Ozone Pilots Gear Up for the X-Alps
The 2013 X-Alps route has been revealed, and Ozone pilots around the world are already training hard for what many consider to be the world’s toughest adventure race. The biennial event will be even longer, more technical, and more complex this year, with turnpoints forcing the athletes to cross through several very difficult sections of the Alps and travel more than 1000kms in total.
The 2013 edition comes 10 years after the first X-Alps, in which Ozone’s Chief Designer and Test Pilot, Dav Dagault, placed 2nd flying a special light wing of his own design. Ozone’s passion for light equipment and vol-biv adventure flying has encouraged us to support pilots in the X-Alps ever since, as well as many intrepid adventurers who have set distance and altitude records in the wildest parts of the Himalaya, American West, South America and Africa. In addition to Dav’s X-Alps performance, Luc Armant’s now famous 1000km solo unsupported Himalayan vol-biv flight and Fred Pieri’s vol-biv adventures across central Asia have provided much fuel for our lightweight innovation.
With Chrigel Maurer heading up the Ozone X-Alps Team of pilots and helping us to develop the ideal X-Alps equipment package (Wing, Harness, Backpack), we’re very excited about this year’s event. We will post more details on the list of pilots flying Ozone and the equipment that we will be supporting them with, very soon. Please stay tuned and we look forward to following the pilots on this year’s course! Good luck to all involved, and we hope for another safe and fun event.