What is your greatest sporting success?
Multiple ascents to the world’s highest peaks!
When and why did you start paragliding?
Around 2006 as a safer and more efficient way of getting off the mountains I climbed.
What is your mountaineering experience?
About 30 years climbing all over the world.
What does your typical training week consist of?
Most of the time I’m training for ultramarathons, so running long distances or shorter distances with a weight vest. Also swimming and cycling.
What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Climbing K2 or my double summit of Mt. Everest. Thankfully, I don’t have that many bad memories.
Why did you choose the X-Pyr?
It’s an amazing adventure race across the Pyrenees, organized by an extraordinary group of people!
Have you participated in the X-Pyr before? How was it?
I participated in 2016 but I had to drop out early as my glider got damaged during a complicated landing. I’ve been wanting to return since then.
Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? What do you think about them?
They are much more challenging that it may seem at first glance. Beautiful terrain.
What will your strategy be during the race?
Being used to ultra-running, self supported races, I’m planning to go hard on the hike sections.
What excites you most about the X-Pyr?
The challenge of the adventure!
What scares you the most about the event?
It’s not fear that I have. It’s healthy respect for the great level of competition.
Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Lots of experience and a big smile at the end of the day, no matter how tough it has been. Alex is a great supporter.
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