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ON DETAIL: ALAN GONZÁLEZ / ANA SÁNCHEZ

“X-Pyr mixes the two disciplines I am passionate about: mountain and paragliding”

Pilot: Alan González
Nationality: Mexican/Spanish
Birth Date: 11.07.1983
City: Sabiñánigo
Country: Spain
Job: Army and bussiness owner
Glider: GIN Carrera
Harness: ADVANCE Lightness
Helmet: SKYRUNNER
Sponsors:  Club Jaca Pádel,Parapente Pirineos, Seven Sport Center, Kasana, GinGliders
Assistant: Ana Sánchez
Nationality: Mexican
Birth Date:23.10.1984
City: Sabiñánigo
Country: Spain

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Taking part in the previous edition of the X-Pyr, despite the bad luck I had with the team, personally it was very gratifying and has helped me to accept defeats much better. Also to climb the 5700m Orizaba peak. And creating a bussiness from a multisport base.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying paragliders in 2005, through a good friend of mine, Paco Villar, who motivated me to try it, and ever since then I haven’t stopped.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I am a trekking guide and I have climbed several 3000m mountains. I also like rock climbing and I usually have to practise them because of my work.

What does your typical training week consist of?
Groundhandling and a bit of flying each day, complemented with my usual mountain activities.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The best ones are the feelings when you reach the top of a mountain, winning a Padel tournament, a long flight with many thermals…
The worst are the scares when flying, defeats and some accident or another when climbing.

Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
Because it mixes the two disciplines I am passionate about: mountain and paragliding.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, I fly there regularly because I live quite close

What will your strategy be during the race?
We will try not to make last year’s mistakes, to have a clear purpose from the start and get the best out of the chosen route.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The pleasure of flying is what excites me the most

What scares you the most about the event?
The time factor worries me. I hope it is in my favour so I can make the most of the race.

Why will she make a good assistant?
She is my wife and I wanted to share this exciting experience with her, because she likes paragliding as much as I do and I want to spend more time with her sharing our hobbies