Red Bull X-Alps

Team ITA2

Tobias Grossrubatscher

  • Nationality: Italy
  • Date of birth: 05. Oct. 1993
  • Profession: Timberman
  • Supporter: Lukas Hitthaler
  • Glider: Ozone Lm6
  • Sponsors: Eurospin, Seiser Alm, Arcteryx, Superfly360, Sport Kostner, Paraclinic, On Shoes, Dolomiti Sportclinic, 181 Fitness, XC Tracer, Kronfly, HOB Hoch und Tiefbau, Basisrausch.ch, Sponser.it, Leki, Uvex, Skywalk, Ozone Paragliders
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  • Tobias Grossrubatscher, the Italian rookie in Red Bull X-Alps 2017, will be looking to catch his fellow countryman and make it to Monaco. He's been preparing for the race since 2015 and is hoping that his clear head and smart thinking will carry him all the way to Monaco.
  • When and why did you begin paragliding?
    Two of my uncles have been flying for more than 20 years. One of them took me on a tandemflight when I was 10 years old. After this experience, I knew that this would be my sport and I have to learn it. In 2010, I did my license in Italy.
  • Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
    From 2011, I've been flying races. Highlights: 2015 Worldcup Spain Ager 24 place 2015 Worldcup Superfinale 52 place 2015 General Ranking Italy 11 place 2015 Coppa Italia S.Elisabetta 1 place 2016 Boardairline Tolmin 7 place 2016 Boardairline Levico.
  • What is your mountaineering experience?
    Several via ferata's, some climbing in the Dolomites and Ortler group, like Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lagazuoi, Fiames and Ortler.
  • What is your paragliding experience?
    I began at 16 years with groundhandling and until I had my license, I tried to get in the air every free minute I found. In 2011 I discovered paragliding races and until 2015 I did many races where I learned a lot, especially to fly fast! At the end of 2015 I discovered Hike and Fly and all the beautiful faces about that other form of paragliding. I've been preparing for Red Bull X-Alps 2017 for more than a year now, hoping that I get chosen. I'm doing now a lot more XC flights from places I've never been and where nobody was starting or flying before, trying to prepare as well as possible for that kind of race.
  • What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
    Boardairline and a lot of Biwak flights. In 2016, I started at the SouthTyrol Ultraskyrace with 121km and 7554 meters altitude difference to test my fitness and finding my personal limits.
  • What does your typical training week consist of?
    I train about 4 times a week intense Hike and Trailrunning, and when possible I always take my paraglider with me. Tuesday, after 10 hours of work, I go for a 1000m ascent hike, on Thursday I do the same. Saturday and Sunday I always plan climbs around 1000m vertical with new starting places and trying to reach new goals to fly. If there is bad weather, I go trailrunning for several hours.
  • What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
    Once I was flying in our home spot Seiser Alp when suddenly a strong wind blew me over the mountain. I was flying backwards and crashed into a little house. I broke several bones and was injured for about half a year. On the other side, there are so many beautiful moments in the sky - the best was one flight after work in 2014. which took me over 3800m above Seiser Alp with no clouds and calm thermals!
  • What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
    To qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Brazil. My 24th place during the World Cup in Spain. Qualifying for the World Cup Superfinal in Mexico. Southtyrol Ultrasky Marathon over 121km and 7554 Meters.
  • When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    The year after I started paragliding in 2011, I saw it on the web and since then I followed each race on the internet.
  • Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
    No, not yet!
  • What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    To start in a new unknown adventure that was a dream until I began to fly and to search for my personal limits trough the race.
  • What will be your strategy during the race?
    My strategy is to find the perfect compromise between safety and going fast. I have to evalutate every step exactly, so that I can move fast, without taking risks or false decisions. The goal is to reach Monaco.
  • 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?
    Because I think with my strategy we can eliminate false decisions and get forward fast all the way to Monaco.
  • What scares you the most about the event?
    To be too tired to make the right decisions in the right moment. Once in the air, drastic weather changes.
  • Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
    No, not yet, but getting a little taste what it takes in Boarderline and the Ultraskyrace.

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