RBX19 5 weeks to go

5 weeks to go until the world's toughest adventure race starts

And seems to be the toughest one yet! The rough weather conditions along the new route due to the still giant quantity of snow in the Alps are going to make this edition of Red Bull X-Alps a true challenge for body and mind.

Starting June 16, 2019, 32 adventurers from 20 nations will hike and fly a straight-line distance of more than 1,138km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco, past 13 Turnpoints in 6 countries. Traveling only by foot or paraglider, the exhausting journey will push even the most accomplished athletes to their very limits. Strategy and training are crucial, but are they prepared for the adventure that lies ahead?


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Gavin McClurg (USA1) is seen during the Red Bull X-Alps in Lermoos, Austria on July 8, 2017

Nutrition insights: Getting fat

Nutrition used to be easy before an endurance race. In the days leading up to the big event, it was all about ‘carbo-loading’ – filling up on carbohydrate dense foods like big bowls of pasta. Not any more! 
Glycogen (which comes from carbs) is your muscles’ preferred source of energy. The idea of loading up on pasta was to ensure your glycogen stores are topped up to the max to prevent that moment all athletes dread – the ‘bonk’, also known as ‘hitting the wall’, when the body runs out of juice.

We talked nutrition with those athletes betting on ketogenic diet plans.


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Red Bull X-Alps gets electrified with Audi e-tron

“The Audi e-tron is the perfect partner for Red Bull X-Alps,” says race co-founder Ulrich Grill. “For a race that celebrates human power amid the rugged beauty of the Alps, it makes total sense to be supported by an electric vehicle helping us reduce our carbon footprint. In the Audi e-tron we have a vehicle that is up to the challenge of going the distance across challenging terrain – and silently, in keeping with nature.”

Find out more about the collaboration and which athletes will use the all-wheel drive vehicle as their official support car. 


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Tom de Dorlodot (BEL) on his way to the Azores with his sailboat, in search for some great flying conditions. Photo © Tom de Dorlodot

Gallery: Road to Red Bull X-Alps 2019 - 6 weeks to go

Tom de Dorlodot on the Azores, Aaron Durogati in the gym, Maxime Pinot on the cross-country tracks - check out our weekly visual update of the athletes preparations 6 weeks ahead of the world's toughest adventure race!


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Never running empty with Adventure Menu

Keeping yourself fueled during adventuring is a hard one and often leaves us with unsatisfying options, resulting not only in bad mood, but also  in reduced capacities. This is why all athletes will get fueled by the world's first 100% natural outdoor meal in the 2019 edition of the race.


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Simon Oberrauner (AUT4) seen during the Red Bull X-Alps at Pass Turlo, Italy on July 11, 2017.

Relive the Action - That was Day 10

With Red Bull X-Alps 2019 around the corner you might already want to get yourself into race mode. No worries, we've got you! This was the action-packed tenth day of the last Red Bull X-Alps in 2017!


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