Antonio Ramos

"I love the Pyrenees, is my home, is where I live and where I grew up, and to finish the organization of the race is phenomenal, all are home pilots, is a big family, I don't think there's a race of these dimensions and at the same time so familiar."

Pilot: Antonio Ramos
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 05.25.1985
City: Jaca (Spain)
Job: Police
Web: Antonio Ramos
Glider: GIN Puma
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps
Helmet: SUPAIR Pilot
Sponsors: iParapente, Tenapark, Talleres Royo Arilla Ejea
Assistant: Luis Felipe Tudela
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 01.26.1975
City: Ejea de los Caballeros (Spain)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
I don't have any sporting success to mention, probably my best achievement is to be able to run this race again with the best in the world in hike&fly.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying in 2007, I always liked the mountains and bird watching; simply to make the dream of flying, once you try it you can't stop.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I have been doing mountain climbing since I was 20 years old in all its facets: rock climbing, ice climbing, ski touring, climbing, etc. I have climbed in many areas, both inside and outside our borders.

What does your typical training week consist of?
Since I'm a dad everything has changed! It's impossible to plan trainings hehe, now I have much less time so the trainings have to be of higher quality to make up for the lack of hours, in general whenever I can I do long runs and slopes in the mountains, in winter I combine it with skytouring and in summer with cycling. I alternate weeks of power with weeks of volume and whenever I can I fly!

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Good moments are almost all, every day that I take off, that I conquer a summit, that I finish a journey... all are good memories. The worst are undoubtedly the injuries, I've had some fractures from climbing falls, and a tandem accident.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Because I love the Pyrenees, is my home, is where I live and where I grew up, and to finish the organization of the race is phenomenal, all are home pilots, is a big family, I don't think there's a race of these dimensions and at the same time so familiar.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Yes, I participated as an assistant in 2016 with my great friend Demetrio Lozano and in 2018 I was fortunate to be able to run it myself. I finished 17th and enjoyed myself tremendously, and most importantly I learned a lot about this discipline.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yeah, it's one of my flying zones.

What will your strategy be during the race?
After what we learned in 2018, the idea is to fly as much as possible even if the day seems not to work, to get rid fo the idea of covering distance on foot, to always look for a takeoff.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
I am interested by absolutely everything in this race, flying in the Pyrenees, crossing the entire GR, walking or flying from one sea to another and being able to participate alongside the best in this flight discipline.

What scares you the most about the event?
What worries me most is flying in conditions far beyond my flying ability, accumulated fatigue can lead to serious flight errors and mistakes and recklessness are paid with injuries, a high price.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
No words to explain it but in general because he is my friend in my everyday life, my rope team and also a great flyer and an expert of the Pyrenees, he is able to motivate anyone in any situation and his resources are infinite! Mc Gyver at his side is a simple trainee. One of his handicaps in racing is that he ignores those tasteless bars that destroy your stomach, he always carries a piece of cured meet or ham, that's assistance. Anyway, you can't ask for more, he's got everything.

Anything else you like to comment?
A hug to everyone and good luck.