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 9th Mosel Paragliding Open 2018 takes place from 27-30 April 2018 at Zeltingen-Rachtig, Germany.
“For those who are unfamiliar with the area, the famous Moselle is running down from France through Luxembourg until it joins the mighty Rhine. The Moselle twists and turns its way between Trier and Koblenz along Germany’s most beautiful river valleys, exactly where our takeoffs are located – at the steep wineyards of the Moselle, which allows us short ways for any wind direction.
Safe flatland flying with tricky technical handicaps because we are surrounded by some airspace. Apart from the big SW take-off at Klüsserath, our take-offs are pretty small. That is the reason our competition is limited to a maximum of 85 Pilots”.
Information and registration at Airtribune.com.
The Soča Valley Open is an FAI cat 2 competition based at Camp Gabrje, which takes place from 27 April – 2 May 2018.
The main scheduled competition days are 27-30 April, which 1 and 2 May as reserve days in case fewer than three tasks have been validated.
There are places for 110 pilots, and the €115 entry fee includes transport and retrieves, take-off fees, maps, packed lunches, food and drink coupons and the all-important goal beer!
Register at comps.sffa.org.
Photo: Wojciech Kocot
There are places for up to 40 participants in the Swedish West Cup which takes place from 28 April – 1 May at Falköping.
“We hope that the classic hill of Ålleberg near Falköping will be flyable and that will be the HQ. But we can choose early in the morning to change flying site from day to day and use different flying sites each day for tasks as well as we might even use towing to maximise flying (so bring your towing bridles!)
“We especially encourage comp-beginners to join us, as all tasks hopefully will be made downwind or with a slight crosswind so everyone will have a decent chance of reaching goal or at least get away on nice XC flights.”
All participants must get to the take-off every day by their own means.
The first round of the Serbian XC Paragliding league, and also the first FAI cross-country event in Serbia for the 2018 season, the Vršac Open will be held from 28 April – 2 May 2018.
Information and registration at Airtribune.com
“The BP Cup is an entry-level paragliding competition for Pilot rated pilots. No previous competition experience is necessary but you do need to be confident thermalling. Our aims are – flying, fun and learning – in that order! The intention is to provide a friendly, supportive environment to facilitate pilots’ development, pushing PB boundaries and achieving competition goals. All rounds are open to suitably qualified foreign pilots, see Rules section on the website.
The Pennine round HQ and camping will be the Bowland Gliding Club at the foot of Parlick, near Chipping in the Forest of Bowland, UK.
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 second edition of the Eiger Tour four-day paraglider adventure race takes place in Grindelwald, Switzerland in July 2019.
It is an unsupported hike-and-fly race. Competitors have to fly from mountain hut to mountain hut, top-landing at each one to taking a selfie, before launching and racing by foot and air to the next one.
Race creator and X-Alps and Vercofly veteran Michael Witschi says,
“Having to land, you get a whole different experience of the Alps switching between bird and man. All these beautiful huts in Switzerland: they provide shelter, food, toilet and even safety if needed. At the end you don’t need a supporter, which makes the freedom even bigger compared to the X-Alps and of course also cheaper and easier to plan.“
There is a challenge race and a pro race, and prospective pilots have to demonstrate high alpine take-off and landing experience before being accepted to either race.