The Red Bull X-Alps adventure race is a hiking and paragliding event through the length of the European Alps. It’s the highest profile paragliding event in the world and great honor to be accepted. We will be the first ever New Zealand team to compete in this event, which is billed as one of the “worlds toughest adventure races” and attracts a significant worldwide audience. Aside from a South African entrant, we are the only representatives from the Southern Hemisphere, in a race dominated by Europeans. The TV 3 news clip explains the race in more detail from a team NZ perspective.
The rules are simple. Athletes must race across the Alps, by foot or paraglider, a straight-line distance of 1,038km. Over the years, the race has attracted and tested to the limit some of the world’s top adventurers. It demands not only expert paragliding skill but extreme endurance. Some athletes will hike over 100km in a day and will cover hundreds of kilometers on foot – and 1000’s of meters in altitude – by the time the race is over!Each team consists of one athlete and one supporter.
No technical or outside assistance is allowed. The supporter is just there to help with logistics, strategy, food, medical support and provide psychological assistance. (The role of the supporter is hugely important – they are the unsung heroes of the race.)Athletes can race between the hours of 05:00 to 22:30. Since 2013, athletes have been able to pull a NightPass that allows them to push-on through the night on foot, normally a mandatory rest period. The race starts on July 5th, 2015.
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