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Michal Radzicki


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Michal Radzicki

PILOT

  • Nationality
    Poland
  • Age
    45
  • Occupation
    I am a railroad engineer
  • Residence
    Bielsko-Biala (Poland)
  • Experience
    Rookie
  • Wing
    OZONE Zeolite 2 GT
  • Harness
    SKYWALK Range X-Alps 3
  • Helmet
    SUPAIR Pilot

Zofia Radzicka

ASSISTANT

  • Nationality
    Poland
  • Residence
    Bielsko-Biala (Poland)

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Why did you choose the X-Pyr?
For adventure – to run or fly across the entire Pyrenees with the best hike & fly pilots in the world.

What is your greatest sporting success?
4th placed Rookie in Bordairrace/8th overall in 2022

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started paragliding in 2007. I always wanted to fly.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I run a lot in the mountains – at every opportunity, in all seasons and in all weather conditions.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best – completing the route and crossing the finish line of any hike & fly competition! Worst – running too much and not having the strength to fly…

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? Do you have a favourite area?
No, it will be my first time in the Pyrenees.

Is there anything you like to see (or not) in the route?
I’d like to always see a good place to land safely 😄

Apart from flying far and walking little, what will your strategy be during the race?
Rest well, eat well, don’t rush too much and maintain strength for all days of the competitions.

What does your typical training week consist of?
Running every day – before or after work. On weekends – longer mountain runs and flying whenever weather conditions allow. Flying, of course, with hiking!

What has been the hardest part of your race preparation so far?
Finding a small, nice camper 😵‍💫

What excites you most about participating in the X-Pyr?
To be a participant in this great adventure is the most exciting! I can’t wait to start!

What worries you the most about the event?
Too strong wind for flying.

How do you know your assistant?
My supporter is my best friend – my beloved wife – Zofia ❤

What are your assistant’s main strengths?
My wife knows me very well – she knows when to motivate me and when to comfort me. She is always where she should be – on route, on take off, at the landing field.

What advice would you ask of the race veterans?
Each mountain has specific, local conditions in different parts of the day – any clue of that knowledge would allow to complete the route much faster.

Anything else you like to comment?
Keep your fingers crossed that I complete the entire X-Pyr route!!!

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