Finally, a month after the initial announcement of athletes, I had a call from X-Alps organizer Hannes Arch last Thursday to inform me that they had decided to let me compete after all. After the initial announcement I had been told I was a ‘reserve’ in case someone else dropped out. It seems the organising committee had a change of heart and decided rather than keep the reserves guessing (and training!) they’d let us into the starting line-up.
Whatever the rational, it has now just been announced on the X-Alps website (http://www.redbullxalps.com/news/article/new-athletes-added-32-to-start-red-bull-x-alps-in-2011.html).
So celebrations at making the start line now done with, the real fun and games starts – training and preparation!