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Last preparations prior to the Red Bull X-Alps 2013
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The route map of Red Bull X-Alps
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Red Bull X-Alps 2013: Sunday start!

05.07.2013 by Planetmountain

On Sunday, July 7 at 11:30am the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 gets underway, the extremely difficult paragliding and running competition all the way from Salzburg in Austria to the Principality of Monaco.

A few final preparations and then they're off! After almost two years of waiting, this Sunday what is defined as the world's most difficult paragliding and running competition will begin: the Red Bull X-Alps 2013. The start promises to be as spectacular as the rest of the race which will involve – up in the air or along the mountain crests - 31 athletes who will cross the entire Alps, from Salzburg to Principality of Monaco. Traveling across Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France along a race course that has been completely renovated to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this great endurance test.

But let's return to the spectacular start: at 11:30 am on Sunday 31 athletes (including 3 Italians) will race off from the famous Mozartplatz in the heart of Salzburg to the top of Gaisberg, the home mountain from where they can "spread their wings" and begin their journey. Before they do so the entire city will enjoy a massive party, but one thing is certain: the athletes will be focused on nothing but the difficult route that lies ahead. This leads south initially towards Dachstein, and then turns west past an immense series of peaks and valleys to finish in Southern France. The competitors can rely on only the winds and, when these are not favourable, their own leg power to get them along this 1000 km journey. To make things even more demanding there are 10 Turnpoints, 10 mountains which must be reached within a certain time limit before continueing on to that small platform suspended in the sea in front of the principality of Monaco.

Two years ago the first to cross the finishing line, after 11 days of grueling competition, was Switzerland's Christian Maurer who in doing so repeated his success two years previoulsy. While it's clear that he's the man to beat, the others will certainly take no prisoners, starting with expert South Tyrolean Andy Frötscher who has taken part in all editions.

As usual the race will be updated live online thanks to Red Bull Mobile Live Tracking, used to locate and track the route of each athlete. Furthermore, each competitor will also update his logbook with thoughts and photos. In short, they'll have plenty to do in the next few days and according to the latest news, flying conditions will be good. A high pressure system is currently building up and this will create the strong winds that will ensure a... supersonic start!



GLI ATLETI
Claudio Heidel - Team ARG
Paul Guschlbauer - Team AUT1
Mike Küng - Team AUT2
Thomas Hofbauer - Team AUT3
Thomas de Dorlodot - Team BEL
Max Fanderl - Team CAN
Michal Krysta - Team CZE
Iñigo Gabiria - Team ESP
Clement Latour - Team FRA1
Antoine Girard - Team FRA2
Victor Sebe - Team FRA3
Jon Chambers - Team GBR
Lars Budack - Team GER2
Max Mittmann - Team GER3
Aaron Durogati - Team ITA1
Peter Gebhard - Team ITA2
Andy Frötscher - Team ITA3
Kaoru Ogisawa - Team JPN1
Shoichiro Tadano - Team JPN2
Pil Pyo Hong - Team KOR
Ferdinand Van Schelven - Team NED
Babu Sunuwar - Team NPL
Pawel Faron - Team POL
Toma Coconea - Team ROM
Pierre Carter - Team RSA
Evgenii Griaznov - Team RUS
Christian Maurer - Team SUI1
Martin Muller - Team SUI2
Honza Rejmanek - Team USA1
Stephan Haase - Team USA2
Raul Penso - Team VEN

RED BULL X-ALPS 2013
02/07/2013 - Red Bull X-ALPS: the countdown starts, adrenaline rises
28/06/2013 - Red Bull X-Alps 2013 and the Italian athletes: Andy Frötscher
12/06/2013 - Red Bull X-Alps 2013 and the Italian athletes: Aaron Durogati
05/06/2013 - Red Bull X-Alps 2013: July take off!

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