Red Bull X-Alps

RULESVERSION 2016/1.3

1. Overview

1.1   Red Bull X-Alps is an adventure and paragliding competition for selected international Athletes. 
 
1.2   The challenge is to cross the Alps from East to West and finish in Monaco as quickly as possible travelling only by paraglider or by foot. Teams will travel past turnpoints defined by the Race Committee. The landing float in Monaco is the official finish line but the clock stops at the last turnpoint in Peille, which determines all rankings.
 
1.3   All decisions regarding the organisation and running of the Red Bull X-Alps are made by the Race Committee. The Race Committee consists of:

Christoph Weber (Race Director)
Ulrich Grill (Organiser), zooom productions
Jojo Pölzl (Event Director)

Any questions or queries for the Race Committee before the race start must be made to info(at)redbullxalps.com, during the race to Christoph Weber via race(at)redbullxalps.com.

2. Conditions for Participation

2.1   Only teams selected by the Red Bull X-Alps Race Committee are allowed to take part at the Red Bull X-Alps 2017.

2.2   Participants must register as a team. Teams consist of two members – one Athlete with a solo paraglider and one Supporter. Single registration is not allowed. 

2.3   All Athletes and Supporters must be highly qualified and experienced in paragliding and mountaineering to participate in the event. 

2.4   Only Athletes with a valid official paragliding license may take part. 

2.5   Only Supporters with a valid official paragliding license, sufficient skill and equipment in compliance with the legal requirements are allowed to fly.

The equipment and piloting skill will be checked prior to the race.

Supporters are not allowed to take off from the first official launch spot until all the athletes have left the airspace.

The flight from Peille to the float in Monaco is limited to the athletes only. 

2.6   Every Athlete and Supporter who wants to paraglide during the race must prove third party liability insurance for the paraglider used during this competition. The insurance sum has to be within a limit of at least 1.5 million Euros. Every Athlete and paragliding Supporter must prove emergency rescue insurance, including helicopter rescue, to cover the expected rescue costs in the countries (minimum 10.000, - Euro) where the event takes place.

The third party liability insurance, including helicopter rescue insurance, can also be obtained directly before the competition from the Race Committee for EUR 120,-. The insurance options will be valid during the event only. These insurances do not include accident insurance.

Accident insurance, valid in all countries visited during the race, must be proved by Athletes and Supporters. The Insurance must cover medical treatment and hospital use for during competition. (NOTE: Many mountain sport policies EXCLUDE competition.)

The race organization will provide a document which outlines the mandatory services to be signed and confirmed by the athlete’s insurance company.

Insurance documentation must be available in German or English.

WITHOUT THESE INSURANCES THE TEAM IS NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION.

2.7   Every member of a team must sign a disclaimer that will be provided by the organisation committee. 

2.8   Each athlete has to present a sport medical certificate including an exercise electrocardiogram with blood pressure, pulse measurement and a medical report certifying the his or her ability to take part in a long-distance endurance race. The certificate must not be older than six months.

3. Selection

3.1   The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 32 teams.

3.2   The Race Committee determines the selection of Athletes.

4. Race-Schedule

4.1   June 23, 2017:  Athlete interviews, photo shoots and filming

All Athletes may be requested to be available during the week leading up to the event.

4.2   June 26, 2017 at 11:00 LT (local time): Latest arrival for teams at the race office?

Athletes or Supporters who do not arrive by this time at the race office will not be permitted to start the race. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Race Director must be informed immediately.

4.3 June 29, 2017 -  Leatherman Prologue

4.4   June 29, 2017 -  Official reception and athletes' dinner

4.5   July 1, 2017 - Official press conference (location tbc)

4.6   July 2, 2017 - Start of Red Bull X-Alps 2017

4.7   July 5, 2017

The last team in the Red Bull X-Alps rankings will be eliminated. Thereafter the last team will be cut from the race every 48 hours.

This rule applies only to Athletes who have not voluntarily quit the race.

4.8   Race finish: A team is seen as having completed the race as soon as the Athlete has reached the landing float in Monaco. The race then lasts another 24 hours, or at least up until 12:00 local time on July 13, 2017 in case of an early finishing time.

4.9   All teams, including withdrawn Athletes, are expected to attend the prize-giving ceremony and party, which will take place within 36 hours of the race finish. If the race ends by midday on the final day, the party will take place that evening. If the race ends after midday, the party will take place the following evening. In case of an early finishing time the ceremony will take place on July 15, 2017.

