We sat down with Yael and talked about her first ever Red Bull X-Alps 2021. She told us about her highlights and stand-out moments and how the race compared to her previous experiences.
What was your highlight of the race?
My highlight of the race was the flight from Fiesch to Vouvry. The conditions were not ideal, of course, but it somehow worked, even with Föhn. I flew in this area so many times, but never experienced those conditions. Soaring up the cliffs of the Diablerets was epic and there were a lot of friends at the landing!
What was the toughest part for you?
The toughest part of this race for me is to make decisions. A bad decision on the route can lead to a lot more hikes, and I found it really hard to decide where to fly through sometimes. Also decisions about flying, being at take off under the rain and waiting while thinking some athletes would fly.
What was THE stand-out memory for you?
Stand out memory of the race was arriving on the Furka pass. It was a very emotional moment for me to arrive in my home turf and even though I arrived there by hiking, there was a strong team spirit and we shared a great moment.
How was this race in comparison to your other races?
This race was just crazy! It’s long, exhausting but also so monumental. I fly a lot in XC competitions and I can hardly compare it to that, except that we are flying! The Red Bull X-Alps wasn’t a fight against the other athletes for me (as it was hard to define how I could perform against men), but more a fight with myself, a battle between my physical and my mental strength.