What is your greatest sporting success?
1st position in Sierra Nevada National League.
When and why did you start paragliding?
I started in 2000, because my father flew RC planes, so from a very young age I was able to enjoy the pleasure of flying and follow the path that for many seems so far away. After that it was just a matter of looking for a way to see myself up there and try to fly as many flying devices as possible.
What is your mountaineering experience?
I’ve climbed a few peaks, and some technical ones with a lot of snow. Practically every day I run in the mountains, but really my experience in alpine climbimg is too little.
What does your typical training week consist of?.
My training is very varied, I have a personal trainer and he dictates the type of training for each day. We almost always do cardio work and in the same week I can do trail, bike, strength exercises, proprioception, stability, core…
What are your best and worst sporting memories?.
The best ones are undoubtedly enjoying with friends something that we are so passionate about, it is easy to get along with fellow pilots, even in competition strong bonds are usually formed. And the worst, bombing out in a task when you were the first in the league and watch from the ground as they all fly over you while you pack up in the sun, hahaha.
Why did you choose the X-Pyr?
I always followed the X-Pyr from home imagining myself in those situations, living the decision making with the pilots and thinking that I would love to see myself one day as one of the participants.
I love the format, it’s a unique adventure, and to be able to fly close to pilots of this quality seems a total luxury to me.
Have you participated in the X-Pyr before? How was it??
No, it is the first time for me; but I would like it not to be the last.
Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? What do you think about them?
Yes I have flown here, not often, but I have flown in some national leagues and on holidays. It provides an spectacular scenery where you can invent a million different flights; although it is true that I am more used to the plains and flying in the mountains is something totally different, but all the experiences I have had flying in the Pyrenees are very good.
What will your strategy be during the race??
I´ll try to fly as much as possible. I want to be ready physically because it’s also necessary, but I think the kilometers are made by flying.
What excites you most about the X-Pyr?
Everything, a big “everything” I would say. From the landscapes to the adventure of the unknown, what the weather will bring, sharing experiences with such great pilots and well, why not say it, the thrill of the competition itself to try and be a little faster in the race.
What scares you the most about the event?.
Not being able to finish the race, either due to injury or lack of time, running out of days or not reaching the goal on time.
Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Olmo is a very calm and balanced person, I think that in those moments of nerves, exhaustion and emotions, having someone like him around you can be very good; on the technical side he has no problems with computers, communication and logistics; and to top it off he is an athlete who will be able to accompany me to any take off no matter how high.
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