FRA2 Gaspard Petiot

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  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 27 May 1981
  • Profession: teacher university Lyon1
  • Supporter: Laurent Pezet
  • Glider: Z'Alps OZONE
  • Sponsors: Maximal Concept, Ozone, Supair, IUT Lyon1, Parastick

When and why did you begin paragliding?July 2008. Just 10 years ago! At the beginning it was just to fly down from climbing peaks... Then it became much more than that. It is now a fantastic way to travel across Alpine landscapes.

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.PWC competitions (2016) and one PWC superfinal (2016). 2x Red Bull X-Alps - 2015 (5th place), 2017 (injured on day 7) Several Hike and Fly competitions such as two Airtours (2nd and 3d place), Bornes to fly (winner), Vercofly 2016 (winner).

What is your mountaineering experience?I am a UIAGM Alpine guide. I've been climbing since 1998 all over the world. I've climbed Aconcagua (6969m when I was 16 years old), Elbruz (5200m) and more than 15 6000m peaks in South America. I've opened new technical and difficult routes in Peru (Caraz II- ED-) and in the Alps. I've climbed around 30 4000m peaks in the Alps such as Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

What is your paragliding experience?I've been flying for 10 years in the Alps (more than 2000 hours!) Mostly cross country. I've achieved many 200km triangle flights and recently a 248 km FAI traingle. I fly around 200 hours per year and I've flown in many different Alpine areas such as France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany and Canada.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?I've been racing RAID competitions within a team (trail, mountain bike, Canoe) for several years and I started Hike and Fly competitions in 2010. I competed in 3 Airtours, 1 Born to fly, 1 vercofly, 2 Red Bull X-Alps.

What does your typical training week consist of?Running 3 times a week. Hiking (600m or 1200m) and flying cross country 2-3 times a week.

What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?Best: Reaching Leermos on day 4 of Red Bull X-Alps 2017 at the end of the day, soaring onto Zugspize at 8pm and gliding to the turn point late in the evening with marvellous sunshine. Worst: Getting injured on day 7 above Lake Como.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?Finishing Red Bull X-Alps 2015 in Monaco!

When and how did you first hear about Red Bull X-Alps?Since starting in 2010! It has always been a dream for me!

Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?2015 and 2017.

What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?It is the perfect adventure game! Playing "chess" with a paraglider in the middle of the Alps. Choosing the right move to be the fastest in the air and on foot! You have to be fast in the air and on the ground. You need to be strong in your mind and with your strategy, it's awesome!

What will be your strategy during the race?Same as last time. Try to finish my race and reach Monaco!

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?I hope I will!!

What scares you the most about the event?Getting injured badly.

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?No! Of course not!

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