Red Bull X-Alps 2013: Lloyd Pennicuik out, Michal Krysta and Andy Frötscher in

Withdrawn: Lloyd Pennicuik in the 2009 Red Bull X-Alps. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Withdrawn: Lloyd Pennicuik in the 2009 Red Bull X-Alps. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Organisers of the Red Bull X-Alps have announced that Australia’s Lloyd Pennicuik has withdrawn from this year’s race. First time athlete Michal Krysta will take his place.

Additionally, X-Alps veteran Andy Frötscher has been given a wildcard place.

New face: Michal Krysta. Photo: Facebook / Michal Krysta

New face: Michal Krysta. Photo: Facebook / Michal Krysta

Wildcard: Andy Frotscher. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Wildcard: Andy Frotscher. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

In a statement the Red Bull X-Alps team said:

Lloyd Pennicuik (AUS) has been forced to withdraw from the 2013 Red Bull X-Alps. The Australian gold prospector, who competed in 2007 and 2009, has reluctantly dropped out due to unforeseen circumstances.

He said: “I am pulling out of the Red Bull X-Alps for personal reasons. I thought about waiting to see if my circumstances change but this is unfair. I’d prefer to give someone else a chance. I’m gutted, but hopefully I’ll be back in 2015. I wish all the athletes the best of luck.”

He will be replaced by first-time athlete Michal Krysta (CZE) while Red Bull X-Alps veteran Andy Frötscher (ITA3) gains a place thanks to a wildcard entry. It brings the total number of competitors to 32.

Frötscher will be well known to fans having competed in every edition of the Red Bull X-Alps. But Krysta is a new face. He’s flown for the Czech national team at the 2011-2012 Paragliding World Cup as well as participated in the Czech league and national championships. But he’s also a serious adventurer. In the Himalayas he’s made an attempt on the forbidding north face of Changabang, 6,864m and flown from Annapurna’s Base Camp to Kathmandu.

He said: “I’m really excited to take part. The Red Bull X-Alps is a race I’ve wanted to do for ten years. I’ve done some big adventures but this will be the challenge of a lifetime. I can’t wait to get to the start line. Bring it on!”

The original athlete list is here.


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