The X-Berg Challenge pits paragliders, trail runners and mountain bikers against each other, over a 100-150km course in the Drakensberg, South Africa.
The 2017 event takes place from 1-5 March 2017, with places for up to 45 athletes, who can enter either solo or in teams; multi-discipline (paragliding, trail running and mountain biking) or just via one of the three.
The traditional Krushevo HG Open will be held on July 8-15, 2017. It will also be considered as the test event for the 20th European Hang Gliding Class 1 and 8th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 5 Championships that will take place on the same site in 2018. 80 pilot places maximum.
The 8th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 5 Championship, along with the 20th FAI European Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship are to be held in Krushevo, Macedonia from 5-17 August 2018.
The FAI say that a practice event will be run for both classes on July 8 to 15, 2017, but that this practice event is not formally a test event (as authorised by CIVL Bureau – no steward will be sent). It will have a Category 2 event status and will be widely open to pilots of all nationalities.
The Kaapse Buitepos Club and Cape Nomads will host the 2017 South African Pre-PWC Porterville Paragliding Open, an FAI sanctioned CAT2 event.
The seven day event will run from 10-16 December 2017, with no rest days. 9 December will be an official practice day; 8 December will be an unofficial practice day.
Porterville is known as Africa’s premier summer flying and XC competition site and has hosted several South African Nationals, two Pre-PWC’s (2011 & 2012) and a PWC (2013).
More info at www.livetrack24.com/events/2017SAPrePWC/en
The 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.
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
The British Paragliding Championships is being run as a single round in 2018, and it will take place at Kruševo, Macedonia from 11-17 August.
“The British Championship will be contested as a single open competition, the British Championship Open, instead of as in previous years being contested over two open competitions, the rationale being that an increasing number of British pilots with time, family, or financial pressures simply can’t afford to attend both open competitions.
“The meet director will be Goran Dimiskovski. In line with our new FAI status as a Category 2 nation we now offer very good quality PWC qualification letters. Krushevo will be hosting the World Championships in 2019 too and so our Championship Open should be perfect for other nations’ team pilots looking for racing experience in this paragliding Mecca.
“Immediately after Krushevo there’s also a PWC in nearby Sopot, Bulgaria and Goran has offered to put on transport (5hours by coach) for those pilots interested in doing both competitions. As in previous years we expect to be joined by the Dutch for their Championship.
“Pilots registering for the competition will be required to have a minimum level of competition experience in line with previous years’ British Open Competitions. The approved pilot list will be ordered by pilots’ highest World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS) position in the past two years and pilots will be invited to pay in ranked order. Registration for the competition will open on 3 February 2018 and pilots will be invited to pay beginning 17 February”.
The Kaapse Buitepos Club in collaboration with Cape Nomads will be hosting the 2018 South African Paragliding Open from 9-15 December 2018.
There will be an official practice day on 8 December, and an unofficial additional practice day on 7th.
Porterville, in the South West of South Africa, about 90km from the Atlantic ocean and 120km north-east of Cape Town, has hosted several high-profile paragliding competitions. It’s renowned for its good mixture of thermal and dynamic flying and big-distance flights on the ridge and in the flats.
Further information can be found on livetrack24.com
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