Red Bull X-Alps, the toughest paragliding competition in the world, came to an end at 11:30 am on Friday, 2 July 2021. 5 athletes mastered the longest route ever and landed at the new finish in Lake Zell. Chrigel "the Eagle" Maurer from Switzerland took the title for the seventh time in succession, Patrick von Känel and Simon Oberrauner finished 2nd and 3rd in the tenth edition of the world's toughest adventure race.
Chrigel Maurer from Switzerland landed on the raft already on Monday evening, 28 June, with a 130 km lead, scoring his seventh victory in a row after 8 days, 6 hours, 30 minutes and 28 seconds. Patrick von Känel from Switzerland and Simon Oberrauner from Austria went head-to-head with Maxime Pinot from France. Känel started from the last turn point Schmittenhöhe and landed on the floating raft in the sparkling waters of Lake Zell just shortly after 1:30 pm on 29 June. Ten minutes later, Oberrauner was jubilant about his place on the podium.
29 athletes from 15 nations worldwide started at 11:00 am on 20 June 2021, from Mozartplatz in Salzburg to cross 5 countries and pass 12 turning buoys and facing a distance of 1,238 km on foot or by paraglider only. With only the most necessary breaks and recovery phases, the athletes made their way through Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy back to Austria to the last turn point on Zell's local mountain, the Schmittenhöhe, right next to the Sisi Chapel 2,000 m above sea level. Afterwards they headed immediately for the landing raft directly on Lake Zell, which had to be reached by 11:30 am on 2 July.
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