Red Bull X-Alps

Team FRA4

Benoît Outters

  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 07. Jun. 1990
  • Profession: Fireman and Test Pilot for SUP'AIR
  • Supporter: Damien Lacaze
  • Glider: SUP'AIR
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  • Sponsors: Sup Air, Compressport, Twinner Sport
  • Benoit Outters is one of the rookies for Red Bull X-Alps 2017, but he's got a mountain of experience under his belt going into it. Living in the southern Alps, he flies year round and competes in Iron Man competitions, Ultra Trails and XC competitions.
  • When and why did you begin paragliding?
    I started paragliding a little over four years ago. I was taught by a friend and soon I enjoyed doing long distance flights. As I live in the southern Alps where one can fly all year long, it was easy for me to gain experience with a lot of flight hours. I like the freedom and the numerous opportunities offered by paragliding, each flight is an adventure.
  • Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
    Yes for sure, a few results - 2015: Supporter for Antoine Girard in the Red Bull X-Alps race (4th); Second in the hope ranking CFD France; 2016: 3rd Bornes to Fly ; 2nd St-Hil Airtour; 3rd CFD france ( 920 points); 13th in the Open World XContest
  • What is your mountaineering experience?
    I have a mountain leader diploma (French Brevet d'Etat); I have been practising rock climbing for many years (level 7 a max) and in winter ski alpinism is part of my physical preparation. The Southern Alps are my playground and I know the "massif du Mercantour" best (Argentera, Gelas, Malédie,...).
  • What is your paragliding experience?
    I began paragliding with long distance flights and from the first year, I was able to fly for more than 100 km. Today I am used to flying more than 200 km over the Alps. This year I flew 290km from Gréolières on the french Riviera to Mont Blanc. I also flew a triangle FAI more than 240 km long, starting from the Col Agnel pass. I take part in hiking and flying competitions on a regular basis, I finished 3rd in the Bornes To Fly and 2nd in the Airtour. This year I have worked as a test pilot for the development of SUPAIR gliders, this new experience has allowed me to have a new approach to paragliding, but also to meet many pilots. I learn a lot with this job. Last winter I also had the opportunity to go to New Zealand vor a vol-biv with Antoine Girard. We flew over the South Island and back, 1300 km in complete autonomy (21 days). It was an amazing experience.
  • What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
    I practice long distance triathlons and Ultra Trails. A few results: 2012: 3rd (M18-25) Ironman France Nice; 3rd in the hope ranking France Triathlon Championships; 2013: 3rd in the hope ranking France Triathlon Championships; 2014: 3rd in the hope ranking Ironman Embrun; 2015: 1st : Ultra Trail des Blacons d'azur ( 80km, 3000 D+); 1st : Ultra Trail Cote d'Azur Mercantour (147 km 10000 D +).
  • What does your typical training week consist of?
    I train 5 to 6 times a week; that is to say mountaineering, running, biking, skiing, hiking and flying.
  • What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
    This year I had the opportunity to make a bivouac flight for more than 1300 km in New Zealand with Antoine Girard. We flew over the South Island and back in complete autonomy. The island is so wild that you can fly over it without meeting anybody. The playground is very similar to our Alps. During 21 days, we could make fantastic flights for more than 100 km in the very heart of the massif. Up to now, it's been the most amazing adventure I 've ever had, but also the most difficult one. The lack of food and the long walking hours on a rough ground were a real ordeal. Moreover, the extremely strong valley winds and the hard conditions made it difficult to fly.
  • What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
    My victory at the Ultra Trail Cote d'Azur Mercantour in September 2015 and my 2nd place in the Airtour 2016.
  • When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    It's the main competition in the paragliding world and above all it's the one that made me feel like participating in hike and fly competitions.
  • Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
    No, but I was Antoine Girard's assistant (supporter) during Red Bull X-Alps 2015.
  • What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    For me it's the very best competition. Paragliding offers extraordinary opportunities and crossing the Alps just walking and flying is a real dream. It's a real adventure that I'd like to live at least once.
  • What will be your strategy during the race?
    In spite of my recent experience, I think I'm a complete pilot. The practice of many endurance sports has allowed me to know and deal with my physical abilities. I think it could be an asset to make the difference.
  • On average, over a third of the Red Bull X-Alps participants fail to finish the event. Why do you think you will make it?
    For 4 years now I have been travelling the Alps to look for new cross country routes. It has become my playground.
  • What scares you the most about the event?
    What worries me most is the preparation phase: material, team, partner. I really want to be a hundred per cent ready on the departure day.
  • Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
    Yes, my bivouac fly in New Zealand with Antoine Girard.