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The Start of the Red Bull X-Alps 2017 , be there on the 2 July :-)

The Start of the Red Bull X-Alps  2017

 32 athletes will take on their toughest adventure yet.

The 8th edition of Red Bull X-Alps is only 6 weeks away and for many of the athletes, it will be the biggest race of their career. Starting July 2, 2017, 32 adventurers from 21 nations will hike and fly a straight-line distance of 1,138km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. Traveling only by foot or paraglider, the exhausting journey will push even the most accomplished athletes and pilots to their very limits. Strategy and training are crucial, but are they prepared for the adventure that lies ahead?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a rookie or a veteran; everybody prepares differently for Red Bull X-Alps. The new route down to Slovenia and the unpredictable weather conditions present an almost infinite number of possibilities during the race. For this reason alone, a single strategy simply won’t cut it. Taking the title requires physical strength, unbreakable spirit and above all, versatility. There’s no telling what will happen, but it will be a nail-biting adventure like no other.

 

Mitch Riley is one of the three USA athletes participating, and a rookie this year at Red Bull X-Alps. He says that he is feeling strong going into the last month before the competition. “I am becoming a paraglider carrying machine,” he says. “My training plan is paying off in a big way, and I am only going to get stronger and stronger!”To meet the athletes and learn more about the race, head over to redbullxalps.com and facebook.com/redbullxalps – or follow the action live from June 29 on redbullxalps.com/live-tracking.

NOTES TO THE EDITOR

A full list of the 32 athletes including individual profiles and further details can be found on redbullxalps.com/athletes. All athletes are available for interviews with the media upon requesFor editorial, image or interview requests please contact Ella Rosenfeld at ella.rosenfeld@us.redbullmediahouse.com or 424-341-8614.

ABOUT RED BULL X-ALPS

Red Bull X-Alps, the world’s toughest adventure race is returning July 2, 2017 for its eighth edition. Starting in Salzburg, 32 Athletes of 21 nationalities will race a straight-line distance of 1,138km across the Alps to Monaco via 7 turnpoints in 7 different countries.

Travelling only by foot or paraglider, their every move is monitored by advanced Live Tracking technology and broadcasted to an audience of millions. With constantly changing weather conditions, tactical planning is as important as the extreme endurance required to participate. For this reason, each athlete has a supporter to help with strategy, nutrition and everything in between.
the one-day Leatherman Prologue race takes place in Salzburgerland. The top three finishers will each win an additional Ledlenser Night Pass, allowing them to race through the mandatory rest period. On day two of the main race, the usual 5:00am start will be delayed for each athlete by the time in which they finished the Leatherman Prologue race behind the prologue winner.

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there’s only one question on everyone’s mind; could 2017 see athletes like Sebastian Huber or Paul Guschlbauer end Maurer’s reign as Red Bull X-Alps champion? Only one thing is certain – anything could happen!

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Two wildcard athletes announced for Red Bull X-Alps 2017

Two wildcard athletes announced for Red Bull X-Alps 2017

Two additional athletes set to join the world’s toughest adventure race.

The line-up for Red Bull X-Alps 2017 just got even more interesting. The race committee has announced two wildcard athletes to join the eighth edition of the world’s toughest adventure race. Spanish adventurer Jose Ignacio Arévalo Guede and Mitch Riley from the USA will be added to the line-up of the race that challenges athletes to hike or fly a straight-line distance of more than 1000km across the Alps.Given the demanding nature of the race, only the most accomplished athletes with a proven record of mountaineering, endurance and paragliding expertise were considered for participation. With the addition of the two wildcard athletes, Red Bull X-Alps 2017 will now see 32 athletes from 21 nations embark on the adventure of a lifetime in front of a global audience. The route they will have to take will be announced on March 29, 2017.

The first wildcard goes to Mitch Riley from the USA, a 32-year-old paragliding instructor with a strong background in mountaineering and climbing. It might be his first Red Bull X-Alps, but he’s certainly no stranger to competition. With an impressive portfolio of contest victories, including two US national championships, Riley has hiked and flown all around the world.

The second wildcard athlete is Jose Ignacio Arévalo Guede; a firefighter by profession and the only Spaniard in this year’s race. He too has had an impressive few years on the contest circuit, with several wins at Spanish national competitions as well as further afield. His trekking, canyoning and rock climbing experience, combined with his familiarity of the Alps could give him an edge in the upcoming race.

“We are extremely excited to give two more athletes the chance to participate in Red Bull X-Alps 2017”, says Race director Christoph Weber“They may be Red Bull X-Alps rookies, but they certainly have the skill and experience to challenge the rest of the field. As we’ve learned from previous races, the constantly changing conditions make it impossible to predict the outcome, so it really is anyone’s game.”

It seems both wildcard athletes have come prepared. Arévalo Guede who has been training up to 4 days a week already has a strategy in place. His plan is to fly as much of the route as possible and to account for all foreseeable variables. He says; “Red Bull X-Alps is the Olympic Games of paragliding, it is the highest level of adventure.”

Mitch Riley has a similar approach to ensure that he is in top shape both mentally and physically for race day. His plan is to eat healthily, rest well and stay patient. “At the start line I’ll be excited, not scared. I’ve got the skills and the preparation, bring it on”, says the American confidently.

To view the full list of athletes and learn more about the race, head over to redbullxalps.com and facebook.com/redbullxalps.

ABOUT RED BULL X-ALPS

Red Bull X-Alps 2017 will start on July 2 and will be the eighth edition of the world’s toughest adventure race. The combination of trekking and paragliding is one of the most exciting hybrids to emerge from the ongoing convergence of mountain sports. During the race, athletes must hike or fly as fast as possible a straight-line distance of more than 1,000km across the Alps via a currently undisclosed number of turnpoints.

To bring fans even closer to the action, a one-day race – the Leatherman Prologue – will be held in Fuschl am See, Austria during which spectators can watch up close as the athletes race for one of three additional Ledlenser Nightpasses and a five-minute headstart on the main race. In 2015 this one-day race was won by Austrian Paul Guschlbauer.

Red Bull X-Alps 2015 saw 19 of the 32 competing athletes make the goal – a record number since the first race in 2003. Incredibly, 12 rookies crossed the finish line, including athletes from the US, Korea, New Zealand and elsewhere for the first time in history.

Swiss athlete Christian Maurer, however, won the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 race in the time of 8 days, 4 hours and 37 minutes. It was his fourth successive win – and a new record. Could 2017 see athletes like Sebastian Huber or Paul Guschlbauer end Maurer’s reign as Red Bull X-Alps champion? Only one thing is certain – anything could happen!

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