Last updated on June 18th, 2023 at 08:48 AM
In the realm of extreme sports, where boundaries are pushed and legends are made, Chrigel Maurer has once again showcased his unparalleled dominance.
The Swiss athlete, a force of nature in the Red Bull X-Alps, secured an unprecedented eighth title, etching his name in the annals of adventure sports history.
What’s more, he achieved this feat in record time, obliterating the competition and setting a new benchmark in the race’s two-decade existence.
Spanning a breathtaking 1,223 kilometres through the majestic Alps, the Red Bull X-Alps stands as the world’s most gruelling adventure race, attracting intrepid athletes from 18 different nations.
Blending the disciplines of hiking, paragliding, and climbing, this remarkable event tests the limits of physical endurance and mental fortitude, unfurling against a backdrop of awe-inspiring alpine vistas.
As the athletes converged upon the Austrian town of Kitzbühel, each harbouring their unique goals and strategies, a palpable sense of anticipation permeated the air.
The stage was set for an extraordinary journey that would push their bodies and minds to their very limits. This epic event, a global spectacle captivating the masses, promised days of relentless action and suspense.
Brace yourselves, for here’s all the latest from the Red Bull X-Alps, a rolling story punctuated by live tracking. Prepare to be captivated.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17: DAY SEVEN
The battle reached its zenith on the penultimate day, as Maxime Pinot (FRA1) and Damien Lacaze (FRA2) staged a formidable challenge to Chrigel Maurer’s reign.
However, the Swiss maestro, displaying his indomitable spirit, mounted an astonishing comeback, snatching back the lead with unyielding determination.
From that moment onward, he never looked back, soaring towards victory on the wings of his relentless pursuit. Crossing the finish line in the Austrian town of Zell am See, Maurer etched his name in the history books with a record time of six days, six hours, and one minute.
Reflecting on his extraordinary achievement, Maurer, at 40 years of age, uttered in awe, “It’s unbelievable to be here after such a short time and several tough moments. When I crossed the main ridge together with my team, it was incredible.”
While the battle for the lead had witnessed a captivating exchange between several athletes during the initial five days, the Swiss master seized control and never relinquished his grip, defying all adversaries with unparalleled skill and experience.
Race director Ferdinand Vogel, awestruck by Maurer’s instinctual decision-making, offered heartfelt congratulations, stating, “Firstly, I would like to congratulate Maurer on another outstanding performance.
It’s an amazing achievement – again! He makes decisions on gut instinct, and his instinct is incredibly good because he just has so much experience, and he also prepares for every situation.”
All eyes now turn to the enthralling contest for second and third place, as four athletes, Patrick von Känel (SUI2), Pal Takats (HUN), Damien Lacaze (FRA2), Maxime Pinot (FRA1), and Simon Oberrauner (AUT1), fiercely vie for a position within a few kilometres of each other, locked in an intense battle of wills. However, the drama is far from over, as several others trail not far behind, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats.
Meanwhile, a trailblazer in her own right, Austrian athlete Eli Egger (AUT4) sets her sights on a historic achievement. She aims to become the first female athlete to conquer the Red Bull X-Alps, her personal goal transformed from reaching Mont Blanc to.
Follow the 2023 Red Bull X-Alps live tracking HERE.