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Meet the paraglider pilots competing in the Red Bull X-Alps

32 pilots will compete in the 2019 paragliding/hiking race

In the list below you’ll notice 18 familiar faces, but there are also 14 rookies bringing the number of starters to 32 for next year’s Red Bull X-Alps.

It will be the 9th edition of the race, starting on Sunday 16th June 16, 2019. The 32 athletes are from 20 nations and will push themselves to new limits. Among them next year will be two female competitors, Maxime Pinot from France and Kinga Masztalerz from New Zealand. 

The lineup is as follows. Click on the links to find out more about them.

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) – Veteran

Simon Oberrauner (AUT2) – Veteran

Helmut Schrempf (AUT3) – Rookie

Tom de Dorlodot (BEL) – Veteran

Alex Villa (COL) – Veteran

Stanislav Mayer (CZE) – Veteran

Thomas Juel Christensen (DNK) – Rookie   

Benoît Outters (FRA1) – Veteran

Gaspard Petiot (FRA2) – Veteran

Antoine Girard (FRA3) – Veteran

Maxime Pinot (FRA4) – Rookie

Manuel Nübel (GER1) – Veteran

Markus Anders (GER2) – Rookie

Marko Hrgetic (HRV) – Rookie 

Aaron Durogati (ITA1) – Veteran

Tobias Grossrubatscher (ITA2) – Veteran

Kaoru Ogisawa (JPN) – Veteran

Chikyong Ha (KOR) – Veteran

Rodolphe Akl (LBN) – Rookie

Eduardo Garza (MEX) – Rookie

Nick Neynens (NZL1) – Veteran

Kinga Masztalerz (NZL2) – Rookie

Dominika Kasieczko (POL) – Rookie

Toma Coconea (ROM) – Veteran

Evgenii Griaznov (RUS) – Veteran

Christian Maurer (SUI1) – Defending Champion

Patrick von Kaenel (SUI2) – Rookie

Adrian Keller (SUI3) – Rookie

Baris Çelik (TUR) – Rookie

Gavin McClurg (USA1) – Veteran

Willi Cannell (USA2) – Rookie

Cody Mittanck (USA3) – Rookie

Race director Christoph Weber says: “For 2019 we have a thrilling mix of both newcomers and seasoned pros. It was extremely difficult choosing from such a deep pool of talent, but we’re excited to see this highly competitive field go head to head in the mountains. You’ll notice 18 familiar faces who have earned themselves another shot at glory, but there are also 14 rookies who we believe have the potential to take this race by storm. If they have the hunger and commitment, we could be in for some real surprises!”

www.redbullxalps.com

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after realising there wasn't a single publication focusing on adventure. He has been a pilot in the RAF, a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as journalist for motorcycling, flying and adventure magazines.