Classic Routes Press Page

Monday 28 November, 2011

This is the press page for Classic Routes, the new book from Cross Country International, publishers of Cross Country Magazine.


Classic Routes was published on 25 November 2011.
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These are all spreads from Classic Routes. Click on the image and then download it (3000×1800 pixels) to your desktop. They are rights- and cost-free for editorial use.


The World’s Best Hang Gliding and Paragliding XC Routes

Cross Country International, the publishers behind Cross Country magazine, the international paragliding and hang gliding publication, have published a new book: Classic Routes.

Created to the same high standard as Cross Country magazine, Classic Routes is a story and photo-led journey through some of the most exciting paragliding and hang gliding terrain on Earth.

Featuring 20 destinations across five continents the book includes contributions from some of the sport’s top pilots, photographers and writers.

From outback Australia to the mountains of the Alps to the green fields of England, the book features stunning photography and inspirational stories as it takes you on a spectacular tour around the world.

Brought together by editor Bob Drury the book features 20 ‘classic routes’ with contributions from some of the best pilots in the sport.

Bob said: “As well as a book of amazing adventures and brilliant photography, it’s a how-to manual for cross country flying around the world.

“It’s the ultimate tick-list of flights I’d like to do if I had unlimited time and money.”

USPHA editor and America PWC Champion Nick Greece worked closely with Bob on Classic Routes, writing one route himself and contributing photographs to several others.

“Classic Routes will supply travelling cross country addicts the ability to fly like a local – worldwide.” Nick told us. “With in depth route explanations and amazing photos to support route descriptions, this book will help you show up and connect some of the best routes in the world.”

According to Bob the book has been in the planning stages for over a decade. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years,” he said.

“After over a decade working in the free-flight world, discovering new talent and showcasing photographers and writers, it was the perfect moment to launch the Classic Routes project,” he explained.

“The book is the culmination of so much that is important to me about free flight. Whether it’s taking your first tentative glide ‘over the back’ or pushing full bar through the big mountains – it’s all in there.

“I’m hugely privileged to have been able to work with such great pilots and talented individuals on Classic Routes. Launching it is a huge moment for me. I hope I can bring a little of what makes flying so exciting to me to the reader.”

Printed and bound in the UK to exacting standards using Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, Classic Routes is sure to find a space on many pilots’ bookshelves.

Available through XCshopAmazon and other book stores. Hardback, 198 pages, £29.95.


– Classic Routes was published on 25 November 2011

– It is a hardback, full-colour, coffee table book with 192 pages

– It costs £29.95

Classic Routes website


The book is divided into three sections, Americas, Europe and Rest of the World. It includes:


– Will Gadd steps into the Rocky Mountain Trench for a 100km classic in Golden, Canada

– Nate Scales tip-toes 75km through Idaho’s Sun Valley, USA

– Mitch McAleer rides the ridges of California’s Lake Elsinore

– Jocky Sanderson goes 100km dot-to-dot from Governador Valadares, Brazil


– Simon Coe and Arne Kristian Boiesen go troll hunting in Norway’s mountains

– Bob Drury shrugs off the rain for a classic tour of Snowdonia, Wales

– Hugh Miller dodges airspace and chases cloudbase as he boots it downwind across the flats from Combe Gibbet in England

– Matthew Whittall swaps his office BlackBerry for a vario on a 100km tour of King Ludwig’s castles in Bavaria

– Kelly Farina flies an FAI triangle in Austria’s ‘racing valley’, the Zillertal

– Felix Wolk top-lands Marmolada on his hang glider

– Roland Mader dares to ride the giant for a 200km FAI triangle starting from Fiesch, Switzerland

– J C Skiera surfs the limestone cliffs around Annecy’s Grand Tour du Lac

– Marcus King goes into the freezer on a 100km blast through the Ecrins in France

– Bob Drury rides wild horses on the 100km Dormillouse Run in southern France

– Bob Drury flies a blinder using the classic convergence in Piedrahita, Spain

Rest of the world

– Greg Hamerton goes for 133km in Porterville, South Africa’s most popular site

– Adam Hill takes us by the hand around the Korchon Circuit in Pokhara, Nepal

– Jim Mallinson flies along the mountains from Bir to Dharamsala on an Indian Himalayan classic

Each chapter includes:

– A personal essay about the classic route by a pilot who knows and has flown the area intimately

– A bite-sized guide on how to fly the route

– In-depth information on meteorology, airspace, aerology and local travel

– Stunning in-air photography: full page and double-page colour photographs are used throughout. This is truly a pilot’s eye view

– Full colour, specially commissioned illustrations created specifically with pilots in mind: take-offs, landings, and local landmarks are all clearly shown.


– Classic Routes is litho printed – not digital. The result is the best quality reproduction for photos and text

– The paper is 150gsm silk paper – this is a coated paper, giving a quality feel

– The book binding is stitched, not glued – this gives durability

– All paper used, including the hardback cover and dust-jacket, comes from Forest Stewardship Council certified sources. The FSC label ensures that the paper used is from a responsibly harvested and verified source.

Bob Drury, Editor
: After a sporting career in climbing Bob Drury discovered paragliding in the early 1990s. From his base in Snowdonia, Wales, he became one of the leading lights in the UK scene and in the late-1990s came to international attention when he completed several long-distance ‘vol-bivouac’ (fly and bivouac) flights through the Indian and Nepal Himalaya. One journey was filmed by the BBC to create the award-winning film Kingdom of the Clouds.

Carving out a career as a professional paraglider pilot and guide his flair for photography and talent for words led him naturally to Cross Country magazine, the international free-flight magazine for hang glider and paraglider pilots. He became editor of Cross Country magazine in 2005, a position he held for five years.

Sylvie Converset, Illustrator: Sylvie is an active and passionate paraglider pilot living close to Annecy in France. As a freelance graphic designer she is regularly involved in creating maps and illustrations for French free flight publications. For Classic Routes she drew 20 unique maps, each with details specific to free flight.

Marcus King, Designer: As designer for Cross Country magazine Marcus regularly works with the best photographers and writers in the business to create stunning layouts every issue. He is also editor of Paramotor Magazine and regularly takes to the air under power. He lives and flies in the south of France.

Classic Routes Team: Ed Ewing, Charlie King and Verity Sowden also worked on Classic Routes. They all work full time for Cross Country magazine.

For more information, to discuss re-publishing extracts or to ask for a review copy please speak to: Verity Sowden; Email: office@xccontent.local; Tel: +44 1273 256 090

To place an order: or ring +44 1273 256 090

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