Bring on the Vets!

Will this be the most experienced field of athletes ever?

Tom De Dorlodot (BEL) hikes during the Red Bull X-Alps in St. Hilaire , France on June 24, 2019. © Honza Zak / zooom

Could 2021 see the most experienced lineup of veterans in the race’s history? If some of the familiar names of the race take part, they will have years of experience between them.

 

Toma Coconea, Tom de Dorlodot and Chrigel Maurer (three athletes it’s safe to assume will apply) have 22 editions between them! 

When Maurer won his first Red Bull X-Alps in 2009, only six athletes had done the race before – just 20% of the field – and of the six, four had done it once and two athletes had competed twice. 

Compare that to 2019. Of the 32 athletes on the start-line, 15 were rookies, but the accumulated experience of the 17 other athletes was incredible. Between them, they’d taken part in the Red Bull X-Alps 49 times. Eight athletes had done the race three times or more. 

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