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Patrickvon Känel

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  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Date of birth: 29 July 1994
  • Profession: Testpilot for ADVANCE Paragliders
  • Supporter: Andy Jäggi
  • Glider: ADVANCE Omega X-Alps
  • Sponsors: 3S Solar Plus, IEM Ingenieur, JFB Architekten, Aeroatelier, Raiffeisen

When and why did you begin paragliding?My parents are both paragliding pilots and I grew up seeing paragliders everywhere. Since I was a young boy I dreamt of flying. In 2010, when I became 16, I got my license.

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.2014: I started with national competitions- Swiss championship (13th place) and Swiss League (7th place) 2015: I did my first Paragliding World Cup in Brazil (6th place) 2016: National XContest (3rd) 2017: I competed for the first time in a Hike&Fly race- Vercofly (6th), World Championship (3rd Team) 2018: Ironfly (2nd), Eigertour (2nd), World XContest (3th), Vice Swiss Champion Acrobatic Syncro 2019: Red Bull X-Alps (8th and finisher), Eigertour (1st), Vercofly (3rd), XContest National (1st), Personal best 556km

What is your mountaineering experience?Some beautiful peaks around my great backyard.

What is your paragliding experience?I've been flying for 10 years and the last 5 years I've been working as a testpilot for ADVANCE Paragliders. As a testpilot, I get the chance to fly everyday.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?Ironfly 2018 X-Alps 2019

What does your typical training week consist of?I have a lot of fun on our paragliding prototypes, I enjoy hiking Swiss mountains and mountain biking in the hills around my home town. For a change, I love flying over water by hydrofoil kitesurfing. And finally, I train my concentration with helicopter flying.

What are your best and worst adventure / flying moments?Best: All the longest cross-country flights. Especially the 556km long flight in Brazil last October. Arriving healthy in Monaco after the Red Bull X-Alps 2019 with a great team. Worst: My first full-stall in 2011 was probably the scariest moment since I've been flying.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?When I finished the Red Bull X-Alps 2019.

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'd like to race again in the world's toughest adventure, together with a new great team.

What will be your strategy during the race?Same as last year: Flying as much as possible.

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?Because of my flying experience, I hope to be able to fly the long distances.

What scares you the most about the event?The short nights... Usually I sleep like a log.

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