1 juillet 2013

The Red Bull X-Alps kicks off this weekend

It's one of the world's toughest adventure races and it's about to begin! The 2013 Red Bull X-Alps is a 1,000km race across the Alps, taking 32 athletes from 21 countries from the heart of Salzburg, Austria to the shores of Monaco. Their epic quest across the mountains of Europe starts on July 7, 2013 at 11.30am.

Once again, Suunto is proud to be a partner of the event. Each athlete will be equipped with the Ambit2, which is ideally suited to cope with the tough demands of the race.

“It's not just a physical challenge,” says Hannes Arch, Red Bull X-Alps mastermind. “It's about the body and the mind. The athletes have to perform for 18 hours a day and sustain that for more than 10 days. It's a real adventure!”

By foot or by paraglider, athletes must pass 10 turnpoints and cross five countries on their grueling way to the finish line. The race requires expert paragliding skill as well as a very high level of endurance fitness – it’s not uncommon for athletes to hike up to 100km in a day. In 2011, Toma Coconea covered an incredible 981km on foot.

Among the athletes are some of the world's leading adventurers. They include Everest summiteers and record-breaking paraglider pilots.

Packed in a glass fiber reinforced casing with a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode, the Ambit2 is the perfect partner for these intrepid adventurers. It gives accurate pace, speed, distance and altitude and features a 3D compass — all essential aids for the Red Bull X-Alps, both during training and the race, whether on the ground or in the air.

It's also built to survive the harshest conditions, which the athletes will certainly encounter on their way to Monaco. Suunto wishes all the athletes the best of luck as they begin this epic adventure.


You can also follow the athletes as they race across the Alps with Live Tracking on www.redbullxalps.com!


À propos de Suunto

Suunto a été fondée en 1936 par Tuomas Vohlonen, un arpenteur finlandais, inventeur de la boussole à suspension liquide. Depuis, Suunto a su conserver un rôle de pionnière du design et de l'innovation dans le domaine des ordinateurs de plongée, des montres sportives et des instruments utilisés par les aventuriers du monde entier. Des plus hauts sommets aux plus profonds abysses, Suunto soutient physiquement et mentalement les aventuriers dans leur conquête de nouveaux territoires.

Le siège et l'usine de Suunto se trouvent à Vantaa, en Finlande. Employant plus de 400 personnes dans le monde, Suunto propose ses produits dans plus de 100 pays. La société est une filiale d'Amer Sports Corporation, dont les sociétés associées sont Salomon, Arc’teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor et Mavic.

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