Swiss flying ace Christian Maurer plunged into the sea off Monaco on Tuesday to confirm a fourth straight win in the Red Bull X-Alps adventure race, cementing his place at the top of the paragliding sport.
For eight days, four hours and 37 minutes he has amazed fellow competitors and fans alike with a virtuoso display of flying prowess and flawless tactics. Since setting off from Salzburg, Austria on July 5, he has hiked and paraglided over the mountains of Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France, covering over 2000km via 10 Turnpoints.
“The pressure is finally over, I’m here and I’m very happy,” said Maurer after landing near the Monte Carlo golf club just above the final Turnpoint and official finish at Peille.
“I have experienced and seen so many new and amazing things, and to have shared it with others and with my support team has been very special.”
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ABOUT THE RED BULL X-ALPS
The 2015 Red Bull X-Alps is the seventh edition of the world’s toughest adventure race in which athletes must hike or fly across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco in the fastest time possible. It’s an epic undertaking that can involve hiking up to 100km of mountain terrain in a day – or flying at altitudes in excess of 4,000m. The race demands not only a very high level of endurance fitness but expert paragliding experience. The 2013 edition was the fastest on record with 10 athletes reaching Monaco. It was won by Christian Maurer (SUI) in 6d 23hr 40m.