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RED BULL X-ALPS - Nelson de Freyman

Red Bull X-Alps, the world’s toughest adventure race returned on July 2, 2017 for its eighth edition. Starting in Salzburg, 31 Athletes of 20 nationalities will race a straight-line distance of 1,138km across the Alps to Monaco via 7 turnpoints in 7 different countries, including a turnpoint in Slovenia for the first time in Red Bull X-Alps history.

Over the years, the race has attracted some of the world's top adventurers and has pushed them to their limits. It demands not only expert paragliding skills but extreme endurance, as some athletes will hike over 100km a day and gain 1000's of meters in altitude while flying.

Nelson de Freyman

  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 13. Feb. 1992
  • Profession: Ski and Paragliding Instructor
  • Supporter: Damien Pierre
  • Glider: Advance Omega 2 xalps 22
When and why did you begin paragliding?
I discovered paragliding when I was 14 by chance during the summer when my father paid a course for me. This was a major experience in my young life and made me push my limit. Seeing the world from the sky is amazing.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I climbed the Lenine peak (7125m) in 2012. Crossed the entire Rocky Mountains by hike and fly in 2014. I climbed several summit in the Alps, the Atlas and the Pamir ridge.

What does your typical training week consist of?
2 trainings by day, 2 days rest by week mostly hiking, running, swimming and martial sports.

What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
The best one was a flight with Tom and Antoine during Red Bull X-Alps 2015 crossing all of the Dolomites in one day. The worst one was also in the Red Bull X-Alps, flying over a pass in some of the craziest flying conditions I've seen in my life.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
When I touched the water in Monaco having completed more than 1000km race across the Alps.

What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
Pain, Adventure, experience, happiness.

What will be your strategy during the race?
Flying as much and as high as possible.

On average, over a third of the Red Bull X-Alps participants fail to finish the event. Why do you think you will make it?
Motivation is the key, but to finish this race, you also need luck, a good strategy and a great time. I think I have all of that and will make it to the finish once more.

What scares you the most about the event?
Strong landing and bad take off.

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