The Red Bull X-Alps is the world's toughest adventure race, a bold claim, but one it surely deserves. The concept is simple. Athletes must race across the alps, by foot or paraglider, a straight-line distance of approximately 1,000km. Its simplicity is something that has attracted and tested to the limit some of the world's top adventurers since the race first took place in 2003.
Among adventurers, it's known as the ultimate race. Held every other year, it's an incredible challenge, demanding 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 by the time the race is over – and climb thousands of meters in altitude!
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, food and mental help. Athletes can race between the hours of 05:00 to 22:30. Since 2013, athletes can each pull one 'Night Pass' that allows them to push-on through the night on foot. The next race will take place in July 2015. The route will be announced in the spring.
“The Red Bull X-Alps is the definition of true adventure.” Gavin McClurg (Team USA2).