4.10   The race can only be cancelled by the Race Committee.

5. General Conditions

5.1  A team consists of two participants, an Athlete flying a solo paraglider and the Athlete's Supporter. Each Athlete nominates one Supporter during online registration. The Supporter cannot be replaced during the race or quit unless due to sickness, injury or exceptional circumstances. In this event, the Race Committee must be informed. The Race Committee must approve any change of Supporters beforehand.

5.2  During the race, the Athlete must fly their solo paraglider or hike without any form of physical assistance, whilst carrying the mandatory equipment. Any other transportation assistance, including any kind of motorized flying vehicles, from any third parties is strictly prohibited. 

5.3  During rest periods the Athlete is not permitted to move away from his stop position (position where the rest period began) by more than 250m. The exception is when athletes reach Peille and wait to fly to the landing float in the sea. In this case the rule is not applicable, but athletes must switch off their tracking device and have a clearance from the Race Committee.  

5.4  The Athletes have to make an uninterrupted rest stop from 22:30 until 05:00. Every Athlete can ignore the rest period once in the race by using the "Ledlenser Nightpass". The first three winners of the Leatherman Prologue each gain an additional "Ledlenser Nightpass" and therefore can ignore the rest period twice. Usage of the "Ledlenser Nightpass" has to be announced to the Race Committee by 12:00 LT on the same day the "Ledlenser Nightpass" will be used. 

5.5  The Athlete is responsible for the recharging of his tracking devices.

5.6  The Supporter can use any means of transportation apart from any kind of motorized flying vehicles. Team vehicles have to be branded with official Red Bull X-Alps stickers provided by the organization.

5.7  An authorised UIAGM mountain guide must accompany teams for dangerous hiking and climbing sections on glaciers or extreme alpine conditions.

Teams must report to the Safety Director before appointing a guide and attempting a difficult section. The Safety Director must approve the appointment and give permission for the team and guide to continue. The Race Committee will determine the most obvious of these difficult sections prior to the race start. If a team approaches any other difficult section, the Race Committee can insist they are accompanied by a mountain guide before continuing.

5.8  The Supporter has to be available 24/7 to the organization team and for media requests. If needed she/he has to travel towards the organization for collections (e.g.: memory cards) or help with other handovers.

5.9  Each team must be prepared for spot checks by the Race Committee during the race. These spot checks will inspect the teams’ equipment and their method of transportation or movement. 

5.10 The Athlete can at any time during the race, starting already with the arrival at the race location, be obliged to take a doping test. 

The Race Committee will refer to the newest prohibited list published by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) and available to view on www.wada-ama.org 

Tests will be carried out by the Red Bull X-Alps Race Doctor.

5.11 Any Athlete or team can quit the race at any time, after informing the Race Committee. 

5.12 The Race Committee has the right to change any rules before and during the race. 

5.13 Athletes who fail to comply with any of these regulations will be subject to a penalty, as assessed by and at the discretion of the Race Committee. Penalties shall range from a minimum of 1 hour and no maximum, with disqualification being an option. Penalties are subject to a final decision by the Race Committee. 

5.14 Athletes with penalty times have to prolong their next rest for the duration of their penalty time. In case the Athlete reaches the goal before his next rest time, the outstanding penalty time will be added to his overall time. 

5.15  The Race Committee reserves the right to give penalties and disqualify an Athlete who acts irresponsibly towards their own safety, towards others or towards the sport, the event organisation or related sponsors.

The Race Doctor and the Race Committee have the authority to stop an Athlete in a medical situation and call a timeout from continuing further until the situation can be assessed and a final decision made in cooperation with the Race Committee.

6. Flight Rules

6.1   Athletes are not allowed to fly between 21:00 and 06:00.

6.2   All Athletes are obliged to respect VFR (Visual Flight Rules) regulations. Any Athlete violating VFR rules takes full responsibility of the legal consequences. 

All Athletes are also obliged to respect forbidden zones defined by the Red Bull X-Alps organization. An Athlete's altitude is verified by the GPS height recorded by live tracking. If possible a backup track (IGC) is used to verify a violation and then this GPS height will be used as evidence. 

The route flown will be tracked by the GPS logger. The exact notification of the forbidden zones will take place at the briefing before the race start. The Race Committee will supply all teams with electronic maps of the forbidden zones.

6.3   Launching is to be done without any assistance. Holding the paraglider or the Athlete is allowed only for safety reasons on structural parts belonging to the normal flight equipment and must only be held by hand. E.g. no type of winch towing is allowed.

