Monday, July 3, 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Race On...

The Red Bull X-Alps 2017 will be the eighth edition of the world's toughest adventure race. It starts on July 2th and will see 32 athletes from 21 countries battling over 1,000km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco via 7 mandatory turnpoints in 7 different countries, in the fastest time possible. Every kilometer must be covered either on foot or flown by paraglider.It's a formidable undertaking and takes place in one of most breathtaking yet also unforgiving environments. Each team consists of one athlete and up to two supporters. No technical or outside assistance is allowed.
Here are the highlights from day 1 of Red Bull X-Alps 2017. The athletes start their epic journey on a day with the worst weather conditions in the history of the race.
A rainy Mozartplatz set the mood for the start of the Red Bull X-Alps earlier today, with athletes arriving covered by umbrellas, wearing rain ponchos and just trying to stay dry.
The scene on the Gaisberg wasn't very different, with stormy winds, low visibility and pouring rain.
The first two athletes to summit the Gaisberg were Sebastian Huber (GER1) with a time of 1h03m, followed by Toma Coconea (ROU), summiting in 1h10m.
Chrigel Maurer (SUI1), Aaron Durogati (ITA), Nelson de Freyman (FRA3) and Benoit Outters (FRA4) made the top of the Gaisberg as a pack in a time of 1hr 12mins.
Watch them as they power through the rain to Turnpoint 1 at the Gaisberg and then on to Turnpoint 2: Triglav, Slovenia!

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