Friday, July 31, 2009

The 2009 Red Bull X-Alps Race is over

Today at 11:24 the 2009 Red Bull X-Alps has finished. Thirty athletes from 23 nations (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Slovakia, USA and Venezuela) were on the start line in Mozartplazt (Salzburg, Austria) but only two athletes (Christian Maurer and Alex Hofer) made it to Monaco.
Christian Maurer from Switzerland leads the race before the Marmolada turnpoint and hasn't looked back. On Wednesday, July 29, after 9 days, 23 hours and 54 minutes ("the fastest race ever") Maurer officially won the 2009 edition of the Red Bull X-Alps, a 818 kilometres race from Salzburg to Monaco.
Alex Hofer arrived yesterday after a 12 days effort. A balmy evening and a really joyful atmosphere awaited Hofer at the Mt. Gros. About 30 people were there including Alex's parents and supporter Nicole Schlotterer. Also Toma Coconea from Romania came to the last turnpoint of the race to cheer Hofer. He looked relaxed and well despite his disappointment over being disqualified for airspace infringements. On the 2007 edition Coconea hiked more than one thousand kilometers in order to claim the second position in the podium.
Honza Rejmanek step on to the podium alongside the two swiss athletes. Aidan Toase takes 4 place in the race. Other thirteen also hiked, ran and flew the very last second, and the other thirteen gave it their all until they retired through injury, elimination or rule infringement.
The prize giving ceremony takes place tonight at 19:30 at Stars n Bars, Monaco Harbour.