Guschlbauer goes for gold again
It's not as long or as tough as Red Bull X-Alps, but the Red Bull Dolomitenmann is just as legendary. Paul Guschlbauer is back for more.
It's eight weeks since the end of the Red Bull X-Alps but there's still one epic adventure race left in the summer calendar for Paul Guschlbauer – Red Bull Dolomitenmann.
The legendary adventure relay race is back for its 28th year this weekend and the Austrian athlete is back for his 8th time. “It's fun,” says Paul, “it's a really interesting challenge.”
The race consists of four disciplines – mountain running, paragliding, whitewater kayaking and mountain biking. It takes place in the spectacular Lienz Dolomites of East Tyrol, Austria.
For Paul, who's naturally doing the paragliding stage, it's not just about flying. You first have to run to the launch site. Athletes then fly down to Moosalm where they have to land and then run to the next launch site before flying to the handover to mountain bikers.
“The paragliding stage is kind of the same as Red Bull X-Alps only it doesn't last two weeks!” he says. “You're not just flying, you're also running!”
He adds: “This time we have the coolest team ever. We all know each other and are strong athletes. I have won the paragliding stage three times but have never won overall. I would like to win with my team, that's the goal!”
“The paragliding is not the most technical but not everybody can do it. You have to find the right line and it's not that easy. To be really fast you have to fly really well!”
Fortunately, if there's one person who does fly well, it's the Austrian flying ace Paul Guschlbauer.
Stay tuned – after the race, we'll catch up with Paul to hear about his Red Bull X-Alps recovery and how his paragliding experience came in handy while flying a fixed wing airplane recently.