8th Red Bull X-Alps race paraglider-hiking – 2017.

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Look carefully, showing a formation of a head with an open mouth face looking at the paragliding ... am I on my own imagining!?!

Look carefully at the clouds … Einstein’s head with eyes, nose and open mouth looking at the paragliding … am I on my own … just my imagination!?!

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The Red Bull X-Alps race committee announced the 30 riders names of who can participate on July, 2. 2017, at the 8th Red Bull X-Alps race paraglider and hiking. The invited athletes are the best to be from 20 countries. The competition is to reach on foot or paragliders through the Alps mountain ranges more than 1000 kilometers. From Hungary Pál Takáts paragliding world champion will represent the prestigious tournament.

Among adventurers, it’s known as the ultimate race. It’s an incredible challenge, demanding not only expert paragliding skill but extreme endurance. Some athletes will hike over 100km in a day and will have covered over 900kms on foot by the time the race is over! Each team consists of one athlete and up to two supporters. No technical or outside assistance is allowed.

Many might know, but as in refreshing the competition … “The concept of the Red Bull X-Alps is a simple one!?! The 2013 race started in Salzburg early July amid a cacophony of crowds and excitement that saw the athletes burst out of the city center and up to the Gaisberg. Was the first of 10 turn points between the start, and finish line of Monaco. Athletes had to hike or fly a straight-line course of 1031kms, carrying their flying equipment at all times, which even with the latest technological developments, still weighted 8-10kgs. In reality, the athletes covered more like 2500kms by the time they finish. With a high pressure system building, perfect paragliding conditions were set up over the Alps. A light northerly airflow swept in, producing good, strong thermals that blasted athletes skywards and enabled them to make good distances by air each day. The conditions need to be good because it is a truly difficult course.”

Update Aggie Reiter

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