It’s damn hard but probably worth the effort.

Edouard Potel


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Edouard Potel

PILOT

  • Nationality
    France
  • Birthday
    October 31, 1992
  • Occupation
    Engineer
  • Residence
    La Mure-Argens (France)
  • Experience
    1 X-Pyr
  • Wing
    ADVANCE Omega XA 3
  • Harness
    SKYWALK Range XA 2
  • Helmet
    SUPAIR Pilot

Jerôme Alixant

ASSISTANT

  • Nationality
    France
  • Residence
    Entrages (France)

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What is your greatest sporting success?
Learning to swim. This is harder than it sounds.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started 10 years ago to save my knees from hiking abuse.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I climb on rock, on snow and on ice.

What does your typical training week consist of?
I cycle on Mondays, I fly on Wednesdays and I eat some “daube de sanglier d’Hervé” (local dish) on Sundays.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
My worst memory is my forced withdrawal from X-Pyr 2018.

My best memory would be crossing the finish lines at Dolomiti Superfly in 2020 with my friends.

Why did you choose the X-Pyr?
Because it’s damn hard, but just to get the chance at the final glide to the Mediterranean sea, it’s probably worth the effort.

Have you participated in the X-Pyr before? How was it?
Yes, I have. The small part of the route I actually raced was good. Sunny and flyable.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? What do you think about them?
Yes, I have. I think the south side of the range is good for flying and the north is good for hiking.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Keeping a cool head as much as I can. As my fellow countryman Nelson once told me: “In the end all this is just about small arches moving in the sky.”

What excites you most about the X-Pyr?
Flights in mountainous rocky landscapes.

What scares you the most about the event?
Trees.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Because he’s been my supporter for 4 years now and we know each other well. He can handle occasional moods and always rounds edges.

Anything else you like to comment?

 

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