Red Bull X-Alps Photostory from the first few days

From the Dachstein to the Zugspitze, these are the first images from the Red Bull X-Alps.
By Marc Schwarz
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And the race in the sky begins
Andy Froetscher (ITA3) takes off during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at the Gaisberg, Salzburg in Austria on July 7th, 2013
And the race in the sky begins After running from Salzburg to the top of the Gaisberg, athletes took to the skies in front of a huge crowd of spectators. © Ulrich Grill / Red Bull Content Pool
Shoichiro Tadano (JPN2) - Action
Shoichiro Tadano (JPN2) flies during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 on the Dachstein in Ramsau, Austria on July 8th, 2013
Shoichiro Tadano (JPN2) - Action Shoichiro Tadano from Japan soars above the Dachstein. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
Like an eagle
Christian Maurer of Switzerland performs during the third day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 near the Zugspitze, the highest mountain of Germany. At the sixth edition of the world's toughest adventure race, 31 paragliding athletes from 21 countries battling over 1,000km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco.
Like an eagle Race favorite Chrigel Maurer of Switzerland has dominated the race from the start and has opened up a large lead against the nearest competitors. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Toma Coconea takes a rare break
Toma Coconea (ROM) takes a break during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Buchen in Leutasch, Austria on July 9th, 2013
Toma Coconea takes a rare break His face showing the strain of the race, Toma Coconea takes some time out with this support team to plan the next stage of his battle for a podium finish. © Harald Tauderer/Red Bull Content Pool
Turnpoint 3: On the summit of Wildkogel
Max Mittmann (GER3) prepares his flying equipment during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Bramberg am Wildkogel, Austria on July 9th, 2013
Turnpoint 3: On the summit of Wildkogel The summit of Wildkogel, 2,224m, is the third turnpoint. In all, there are 10 turnpoints spread across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco that the athletes must pass. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
Britain's Jon Chambers
Jon Chambers of the United Kingdom performs during the third day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 near the Zugspitze, the highest mountain of Germany. At the sixth edition of the world's toughest adventure race, 31 paragliding athletes from 21 countries battling over 1,000km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco.
Britain's Jon Chambers Britain's Jon Chambers has been flying well and was within the chasing pack in the fight for 2nd and 3rd position. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
A grounded Aaron Durogati
Aaron Durogati (ITA1) hikes during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Hohe Munde near Zugspitze, Austria July 9th, 2013
A grounded Aaron Durogati World champion paraglider Aaron Durogati hikes towards the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain on day 3. © Harald Tauderer/Red Bull Content Pool
Flying along the Pinzgau valley
Red Bull X-Alps athlete flies at the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 in Wald, Austria on July 8th, 2013
Flying along the Pinzgau valley On day 3, storm clouds rolled in and athletes had to dodge the thunderstorms. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
Could I get the pedicure as well?
Mike Kueng (AUT2) checks his feets during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 in Neukirchen am Grossvenediger, Austria on July 8th, 2013
Could I get the pedicure as well? Taking care of your feet during the race is essential as athletes can hike up to 100km in a day when the weather is bad. Here Mike Küng's supporter applies some tape. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
Antoine Girard launching from Dachstein
Antoine Girard launching from Dachstein Frenchman Antoine Girard launches from the Dachstein. By the third day, he was lying in second place. © Harald Tauderer/Red Bull Content Pool
Antoine Girard fights for 2nd place
Antoine Girard of France performs during the third day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 near the Zugspitze, the highest mountain of Germany. At the sixth edition of the world's toughest adventure race, 31 paragliding athletes from 21 countries battling over 1,000km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco.
Antoine Girard fights for 2nd place After an inspired flight on day 3, Antoine Girard of France is able to reach and launch from the Zugspitze before afternoon hailstorms arrive, slowing later teams. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Flying above Garmisch
Competitor flies during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 in Garmisch, Germany on July 9th, 2013
Flying above Garmisch An athlete flies above the town of Garmisch, Germany on day 3 of the race. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
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