ON DETAIL: MARC BOYER / LAURENT PASCAL
|Pilot: Marc Boyer
Birth Date: 27.08.1966
Job: Paragliding teacher, pilote test
Glider: SKYWALK Spice
Harness: NEO Proto Cocoon Light
Helmet: SUPAIR Pilot
Sponsors: AXA, Soaring, Ternua, Neo, MPP, Toulouse carrelages, Luchon
|Assistant: Laurent Pascal
Birth Date: 15.06.1966
What is your greatest sporting success?
The takeoff in tri-place from the Aconcagua summit, the tandem takeoff from Cotopaxi and the first 100 km flights in the Pyreness.
When and why did you start paragliding?
In April 1988. At that time, while I was climbing full time in the riffs and in the mountains, a lot of my friends had started paragliding. I wanted to try. It was love at first sight and it changed my life.
What is your mountaineering experience?
I started in the mountains at the age of 14 and I work as a mountain guide. I climb less than before but I average an expedition per year on high peaks, always with the goal of taking off from the summit.
What does your typical training week consist of?
During the winter I go ski mountaineering 3 times per week. During the rest of the year, when I'm on Luchon I go back home cycling and I do 3 « Racks » (Luchon-Superbagnères) per week. I also go to the mountain once per week to climb and descend flying. It's necessary that I train the long walks in relatively flat terrain because I'm not used to that kind of effort.
What are your best and worst sporting memories?
First in the French pilot classification, Premier au classement des pilotes Français, my participations in the national team of France. The worst: the 12th place in the championship of France where I burned the sail with anger.
Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Because the bivouac flight is for me the purest expression of the flight as I see it and becuase the race takes place in the Pyrenees, my living environment. The Pyrenees and me is an old and beautiful love story.
Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No, because I was afraid of the setting of the race being too restrictive. In fact the desire to mesure myself with the elements and also the rest of the pilots exceeded these small obstacles.
Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
I live and I flight in the Pyrenees but there are areas I still know quite badly.
What will your strategy be during the race?
I think this year the route will take longer to do and it may request a minimum of 6 or 7 days of effort, if we have good conditions to fly. On my side, I will run the economy for the walking part to preserve the machine and I will seek to optimize the flying slots. It will be necessary as always to be in the right place at the right moment. With the new route, the choice of routes will probably be much broader.
What excites you most about X-Pyr?
To start in the ocean and reach the Mediterranean by walking and flying in a performance logic. Have a great time with the Pyrenees and share rich moments with my assistants.
What scares you the most about the event?
Bears that roam there. No, seriously, which bothers me is not to reach Port de la Selva.
Why will he make a good assistant?
Because he is my friend since a very long time and I can really rely on him completely. He will do everything possible so that we arrive at Port de la Selva.
Anything else you like to comment?
This race is for me a kind of accomplishment in sport in relation to my living environment: the Pyrenees, and the passion of my life : paragliding.