Sunday, July 19, 2009

Red Bull X-Alps 2009 Kicks Off

At 11:30 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) will begin in Mozartplazt (Salzburg, Austria) the 2009 edition of the Red Bull X-Alps, a 818 kilometres race from Salzburg to Monaco. The challenge is to cross the Alps from East to West and finish in Monaco as quickly as possible traveling only by paragliders or by foot. Each team can choose their own route but must pass the official turning points. During the race, the athlete must fly using his minimum equipment or walk carrying his minimum equipment. The Red Bull X-Alps minimum equipment must consist of at least one paraglider, one harness, one emergency parachute, one helmet, one mobile phone, one GPSTracking-Device and one emergency signal red rocket. In addition to the GPS-Tracking-Device, every athlete is advised to carry a GPS Logger. Seventy two hours after the start of the race, the last team in the Red Bull X-Alps ranking will be eliminated. Thereafter every 48 hours the last team will be cut from the race unless the athlete has passed the turning point Mt. Blanc.
Athletes equipment also includes a complete kit of Peak Performance endurance clothing, a Suunto Core watch, Red Bull Mobile Oakley sunglasses and Petzl headlamps and safety lights.
ON the technical side, athletes will use a Bräuniger Comped+ flight instrument, a Red Bull Mobile Sony Ericsson C702 phone and Sony HDR-TG3E camcorders which will be used by the teams to record their exploits for the athletes' cam webclips. 4GB Scandisk memory cards will be used in the mobile phones and camcorders.
All athletes must make daily updates to their personal internet diaries on the Red Bull X-Alps website. Athletes must submit at least one text blog and two photos per day. At least one video blog every two days must be uploaded. Failure to do so will result in a penalty from the Race Committee.
You can watch the athletes arrive to the starting point on Facebook.