For the first time since 2005, two female athletes will be at the start line, Dawn Westrum, a former US soldier and adventure racer and Yvonne Dathe, a four-time German long-distance paragliding champion.
Find out more about the participants here: http://www.redbullxalps.com/athletes.html
The Red Bull X-Alps will be won by the athlete with the best overall strategy, fitness tactics and skill but the most advanced equipment is vital just to stay on a level with the pack.
The race to Monaco will last at least 14/15 days and on it´s way – the alpine hiking and paragliding adventure race – can be decided in minutes. Decisions about where to find the right thermal lifts or reaching a summit take off quicker than a rival can result in covering 200 km quickly by air, or slowly by foot.