The countdown to Redbull X-Alps 2017 its started
On July 2, the 32 athletes ready to face in flight or walk a path of over 1100 kilometers25 May 2017
Only six weeks separate athletes from the start of the Red Bull X Alps, for many the most demanding race of their career.
On Saturday, July 2, 32 champions from 21 nations will travel 1138 km on the Alps from Salzburg to Munich, on foot and paragliding. Strategy and training are indispensable to get ready for the challenge, as some of the participants tell.
Aaron Durogati (ITA) is at his third appearance at Red Bull X-Alps after a seventh place in 2013 and a sixth place in 2015. Class 1986, Durogati is ahead of Paragliding World Cup victory in 2013 in Colombia And will try to dump the four-time Swiss champion Christian "Chrigel" Maurer from the Red Bull X-Alps podium.
"I'm trying to plan my race as much as possible - explains Merano's athlete - hoping the weather is favorable and it will not happen again in extremely difficult conditions like in 2015".
Toma Coconea (ROU) is the only athlete who participated in all eight Red Bull X-Alps editions, winning two second positions. "I will be in the Alps in May - reveals the Race Adventist Specialist - and I will be back a few weeks before the race to check checkpoints and to work out a precise race schedule".
The legend of the aerobatic Pal Takats (HUN) renews its participation after the first in 2009. Reduces a knee injury and a career break in long-distance flying, lives and trains in Innsbruck, following a rigorous program of Training that focuses on racing, hiking and flying sessions. "The most important factors are tactics and making fewer possible mistakes - it tells about the competition - Preparation is never enough to handle this race!".