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Paragliding Across the Alps – in a Wheelchair

by on 15/07/2014
 

Vincent Delepeleire, a paraplegic who paraglides in his wheelchair, if successful, will be the first disabled person to complete a human-powered paragliding crossing of the European Alps.

On July 15, Vincent and his four team members will depart on the month-long expedition to paraglide the length of the European Alps, from Austria to Monaco. While this is not the first time the 620-mile-journey has been attempted, an athlete has never accomplished it by handcycling – instead of hiking or driving – in between landings and launches. The endeavor, dubbed Handi Cap Au Large, will see the team roughly following the course of the Red Bull X-Alps, a grueling adventure race where participants paraglide and hike across the Alps.

Delepeleire, 24, and his teammates all grew up in the same region of France and started paragliding together in 2009. After Delepeleire lost the use of his legs in a work accident in 2011, they co-founded In Cloud, a non-profit dedicated to adaptive sports adventures. This is In Cloud’s first major undertaking. Read more…

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