Thursday, July 18, 2013

Red Bull X-Alps 2013: Day 12

With just hours before the curtain comes down on the 2013 Red Bull X-Alps, the remaining athletes are putting in a last desperate effort to make it to Monaco before the race ends at 12:00 on Friday.
Anyone with still a Night Pass to play pulled it Thursday. They included Victor Sebe (FRA3), Shoichiro Tadano (JPN2), Evgenii Griaznov (RUS), Pawel Faron (POL), Honza Rejmanek (USA1) and a man renowned for his running endurance — Toma Coconea (ROM). He looked set to reach Peille late evening in 10th place having hiked 750km.
Already a record number have reached the finish line. Other arrivals since Wednesday afternoon include Ferdinand van Schelven (NED), Aaron Durogati (ITA1), Martin Muller (SUI2) and Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1).
Normally only a few athletes make it to Monaco. But thanks to exceptional flying conditions, athletes have been able to cover much more ground. On Thursday evening, it looked likely that 10 athletes would make it to Monaco — a fitting number on the 10th anniversary of the first ever race.
But for anyone behind Coconea, the prognosis for making Monaco looked grim. Lying in 11th place, Honza Rejmanek (USA1) who has never made goal in three attempts, is desperate to reach the sea. But he was still nearly 150km away.
"He's giving it everything he's got", said Dave Hanning, who is part of team USA2's support team. "But it doesn't look good and the weather is working against him".
As of Thursday evening, Rejmanek — along with all the remaining athletes— were doing everything in their power to put in as much distance as possible. It's a last desperate push that will go on through the night.

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