Age: 27 years
Current Residence: Schleching, Germany
Paul Guschlbauer feels most at home with his paraglider tucked into his backpack, ascending the big mountains of the Alps, where endurance is crucial.
After several years spent cranking gears on the mountain biking scene, Paul found his true passion in flying. But it was never his goal to put endurance sports on the back burner. Now, he is successfully combining both.
Six years ago, Paul started paragliding like everybody else, but right from the beginning he knew that flying was just one part of the game. To reach his goals, he knew that excellent running skills were integral to making big distances hiking and flying in the Alps.
In 2009, Paul began to compete in these very special races for the first time. He was immediately rewarded with the top spot in the rankings of the Biotech Bordairline race series - a series which allows the athletes to run or fly for 33 hours.
After this success, he continued to participate in the 2010 series and impressively pulled off the victory at the Red Bull Dolomitenmann paragliding race and flew big distances at high altitude in the Himalayas.
All of Paul’s efforts have paid off in 2011 and this year he will be part of the biggest event in the adventure race category, the Red Bull X-Alps.