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May
18
Sat
X-Lakes Challenge 2019 @ Escape Flight Park
May 18 – May 19 all-day
The X-Lakes Challenge, 18-19 May 2019. Photo: Pat Holmes

The X-Lakes Challenge, 18-19 May 2019. Photo: Pat Holmes

Bag as many Wainwrights (peaks over 1,000ft in England’s Lake District National Park) as possible in under 32 hours, by foot or by paraglider.

Hike-and-fly rules – you carry your kit, or it carries you. All athletes must stop at night. They can choose to bivy with their kit where they finished up, or book a hotel in town (any transport allowed to get there and back) and return to the spot they stopped at, to restart the next day.

All the rules and sign-up form here.

May
25
Sat
PWC 2019 France: Coeur de Savoie
May 25 – Jun 1 all-day
PWC 2019 France: Coeur de Savoie @ Chamousset | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

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:

Linzhou, China 8-15 June 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 June – 6 July

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep 2019

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov 2019

pwca.org

Jun
6
Thu
Moyes Guyuan China flying season
Jun 6 – Jun 22 all-day

Moyes China

Moyes are running a trip to Inner Mongolia for hang glider pilots, comprising a week-long competition followed by sightseeing or free-flying.

The base will be Guyuan, China, four hours northwest of Beijing, and the trip starts 6 June. It will be aerotowing, so pilots need to hold the appropriate rating.

The cost above includes the competition entry fee, welcome and presentation dinners and a T-shirt, but does not include aerotow fees, retrieves or airport pick-ups.

For more information or to register your interest, email Vicki at Moyes.

Moyes.com.au

Jun
8
Sat
Bornes to Fly 2019
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day

Bornes To Fly 2019

Annecy’s hike-and-fly competition, Bornes to Fly is now in its seventh edition. It runs from 8-10 June 2019.

It’s a three-day hike-and-fly competition with two bivouacs in nature (or beds in hotels, as you like). The exact route will be announced on departure day, but it will be between 100km and 250km in distance, around turnpoints in the beautiful landscape of France’s Haute Savoie, starting at Talloires beach on the shores of Annecy lake.

The route will be set where the weather dictates, and could encompass the Aravis, Bauges, Beaufort, Chablais or Mont Blanc massifs.

Athletes will carry trackers so home spectators can follow their progress. Night-time rests are obligatory.
PWC 2019 China: Linzhou
Jun 8 – Jun 15 all-day
PWC 2019 China: Linzhou @ Anyang | Henan | China

The second round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Linzhou, China, from 8-15 June 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 June

Manteigas, Portugal 29 June – 6 July

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Jun
14
Fri
Tarent’Airtour 2019
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day

The Tarent’Airtour offers hike-and-fly pilots the perfect way to explore the Tarentaise – the Mont Blanc, Vanoise et Beaufortain regions of the Alps – by paraglider and by foot.

It’s a three-day hike-and-fly tour around a circuit, demarked by five refuge turnpoints. Pilots have to stop at one of the refuges each evening, which means no chase-cars or supporters are necessary, and everyone gets a hot meal and a bed for the night. The event starts with a meal and briefing at the Val Joli refuge in Séez on 13 June 2019.

Points are earned by tagging lakes, summits etc which are assigned different point scores. Pilots must  accumulate as many points as they can, before making their way to the finish at Bourg Saint Maurice by 3pm on the Sunday.

The €200 entry fee includes the meal on the first night, and the following two nights’ food and accommodation in refuges. Pilots can opt to stay in the Val Joli refuge on 13th for an extra €15.

tarentairtour.com

 

Jun
29
Sat
PWC 2019 Portugal: Manteigas
Jun 29 – Jul 6 all-day
PWC 2019 Portugal: Manteigas @ Manteigas | Guarda District | Portugal

The third round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Manteigas, Portugal from 29 June – 6 July 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 June

Linzhou, China 8-15 June

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Photo: Xabier González

Sep
7
Sat
PWC 2019 Brazil: Pico do Gaviao
Sep 7 – Sep 14 all-day
PWC 2019 Brazil: Pico do Gaviao @ State of Minas Gerais | Brazil

The fourth round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Pico do Gaviao, Brazil from 17-14 Sep 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 Jun

Linzhou, China 8-15 Jun 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 Jun – 6 Jul 2019

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Sep
19
Thu
46th Coupe Icare
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day
46th Coupe Icare @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

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.

This year’s festival pays homage to the great Leonardo Da Vinci, who died 500 years ago! There will be an exhibition at the church of Saint Hilaire and shows on the theme of the great Italian inventor.

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.

coupe-icare.org

Nov
9
Sat
PWC 2019 Argentina: Loma Bola
Nov 9 – Nov 16 all-day

The fifth and final round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour will now be held in Loma Bola, Argentina (the event planned in Mexico was cancelled).

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 Jun

Linzhou, China 8-15 Jun 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 Jun – 6 Jul 2019

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep 2019

pwca.org

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