The race is far from over
Maurer may have won the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps but the race is far from over. For many athletes, the race is now a battle, not against each other, but against the clock. It stops midday Friday.
Honza Rejmanek (USA1) has competed in the race four times previously, but has not yet made it to Monaco. "It would be a perfect close on this chapter," he says, "but it's gonna be tight."
With the race won, there is a subtle shift in mood within the teams still racing. In a sense, there is a relief of pressure, a gentle exhale of breath. It now becomes a more of an inner journey.
In the days to come there will be more stories of pain - Honza says that the soles of his feet are "protesting on every step" - and more incredible experiences. "I did something I'd never done before yesterday," Honza said. "I was thermalling over Europe's largest glacier, topping out real good, and I transitioned into wave lift. It was super-smooth and super-scenic. I had all of the Alps laid out at my feet."
Teams have just three and a half days left to achieve their goals. The weather forecast is good, and many - like Honza - will sense that this is their real opportunity to join the small group of legends of have landed on the raft in Monaco.
But for some, Friday will come too early. We asked Nick Neynens (NZL) today what he thought about arriving in Monaco. "I don't want the adventure to stop," he smiled.