Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Chrigel Maurer wins again

The worldwide best paraglider and X-BIONIC® athlete has won the Red Bull X-Alps, the hardest Adventure Race in the world, for the fourth time in a row.

Chrigel means eagle in the dialect of the Bernese Oberland, and Christian Maurer has had this nickname since his youth. The triple World and European Champion and fivefold Swiss Champion managed to win the Red Bull X-Alps race again this year. In only 8 days, 4 hours and 37 minutes, with a lead of 110 kilometres over the runner-up, he covered the adventurous route between Salzburg and Monaco without any breaks. (Note by the Editor: This international competition was first held in 2003 and has been won by Swiss people only.)

Chrigel Maurer during the X-Alps 2015

Chrigel Maurer during the X-Alps 2015

5 questions to Chrigel

When did you discover your passion for paragliding for the first time?

My father started with paragliding when I was 4 years old and it has fascinated me from the very first day. I took off for the first time when I was nine and was captivated right from the first moment.

What was the greatest challenge in this year’s Red Bull X-Alps Race?

A good and reliable team and suitable equipment are most important. During the race, I try to concentrate on my capabilities so that I am not subject to any external influence, i.e. stress. As the race continues without any breaks, I had to fight to keep awake since the middle of the race. I had to muster all my concentration to make the right decisions.

Chrigl Maurer of Switzerland performs in front of the Matterhorn at the Red Bull X-Alps, Zermatt, Switzerland on July 10 2015.

Chrigl Maurer of Switzerland performs in front of the Matterhorn at the Red Bull X-Alps, Zermatt, Switzerland on July 10 2015.

How do you prepare yourself physically and mentally for the X-Alps Race?

I prepare myself with a specific power workout programme and several hours of walking carrying a 10kg rucksack.

How important is your equipment during this Hike & Fly Race?

The equipment is a very important success factor. I depend on highly functional clothing because of the extreme physical challenges, like walking uphill at great speed, and the flying at an extremely cold high altitude.

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and Christian Maurer (SUI1) perform during the Red Bull X-Alps at the Grubigsteinhutte above Lermoos, (turn point 4) Austria on 6th July 2015

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and Christian Maurer (SUI1) perform during the Red Bull X-Alps at the Grubigsteinhutte above Lermoos, (turn point 4) Austria on 6th July 2015

Will you be on the starting line again at the next Red Bull X-Alps Race?

There is nothing that speaks against a participation in the next competition in 2017.

Adventure Red Bull X-Alps 2015

In 8 days from Salzburg to Monaco covering 1500 m ascent by foot or flying over the Alps. A 100 minutes lasting multimedia show about the ups and downs during the way to the 4th victory presented by serial winner Chrigel Maurer.

  • Frutigen (BE)
    • Wed 11 November 2015
    • Sun 15 November 2015
    • Mo 23 November 2015
    • Wed 16 December 2015
    • Sun 20 December 2015
  • Thu 26 November 2015 Eschen (Lichtenstein)
  • Wed 3 February 2016 Luzern Südpol
  • Thu 4 February 2016 altes Spital Solothurn
  • Thu 18 February 2016 Volkshaus Zürich

More information at www.chrigelmaurer.ch

Christian Maurer of Switzerland arrives in Monaco at the Red Bull X-Alps, France on July 14 2015.

Christian Maurer of Switzerland arrives in Monaco at the Red Bull X-Alps, France on July 14 2015.

Text and Interview by Sabine Hauptmann / Image credit by Red Bull

Links

ADAM – The Magazine

Website of Christian Maurer | Red Bull X-Alps

German version on page [2]

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