Red Bull X-Alps

Team FRA2

Gaspard Petiot

  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 27. May. 1981
  • Profession: Mechanical engineering teacher - Alpine Guide
  • Supporter: Laurent Peseta
  • Glider: Ozone LM6
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  • Sponsors: Sup Air, IUT Lyon1, Parastick, Parateam
  • Red Bull X-Alps 2015 was the Battle of the Frenchies on Day 9, as Petiot and Girard duked it out all the way to the finish, with minutes in between them (Girard took 4th following a risky flight and landing). We can expect a lot from Petiot, as he says he's more ready than ever.
  • When and why did you begin paragliding?
    I started paragliding in 2004 after a mountaineering expedition when a friend of mine flew down to the valley in a few minutes. It took me 2 days!! I had to try this!
  • Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
    Red Bull X-Alps 2015: 5th Place; 2016 Flew PWC - Ex Gemona: 35th place; Bornes To Fly 2014: 1st Place; Airtour 2014: 2nd Place; Airtour 2012: 3rd Place
  • What is your mountaineering experience?
    I am an Alpine Mountain Guide (UIAGM); I've climbed 32 4,000m peaks in the Alps (including Mt Blanc, Eiger, Cervin) on many kinds of routes (from normal routes to extremely difficult routes); I've climbed 16 peaks 6,000m or higher in the Andes and Himalayas; More details: 1992 - Aconcagua, 6,969m - I was 16 years old; 2004 - Peru Expedition. Opening new ED route 6b A2 on Caraz II, 6,020m; 2005 - 16 days traversing from Les Contamines to Saas-Fee by foot, climbing 10 4,000m peaks and carrying all my equipment; 2006 - Bolivia Expedition - I climbed 10 6,000m peaks (Huayna Potosí, Illimani, Illampú, Sajama ...); 2007 - Caucasus expedition - repeating a TD+ route on Nakra Tau and climbing Mt Elbrus, 5,600m (Europe's highest peak); 2008 - Pamir-Alay Expedition (Himalayas) - repeating "Perestoicrack" route ED - 7b.
  • What is your paragliding experience?
    I've been flying 200h per year since 2006. I live in Haute-Savoie in France and I am used to mountain flights. I've flown all over Europe, especially in the Alps where I've achieved several 200km flights. I've done several "Vols bivouac" - bivvy flights - both alone and in tandem. I've been training for hike and fly competitions for 5 years and this year I started training for the PWC competition.
  • What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
    Hike and fly competitions and ultra trails as a training for hike and fly competitions.
  • What does your typical training week consist of?
    My training will change a little bit for Red Bull X-Alps 2017. My physical training is aimed at several goals and weeks are different each time. But usually I run 15km without load 2 times a week; I hike up with my paraglider on a +800m or +1,600m trail at least 2 times a week, and of course I fly as much as possible.
  • What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
    The best: Competing in Red Bull X-Alps 2015 and winning Bornes To Fly with my brother. The worst: Seeing one of my best friends getting seriously injured while flying.
  • What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
    The 5th place during Red Bull X-Alps 2015.
  • When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    I have dreamt about it ever since I first started paragliding.
  • Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
    Yes, in 2015.
  • What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    The Red Bull X-Alps is a wonderful adventure in a marvelous place: the Alps. It is physically diffcult, it is tactically difficult, it is mentally very hard ... It is THE challenge!
  • What will be your strategy during the race?
    I will try to do as well as 2015 or even better: Do what I know and trust my feelings. Get to Monaco!
  • 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?
    I did it last time... I can do it!
  • What scares you the most about the event?
    To get severely injured.
  • Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
    Definitely not! It is huge!!!! Awesome!