FRA1 performs during X-Alps in Wagrain, Austria on June 15, 2021

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Distance
Time (h:m)
%
Flying
1,961 km
51:00
82%
Hiking
419 km
68:00
18%
Total
2,380 km
119:00
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4th
FRA1
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  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 18 December 1991
  • Profession: Paragliding instructor and test pilot
  • Supporter: Jérémie Lager
  • Glider: Ozone Zéolite
  • Sponsors: Neo, Cebe, Only Yacht, France Herboristerie

ABOUT THE ATHLETE

When and why did you begin paragliding?I started flying when I was 13. It was a dream since I was 9, because my father was flying.

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.Yes I do fly competitively. Cross-country competitions: - 2014 Paragliding World Cup Champion - 2016 European Team Champion - 2016 PWC France Winner - 2019 3rd PWC Brazil - 4th at the World Paragliding Ranking System 2015 - 1st at the French Paragliding Ranking System 2017 - Numerous tasks wins in Cat 1 and PWC events Hike & Fly: - 2nd Red Bull X-Alps 2019 - 2nd X-Pyr 2018 - Winner Bornes to Fly 2018 - Winner Airtour 2016 - 2nd Bornes to fly 2016 XC: - Numerous 200 k+ flights in the Alps - Personal record in triangle: 304 kms

What is your mountaineering experience?Trail running races, skimo during the winter, a lot of hiking in the Alps.

What is your paragliding experience?I'm competing at the highest level since more than 10 years now, flying between 200h to 300h per year. I'm a hike & fly and cross-country enthusiast, and I'm always pushing to get better. I took part in the biggest events of the paragliding world, from Red Bull X-Alps, to World Cup Superfinal, Worlds and Europeans.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?Mainly the Red Bull X-Alps, and other hike & fly races. Trail running races are part of my training, also cross-country skiing.

What does your typical training week consist of?Physical part is made of hike & fly, trail running, running, mountain bike and road bike. During winter, I like to build my endurance with cross-country skiing and some skimo.

What are your best and worst adventure / flying moments?Best: The whole Red Bull X-Alps 2019 adventure with my friends in the team. Worst: The bloody storm in the the Disentis Valley during day 4. It changed the face of the race and it became difficult to challenge Chrigel.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?Winning the World Cup Superfinal and arriving in Monaco during the X-Alps.

Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?Yes, in 2019.

What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?I always want to get better, and I will prepare as much as possible for 2021.

What will be your strategy during the race?Be adaptable and fast.

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?Because I already made it to the end and it gives me confidence.

What scares you the most about the event?Injury.

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?Yes.

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