Red Bull X-Alps 2021 – Mach dich bereit!
Die Bewerbungsphase des härtesten Abenteuerrennens der Welt findet vom 1. Juli – 31. August 2020 statt.
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Goals for 2020
Still looking for your new year’s resolution? We may have some ideas for you!
What should your bucket list look like for 2020? Why not follow in the footsteps of your Red Bull X-Alps heroes and try one of these challenges from the Alps to the Himalayas.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY: Fly southern hemisphere flatlands
Winter presents two choices for northern hemisphere based adventurers: head south or go skiing. Top of the list for Red Bull X-Alpers looking to migrate? Say hola to Colombia. One of the most popular and paraglider friendly venues is Roldanillo, which has hosted numerous comps, and usually sees dozens of Red Bull X-Alps athletes in town.
MARCH: Speed ride like a pro
Gavin McClurg, Manu Nübel and Aaron Durogati are all big fans of this paragliding and skiing cross-over. “Add a small wing to ski-touring and you’re guaranteed to have a wicked winter and be ready to crush it when spring returns”, McClurg tells this month’s Cross Country magazine. Not only will it boost your fitness, but your skill set too, he says. Head to Les Arcs, France for speed riding school.
APRIL: Head cross-country
“April is the start of the XC season in the Alps and there is no better place to be for a Red Bull X-Alps pilot than cross country flying in the European Alps from April to June, when 200-300km triangles and 12-hour flights through the mountains are all possible,” says Ed Ewing, editor of xcmag.com. That’s ‘possible’, as in, if your name’s Chrigel Maurer. However, epic flying is still do-able. Get planning here.
MAY: Hike & Fly in Spain
This year the International Air Festival (FIA) of El Yelmo takes places at the end of May. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn new skills, practise some hike & fly and enjoy some late night fiesta. This year marks the 20th anniversary and there’s a special emphasis on female pilots. Ideal, for any budding female athletes looking to take part in the 2021 Red Bull X-Alps.
JUNE – JULY: Run an ultra
The Red Bull X-Alps isn’t just a paragliding race. These days it’s an ultra too, and most of the top guys will enter a long-distance trail race at some point in the calendar. The 130km Ultra Trail Cote d’Azur Mercantour is Benoit Outters’ favorite but don’t expect to see him on the trail. He won it in 2015 and rarely finishes outside the Top 10.
AUGUST: Go Wild. Go West
No paraglider’s resume is complete without a trip to the US and Sun Valley, Idaho is where Gavin McClurg earned his spurs. It’s rugged, wild and huge – the wild west of paragliding adventures and promises a rodeo ride like no other. Not for the faint-hearted, the mountain meets desert translates into feisty conditions that fluctuate between strong or very strong – the perfect training if you want to take on a race like the Red Bull X-Alps.
SEPTEMBER: Head to St Hilaire
Every year the legendary Red Bull X-Alps Turnpoint turns into a free flight festival. Coupe Icare – the Icarus Cup – sees thousands of visitors descend on the small mountain village. It’s an eight day party, and everyone’s invited. On any given year you can expect to run into several former Red Bull X-Alps athletes.
OCTOBER: Improve skills in Turkey
The Oludeniz air games take place every October in this picturesque Turkish coastal resort, providing the backdrop for tons of paragliding activity. Fans of the region include Nick Neynens and Manu Nübel. Thanks to the cliff-top launches virtually above the sea, it’s the perfect place for acro, or to practise essential skills like big ears, collapses and throwing your reserve. Reliable thermals also open up the potential for cross-country flights.
NOVEMBER: Big flights in the Himalayas
This is the time of year to head east into the big mountains of the Himalayas. Numerous athletes visited end of last year, including Tom de Dorlodot, Kinga Masztalerz, Markus Anders, Juraj Koren and Evgenii Griaznov. The reason it’s so popular? Cloudbase of 4,000 – 5,000m and reliable thermals mean epic flights are possible, soaring over some of the most dramatic mountains on planet earth.
DECEMBER: Vol Biv across New Zealand
It’s a right of passage for aspiring Red Bull X-Alps athletes and one of the great hike and fly challenges on any adventurer’s bucket list – crossing the New Zealand Alps. Among the roll call of athletes to complete the feat include Tom de Dorlodot and Ferdy van Schelven, Antoine Girard and Benoit Outters (in 10 days!) and Kinga Masztalerz. Not quite ready for 800km of wilderness? Hike up Treble Cone near Wanaka and enjoy an epic flight with views across to Mt Aspiring.
