Red Bull X-Alps pace accelerates as weather improves

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Eight days after the start in Salzburg, athletes overcome adverse conditions.

The 29 Red Bull X-Alps competitors still fighting to make it to the finish line in Monaco are finally experiencing favorable weather. Here is all you need to know: 

– Since the event’s start in Salzburg, Austria on June 16, the participants have marched through rain and snowstorms and hiked through mud and snow.

– Eight days later, the sun finally came out, and with it the possibility to paraglide and cover big distances in the air over the coming days.

– The sunny and stable conditions are set to continue for the next few days, according to the official race meteorologist Ubimet.

– To cover the 1,138km route, athletes must hit 13 turn points and some of the highest peaks and passes of the Alps across Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France. 

– This Sunday, five-time champion Christian Maurer (SUI1) was hoping to make Turnpoint 12, Cheval Blanc.

– In second place was Frenchman Maxime Pinot (FRA4), competing for the first time in the Red Bull X-Alps. On Sunday, he was still 70km behind Maurer as he approached Turnpoint 10, St Hilaire.

– Only 15km behind Pinot was Austrian athlete Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1), a podium finisher in three out of the four Red Bull X-Alps he’s competed in.

– “The race is speeding up now as flying conditions are getting better and the real distances will happen now,” said race director Christoph Weber.

– “So far it’s been incredibly hard work for the athletes. Coupled with the bad weather it’s been very tough for them, Titlis especially. Only Maurer managed to do it without the effort of hiking.”

– But adverse conditions have also brought people together. On Saturday, Gaspard Petiot (FRA2) agreed to guide Tom de Dorlodot (BEL) and Markus Anders (GER2) over the Tschingel glacier. Race rules require athletes to be accompanied by a fully-qualified mountain guide on glaciated terrain. Petiot, a guide, agreed to do it. They spent the night in the Mutthorn hut. 

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