Red Bull X-Alps

Team ARG

Claudio Heidel Schemberger

  • Nationality: Argentina
  • Date of birth: 05. Nov. 1974
  • Profession: Software Engineer
  • Supporter: Jorge Zimmerman
  • Glider: Bruce Golsmith Lynx
  • Website: http://heidel.es
  • Sponsors: Bruce Goldsmith Design, P.A.C. Original, Leki, Icaro 2000
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  • Argentinian adventure athlete Claudio Heidel Schemberger is no rookie when it comes to adventure and endurance sports. Having competed in the 2013 Red Bull X-Alps, Claudio is back this year to prove he has what it takes. As an experienced trailrunner and flier, with a number of big events (X-Pyr, the Transvulcania) on his resume, he knows how crucial planning and pacing is.
  • When and why did you begin paragliding?
    I started flying in 1998. I first saw the sport a few years before that in San Carlos de Bariloche - Patagonia to see a French landing near where he was. From that moment I started to buy magazines in French (and did not understand this language). Why? I guess because near the house where I grew up was a military base and on Saturday paratroopers jumped from the Hercules aircraft, something that I loved to watch.
  • Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
    I have competed in regional leagues, some national and some pre-PWC events. I recently participated in the X-Pyr (www.x-pyr.com) mountain race. I finished in 5th place.
  • What is your mountaineering experience?
    I've practiced hiking and climbing for years and lately started running mountain ultra marathons, like the Transvulcania (www.transvulcania.com), which is 112km self supported.
  • What is your paragliding experience?
    18 years.
  • What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
    I'm a fan of endurance racing and I practice cross country flights whenever I can and racing trail ultra marathons.
  • What does your typical training week consist of?
    During the week I go to the gym daily for lunch and in the afternoon I run. The weekends is when I fly and / or ground run more miles in the mountains.
  • What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
    The best moment was passing through the village of Cercedilla (km 70 of 100) during the Madrid-Segovia ultramarathon and out of this I felt the strongest emotions which pushed me through the final km! Without doubt the worst is when there is an accident.
  • What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
    I could not quantify what the greatest achievements are, but these excited me most: Coming up to the top of Teide (Spain roof) Relief from the beach in Tenerife, the ultra marathon Madrid-Segovia (100Km), Transvulcania (83Km), complete the races, crossing the Pyrenees and flying ...
  • When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    I know about it since the first edition.
  • Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
    Yes, in 2013.
  • What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    All the preparation. All that will live in the planning and execution of the event and the people who will undoubtedly be an environment where people will find not in its pure after so many days of effort. Each will be as it is. And obviously being in the greatest race in the world paragliding.
  • What will be your strategy during the race?
    Sustainability. Rest and race should be dosed right.
  • On average, over a third of the Red Bull X-Alps participants fail to finish the event. Why do you think you will make it?
    I have the experience of running in the mountains and I got the X-Pyr; dosage is the secret.
  • What scares you the most about the event?
    Participating in the Red Bull X-Alps is a challenge in all aspects.
  • Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
    The X-Pyr is similar in many respects, but is shorter (450km) and its valley traverses, while in the Red Bull X-Alps the mountains are higher and the valleys are longitudinal to the path of the route.