Chrigel the Eagle wins Red Bull X-Alps

Christian ‘Chrigel’ Maurer, the Swiss paragliding ace, has bagged his fourth Red Bull X-Alps win.
By Josh Sampiero

This time, it took eight days, five hours, and approximately twenty minutes for Chrigel to travel 2,055 km by flight and foot from Salzburg to Monaco. If his status as a legend of paragliding wasn't established before, it certainly is now, with his fourth win in a row at the Red Bull X-Alps.

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Christian 'Chrigel' Maurer flies the Matterhorn
Chrigel flying the Matterhorn © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

In a race that saw his lead contested for the first time, the Swiss pilot put the hammer down after Annecy, rocketing south towards the Mediterranean at uncatchable air speeds. Although considered by many to be unbeatable, this year's race offered glimpses of hope for both veteran Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and rookie Sebastien Huber (GER3), who are now battling for second place.

Christian 'Chrigel' Maurer signs in at Annecy
Chrigel signing in at Annecy © Harald Tauderer/Red Bull Content Pool

Maurer's win is just one more record in the logbook for Switzerland, the country that has produced every single winning pilot of Red Bull X-Alps. It must be something in that rare mountain air – air that treated Maurer well today. "Today was a good day," he says. "This final flight was the best of the whole race, because I was able to fly right to the Turnpoint, and fly above the clouds. I was above the clouds, and I landed next to the golf course right at the edge of the clouds!"

Christian 'Chrigel' Maurer high above France
Chrigel's got the most kilometres in the air © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

While Chrigel has claimed the top spot, the race is still on – athletes, spread out over hundreds of kilometres, are battling to stay in the coveted top 10 and make it to the finish in Monaco, completing one of the greatest adventures of their life.

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