Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

First dates for Red Bull X-Alps 2021 announced: The application phase is open from July 1 – August 31, 2020.

The world’s toughest adventure race is back for its tenth edition and excitement levels are already starting to climb. A new race brings new challenges; look forward to a new route, new Turnpoints, and of course, new athletes. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to hike and fly over 1,000km across the Alps? Think you can take the place of 6 edition’s reigning champion, Chrigel Maurer (SUI1)?

If you feel ready for this extreme challenge, circle July 1 to August 31, 2020 in your calendar, so you have enough time to start preparing your application for Red Bull X-Alps 2021. We can suggest starting immediately to make sure you have all the requirements and are ready to fill in the online form on

“The selection of the athletes is extremely challenging and one of the most important aspects of the competition. It’s not just about getting out there and flying. You need the strength of both body and mind to push yourself day after day, sometimes for as long as two weeks straight”, explains race director Christoph Weber.
If there’s one event that is a testament to “Anything can happen”, it’s Red Bull X-Alps. Everything you can imagine happened in the 2019 edition, from wild weather conditions to nerve-wracking landings in ravines – it was a race to be remembered. Once again, Chrigel Maurer took first place, in an unbelievable time of 9d 3h 6m. Hot on his heels in second place was the French newcomer, Maxime Pinot (FRA4), and in a crazy turn of events the battle for third place became a friendly tie between Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and Benoit Outters (FRA1).

There are so many reasons to sign up for Red Bull X-Alps but it takes a lot to be an athlete in the world’s toughest race. Experience, previous competitive results and the ability to hike and fly your way across the Alps are just a few factors considered. A relentless motivation and drive should carry you all the way, especially in something that demands all of your time. It’s not just a physical race, it’s a mental race too. This is the reason that every team has an official supporter, someone you can literally trust with your life. Putting together a dedicated team is as important as your training; so use the time you have to ensure you’re 150% ready.

Further dates will be announced soon! To make sure you don’t miss any important updates stay tuned on and follow Red Bull X-Alps on your favourite social media channels.

About Red Bull X-Alps

Red Bull X-Alps is the world’s toughest adventure race. With each edition, competitors from around the globe arrive in Austria for a grueling test of the body and mind. From Salzburg, they make their way only by foot and paraglider to Monaco, navigating more than 1,000 km of treacherous alpine terrain. Often covering distances of 100km per day, sometimes more, athletes must combine skill and strategy, while overcoming injury and fatigue. Many will accept defeat and drop out before the end, but a select few will stop at nothing to reach the finish line.  

The last edition of Red Bull X-Alps ended on June 27, 2019, with 32 athletes from 20 countries pushing their endurance hiking, trail running, mountaineering and paragliding skills to the limit. Their daily adventures in the mountains demand the highest level of physical strength and determination. Ultimately, the competitor’s mental fortitude and race strategy are the deciding factor. Before taking to the air each day, athletes must assess the ever-changing weather conditions and decide where and when to take off. It’s exactly this that makes Red Bull X-Alps so exciting and so unpredictable.

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