The fifty-two best wingsuit athletes on planet earth square off to sweat the details, test their limits and achieve the impossible. The athletes aren’t just flying wing suits. The revolution is racing: Wingsuit 4 cross!
To race well, you’ve got to train. But how do you start training for a race when there’s never been one like that before?
That was the dilemma facing some of the best wingsuit pilots in the world at the first Red Bull Aces 4 Cross event. Given the event’s inaugural status, director Luke Aikins very smartly scheduled a training day before competition actually began, to give the pilots the chance to get a feel for going around the course.
Daring wingsuit flyers compete in this first-ever competition
52 of the world’s top wingsuit flyers descended on Oakdale, California, two hours east of San Francisco, for Red Bull Aces, the first-ever side-by-side wingsuit racing event.
Created by Red Bull Air Force pilot Luke Aikins, Red Bull Aces was split into a series of elimination heats of four wingsuit flyers, who were transported by plane up to 8,000 feet. From there, they jumped and flew through four gates, staggered at thousand-foot intervals between 6,500-3,500 feet.
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World’s Highest BASE Jump – Flying from Mt. Everest. Nearly 60 years to the day after the first ascent up Mount Everest, Russian extreme sport star Valery Rozov (48) flew off the north face of Mount Everest – the world’s highest BASE jump ever – 7220 meters (23,688ft) above sea level.
The ascent began on the Chinese side on the famous north route. It took him four days to climb from the base camp to the jumping location. At precisely 2:30 p.m. local time he leaped despite adverse weather conditions with temperatures -18 Celsius.
Because the cliff at the top was not very high, the initial moments of the leap in the rarified high altitude air were the most critical phase. Rozov needed more time than usual in the thin air to transition from freefall to flying. After that he flew for nearly a full minute at speeds of about 200 km/h (125 mph) along the north face before he landed safely on the Rongbuk glacier – at an altitude of 5,950 meters.
“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” said Rozov after getting home to Moscow. “When you look at the videos you realize that it took a lot longer than usual to get from falling to flying.”