The first round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Chamousset, Coeur de Savoie, from 25 May – 1 June 2019.
The other dates on the tour are:
2019 is a Red Bull X-Alps Year! The ninth edition kicks off with the Prologue on 13 June, when all athletes race around a course, aiming to win one of three available extra night passes.
The race itself starts on 16 June. 32 athletes will be taking part, including five-times winner Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Romanian running man Toma Coconea who hasn’t missed a single race. Fourteen of the athletes to line up at the start are rookies, including the two female participants, Kinga Mastalerz (NZL2) and Dominika Kasieczko (POL).
The exact route for the 2019 event will be announced in March, and thousands will be following the athletes’ progress day and night via the live tracking and media updates.
This low-stress, friendly competition is now in its 14th year. It will take place during the first week of July, and makes use of several take-offs in the vicinity of Laragne-Montéglin in southern France.
This year the competition will be open to sport class wings and below – no EN-Ds allowed! Jocky Sanderson will be meet director again.
Scoring will be in Fun, Recreation and Sport classes, defined by wing aspect ratio (see flylaragne.com for more details) with a strong emphasis on team flying. Pilots are encouraged to form mixed-ability and mixed wing-class teams of four pilots.
A full programme of events – social and educational – will be planned around the flying.
Pilots flying Ozone wings get a €20 reduction of the entry fee.
Registration opens on 20 January 2019 at 6pm GMT. Pilots need to register early, and are encouraged to register in teams of four.
The second BGD Weightless competition will take place in Saint Jean Montclar, France from 7-13 July 2019.
The competition is aimed at up-and-coming pilots looking to improve their cross-country competition flying, in a fun environment alongside some of the best pilots in the world.
Organisers say the event is particularly suited to leisure pilots who have flown some XCs (20km+), but it does not exclude more advanced pilots who will also benefit from participation, although no two-liners are allowed.
For 2019, Bruce has says he will be testing a new handicap system for Weightless.
“We will remove the weight categories and have a handicap system instead. The handicap will be based on 0.25% score adjustment (score of each pilot per task) for every 1kg in weight. This is the conclusion drawn from the analysis of the first weightless comp. Fine details of how this handicap will be applied are not yet decided. Anyway it’s an ongoing experiment, so we will try it next year and see how it works.
“As the BGD weightless scoring is experimental and the scoring system is ‘in development’ we will be using this prototype handicap scoring system only for the event itself. The results submitted to FAI will be the standard results without any weight adjustment. So effectively there will be two different scores for the event. The Weight Adjusted scores and the standard FAI scores.
“Prizes at the event will follow weight adjusted scores. FAI ranking will follow FAI scores”.
More information and registration at airtribune.com
The inaugural Ubaye Paragliding Contest will be held at St-Jean de Montclar in southern France from 18-23 August.
Organisers say this is the best time of year to free-fly here, and pilots can expect large, reliable thermals. Launch will usually be from the Plateau de la Chau or St Vincent-les-Forts, with routes making use of the long Dormillouse ridge.
In case of non-flyable days there are plenty of other activities available, including kitesurfing, hiking and mountain biking.
The magical mayhem of the Coupe Icare takes place on the third weekend of September at Saint Hilaire du Touvet and the Lumbin landing field near Grenoble in the south of France.
A huge trade show takes over two large marquees as well as outdoor stands; demonstration flights from all sorts of craft fill the sky, and the fancy-dress fly down is one of the event’s biggest draws, with some truly crazy costumes. Don’t forget the all-important film festival that runs throughout the long weekend. As well as all of this, the south take-off becomes a children’s wonderland, with activities from kite-making to science lessons to meeting birds of prey.
Paragliding from the sites during the daytimes is restricted to fancy-dress competitors and authorised pilots, but plenty make the early-morning hike to the Dent de Crolles if conditions allow, for a morning fly down among hot air balloons.