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Mar
30
Fri
Icarus X Series (PPG), South Africa @ Zulu Nyala Lodge
Mar 30 – Mar 31 all-day

An Icarus X Series paramotor race, weekend-long little brother to the Icarus Trophy, is taking place at the end of March 2018 in South Africa.

The X series was created on the back of the popularity of the Icarus Trophy, the world’s longest paramotor race, and features four shorter-format stand-alone race events across four continents (one in the US, one in the UK, one in Australia and now one in South Africa). 

“March’s race will see pilots follow a stunning 340km two-day course. Taking off on the 30th of March, participants will follow an ABC-A course, starting & finishing at Zulu Nyala Lodge, Gauteng, and will fly over some of the area’s best nature reserves and parks, giving pilots a unique view of their wildlife, and stopping at checkpoints at the Vaalkop and Buffelspoort dams en route. A properly epic & diverse triangle showcasing South Africa at its best“.

As with the Icarus Trophy, there are Race and Adventure categories. Find out more at:

xseries.icarustrophy.com

Apr
26
Thu
X-berg Challenge 2018 @ The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass
Apr 26 – May 1 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2018 videoThe X-Berg Challenge four-day adventure race starts on 26 April 2018. The race sees paragliders, mountain bikers and runners racing against each other around turnpoints in the Drakensberg, South Africa.  

The length of the route differs from race to race, but organisers say it will be around 90-180km in a straight line. Athletes choose their own routes to best suit their sport, taking in the turnpoints, and it’s a race to the finish.

The event is now in its sixth year, and the solo category has been won once by a trail runner and twice each by mountain bikers and paragliders.

Pilots can enter solo or as part of a team of two to four, and can mix disciplines. It’s recommended to have a dedicated supporter, but if a willing volunteer can’t be found there is a resupply service for unsupported athletes. Read about the team and solo entry combinations and more, here.

The pre-race briefing takes place on 26 April at The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass, with race days from 27-30 April.

There is a 10% discount on the entry fee for athletes who have entered before. Registration closes 9 March 2017.

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Apr
28
Sat
XXIV El Hierro International Paragliding Festival @ El Hierro
Apr 28 – May 1 all-day

Join some of the world’s top acro pilots and 130 others on the beautiful island of El Hierro, known for its non-stop consistent conditions where you can fly all day.

Expect acro shows, paramotor acro displays, fun accuracy comps, lots and lots of airtime – plus non-stop fiesta in the evening.

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May
4
Fri
X-Berg Challenge 2019
May 4 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2019

The X-Berg Challenge, Lesotho’s paragliding vs running vs biking adventure race, takes place from 20-24 March 2019. 

“The challenge is to fly, run and cycle along a pre-set race route across the Drakensberg, South Africa, around turnpoints. The length of the route differs from race to race but is around 90-180 km straight-line distance. First to goal wins.”

Entries are open at xbergchallenge.com

May
10
Thu
Pre-World Cup PG Accuracy, India 2018 @ Shelar, Kamshet
May 10 – May 13 all-day

The Pre-World Cup PG Accuracy India 2018 is the 5th Accuracy event being organised by PAI and the first CAT 2 being held at the Shelar site in Kamshet, Maharashtra, India. In addition it is the 1st Pre PG Accuracy World Cup to be held in India.

Shelar is one of the few flying sites in peninsular India to host a nesting site of the globally threatened Indian Vulture ( Gyps indicus) . As you fly your task, you may find them observing you calmly from their perch or they may join you on a glide. Keep an eye out for other large raptors too such as Short Toed Snake Eagle, Montague’s harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Common Buzzards.

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Spot on. Illustration: Steve Ham

Jun
24
Sun
X-Pyr 2018: hike-and-fly across the Pyrenees
Jun 24 – Jul 1 all-day
X-Pyr 2018: hike-and-fly across the Pyrenees @ Hondarribia | Basque Country | Spain

The 2018 X-Pyr starts on Sunday 24 June 2018, with 40 teams signed up to race 567km across the Pyrenees from west to east by foot and by paraglider.

The race begins at 10am on Sunday 24th June at Hondarribia on the west coast. First to goal at El Port de la Selva on the east coast, wins. The rest of the teams then have 24 hours until the clock stops. All athletes have to stop and rest overnight.

Follow the live tracking on the X-Pyr website.

 

 

Jul
18
Wed
Eigertour hike-and-fly race
Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day

Eigertour hike-and-fly competition 2018

The Eigertour hike-and-fly race sets off from Grindelwald, Switzerland on 18 July 2018.

There are pro and amateur categories in the three-day race, which uses Alpine refuges as turnpoints.

The rules are simple:

  • A given route to mountain huts
  • A photo in front of every hut with equipment uploaded to our FB site
  • The first one who arrives after the completed route to grindelwald wins the race
  • Only hiking and flying is allowed
  • Approved pro-pilots are allowed for the pro-tour
  • All the other pilots may compete at the amateur tour

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Jul
25
Wed
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa
Jul 25 – Aug 3 all-day
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa @ Hartbeespoort | North West | South Africa

The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.

The race, which is run by the Adventurists, has previously been held in the United States, and last year was won by 22-year-old Tucker Gott.

“This is the Icarus Trophy on steroids, adventure on a baobab stick”.

The race will be around 1,000 miles long, depending on the actual route chosen by participants. Pilots will start at Hartbeespoort near Johannesburg in South Africa on 25 July, and cross Botswana to finish in Zambia a few days later. Pilots have to land and cross borders on foot, and their passports will be checked for the appropriate stamps! More on the 2018 route here.

This year again there will be an Adventure Division (supported, no race element), and a Race Division (no designated supporter, but pilots can use ‘open access’ support- anything that the average person can access.

“Should they manage to charm total strangers into lending their assistance, that’s kosher. They cannot use help offered by friends, distant relatives, other pilots or the race team to further their progress.

“Probably the key part of any adventure is the adventurous bits. And that means setting out into the world and fending for yourself. Anything else becomes a bit less exciting. It starts to remove all the fun bits, like ‘where the hell will I sleep?’ or ‘what do I do now I’ve run out of fuel?’ And it starts to become a bit of a guided tour.”

All competitors must carry their own food, clothes and sleeping equipment (although if you land near a hotel it’s within the rules to use it) and basic paramotor spares. Competitors are tracked, and are sent regular weather reports. There’s also a support truck following just in case, although, “It will probably take a while to reach you if you land in the middle of the desert, so best pack some sandwiches”.

icarustrophy.com

Aug
21
Tue
Azores Paragliding Festival 2018
Aug 21 – Aug 25 all-day
Azores Paragliding Festival 2018 @ Azores | Portugal

The 24th Azores paragliding festival takes place from 21-25 August 2018 on the Portuguese island of Sao Miguel.

Run by the Federação Portuguesa de Voo Livre (FPVL)

See the event’s Facebook page for more information.

 

Sep
15
Sat
Red Bull Elements 2018
Sep 15 all-day

Red Bull Elements

Red Bull Elements – the four-discipline relay race featuring swimming, trail running, mountain biking and paragliding – takes place on 15 September 2018 at Talloires in France.

Registration is open (March 2018) for teams wishing too take part.

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