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.
Registration is through Airtribune. The competition has a limit of 50 pilots, and Icelanic nationals have priority over the first 30 places until 15 March.
HQ is the campsite at Arnes, about 100km east of Reykjavik. You will need a car to get there.
The annual international hang gliding competition, the Ludesch Open, has been going for more than 20 years.
The €100 entry fee includes transport to launch, retrieves, food and drink and a pilot party on the Saturday evening in the Lee Bar.
There is prize money of €300 for first place, €200 for second place and €150 for third place.
The first Flymaster Open paragliding XC competition is set to take place in Krushevo, Macedonia from 21-27 July 2019. “The first of many”, organisers say.
It also serves as the Macedonia paragliding championship. It’s an FAI 2 competition for pilots of all wing classes. Flymaster are sponsoring the event with live tracking for all pilots and instruments to be awarded as prizes in a draw.
The entry fee is €190 until 30 May, €220 thereafter, and includes a colour map, tracking and retrieves, packed lunches, SIM cards and parties.
Register at Flymasteropen.com
The site of the 2007 World Hang Gliding Championship, organisers say Big Spring is “the finest cross-country hang gliding competition site in the World”.
They say you can expect big tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas, easy retrieval and consistent cu’s at 1pm!
Classes are Swifts, Rigids, Women’s, Sport and Open.
Register at Airtribune.com
The Disentis Open is an FAI cat 2 “educational open”, that will be held in Switzerland from 18-24 August 2019.
Meet director Martin Scheel will give daily briefings and weather forecasts (pictured above, photo by Andy Busslinger), and there will be lectures and workshops throughout the week. Speakers include Urs Haari (on emergency systems), Jörg Ewald (instruments) and Urs Braun (mental training).
Prizes and rankings will be for Open and Sport Classes (up to EN C).
Registration opens 1 May 2019. The entry fee is CHF 295 for Swiss nationals, or €250 for non-Swiss. Pilots ranking in the top 50 of the WPRS get a free place.