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Decade of dominance for the Swiss as he remains unbeaten in event since 2009.
Christian ‘Chrigel’ Maurer has made more history at Red Bull X-Alps by winning the adventure race for a record sixth time in a row.
The Swiss athlete has paraglided, hiked and run over 1,100km across alpine terrain from Salzburg to reach the final turnpoint in Peille, which overlooks Monaco. Here is all you need to know:
– Maurer, 36, set off from Salzburg just nine days ago and has crossed through six countries (Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Monaco), reaching 13 turnpoints on the way.
– Maurer reached the final turnpoint where the official race clock stops after a 50km hike in 35.5 ºC. He then made the symbolic flight to a landing float off Roquebrune beach in the Mediterranean Sea.
– In the 2019 edition which featured athletes from 20 countries, Maurer saw off competition from 31 rivals. His winning time of 9 days and 3 hours 6 minutes 11 seconds is still to be confirmed.
– He has never been beaten in the event and has now won the last six editions of the race in 2009, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19.
– The key to victory was when he was able to land on Titlis Mountain in Switzerland, the highest turnpoint of the race, saving his legs the 2,000m ascent on foot. Then he was able to take off, just before the weather closed in.
– The route featured the following turnpoints: Salzburg (AUT), Gaisberg (AUT), Wagrain (AUT), Aschau-Chiemsee (GER), Kronplatz (ITA), Lermoos Tiroler Zugspitz (AUT), Davos (SUI), Titlis (SUI), Eiger (SUI), Mont Blanc (FRA), St Hilaire (FRA), Monte Viso (ITA), Cheval Blanc (FRA), Peilla (FRA).
– Maurer said: “My body worked well, my team worked well so I could race fast. And I’m very happy to be here. It’s a great feeling. It was an easier start with the flying conditions but in between there were some rainy days and it was hard to walk. The last two days was very nice weather but stable [not flyable]. It was a hard end of this adventure race.”
– The race for the podium is still on with Frenchman Maxime Pinot currently comfortably in second 50km ahead of his nearest rival, Paul Guschlbauer from Austria. Guschlbauer is also battling for third with Frenchman Benoit Outters, who is just 15km behind with 200km still to go.
– Race director Christoph Weber said: “It’s an extraordinary achievement once again from a supremely talented athlete. Chrigel is not only a great pilot but he’s also super fit and prepares with incredible detail.”
– Ulrich Grill, who co-founded the race in 2003 with the late Air Race pilot and extreme sports legend Hannes Arch, said: “It was one of the longest routes with more Turnpoints than any edition, forcing athletes to cross the main chain of the Alps multiple times. The weather has not made it an easy race, forcing athletes to hike hundreds of kilometers and sometimes climb the equivalent of Mt Everest every two days. Athletes have hiked through snowstorms, rain and now through unbearable heat.”
– The race officially ends at midday on Thursday 27th June. For the remaining athletes, there is everything still to fight for.
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