Six unusual moments

The Red Bull X-Alps is a pretty serious race, at times it can be demanding, scary and physically exhausting. Which it’s why we celebrate some of the race’s lighter and more unusual moments.

Athletes flying during Red Bull X-Alps on Gaisberg, Austria on June 20, 2021

LOST PHONE LEADS TO BETTER THERMALS     
One of the great moves in the race occurred on Day Two when Paul Guschlbauer stormed into the Kitzbühel Turnpoint in first place after an amazing flight from Zell am See. Clearly the Austrian was back on form, despite breaking his leg three months previously. It was proof that he still had it, could still threaten the podium. But was it a sixth sense or a cleverly executed master plan that saw him fly when others struggled? The real reason was a bit more mundane. “I lost my phone and spent 45 minutes searching for it,” Paul explained. “The wait meant I got better thermals.”

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