For this year edition, some exciting updates have been added to the Red Bull Mobile Live Tracking system so fans can experience the 2013 Red Bull X-Alps like never before. Following the athletes as they battle weather and exhaustion all the way from Salzburg to Monaco will be even more thrilling.
Each athlete will carry a GPS device that constantly transmits their position via GPRS. This means all athletes will be trackable in real time, so fans can instantly locate where each athlete is on a live map as well as the route they are taking. Using Google Earth, these routes can also be viewed in 3D, so fans can visualize the challenges they are facing as they journey across the Alps.
Ranking and statistics will be updated in real time too, so discovering who has just taken the lead, whether the athlete is flying or hiking, and what distance they have covered each day, will be instantly accessible.
Furthermore, the weather functionality has been vastly improved and even more features are planned to be released soon. This includes a weather overlay on the map, so it is possible to see the conditions the athletes struggle against. This adds an interesting twist for all the viewers who can watch how each team’s strategy will adapt to an oncoming patch of bad weather.
With mobile device functionality and added live chat, the race is more accessible and sociable – discussions between fans can take place throughout the race and everyone will be able to sneak a quick look at the updates on their smart device.
At least 1 million people are expected to watch the race via Live Tracking on http://www.redbullxalps.com/.