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Jose Ignacio Arevalo Guede
- Nationality: Spain
- Date of birth: 01. Dec. 1979
- Profession: Firefighter
- Supporter: Francisco Javier Delgado Cid
- Glider: Niviuk Klimber P
- Sponsors: Sup'Air - CIVA - Alfapilot - Julbo / Esportiva Aksa, AVLE (Asociación de Vuelo Libre Española), Kasana.es, Sewings.es
- A firefighter by profession and the only Spaniard in this year’s race, Arevalo Guede has spent an impressive few years on the contest circuit, with several wins at Spanish national competitions as well as further afield. His trekking, canyoning and rock climbing experience, combined with his familiarity of the Alps could give him an edge in the upcoming race.
- When and why did you begin paragliding?
I started when I was very young in the school run by my father, but I left it. I went back to it in 2009.
- Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
Regarding paragliding in 2013, my second year doing comps, I won the Andalusian Championship, I was 3rd in the Spanish Championships and 2nd in the National league, all of it in Sport's class. In 2014 I won the two national events I entered (Algodonales and El Yelmo) in the Sport`s class and finished 11th in the X-Pyr. 2016 was my best year, I got 2nd and 1st place in national competitions in serial class (Berga and Piedrahita) and my best result; being 4th in the X-Pyr.
- What is your mountaineering experience?
I do a lot of mountain bike and rock climbing, canyoning, trekking, ferratas. Mountaineering a bit around Sierra Nevada, and the last couple of years we have spent nearly 3 months in the Alps and just as long in the Pyrenees walking in the mountains, and of course the X-Pyr 2014 and X-Pyr 2016.
- What is your paragliding experience?
Xc flights in Spain and the Alps with distances up to 235 km. Many national competitions in these three years, including two X-Pyr competitions.
- What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
I was a professional cyclist for 4 years and competed in the X-Pyr twice, in 2014 and 2016.
- What does your typical training week consist of?
I normally run 3 or 4 days a week, a bit of bike, gym and flying as much as possible. On flying days I walk up to take off.
- What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
I am enjoying paragliding a lot, it is all happening very fast, and it has been very intense. I have learned a lot in the LAP (Andalucian Paragliding League), and in 2012 and 2013 it was amazing flying XC in the Alps. My first X-Pyr in 2014 was another unforgettable experience, and of course my X-Pyr 2016. I don't remember any bad memories, maybe when you see a pilot struggling, or an accident in the air.
- What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
At this time I have doubts if I'll take some moment as a cyclist or paraglider, I think I still think for a while.
- When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
I think it was during the Red Bull X-Alps 2007 when I saw the first videos of this race. I was impressed by the landscapes and the competition format.
- Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
- What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
Red Bull X-Alps is the paragliding Olympic Games, it is the highest level of adventure.
- What will be your strategy during the race?
All the strategies possible for all the variables I can think of, although I am sure there are some which I haven't thought of. It depends on the rain, the wind, my fitness level, on how I recover from the strain, how the flying goes, etc. My strategy will be the same as in the last X-Pyr: use everything possible, and legs as little as possible
- 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?
And why not?
- What scares you the most about the event?
Taking a bad decision which will complicate the flying or the route to carry on moving fordward.
- Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
No. Well, if two X-Pyrs are the equivalent of one Red Bull X-Alps, then yes :)