Toma Coconea

IN DETAIL: TOMA COCONEA / MICLEA ADRIAN

"Can’t wait seeing you all in the great race"

Pilot: Toma Coconea
Nationality: Romania
Birth Date: 05.05.75
City: Petrosani
Country of residence: Romania
Job: Paragliding Instructor
Web: www.tomacoconea.ro
Glider: ADVANCE Omega X-Alps 2
Harness: ADVANCE Lightness 2 X-Alps
Helmet: ICARO2000 TransAlp
Sponsors:  Advance, Mercedes Benz Romania
Assistant: Miclea Adrian
Nationality: Romania
Birth Date: 07.15.74
City: Brasov
Country of residence: Romania

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Finishing twice 2st at Red Bull X Alps.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying in 1991 after I saw some French guys flying in the Parang Mountains in Romania.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Part of a rescue mountain team in Romania. Summited Kilimanjaro, Himalayas, Pyrenees, Alps and the Carpathian mountains

What does your typical training week consist of?
Depending on the period, I choose sky touring, mountain running, cross-country flights and bivouac flights, mountain marathons

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Everything is a good memory. Every experience made me a better sportsman.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
It is a competition that suits me and I enjoy flying over the Pyrenees.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Yes. In 2014 when I came on 3rd place. It was a great experience that convinced me to come back again.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes.

What will your strategy be during the race?
To have long flights and not to come late on the take off place.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The race itself and the great atmosphere created by the organizers. .

What scares you the most about the event?
Nothing

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Yes. In the past, we made a good team at Red Bull X Alps.

Anything else you like to comment?
Can’t wait seeing you all in the great race wibe.