Edouard Potel


"Take it easy on the ground and bring it on in the air!"

Pilot: Edouard Potel
Nationality: France
Birth Date: 10.31.92
City: Toulouse
Country: France
Job: Engineer
Glider: SKYWALK X-Alps3
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps2
Helmet: SUPAIR Pilot
Sponsors:  Soaring, Toulouse Carrelages
Assistant: Marc Boyer
Nationality: France
Birth Date: 08.27.66
City: Garin
Country: France


What is your greatest sporting success?
Learning to swim properly.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I did my first flight in the summer of 2009 because I didn't like hiking down mountains. I caught the virus and I've now been flying with regularity for 6 years.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I'm an alpinist, sport climber, ice climber and trail runner. I've lived a few years in mountaineous areas.

What does your typical training week consist of?
I do road cycling and I swim in winter. I hike and fly in summer.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
My best memories in sports have to do with pulling out of sketchy pitches in the mountains or sending climbing routes after weeks of relentless work. Anytime I got an injury while training could be my worst memory.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
For the same reason I choose any competition: I really do like racing. Plus, I was born not far from the Pyrenees.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Nope, this will be the first time.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, I have. Mostly hike and fly on the north face when I started flying and later on a bit of cross country in Spain.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Take it easy on the ground and bring it on in the air!

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The prospect of the finishing line, the length of the route and the mountains themselves.

What scares you the most about the event?
Rainy days and how they mix with my weak knee.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Marc? O boy... well it seems that he has always been around when it comes to my flying. He's also a friend and he's one of the most knowledgable person there is on pyrenean flying.

Anything else you like to comment?
Enough talking, let us race.