Lars Budack

IN DETAIL: LARS BUDACK / PEDRO CITOLER

"The X-Pyr is tailored to my person"

Pilot: Lars Budack
Nationality: Germany
Birth Date: 08.10.71
City: Seelscheid
Country of residence: Germany
Job: Building expert
Web: www.pararunner.de
Glider: OZONE Z-Alps
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps2
Helmet: CHARLY Loop
Sponsors:  Alpenstille, OZONE DE, Ingenieurbüro Budack
Assistant: Pedro Citoler
Nationality: Germany
Birth Date: 02.13.65
City: Köln
Country of residence: Germany

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
2nd bordairrace series 2009 / 2012 / 2017, 15th Overall Austrian Open 2016, 14th X-Pyr 2016, 11th dolomiti superfly 2017

When and why did you start paragliding?
Since my childhood I am dreaming of engineless aircrafts. With my first flight in 2001 paragliding became my passion. There is nothing more beautiful than to paraglide over unknown lands that you have decided to conquer.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Hike & fly particularly in the austrian and italien alps, some mountain climbing about 3500m (e.g. Olperer, Hochpfeiler)

What does your typical training week consist of?
Running about 80-100km per week, flying as much as possible to refine thermal flying

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best: adventure race dolomiti superfly 2017; worst: X-Pyr 2014 because I was forced to give up the race after unbearable heat and thirst behind andorra

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
The X-Pyr is tailored to my person. 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 extremely challenge for the body and mind.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Yes, last 2016. Pedro (my supporter) and me had a extremly hard week with terrible flying conditions. But we remained a team even in the most difficult situations.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, since 2010.

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 first day of the race.

What scares you the most about the event?
To have technical problems with my gps..

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Pedro is calmly and reasonably. He is fascinated about the X-Pyr and I trust him. He will encourage me to go on and stop me to rest my body and mind.

Anything else you like to comment?
I wish Inigo and his team as soon as the participants a good preparation. X-Pyr 2018 will be an epicc race and for sure the flying conditions will be better than 2017.