Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
The line-up for the world’s toughest adventure race has been revealed.
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 turn points. 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 line-up 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
Barış 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!”
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!
ABOUT RED BULL X-ALPS
Red Bull X-Alps 2019 will start on June 16, marking the ninth edition of the world’s toughest adventure race. 32 world-class athletes from 20 nations will battle it out in a grueling journey across the Alps, covering over 1,100km of alpine terrain; only by foot and paraglider. Taking part will be 17 veterans, 14 rookies and one defending champion who will be looking to add a sixth consecutive victory to his resume.
Along the way, the athletes will stop at a currently undisclosed number of turnpoints in a handful of different countries. With each race comes an entirely new route. The new one will be announced on March 13, 2019 and promises to bring even more action than the last. Before the main event, a one-day prologue race will see athletes jostle for position before a tense and excited audience. The top three finishers will earn themselves an additional Night Pass; allowing them to continue onwards once through the mandatory rest period.
The 2017 race was full of surprises, with incredible performances from rookies and pros alike. With every single day came rocky ascents, dizzying flights and crucial, strategic decisions. If the last edition was anything to go by, Red Bull X-Alps 2019 is set to be the most dramatic face-off of both new and seasoned talent that the world has ever seen. Who will stand strong in the face of adversity and conquer all to become the champion of Red Bull X-Alps 2019? We’ll soon find out!