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Red Bull X Alps 2017 – Cross Country Paragliding Across ALPS

Red Bull X-Alps is one 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 number of turn points.

There is a mandatory rest period for athletes during the night and just in case they want to race through the night a Ledenser’s Night Pass can be availed by them.

 

 

There is an extra one day challenge known as the Leatherman Prologue, where athletes set off at 10 am carrying their full Red Bull X-Alps equipment, and race to the summit of the Zwolferhorn and return back to Fuschl. The top three athletes were given extra Ledlenser’s Night Pass.

There is an extra one day challenge known as the Leatherman Prologue, where athletes set off at 10 am carrying their full Red Bull X-Alps equipment, and race to the summit of the Zwolferhorn and return back to Fuschl. The top three athletes were given extra Ledlenser’s Night Pass.

Red Bull X Alps 2017 began on July 02 and was the eighth edition world’s toughest adventure race – a 1,138km hike and fly battle via 7 Turnpoints across the Alps to Monaco.

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This year, the route is tougher than ever, crisscrossing the main chain of the Alps a minimum of four times. Athletes first race to the top of the Gaisberg, a 1,287m peak overlooking Salzburg, before taking to the skies and flying 157km to Turnpoint 2, the peak of Triglav, Slovenia. From there the route goes northwest to Germany, then south to Italy before turning west towards Switzerland and France.

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This year witnessed the participation of 32 Athlete from 21 nations who race from 05:00 hrs to 22:30 hrs and rest from 22:30 hrs to 05:30 hrs with each having at least one Ledlenser Night Pass.

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One athlete has dropped out of the race and there are 31 teams in the race.

Day1, The race started at 11:30 am CET at the Mozartplatz in Salzburg with rains welcoming the athletes and they have hiked to Turnpoint1, Gaisberg. The conditions are not suitable for flying with rains and strong winds. Three teams have pulled Ledlenser’s Night pass to hike through the night.

Day2, One athlete was forced to withdraw from the race 8km away from Turnpoint 2 at Triglav as he hurt his ankle through wear and tear.

Day3, A Swiss flying ace lands at Turnpoint3 in Aschau Chimsee.

Day 4, The first elimination occurred with the athlete suffering from the leg injury sustained in an ultramarathon in order to prepare for this race and he was in the race so that the last athlete ahead of him is not eliminated. The athletes start arriving at Turnpoint3 in Aschau Chimsee. And the Swiss flying legend has reached Turnpoint4 in Lermoos Tiroler Zugspitz Arena.

Day5, Athletes start arriving at Turnpoint4 and the Swiss Flying Legend is at Turnpoint5 in Monte Baldo and the athletes are trying to figure out best path to fly and cover the distance.

Day6, The athletes are catching up and dropping out.

Day7, Athletes are reaching Turnpoint5 at Monte Baldo and one of them gets 48 hrs penalty for airspace violation and another athlete withdraw from the race due to wrist and knee injury due to a Thermal Bubble.

Day8, Weather is forcing athletes to march on their foot, one athlete is eliminated.

Day9, Hiking and Flying being done by Athletes, Weather is difficult to cover any distance.

Day 10, Athlete turn south from Turnpoint6 in Matterhorn, Switzerland to proceed towards Monaco. Due to bad weather low clouds and thunderstorms the athletes are landing and hiking.

Day 11 & 12, 14 athletes pull out their Ledlenser’s Night Pass. The weather conditions are bad and not all flight are as expected and the athletes are hiking towards Monaco. Swiss Legend covers 20km in 8 hrs.  Swiss Legend Christian Maurer reaches Turnpoint 7 at Peille and the clock stops for him.

Christian Maurer  has won the 5th consecutive X-Alps.

2 hrs after the Maurer, Benoit Outters reaches turnpoint 7 to become the second athlete to complete the race.

The final victory flight of Christian Maurer

The final flight of Benoit Outters

Best Race Moments of Christian Maurer