It’s so exciting to have events again! After being on quarantine for so long, we are definitely looking forward to the Red Bull X-Alps!
“The Red Bull X-Alps is the world’s toughest adventure race. Founded in 2003, it’s a race across the Alps by foot and paraglider that only the most skilled and strongest athletes are able to take on. It involves speed hiking, ultra running, mountaineering and flying, and requires not only incredible endurance but elite paragliding skills and mental strength.
The race takes place every two years. Over 12 days around 30 athletes attempt to cross more than 1,000km of complicated and forbidding alpine terrain via a fixed set of Turnpoints. In the course of a day it’s not uncommon for athletes to hike over 50km and as much as 5,000m of vertical ascent. On top of that they cover huge distances in the air, often in treacherous mountain conditions few would dare to fly.
Uniquely, the Red Bull X-Alps is a race where men and women compete equally. Ultimately athletes are not just competing against each other, but against themselves and an even greater foe – the alpine weather.” (https://www.redbullxalps.com/the-race/about.html
And this year Ozone is partaking with a strong team and exciting product line-up.
Ozone’s pilots for the 2021 Redbull X-Alps are:
Yael has many PWC and international podiums to her name and holds the ladie's' world distance record at 552km.
Laurie has been flying since the age of 14 and has won 2 PWC superfinals (2014, 2017).
Benoît will be on his 3rd X-Alps. He was on the podium in the last two editions, including second place on his debut in 2015.
Maxime won the PWC Superfinal in 2014 and scored numerous podiums in international competitions. He came 2nd in the last X-Alps on his debut.
Michal is a 4-time Polish champion with a strong experience in international competitions. He won the Roldanillon Aerothlon in 2020.
Cody is a seasoned PWC and cross-country pilot who was 3rd in the US Nationals in 2014. This will be his second X-Alps race
ZEOLITE PROVED THE PERFECT WING IN THE 2019 RACE AND TOOK 2ND AND 3RD PLACE. THIS YEAR, FOUR OF OUR PILOTS WILL BE FLYING A NEW VERSION OF THIS GLIDER, THE ZEOLITEXD. THANKS TO A MIX OF HIGH TECH MATERIALS NEVER USED IN A PARAGLIDER BEFORE, THIS WING WEIGHS AN ASTONISHING 2.45KG!
THE ZEOLITEXD HAS BEEN FULLY RE-CERTIFIED AND LOAD TESTED, BUT DUE TO THE SPECIFIC NATURE AND HIGH COST OF THE MATERIALS IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE COMMERCIALLY. IT IS A "CONCEPT WING" TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES FOR THE FUTURE.
THE LARGE WEIGHT SAVINGS MADE POSSIBLE BY THIS TECHNOLOGY MEAN THAT THE TOTAL OZONE PACK IS ONLY 5.1KG ON THE SCALES - INCLUDING THE ZEOLITEXD, THE F*RACE HARNESS, THE ANGEL SQPRO RESERVE AND A NEW RUCKSACK. AS WE ALWAYS SAY "LIGHT IS RIGHT" AND ONCE AGAIN OZONE IS LEADING THE WAY.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN EXCITING RACE!
We will be rooting for the Ozone team of course!