Evolution of a Route

Ten facts about previous Red Bull X-Alps Routes you probably didn't know about!

Participant flies during the Red Bull X-Alps preparations in Zermatt, Switzerland on June 19, 2017 // Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool // SI201903080173 // Usage for editorial use only //

Next week the 10th route of the Red Bull X-Alps is revealed and it promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated courses in the Red Bull X-Alps history. Here are ten facts about the previous tracks.

In the first ever edition of the Red Bull X-Alps there was just one mid-race Turnpoint, the ski resort of Verbier in Switzerland. Athletes took off from the Dachstein, a 2,700m peak to the east of Salzburg. After Verbier, they just had to make it to Mont Gros, a peak above Monaco. It’s slightly different today.

In the early years the course was typically around 750km to 800km. Organisers kept adding distance because athletes kept getting faster and going further. In the last edition the route was a straightline distance of 1,138km, the longest ever, with 12 Turnpoints.

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