MONACO, OR BUST
Day Eleven of the Red Bull X-Alps, and Paul Guschlbauer (AUT4) continues to pile the pressure on second-placed Toma Coconea (ROM).
The Austrian flew the length of the Chamonix valley this morning, gliding 21 km to land at Le Prarion just west of Mt Blanc. Coconea had landed there earlier, and had flown away by the time Guschlbauer arrived, but he is not impressing as much as his Austrian rival in the air.
Behind them, Martin Muller (SUI3) is taking the low road, hiking through Chamonix town, leading out from John Chambers (GBR2) and Ferdinand Van Schelven (NED) who are engaged in a tight foot race.
Meanwhile, Maurer lies just 67 km from goal in Monaco. Weather conditions are much poorer in the south of the Alps than the north. The race leader’s efforts are being hampered by unseasonal downpours and low cloudbase, preventing him from flying.
With limited take-off options the further south he travels, Maurer is electing to sit it out and wait for conditions to improve. It’s his birthday today, and he can afford to take it easy.