Heard of the Red Bull X-Alps? It’s an amazing adventure race that crosses the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. Teams of two take part, one paragliding pilot and one supporter. The exact route is not revealed until the race starts, so the pilot and supporter have to plot the route, taking into account weather and winds as well as terrain somewhat on the fly.
Red Bull X Alps champion Christian ‘Chrigel’ Maurer and his supporter Thomas Theurillat recently gave a TEDx talk, explaining what the Red Bull X-Alps are all about, and what they plan to do in 2013. As they share in the video, it’s all about preparation, teamwork and coolness – hopefully all the way to the finish line.