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 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:
Photo: Xabier González
The FAI World Hang Gliding Championship takes place every two years, and 2019 is a Championship year! The 22nd event will take place from 12-27 July 2019 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
Organisers say tasks will explore far and wide, and may well take pilots across borders into Slovenia and Austria.
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
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