7. Equipment

7.1   The Red Bull X-Alps is a paragliding cross country event, therefore the use of paragliders with 16m² (laid out surface) or less, or of a surface loading exceeding 6kg/m², (so called speedgliders) are prohibited.

All flying equipment has to be certified and fulfill the latest edition of the following certification standards:

Paraglider: EN 926-2 and 926-1 or LTF 91/09

Harness: EN 1651 with certified protection or LTF 91/09

Rescue system: EN 12491 or LTF 91/09

Helmet: EN 966

Athletes and the Supporters who plan to paraglide must provide documentation that the equipment fulfills the requested standards at the equipment check. The certification of the used paraglider and harness has to be finished by the certification institute latest by June 1, 2017.

A complete list of the equipment that will be used in the race has to be provided by June 1, 2017.

7.2   The Athlete must always carry or fly with their mandatory equipment. ?Spot checks can be carried out at any time by the Race Committee. The Red Bull X-Alps mandatory equipment consists of:

To be supplied by the athlete:

one paraglider 

one harness including a protector

one emergency parachute 

one helmet 

one Spot tracker or Delorme tracker with online tracking ability

one distress flare with three shots for sending a visible signal in case of emergency in remote areas

one Android mobile phone with an official number as contact (Athletes are responsible to install race-relevant Red Bull X-Alps apps)

To be provided by the race organization:

one live tracking GPS-Tracking-Device

The link to the online tracking of the used satellite tracker has to be forwarded to the Race Committee. 

For difficult climbing stages, which include a via ferrata, every Athlete has to bring and use one climbing harness and one via ferrata set, both of which have to be CE certified.

We highly recommend Athletes take the following equipment on all trails or flights that lead into high alpine areas and away from official roads: 

Wind- and waterproof jacket and pants, hat, gloves, sufficient warm layers (top and bottom), emergency food & water, headlamp, spare batteries, whistle, silver blanket, first aid kit.   

7.3   No item on the Red Bull X-Alps mandatory equipment list can be exchanged during the race. The only exception is if the equipment is damaged or stolen, in which case the Race Committee must be informed immediately.

7.4   All teams must have their equipment, including rescue systems, checked and approved by the Race Director before the race start. Overloading of the Paragliders and the used rescue systems is not allowed (takeoff weight has to be within the certified maximum loading of the used Paragliders and rescue system).

8. Branding Guidelines

8.1 Official Red Bull X-Alps Participants Logo

The Red Bull X-Alps participants logo, as shown in the Branding Guidelines, may be used on athlete’s personal communications (websites, facebook cover images, etc.) as well as personal print materials (autograph cards, business cards, stickers etc.). Furthermore it may be used on non-commercial clothing like athlete’s training apparel and fanclub items. Under no circumstance must these items be sold to the public.

The logo must not be used for any commercial purposes (personal sponsor ads, promotional materials etc.)

The Red Bull X-Alps participants logo must not be altered in any way and always has to be used on even white background. The proportions, spacing and color of the logo must remain constant and must not be stretched or distorted.

Vector format logo versions are available for athletes upon request.

8.2 Official Red Bull X-Alps Athletes Wear

Athletes and official supporters receive their branded clothing in the race office during preparations week in Fuschl am See. (26.06.2017 - 02.07.2017)

Athletes Wear includes: 1x Headband, 1x Cap, 1x Rain Jacket or Softshell Jacket, 1x long sleeve T-shirt, 2x short sleeve T-Shirts, 1x Long Pants, 1x Shorts, 1x Lycra Shirt as Bib, 1x Pair of Speedhiking Shoes

Official Supporters receive: 1x Headband, 1x Cap, 1x Rain Jacket or Softshell Jacket, 2x short sleeve T-Shirts, 1x Shorts, 1x Pair of Speedhiking Shoes

The official Red Bull X-Alps and partner logos must not be covered by any other clothing. (Such as branded collars.)

It is not allowed for athletes to place any personal sponsor logos on the official Red Bull X-Alps Jackets, T-Shirts and Cap. (athletes wear only) 

8.3 Official Press Conferences - Clothing

Athletes must wear a top (as the outermost layer) or cap from the official Red Bull X-Alps athletes clothing during official Red Bull X-Alps Press Conferences. 

It is not allowed to place any personal sponsor logos that are in competition or conflict with the event title sponsor Red Bull or the event partner Salewa. Clothing from a competitor of Salewa with large logos or branding is forbidden. 

