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Apr
26
Thu
X-berg Challenge 2018 @ The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass
Apr 26 – May 1 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2018 videoThe X-Berg Challenge four-day adventure race starts on 26 April 2018. The race sees paragliders, mountain bikers and runners racing against each other around turnpoints in the Drakensberg, South Africa.  

The length of the route differs from race to race, but organisers say it will be around 90-180km in a straight line. Athletes choose their own routes to best suit their sport, taking in the turnpoints, and it’s a race to the finish.

The event is now in its sixth year, and the solo category has been won once by a trail runner and twice each by mountain bikers and paragliders.

Pilots can enter solo or as part of a team of two to four, and can mix disciplines. It’s recommended to have a dedicated supporter, but if a willing volunteer can’t be found there is a resupply service for unsupported athletes. Read about the team and solo entry combinations and more, here.

The pre-race briefing takes place on 26 April at The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass, with race days from 27-30 April.

There is a 10% discount on the entry fee for athletes who have entered before. Registration closes 9 March 2017.

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May
26
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria
May 26 – May 27 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria @ Styria | Austria

The second round of the 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series takes place at Schöckl, Austria, from 26-27 May 2018. 

2018 Series
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)

More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

Jun
1
Fri
El Yelmo International Festival of the Air 2018
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

El Yelmo International Festival of the Air is back in Segura de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain, on 1-3 June 2018. Now in its 19th edition, the free-flying festival promises three days of fun in the Spanish sun, with airshows, a trade fair, conferences, a competition and the International Festival of Air Cinema.

Hundreds of paraglider and paramotor pilots are expected, with 20,000 spectators over the weekend.

fiaelyelmo.com

El Yelmo 2018

Jun
9
Sat
Airtour 2018, France
Jun 9 – Jun 17 all-day

The sixth edition of the Airtour hike-and-fly competition will take place from 9-17 June 2018, starting as always at St Hilaire du Touvet in the French Alps.

This year for the first time pilots can choose to fly in Adventure or Competition categories, tackling three different tasks of increasing difficulty, graded green, blue and red, like ski pistes. In all, the course covers over 300km through the Alps.

Adventure category
Pilots taking part in the Adventure category are not ranked, though they are tracked and their positions displayed on the website as with the competition pilots. They follow the green, blue and red courses in order. Adventure-category pilots can race alone or teams, and pilot and supporter can alternate. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and some cross-country experience.

Race category
In the Race category, pilots follow the green, blue and red courses in order, and first to goal wins the race. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and either competition experience or proof of significant cross-country flights in order to be selected.

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The courses
Green: small Chatreuse tour with optional turnpoint la Sure
Blue: loop to the south around Trieves, Devoluy, Le Buech, le Vercors and an optional turnpoint at Aspres sur Buech
Red: loop in the heart of the French Alps with Mont Blanc as an optional turnpoint

Pre-registration is open on the Airtour website, and closes on 31 January 2018.

 

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Jul
7
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Kössen, Austria
Jul 7 – Jul 8 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Kössen, Austria @ Kössen | Tyrol | Austria

The third and final round of the 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series takes place at Kössen, Austria, from 7-8 July 2018. 

The event also serves as the Austrian hike-and-fly championships event.

2018 Series
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)

More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

Sep
20
Thu
Coupe Icare 2018 @ St Hilaire du Touvet
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day

The 45th Coupe Icare takes palce 20-23 September 2018. Expect up to 100,000 visitors, thousands of paraglider and paramotor pilots, plus a huge film festival.

All the info: www.coupe-icare.org/GB_home.html

Coupe-Icare-2018

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