Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
32 athletes get the 1,138km Red Bull X-Alps race underway.
Under threat of
thunderstorms, 32 athletes from around the world set off from Salzburg,
Austria on the biannual Red Bull X-Alps adventure race today. Here is all you need to know:
The destination is the blue waters of Monaco. On their way they must
hit 13 turn points and some of the highest peaks and passes of the Alps
across Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France.
start gun fired at Salzburg’s Mozartplatz at 11.30am CEST and athletes
set off through the old city to cheering crowds, curious onlookers and
the sound of church bells. Their sightseeing tour through the old town
was quickly over however as they crossed the Salzach river and began the
gruelling ascent of 1,282m turn point 1, the Gaisberg.
– The first athlete to reach the summit was Maxime Pinot of France in a time of 1h 05m 50s.
Earlier in the day there had been some doubt whether athletes would be
able to fly from the summit due to the risk of thunderstorms, but in
front of hundreds of supporters and fans, the athletes flew off to turn
point 2 at Wagrain-Kleinarl.
– Ulrich Grill, race organiser,
said: “What these athletes are undertaking is one of the world’s
greatest adventures. Crossing the Alps only by foot or paraglider from
Salzburg to Monaco is an incredible performance, demanding not just
physical endurance but mental strength. It’s the perfect challenge of
body and mind. It’s going to be an exciting race.”
– Athletes spent the pre-race week in Wagrain-Kleinarl, which hosted the Prologue on Thursday.
Earliest predictions could see the first athletes make the mountain
resort later this afternoon. From there, they’ll turn around and head
north-west to Aschau-Chiemsee in Germany.
–Helmut Schrempf of Austria, Kaoru Ogisawa of Japan and Benoît Outters
of France have all pulled their night passes and are now allowed to
travel through the night. Outters earned a second night pass by winning
Thursday’s Prologue, which he can use later in the race.
To find out more and follow the action live, click HERE.