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Mar
7
Sat
4th FAI Pan-American Paragliding Championship
Mar 7 – Mar 14 all-day
4th FAI Pan-American Paragliding Championship @ Baixo Guandu | State of Espírito Santo | Brazil

The 4th FAI Pan-American Paragliding Championship / Brazil Open will take place in Baixo Guandú from 7-14 March 2020, hosted by Hipoxia Adventure Sports.

 

Mar
24
Tue
X-Berg Challenge 2020
Mar 24 – Mar 29 all-day
X-Berg Challenge 2020 @ Mokhotlong | Lesotho

The eighth edition of the X-Berg Challenge will take place from 24-29 March 2020 with Extreme (three-day) and Mini (two-day) versions.

Paraglider pilots race mountain bikers and runners around turnpoints in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa / Lesotho. The route distance depends which way you go, and typically only 10% of competitors make it to the finish of the Extreme Challenge.

2019’s Extreme winner was mountain biker Jon Kirkman who finished in 24 hours and 43 minutes; second in were biker team Justin Armstrong and Peter Joughin, a day later.

Between Heaven and Earth, who organise the event, are offering complete travel packages from Johannesburg International Airport to the 2020 X-Berg Challenge event, along with return transport, accommodation and add-on travel packages including trips to game reserves, Cape Town and Wilderness retreat.

 xbergchallenge.com

Mar
28
Sat
Speedriding World Meet 2020
Mar 28 – Apr 4 all-day
Speedriding World Meet 2020 @ Val-d'Isère | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

This annual speedriding festival takes place from 28 March to 4 April 2020. All levels are welcome, and riders will be mixing with and learning from some of the world’s top pros including Martin Schricke, Francois Bon, Maxence Cavalade, Yo Casta and Jules Gentet.

It’s run by skiandfly.com, who offer various packages which include accommodation (various options), daily workshops and clinics, plus there will be equipment available to test and social activities. Private coaching sessions are available at extra cost.

 

May
29
Fri
Gruyère Fly 2020
May 29 – May 30 all-day
Gruyère Fly 2020 @ Gruyères | Fribourg | Switzerland

Gruyère Fly is a weekend-long hike-and-fly event that takes place in the Fribourg area of Switzerland over the last weekend in May.

It’s open to “suitably experienced” pilots with IPPI 4 or 5 qualifications who are at ease with flying unknown terrain. You can choose your level and enter in Compétiteur or Mobilité douce categories. The latter allows the use of public transport including ski lifts. Assistance is allowed for either category, but not compulsory.

gruyerefly.ch

May
30
Sat
PWC 2020: Passy, France
May 30 – Jun 6 all-day
PWC 2020: Passy, France @ Passy | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The first round of the 2020 Paragliding World Cup tour kicks off in the French Alps at the end of May. Passy (Plaine-Joux) is stone’s throw from the Mont Blanc range, and the launch boasts one of the best views in the business!

cmvvl.fr / pwca.org

Jun
8
Mon
Eigertour 2020
Jun 8 – Jun 11 all-day
Eigertour 2020 @ Grindelwald | Canton of Bern | Switzerland

The Eigertour is a high-level hike-and-fly competition that takes place in the Bernese Alps, starting at Grindelwald.

It’s a four-day event with Challenge (100-200km via 14-18 turnpoints) and Pro (180-300km via 12-22 turnpoints) categories. The latter is reserved for very experienced pilots – think X-Alps competitors and factory test pilots. Participants are vetted before being accepted for either category.

It’s unsupported – mountain refuges are used for turnpoints and overnight stops, which makes for sociable evenings and a convivial atmosphere.

eigertour.rocks

Jun
13
Sat
Airtour 2020
Jun 13 – Jun 21 all-day
Airtour 2020 @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The dates for the 2020 Airtour, Saint Hilaire’s seven-day hike-and-fly race, have been set: 13-21 June 2020.

It will be the seventh edition of the tour. The route is likely to be some 300km long, starting from Saint Hilaire, the exact details to be disclosed nearer the time.

Facebook.com/@sthil’airtour/airtour.fr

Jun
19
Fri
Mondiale Air Paramotor 2020
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day
Mondiale Air Paramotor 2020

One of the world’s biggest paramotor fly-ins, the Mondiale Air Paramotor, will take place 19-21 June 2019 in Blois, France.

Close to Paris, the fly-in is expected to attract hundreds of paramotor pilots from across Europe and further afield.

The Mondiale takes place every two years.

www.mondialairparamoteur.com

Jun
21
Sun
X-Pyr 2020
Jun 21 – Jun 27 all-day
X-Pyr 2020 @ Hondarribia | Basque Country | Spain

2020 is an X-Pyr year! The fifth edition of the hike-and-fly race across the Pyrenees starts on 21 June 2020.

If you’d like to be among the pilots selected to race 500km across the Pyrenees from west to east, you’ll need to submit a pre-application on x-pyr.com by 31 December 2019.

Jul
19
Sun
16th FAI European Paragliding Championship
Jul 19 – Jul 31 all-day
16th FAI European Paragliding Championship @ Niš | Serbia

The 16th FAI European Paragliding Championship are to take place in Nish, Serbia, from 19-31 July 2020.

Event website

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