The Red Bull X-Alps is the world's toughest adventure race. It's a bold claim – but one it surely deserves. It's difficult to think of another race that demands such a high level of fitness and technical skill – or lasts so long.
The rules are simple. Athletes must race across the Alps, by foot or paraglider, a straight-line distance of 1,038km. Over the years, the race has attracted and tested to the limit some of the world's top adventurers. It demands 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 – and 1000's of meters in altitude – 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, strategy, food, medical support and provide psychological assistance. (The role of the supporter is hugely important – they are the unsung heroes of the race.)
Athletes can race between the hours of 05:00 to 22:30. Since 2013, athletes have been able to pull a Led Lenser NightPass that allows them to push-on through the night on foot, normally a mandatory rest period. The race starts on July 5th, 2015.
“The Red Bull X-Alps is the definition of true adventure.” Gavin McClurg (Team USA2).
NEW IN 2015: POWERTRAVELLER PROLOGUE
New in 2015 is a one-day Prologue on July 2. Athletes start and finish in Fuschl am See, passing the Turnpoints of the Zwölferhorn and Schafberg peaks. The first three athletes each gain a five-minute headstart on the main race start and an additional Led Lenser Nightpass to keep racing through the night.