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ON DETAIL: ALEX VILLA / MAYER ZAPATA

“When I watched the first video of the X-Pyr I inmediately convinced myself I had to compete there and go over those beautiful places”

Pilot: Alex Villa
Nationality: Colombian
Birth Date: 26.11.1976
City: Medellín
Country: Colombia
Job: Events producer
Web: Alex Villa FB
Glider: OZONE LM5
Harness: SUP’AIR XA13
Helmet: ICARO
Sponsors:  Oakley, Garmin, Efectuar FX, Sup’air
Assistant: Mayer Zapata
Nationality: Colombian
Birth Date:28.02.1972
City: Medellín
Country: Colombia

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Champion of the colombian serial circuit 2011

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started halfway through 2007. I paid for a tandem flight and I was hooked.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Mountain racing, orienteering and ropes handling
We have some high mountains with peaks up to 5000m, but I haven’t touched them much. Although I have plans to do it this year.

What does your typical training week consist of?
A combination of different activities:
One day of running up and down the mountain
One day running on sand tracks
One day in the cycling track
One day cycling on roads or mountain tracks.
One day of strenght work: weights or jumps with weight
One day of long distance mountain walking

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
My best sporting memories are the ones when I won tasks or stood on the podium. And until now, I haven’t had any bad experiences with sport.

Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
When I watched the first video of the X-Pyr I inmediately convinced myself I had to compete there and go over those beautiful places.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
No

What will your strategy be during the race?
Always keep a rhythm, without burning yourself too quickly.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The start at Hondarribia and the arrival at goal

What scares you the most about the event?
Heavy rain

Why will he make a good assistant?
Because he is one of my best friends and an excelent pilot and sportsman.

Anything else you like to comment?
To congratulate the organisers for such a great event, I am sure this edition of the X-Pyr 2014 will be a booooom success.