8.4 Official Photo and Film Shoots - Clothing

Athletes must wear official Red Bull X-Alps shoes, pants, top and cap during all official photo and film shoots. 

It is not allowed to place any personal sponsor logos that are in competition or conflict with the event title sponsor Red Bull or the event partner Salewa. Clothing from a competitor of Salewa with large logos or branding is forbidden.

Breaking any of these rules will result in a time penalty.

8.5 Official Racing Bib

The bib (speedarm) must always be worn as the outermost layer of clothing during the flights. Failure to do so will result in a time penalty. 

Athletes may request two personal sponsor logos for the spots A, B and C (communicated to the organization in advance). Personal sponsor logo placements will be allowed in the respective areas, as long as they don’t conflict or are in competition with the title sponsor Red Bull or one of the Red Bull X-Alps partners. The logos will be printed within 8x4 centimeters in position A and within 4x10 centimeters in the spot B and C.

The personal sponsor logos must be supplied to the Race Committee in vector format by April 07, 2017. Failure to provide the logos in the correct format by the given date will result in the personal sponsor logos not being printed onto the speedarms. Cost of the printing of the personal logos onto the bibs will be paid by the Athlete. (Approximately 50€/spot) Athletes will receive their individual racing bib during preparations week in Fuschl am See.

The collar of the official race speedarm must not be covered. Any clothing worn around the neck must be unbranded and not cover the collar sponsors.

The official Red Bull X-Alps racing bib must not be covered by any other clothing or non-essential equipment. 

Breaking any of these rules will result in a time penalty.

8.6 The Glider

The glider canopy must have one continuous plain white area that covers a minimum of 75% of the top and bottom surface areas. Red Bull X-Alps logos and official sponsor logos have to be placed on plain white background.

Red Bull X-Alps logos and official sponsor logos will appear on every Athlete's gliders in the following locations: 

On the stabilizers (right and left, on top and bottom, 60x60cm); in the centre (top or bottom to be specified by the Race Committee, 255x120cm); to either side (left or right of the centre logo, top and bottom, 85x92cm and 140x38cm).

All logo positions have a buffer zone around them where no other branding is permitted. The zone is approximately 25% of the size of the logo and applies either side of every official logo position. 

There are three designated personal sponsors spots. Personal sponsors spots may contain more than one logo. Combined all personal sponsor logos must not cover more space than 3,06m2 in total for the main sponsor spot and 0,55m2 in total for the secondary sponsor spots. Logo sizes are calculated by taking a square around the logo. (not accurate surface-calculation of fonts or design elements)

Personal sponsors and logo placements are allowed in the marked areas. If they are in competition with the title sponsor Red Bull they are not allowed on the glider. If they are in competition with one of the 2 Red Bull X-Alps primary partners which will be announced they must go on the opposite side of the glider.

Athletes have to announce their Glider Sponsors for the respective areas by May 01, 2017 latest. Failure to provide this list by the given date could result in having some sponsors not approved.

Official Red Bull X-Alps stickers and exact guidelines for branding gliders (what goes on top or bottom) for each athlete will be supplied to all Athletes prior to the event and must be applied according to Red Bull X-Alps rules.

Athletes must supply a photo of the glider with all the stickers in the right position (not sticked) to the Race Committee within two weeks after receiving the stickers. The Race Committee will then give feedback to the athletes within 2 weeks. If the layout is approved by the Race Committee the athlete can stick the stickers on the glider. If the Race Committee deems that the stickers have not been applied in the correct positions, the Athletes must re-brand the glider and will bear the costs of doing so.  

All backup gliders need to be the exact same make and model as the race glider. If an athlete wants to brand his backup glider it needs to be a 100% copy of the approved race glider branding. If the backup glider is needed during the race, the Race Committee will provide this team with another set of official Red Bull X-Alps stickers which needs to be applied by the team immediately.

All Glider Brandings and Logo Placements need to be pre-approved by the Race Committee. Gliders of official supporters are not allowed to be branded.

Appendix 8.6 The Glider Graphics

Official Red Bull X-Alps stickers and clear guidelines for every individual glider branding will be sent to the athletes prior to the race. (what goes on top or bottom).

