Red Bull X-Alps

Day 8: What a race so far

Race reporter Tom Payne on the sheer scale of the Red Bull X-Alps

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) approaches Mont Blanc © zooom.at/Sebastian Marko
 Gaspard Petiot (FRA4) © zooom.at/Kelvin Trautman
 Sebastian Huber (GER3) arrives at Planfait © zooom.at/Sebastian Marko
 Aaron Durogati (ITA) © zooom.at/Kelvin Trautman
 Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) © zooom.at/Sebastian Marko

Last night another day closed on the Red Bull X-Alps. There has been 133.5 hours of racing, making the Red Bull X-Alps over six times longer than the Ultratrail du Mont Blanc, 22 times longer than the Patrouille des Glaciers, and nearly 50 times longer than a marathon. And it's not over yet.

Day 7 brought us some of the race's lows, but Day 8 showed us the highs. The teams today experienced so much.

The solid tactical determination of Antoine Girard and FRA2. The mastery of Chrigel Maurer and SUI1. The elation of Gaspard Petiot and his supporters in FRA4. The bravery and innovation of Paul Guschlbauer and AUT1.

The close, perfect teamwork of Aaron Durogati and team ITA, the dry humour of Nick Neynens and team NZL and the pure energy of Gavin McClurg and Team USA2. The weather knowledge of Honza Rejmanek and USA1, and the sometimes unexpected adventures of Chi-Kyong Ha and KOR.

The delight in all that the mountains have to offer in Peter von Bergen and SUI4, and the shear unstoppable nature of Dawn Westrum and USA3.

All of these moments, and much else, happened today. Day 8 was a day of many stories. Tomorrow there will be many more.

Photos:

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) approaches Mont Blanc © zooom.at/Sebastian Marko

Gaspard Petiot (FRA4) © zooom.at/Kelvin Trautman

Sebastian Huber (GER3) arrives at Planfait © zooom.at/Sebastian Marko

Aaron Durogati (ITA) © zooom.at/Kelvin Trautman

Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) © zooom.at/Sebastian Marko