Maxime Pinot (FRA4) poses for portrait during the Red Bull X-Alps preparations in Wagrain, Austria on June 11, 2019


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  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 17 December 1991
  • Profession: Paragliding instructor / Test Pilot
  • Supporter: Jérémie Lager
  • Glider: Zeolite S
  • Sponsors: Gin Gliders, Neo, Les Passagers du Vent

When and why did you begin paragliding?I started to fly in 2005, at 13 years old. My father introduced me to paragliding when I was 9, in tandem, and I had to wait for the legal age to fly on my own.

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.Hike and Fly comps: - Winner of the Bornes to Fly 2018 - 2nd of the X-Pyr 2018 - Winner of the Airtour 2016 - 2nd of the Bornes to Fly 2016 Cross country comps: - World Cup Champion 2014, PWCA Superfinal Winner - PWC France 2016 Winner - PWC India 2015, 4th - PWC Mexico 2014, 5th - European Team Champion 2016 with the French Team - 4th World Paragliding Ranking System, February 2017 - 1st of the French Paragliding Ranking System, 2017 - Monarca Open 2016, winner - 2nd of the Italian Open 2015 - 2nd of the Pre-PWC South Africa 2017 - 10 tasks wins + 15 tasks podium in Cat 1 events

What is your mountaineering experience?My mountaineering experience is basically trail running and ski touring in the Alps, plus hike and fly wherever I can.

What is your paragliding experience?13 years of flying. I entered the French federation's training center at the age of 15. 2012 was my first year in World Cup and entered the French Team in 2013. I finally won the World Cup Superfinal in 2014. Beside comps, I'm going cross country whenever I can. My personal best is 294km from the South French Alps to Switzerland. I naturally began Hike and Fly comps in 2016. I finished on the podium of every H&F competition I was in. I'm also a Test pilot for Gin Gliders.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?- Getting to the goal and being on the podium of every Hike and Fly contest I've done - Trail Running races: Trail des Lacs 2018, 55km 2000m+, 4h58mn55s, 3rd place Trail des Reculées 2018, 34km 1300m+, 2h54mn17s, 11th place

What does your typical training week consist of?It depends on the goal and the season. Basically, It's changing every week thanks to my coach. I use plenty of sports to keep the motivation and avoid injuries: cross country skiing, ski touring during the winter. Mountain biking, cycling, trail running during spring, summer and autumn. And of course Hike and Fly. Training volume depending on the period. Sometimes really big blocks, sometimes lighter ones.

What are your best and worst adventure / flying moments?Best: Being the last pilot in the air in the last task of the Superfinal 2014 and winning the competition. Worst: not being selected at the FAI World Championship 2017 by the French Team, after canceling my participation in Red Bull X-Alps.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?Winning the Superfinal, and claiming 2nd place in the X-Pyr with all my team.

When and how did you first hear about Red Bull X-Alps?Since the very first edition, thanks to the magazines I was reading before I was a pilot.

Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?No.

What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?it is the most amazing race in the paragliding world!

What will be your strategy during the race?Move forward every time it is possible. To get the right timing.

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?Thanks to my team and my skills.

What scares you the most about the event?Injury.

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?No.

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