The Red Bull X-Alps is the world's toughest adventure race, a bold claim, but one it surely deserves. The concept is a simple one. Athletes must race through 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 over the last 10 years.
Among adventurers, it's known as the ultimate race. 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 have covered over 900km on foot 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, 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.
"What you can't get across is just how mind-blowingly epic this race is!"
Stephan Haase, Team USA2