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ON DETAIL: STANISLAV MAYER / PETR KOSTRHUN

“What scares me most is the weather… and snakes”

Pilot: Stanislav Mayer
Nationality: Czech Republic
Birth Date: 21.08.1989
City: Liberec
Country: Czech Republic
Job: Software tester, student CTU in Prague
Web: X-Pyr Czech Team FB
Glider: Gradient Aspen 4/5
Harness: Ozone Ozium
Helmet: Plusmax
Sponsors: Gradient, Certicon
Assistant: Petr Kostrhun
Nationality: Czech Republic
Birth Date: 14. 11. 1979
City: Prague
Country: Czech Republic

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
1st place Czech xcontest Standard league.

When and why did you start paragliding?
Before paragliding I climbed a lot, a friend showed me paragliding and I started to love it.

What is your mountaineering experience?
North face Ortler, Elbrus, Matterhorn, …

What does your typical training week consist of?
Flying as much as possible, writing my master thesis :-), walking, running, swimming.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best memory is landing in Austria after a nice flight on the flatlands with a lot of snow in March .

Worst – Close to injure myself during iceclimbing.

Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
It is a great idea to cross mountains using a paraglider or by foot. X-Alps is my dream too.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
No, I hope to get there as soon as possible before the race.

What will your strategy be during the race?
To stay as long as possible in the air and remain calm.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The possibility to stand on the start line with the best pilots in the world.

What scares you the most about the event?
Weather and snakes 😮

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
He is one of the best cross country pilots and I have fun with him.

Anything else you like to comment?
I’m looking forward to the race.