8.7 The Helmet

One Red Bull X-Alps sponsor logo will appear on every Athlete’s helmet. Athletes must keep 10x10 cm of the frontal area (centered and starting at the lower rim of the helmet) on their helmet free for a sticker provided by the organizers. There is also a buffer zone around this sticker in which no other stickers may be placed. The buffer zone extends 5cm to the top, and left and right sides of the sticker, and between the bottom of the sticker.

The remainder of the helmet may carry Athlete’s personal sponsor logos, as long as they don't conflict or are in competition with the title sponsor Red Bull or the Red Bull X-Alps primary partners which will be announced.

8.8 The Team Vehicle

Two Red Bull X-Alps stickers for Athlete support cars must appear on the right and left side of the front doors and further event stickers to be installed on the rear window. Athletes must keep the front doors and the rear window free of any other personal sponsor logos. The organizers will provide the Athletes with these stickers.

8.9 Communication 

In order to gain more visibility which benefits mostly the individual teams, their partners and fans, and also the race and its sponsors, all teams are requested to help with the publicity and success of the race by proactively sharing and providing media material (video, images, blog entries) of the journey leading up to and during the race. This helps to build the sport and event, and gives race fans across the world a better experience. In this regard, the race committee is relying on the initiative and contribution of each athlete and team.

All teams are obliged to give interviews at any time during the race.

Visual guides, measurements and a mockup representation for the Athlete Glider, Athlete Wear, Athlete Equipment and Support Vehicle can be found in the Branding Guidelines each Athlete has received. 

9. Route

9.1   Each team must pass the official turnpoints in the listed order as described in rule 9.2.

9.2   The details of the race route will be revealed in 2017.

9.3   The Athlete is not permitted to use any tunnel connection between different valleys and no highway or motorway tunnels.

9.4 The Leatherman Prologue is mandatory for all athletes and again will be held before the 2017 race.

The three fastest athletes of the Leatherman Prologue will each be rewarded with an additional Ledlenser Nightpass and a 5 minute head start in the main race.

The details of the Leatherman Prologue route will be revealed in 2017. 

 

10. Route Documentation

10.1 The GPS tracking device and the SPOT unit sends information to the website, where the Athletes’ current position will be displayed. The online data serves as a route confirmation for the Athletes and the Race Committee.

10.2 The Race Committee reserves the right to inspect any team's backup track log. (See also rule 11.1)

10.3 The Race Committee understands “a complete and clean track log” as follows:

Each time the track log is started anew, the Athlete must be within 250m of his last recorded position.

The track log must not have missing track points for more than 5 minutes.

On the ground, a speed of more than 5 m/s must not appear for more than 10 minutes.

In flight, a speed of more than 20 m/s must not appear for more than 20 minutes. 

The flight track log has to show that no airspace violations were made. If log points close to forbidden zones are missing and airspace violation is suspected, the backup track log must clearly show that airspace was not violated.

Forbiddenzone

•   The red line shows a track log with an airspace violation. Even if there are no log points (black dots) in the forbidden zone, the log clearly shows that the Athlete passed through a forbidden zone.

•   The green line shows a track log that reveals that no forbidden zone was infringed.

10.4

10.4 An Athlete has to be able to document his route by presenting a complete track log.

10.5 Every team is strongly advised to practice using the track logging system under race conditions before the race commences in order to avoid any technical issues or difficulties during the event itself.

10.6 All track log backups must be stored in IGC file format with a G-record or in a GPX file. Athletes should take into account that the recording must also be done on the ground, not only during flight. 

10.7 All GPS backups must be running on MAP DATUM: WGS 84.

11. Route Evaluation

11.1 Every Athlete must be able to present a complete track log. 

11.2 The routes will be evaluated on a daily basis. The Race Committee will analyse each Athlete’s route every day, based on the online track log. In case a track log is found to have infringed any of the Red Bull X-Alps rules, the Athlete has to deliver his backup track log within six hours of the Race Committee’s request.

11.3  In case of any abnormality in the online track of an Athlete, a special icon will appear on the website.

12. Prize Money

12.1 A final results table will be put together as soon as the race is over.

Participants are judged according to the time it took them to reach Monaco via all turnpoints.

Athletes with more correctly passed turnpoints are ranked better.

All Athletes with the same amount of turnpoints are ranked according to their remaining straightline distance from their final position to the goal, via all remaining turnpoints.

12.2 The total prize money of 28,500 Euros will be divided among the Athletes according to their final position in the race field.

The breakdown in prize money is as follows:

1 €10,000
2 €5,000
3 €3,000
4-10 each €1,500

13. Regulations are subject to change without notice!