces them to continue on foot, it could be the younger Frenchman who has the advantage. He is an experienced and fast ultra-runner while Maurer suffered in the 2017 race when forced to hike all day. 
Maxime Pinot (FRA4) on the heels of                    Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) touching down close to Kappl, Austria © / Harald Tauderer
five-time champion Christian Maurer                                                                              
© / Honza Zak                        
One of the most interesting stories of the race however is the comeback of the Italian flying maestro Aaron Durogati. On the first day he was lingering at the back but in the last two days has stormed through the rankings and is looking very strong in third place. However, that could all change again if he is forced to hike, something the Italian has been keen to avoid all race as much as possible. 
Chasing hard behind him is the Austrian athlete Paul Guschlbauer and Gaspard Petiot (FRA2). There’s then a gaggle of 10 athletes all approximately at the same location, taking advantage of flying in a group but also jockeying for position. The battle for dominance within this group is proving to be a gripping race within the main race. 
At the back it’s game over for Lebanese athlete Rodolphe Akl. He was eliminated this morning. The next last-placed athlete will be eliminated in 48 hours and it’s not looking good for Polish athlete Dominika Kasieczko. She has already pulled her Night Pass and has no more cards to play. Today it is the Russian athlete Evgenii Griaznov (RUS) who has chosen to walk through the night.  
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Paul Guschlbauer hiking in Lermoos – Tiroler Zugspitz Arena                          Aaron Durogati (ITA1) was the third athlete at Turnpoint 5                                                                            
 © / Honza Zak                                                                                  © / Honza Zak      


Red Bull X-Alps 2019 is the world’s toughest adventure race, covering over 1,138km of alpine terrain. It started on June 16, marking the ninth edition of the race. 32 world-class athletes from 20 nations take part in this grueling journey from Salzburg to Monaco only by foot and paraglider – their every move tracked and played out to an audience of millions via the Live Tracking. The competition field consists of 16 veterans, 15 rookies and one defending champion who will be looking to add a sixth consecutive victory to his resume.  
Along the way, the athletes will pass 13 Turnpoints in 6 different countries. Prior to the main event, the one-day Prologue race will see athletes jostle for a prime position. The top three finishers will earn themselves an additional Night Pass; allowing them to continue onwards once through the mandatory rest period.
This year’s route brings the racers into both familiar and new terrain – but you can count on every single day showing us rocky ascents, dizzying flights and crucial, strategic decisions – a challenge for body and mind. With a more demanding route than ever before, Red Bull X-Alps 2019 will be full of drama, adventure, and high-alpine action. The winner will need to be smart, strong, a master of both planning and reactivity – and have a little bit of luck. Red Bull X-Alps 2019 is the world’s toughest adventure race – and it’s starting soon.