Today after 9 days, 23 hours and 54 minutes at 11:24 Christian Maurer from Switzerland officially won the 2009 edition of the Red Bull X-Alps, a 818 kilometres race from Salzburg to Monaco. This edition was the fastest Race ever. Maurer touched down this morning to the sound of clanking cow bells from a row of his friends from Switzerland who were standing on the beach. His supporter, Thomas Theurillat flew down just before him. Maurer is an awesome pilot, one of the best in the world, and he proves it. He punch solid flight out in very difficult conditions (picture attached: Christian Maurer swooping down to prepare to land at Lavotto beach in Monaco to win the 2009 edition of Red Bull X-Alps). Steve Cox, race director, gave us some clues about Maurer success last Tuesday 21 after only three days of competition: "Maurer can't walk brilliantly fast (but he) can land and pack his gear within a minute (...) He knows how to pack his wing quickly (...) and he can land his glider in really tight spots, and launch again from places others can't. His Advance glider is completely built for X-Alps. It's very easy to take-off and handle".
With Alex Hofer, the 2007 Red Bull X-Alps champion, now flying less than 150 kilometres from the finishing line in Monaco, Hofer has a strong chance of making it to goal. The Monaco goal closes 48 hours after the race leader touches down on the float. Behind him, Aidan Toase (GBR) and Honza Rejmanek (USA) are dogging it out on foot.