The Red Bull X-Alps adventure race from Salzburg, Austria, to Monaco, France, is among the world’s most challenging endurance tests. Thirty-two athletes race across the Alps by foot and paraglider, traveling more than 1,000 kilometers. Some participants hike more than 100 kilometers in a single day and gain thousands of meters in altitude. Race organizers needed a mapping solution to build a website that would let millions of people around the world track the race’s progress.
- The site scaled smoothly to handle traffic spikes during peak race times.
- Compared to 2015, the site saw a 129 percent increase in smartphones use, 25 percent increase in desktop/laptop use and 22 percent increase in tablet use.
- The site worked equally well on mobile devices, desktops and laptops, vital because 60 percent of visitors used mobile devices.
Millions of apps and sites use Google Maps APIs to benefit from a powerful mapping platform. Discover which set of APIs Red Bull X-Alps used to create their site:
Used to build the Red Bull X-Alps website and display athletes’ locations
Google Maps Elevation API
Accurately displayed the elevation of athletes during the race