Ferdy's return

After sitting out the last edition, Ferdinand van Schelven is returning in 2021. Here he tells us why.

Ferdinand van Schelven (NED) performs during the Red Bull X-Alps in Lermoos, Austria on July 6th, 2017

After competing in four consecutive editions of the Red Bull X-Alps, Ferdinand van Schelven can be forgiven for calling it a day at the end of 2017. Since 2011 he’d made goal twice and always reached the top 10. His last outing was his best, coming fourth after Paul Guschlbauer, narrowly holding off Simon Oberrauner just a few kilometers behind in a memorable sprint to the end.

But after sitting out the 2019 edition he’s decided to return. “The last time I didn’t do it I kind of missed it. It was nice to see the race from another perspective but it also gave me a bit of envy to do it,” he tells us.

“When you have been doing it every two years, it becomes a part of your life, it gives some kind of rhythm.”

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