Photos: best of Red Bull X-Alps

The Red Bull X-Alps has produced hundreds of stunning images. Here are some of our favourites.
By Josh Sampiero
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The sprint from Salzburg
The sprint from Salzburg When the gun went off at 11:30, the athletes didn't hold back, heading full bore towards the first launch at the Gaisberg. © Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool
Go go, Coco
Go go, Coco Toma Coconea of Romania was the first from the start line to the launch at the Gaisberg – although he forfeited the Gaisberg trophy by going off-route. © Andreas Schaad/Red Bull Content Pool
Crash Start
Crash Start Kaoru Ogisawa of Japan crashes into a tree on his first flight of the race. © Andreas Schaad/Red Bull Content Pool
Dropping into – and out of – Germany
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.
Dropping into – and out of – Germany This year's course included a turnpoint on the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. Antoine Girard departs for the next turnpoint in Italy. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Course correction
Victor Sebe (FRA3) prepares for take off during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Reschenpass, Italy on July 11th, 2013
Course correction The Red Bull X-Alps isn't just a mindless race of endurance – it takes thought, foresight, and planning. © Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool
Between a rock a cold place
Honza Rejmanek (USA1) prepares for flyght during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Fluelapass in Davos, Switzerland on July 12th, 2013
Between a rock a cold place Honza Rejmanek prepares for flight in a challenging spot near the Fluelapass in Davos, Switzerland. © Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool
Foot fix
Christian Maurer of Switzerland (SUI1) performs during the seventh day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 on the Pas de la Coche in France on July 13 2013.
Foot fix Christian Maurer with some strategically placed medical tape. Of the beating the body takes during a race like the Red Bull X-Alps, the feet bear the brunt of it. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Into the mist
Antoine Girard of France (FRA2) performs during the fourth day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 in Austria on July 10th, 2013
Into the mist Antoine Girard fearlessly flies off into the unknown. While much focus is put on the athlete's ultimate arrival in Monaco, it's easy to forget they are required to make important safety decisions about flying conditions, constantly. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Clouding the course
Competitor flies during the Red Bull X-Alps at Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland on July 12th, 2013
Clouding the course For the pilots, cloud cover and position dictates much of their strategy, affecting things like visibility and frequency and location of thermals. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
Eagle grounded
Christian Maurer of Switzerland (SUI1) performs during the seventh day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 on the Pas de la Coche in France on July 13 2013.
Eagle grounded Christian "Chrigel" Maurer caught in a rare moment out of flight. Chrigel flew over 2200km – but still logged 268km on foot. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Cool as ice
Competitor flies during the Red Bull X-Alps at Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland on July 12th, 2013
Cool as ice The advantage of flight? It lets competitors bypass the slower and more treacherous stuff on land - like this spot near the Matterhorn. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
Road racer
Peter Gebhard (ITA2) hikes during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Guttannen, Switzerland on July 12th, 2013
Road racer While the Red Bull X-Alps is an outdoor adventure, it's not always off-road. But before you cry foul, know this – while smooth, the pavement is often harder on a runner's body than trail. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
Flowers rather than flights
Martin Muller (SUI2) performs during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Chalets des Ayes, France on July 16th, 2013
Flowers rather than flights Martin Muller takes in some of the scenery on foot near Chalets des Ayes in France. While the Red Bull X-Alps is grueling and exhausting, it's also beautiful. © Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool
A Fête Francais
Clement Latour of France (FRA1) arrives at the eights day of the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at the turnpoint St Hilaire in France on July 14 2013.
A Fête Francais Clement Latour of France hustles past ecstatic French fans on this way to an after-dark finish at Peille. In a race dominated by Swiss pilot Chrigel, the battle for second place was still captivating. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Go go, Coco
Toma Coconea (ROM) performs during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at La Grave, France on July 17th, 2013
Go go, Coco Toma Coconea is known for his tireless energy and willingness to cover immense distances by foot. His endurance skills paid off in the final moments as he maintained a quick pace to Peille, guaranteeing a finish. © Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool
Which way to Monaco?
Victor Sebe (FRA3) hikes during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Matterhorn in Zermat, Switzerland on July 14th, 2013
Which way to Monaco? Sometimes Red Bull X-Alps athletes were lucky enough to have signs to follow – but often not. That meant plenty of trailblazing, on the ground – and in the air. © Harald Tauderer/Red Bull Content Pool
Air France
Air France The 2013 Red Bull X-Alps featured an expanded course, which took competitors through (and over) some of the most beautiful terrain in the world, such as the Mt Blanc Massif near Chamonix. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
The man in Monaco
Christian Maurer (SUI1) flies during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Peille, Monaco on July 17th, 2013
The man in Monaco Chrigel Maurer claims his hat trick with a flight down to Monaco on Sunday July 14, on the eighth day of racing. The athletes closest on his heels were still hundreds of kilometres behind. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool
One more for Maurer
Christian Maurer (SUI1) lands on the float during the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 at Monaco, on July 14th, 2013
One more for Maurer Christian Maurer arrives at the float in Monaco. "Chrigel the Eagle" looked unbeatable from the start – and no one was surprised to see him touch down in Monaco first. © Olivier Laugero/Red Bull Content Pool