Red Bull X-Alps

Team GER2

Manuel Nübel

  • Nationality: Germany
  • Date of birth: 30. Dec. 1987
  • Profession: Tandempilot
  • Supporter: Christian Schineis
  • Glider: Skywalk Poison X-Alps
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  • Sponsors: Adidas, Dethleffs, Flugschule Luftikus / Freiraum, Clifbar, Leki, Adidas Eyewear, vogelfrei Gleitschirm Tandemflüge
  • Manuel Nübel was the German paragliding champion in 2012 and in 2014, and has logged countless hours in every part of the Alps. He claims nine years of accident-free competition and cross-country flying, and will certainly be bringing his competition flying skills to the start line following his 9th-place finish from Red Bull X-Alps 2015.
  • When and why did you begin paragliding?
    In 2005.
  • Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
    1. Paragliding World Cup Turkey 2013, 9. Red Bull X-Alps 2015, German Champion 2012 / 2014.
  • What is your mountaineering experience?
    A few local mountains in the Bavarian Alps and some random mountains during Red Bull X-Alps 2015.
  • What is your paragliding experience?
    11 years of competetive accident-free XC-flying in the most parts of the Alps.
  • What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
    The Red Bull X-Alps 2015.
  • What does your typical training week consist of?
    Depends on which training section I am in. A lot of Hike and Fly, Trailrunning and biking in the mountains around my home. Some workouts in the gym or swimming.
  • What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
    Best: To finally reach Monaco in the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 after the craziest and most punishing last 24h before. Worst: Land hard on a snowdrift with skis 4 months before the start of Red Bull X-Alps 2015, resulting in a broken patella.
  • What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
    To maintain the positive spirit while preparing for Red Bull X-Alps 2015 after my broken patella and finally reach Monaco against all odds with such a satisfying result.
  • When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    Just when I started flying in 2005 everybody was fascinated about Red Bull X-Alps already.
  • 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 challenge to be forced to borderline your limits in the air and your physical limits. I like that you have no certain plan and you have to improvise and trust in your instincts often. But on the same hand, the tactical aspect is huge, to be prepared as much as possible and to work as a team with your supporters.
  • What will be your strategy during the race?
    Be smart. Fly as much as possible, as long as possible. Stay high. Push hard if it's necessary. Take time for regeneration if it makes sense. Work as a team. Stay safe.
  • 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?
    Because I feel very comfortable in the air.
  • What scares you the most about the event?
    You can get in crazy-dangerous flying conditions, even though you don't take intentionally high risks.
  • Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
    In the Red Bull X-Alps 2015.