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A beautiful sunny summer day salutes us in Hondarribia. The 35 confirmed participant teams gathered at the city's Auditorium. We all went through the race rules, air pace restrictions, safety and emergency procedures and satelite tracking. Gear inspection and weight checking was completed, followed by TV interviews for the race documentary. Some of the worlds' best Hike & Fly pilots head the particintat's list.

This years' edition added some challenging turn points that will rise the race difficulty and length. The weather forecast is now good after weeks and weeks of rainy days. The excitement is in the air and all is now set for a spectacular race start tomorrow at the beach (10am local time). The first turnpoint "La Rhune" can only be reached by foot and is some 25km away. We anticipate first lauches around 13h from "La Rhune".

Note: Team Michael Muehlbach did a last minute cancellation due to medical reasons.

Photos: Daniel Berhelemy

X-Pyr 2018 Route – an analysis by former competitor Greg Hamerton

  This year's route features some tricky sections and many route choices, making this year's race much more tactical than previous editions. In this video former competitor and Flybubble paragliding optimist Greg Hamerton discusses the route, possible strategies and how hard the race is with Judith Mole. Watch the video A longer, more detailed version…
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