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ON DETAIL: LARS BUDACK / KERSTIN BUDACK

“There is nothing more beautiful than paragliding over unknown lands that you have decided to conquer”

Pilot: Lars Budack
Nationality: German
Birth Date: 10.08.1971
City: Cologne
Country: Germany
Job: Consulting engineer
Web: Pararunner
Glider: OZONE LM5
Harness: Ozone Ozium
Helmet: Charly Loop
Sponsors: Alpenstille SHOP, Schöck Bauteile GmbH, OZONE
Assistant: Kerstin Budack
Nationality: German
Birth Date:21.10.1971
City: Cologne
Country: Germany

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Pararunning: 2nd boardairline series 2009, 2nd bordairline series 2012, 24th RedBull X-Alps 2013
Paragliding: 1st state championship NRW 2010, 10th Overall Palz Open 2013

When and why did you start paragliding?
I have been dreaming of engineless aircrafts since I was a child. Thus, I built dozens of gliders. In the nineties, I saw some hiking and skiing paragliders. I really felt the appeal to paraglide. With my first flight, in 2001, paragliding became my passion. It was, and is amusing for me, to fly hundreds of kilometres with a piece of cloth. There is nothing more beautiful than paragliding over unknown lands that you have decided to conquer.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Hiking & flying, particularly in the Austrian and Italian Alps, some mountain climbing up to about 3,500m

What does your typical training week consist of?
Running about 80km per week, being in the air to practise a feeling for thermals, some mountain-biking and swimming, stretching and strength training in the evening

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best: climbing the mountain in the night, to fly into the sunrise ; 200km flight to France in 2011
Worst: 2007, after 33 hours of adventure race, I finished in 2nd place just 400m behind Helmut Eichholzer, 2009 I had a deja vú, and after 33 hours, I finished 2nd, just 200m behind the winner

Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
I’m really excited to conquer the wonderfull landscape of the Pyrenees alps with my paraglider. I am fascinated about that kind of paragliding competition. For me it’s the truest competition. No facilities. Just me and my glider. Feel the nature and become a part of it.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, few times in the spanish Pyrenees

What will your strategy be during the race?
As much flying as possible. As much hiking as necessary. But, first of all, I will keep my own pace throughout the race.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The X-Pyr is tailored to my person. The X-Pyr is not just a paragliding or mountain run competition. Rather it requires strategy to take the right decisions. And above all, it is a extreme challenge for the body and mind. My paragliding and endurance sport experience in the Alps, allow me to apply for this race.

What scares you the most about the event?
To have technical problems with my vario on a top XC day during the cross country flight.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
She is my wife and I trust her. She is calm and reasonable. She will encourage me to go on and stop me to rest my body and mind.

Anything else you like to comment?
I wish the other athletes a good preparation and all the best for the great adventure race.