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Feb
5
Tue
XCBusa 2019
Feb 5 – Oct 31 all-day

XCBusa 2019

XCBusa is an annual paragliding competition that has been run by the Busa Flying Team in the Lake Garda area of Italy since 2014.

Scores take into account three flights. These can be flown any time between February and October but must meet specific criteria. Two must be declared before the flight is flown, and a third can be declared within 24 hours afterwards. The specific criteria can be studied on XCbusa.com.

There are always good prizes on offer, and this year the first prize is a Woody Valley GTO Light harness.

xcbusa.com

May
30
Thu
Hand’Icare Cup 2019
May 30 – Jun 2 all-day

Hand'Icare Cup 2019

The first ever Hand’Icare Cup is to take place at Saint Hilaire, France from 30 May – 2 June 2019. It’s a friendly paragliding competition open to all, with places reserved for pilots with disabilities.

Pilots take part in teams of two, though participants can sign up individually and will be allocated a team partner.

The tasks are diverse and audience-friendly, and will include “Le Ponpon” – catching two balloons tied together with string, endurance, spot-landing and cross-country.

Wings, harnesses, GPSs, wheelchairs and other equipment are available to borrow if required – contact the organisers for more information.

handicarecup.com

Jun
7
Fri
Gruyere Fly 2019
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day
Gruyere Fly 2019 @ Gruyères | Fribourg | Switzerland

This three-day hike-and-fly competition starts and ends at the Gruyère Château.

Competitors have to complete a course around turnpoints, laid out in a figure-eight. If they complete the circuit before the time is up, they can go round again.

There are two categories: ‘Compétiteur’ is standard hike-and-fly competition rules – only your feet or your wing can be used for transport and the mandatory kit must be carried; the Mobilité douce” category offers a gentler approach, where public transport including ski-lifts can be used to help get pilots to take-offs. Between 9pm and 6am is rest time.

Pilots don’t need an FAI sporting licence, but IPPI level 4 or above is required.

gruyerefly.ch

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.
Jun
13
Thu
Red Bull X-Alps 2019
Jun 13 – Jun 23 all-day
Red Bull X-Alps 2019 @ Salzburg | Salzburg | Austria

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.

redbullxalps.com

 

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
19
Wed
Iceland PG Open 2019
Jun 19 – Jun 23 all-day

Iceland PG Open 2019If you’ve ever fancied exploring the rugged and beautiful Icelandic landscape by air, the Iceland PG Open, which takes place from 19-23 June 2019, could be the ideal time to do it.

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.

Airtribune.com 

 

Jun
20
Thu
Jura’ltitude XC 2019
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day

Jura’ltitude XC is an accessible two-day hike-and-fly competition in the Swiss Alps, with two categories:

In the Access category, a five-turnpoint 56km course is defined around Moutiers which pilots can follow either clockwise or anticlockwise; The Adventure category has 20 turnpoints, each allocated a certain number of points. Pilots visit as many of the turnpoints as they like, in any order, to gather as many points as possible.

The usual hike-and-fly rules apply and asistants are allowed, but not compulsory.

juraltitude.ch

Jun
22
Sat
British Championship Open 2019, Spain
Jun 22 – Jun 28 all-day

Pedro Bernardo

The second of two British Paragliding Championships/Opens of 2019 will be held at Pedro Bernardo near Avila in Spain, from 22-28 June.

pgcomps.org.uk

Jun
29
Sat
Ozone Chabre Open 2019
Jun 29 – Jul 5 all-day

Ozone Chabre Open 2018This 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.

flylaragne.com

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