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How much fun can we have as flatland potates in the X-Pyr?

Friedrich Bloße


Friedrich Bloße


  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Occupation
    Teacher for sports and geography
  • Residence
    Jena (Germany)
  • Experience
  • Wing
    OZONE Zeolite 2
  • Harness
    WoodyValley Race L
  • Helmet
    Dynafit DNA L

Martin Bloße


  • Nationality
  • Residence
    Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)

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Why did you choose the X-Pyr?
After finishing my own, unsupported X-Pyr in 2023, I would like to do this tour with less weight and good friends…

What is your greatest sporting success?
Happy to be still sporty, healthy and motivated for doing such new adventures.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started paragliding in 2014 in the German flatlands to improve my mountain descent skills and discover the world from above like an eagle.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I like different kinds of mountaineering, starting from hiking and trad climbing in my home area Elbsandstein to multi-pitch climbing, high mountain tours and certainly para-moutaineering mostly in the Alps.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best: climbing & flying down the Mt. Blanc together with my brothers.
Worst: to notice, you have seen a person for the last time…

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? Do you have a favourite area?
Yes, in 2019 and 2023. But I haven’t yet found my favourite area, so maybe after this X-Pyr I can tell you more…

Is there anything you like to see (or not) in the route?
Some high mountains as turnpoints.

Apart from flying far and walking little, what will your strategy be during the race?
Fly with a smile, run with fun and be nice with the guys.

What does your typical training week consist of?
There is no typical training week, but I like trail running, cycling, paragliding and being outside in nature to step up to the next level. In the flatlands this also means, running mostly the same path multiple times to gain altitude meters again and again… to form a focused mindset.

What has been the hardest part of your race preparation so far?
Finding good mobile connection in the Alps on New Years Eve to send the X-Pyr application on the last day 😉

What excites you most about participating in the X-Pyr?
It’s such a nice mountain range and we are curious to meet other crazy people to enjoy our time together. There will be a lot of new experiences as a team and personally as a pilot in this race!

What worries you the most about the event?
The weather condition and risk-taking would be two main points. I’m happy to have my supporters on my side.

How do you know your assistant?
Martin is my younger brother and our connection has been growing for a long time…I’m really happy to have him as one of my supporters.

What are your assistant’s main strengths?
I like his kind of calmness, his empathy and his ability to open up new perspectives. In addition he is my good counterpart in risk management.

What advice would you ask of the race veterans?
Biggest surprise? Hardest point?

Anything else you like to comment?
We ask ourselves how sustainable can we make this race? Is it possible to make it with zero CO² emissions?
And what’s with the flying potato?

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