For more hike and fly action and updates about the athletes make sure to follow Red Bull X-Alps on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!
The Athlets of 2019:
THE RED BULL X-ALPS 2019 ATHLETES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
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Red Bull X-Alps 2019 is returning for its 9th edition with the kick off set for June 16, 2019. Aptly named the world’s toughest adventure race, participants will journey by foot and paraglider from Salzburg to Monaco via a currently undisclosed number of turnpoints. At over 1,100km in distance, the journey itself plays a huge role in the story of Red Bull X-Alps – but even more important are those who compete in it. In 2019, 32 world-class athletes from 20 nations will push themselves to entirely new limits. Amongst them will be 2 female competitors and 30 males; of whom 14 are new to the race and one a defending champion.
Along with the strategic and nutritional help of their designated supporters, the athletes will need the skill courage and determination to navigate through some of Europe’s most inhospitable mountain terrain; making Red Bull X-Alps the ultimate challenge of both body and mind. In their bid for the title, each one of them will redefine the boundaries of hiking, trail running and paragliding as we know them today. Following careful consideration and great anticipation, the moment has finally arrived to announce who will be taking part in Red Bull X-Alps 2019.
The lineup is as follows:
PAUL GUSCHLBAUER (AUT1) – Veteran
SIMON OBERRAUNER (AUT2) – Veteran
HELMUT SCHREMPF (AUT3) – Rookie
TOM DE DORLODOT (BEL) – Veteran
ALEX VILLA (COL) – Veteran
STANISLAV MAYER (CZE) – Veteran
THOMAS JUEL CHRISTENSEN (DNK) – Rookie
BENOÎT OUTTERS (FRA1) – Veteran
GASPARD PETIOT (FRA2) – Veteran
ANTOINE GIRARD (FRA3) – Veteran
MAXIME PINOT (FRA4) – Rookie
MANUEL NÜBEL (GER1) – Veteran
MARKUS ANDERS (GER2) – Rookie
MARKO HRGETIC (HRV) – Rookie
AARON DUROGATI (ITA1) – Veteran
TOBIAS GROSSRUBATSCHER (ITA2) – Veteran
KAORU OGISAWA (JPN) – Veteran
CHIKYONG HA (KOR) – Veteran
RODOLPHE AKL (LBN) – Rookie
EDUARDO GARZA (MEX) – Rookie
NICK NEYNENS (NZL1) – Veteran
KINGA MASZTALERZ (NZL2) – Rookie
DOMINIKA KASIECZKO (POL) – Rookie
TOMA COCONEA (ROM) – Veteran
EVGENII GRIAZNOV (RUS) – Veteran
CHRISTIAN MAURER (SUI1) – Defending Champion
PATRICK VON KAENEL (SUI2) – Rookie
ADRIAN KELLER (SUI3) – Rookie
BARIS ÇELIK (TUR) – Rookie
GAVIN MCCLURG (USA1) – Veteran
WILLI CANNELL (USA2) – Rookie
CODY MITTANCK (USA3) – Rookie
Discussing the announcement of the athletes, race director Christoph Weber says; “For 2019 we have a thrilling mix of both newcomers and seasoned pros. It was extremely difficult choosing from such a deep pool of talent, but we’re excited to see this highly competitive field go head to head in the mountains. You’ll notice 18 familiar faces who have earned themselves another shot at glory, but there are also 14 rookies who we believe have the potential to take this race by storm. If they have the hunger and commitment, we could be in for some real surprises!”
>> CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK LIVE CHAT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SIMON OBERRAUNER (AUT2) AND RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTOPH WEBER. << Physically and mentally, nothing comes close to the challenges of Red Bull X-Alps; and when you consider the ever-changing weather conditions, there’s truly no telling what will happen. Who has what it takes to dethrone Chrigel Maurer from his series of five consecutive victories? Could it be Benoît Outters or Paul Guschlbauer; second and third place holders from the last edition? Whoever you’re supporting, you can learn more about the athletes on WWW.REDBULLXALPS.COM or follow them every step of the race with the advanced Live Tracking. Gear up and get ready, Red Bull X-Alps 2019 is going to be truly unforgettable. We’ll see you out there! Stay tuned on our Social Media channels for more updates about our athletes: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & TWITTER October 17, 2018 Quelle: Redbullxalps.com
More about the athletes: https://www.redbullxalps.com/athletes.html