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Adrian Pochiu


Adrian Pochiu


  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Occupation
    Paragliding Instructor / Tandem Pilot
  • Residence
    Brașov (România )
  • Experience
  • Wing
    ADVANCE Omega X-Alps ULS 22
  • Harness
    ADVANCE Lighness X-Alps
  • Helmet
    GRADIENT Pilot

Aura Staicu


  • Nationality
  • Residence
    Brașov (Romania )

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Why did you choose the X-Pyr?
Because it is a hard and challenging race, and I enjoy challenges, this will be one of the biggest where my passion for paragliding and adventures in the mountains is combined.

What is your greatest sporting success?
Being accepted to this race is already a great success for me.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I began flying in 2005, driven by a childhood desire. The first time I saw people flying through the skies in my local area, I knew it was a dream I had to pursue.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Since Toma invited me to be his supporter at X-Alps, I have accumulated a lot of experience in mountain climbing.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
One of my most cherished memories in this sport is the first time I flew tandem with my son, creating a beautiful and unforgettable experience together.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? Do you have a favourite area?
Yes, I flew for the first time in the Pyrenees in 2018, accompanying Toma during his X-Pyr training. I was captivated by the beauty of the mountainous area and vowed to return someday.

Is there anything you like to see (or not) in the route?
I yearn to witness the vast blue sky, soaring birds, and cloud streets gracefully following the route.

Apart from flying far and walking little, what will your strategy be during the race?
Staying well-informed about the weather, prioritising rest, and meticulous planning for timely arrivals at take-offs are essential. Being adaptable to unforeseen challenges and making quick decisions are crucial skills in ensuring a successful adventure experience.

What does your typical training week consist of?
My training week aligns with weather conditions. I opt for hiking and flying in good conditions, explore ski touring and mountain running in the cold season, and switch to cycling and trail running in the warm season.

What has been the hardest part of your race preparation so far?
I believe the most demanding phase has been the endurance marathon, where running with the paraglider on my back truly tests my physical and mental endurance. Overcoming this challenge has been a crucial aspect of my race preparation.

What excites you most about participating in the X-Pyr?
I am most excited about the opportunity to fly alongside some of the best athletes in X-Pyr. The chance to share the skies with them adds a thrilling dimension to the adventure.

What worries you the most about the event?
Running during unfavorable flying weather concerns me the most.

How do you know your assistant?
I met my assistant Aura, who happens to be my wife, at a kiting contest in 2010. Over the years, we’ve become a strong team. The upcoming 7 days of competition will test our teamwork and resilience as a couple.

What are your assistant’s main strengths?
Her main strengths lie in being highly sportive, ambitious, and exceptionally competitive. These qualities contribute significantly to our success as a team.

What advice would you ask of the race veterans?
I’d ask for advice on dosing my energy throughout the competition and maximising efficiency.

Anything else you like to comment?
Let’s have some fun!

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