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Your free-flying calendar

Jul
14
Fri
Trotte & Vol, Chambéry
Jul 14 – Jul 16 all-day

Trotte & Vol is a three-day hike-and-fly competition in the Bauges, France, organised by the Z’éléphants Volants club of Chambéry.

There will be two different courses – an introductory one for first-timers and a longer circuit for experienced hike-and-flyers.

More information and registration on the club website.

 

Aug
5
Sat
Disentis Open / PWC Switzerland 2017
Aug 5 – Aug 12 all-day

Round 3 of the Paragliding World Cup tour 2017 takes place in Disentis, Switzerland, with registration and a practice task on 5 August and the week-long competition starting 6th.

Event website

Aug
6
Sun
World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship
Aug 6 – Aug 19 all-day

The 21st FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship and 14th FAI Women World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship will be held on 6-19 August, 2017 in Brasília, Brazil.

The events are organized by Confederação Brasileira de Voo Livre, on behalf of the Confederação de Aerodesporto do Brasil.

brasilia2017.com.br

Aug
19
Sat
FAI European Paramotor Championships 2017
Aug 19 – Aug 26 all-day

The 2017 European Paramotor Championships will be held at Prerov in the Czech Republic from 19-26 August 2017.

The FAI cat. 1 event will include the following disciplines:

RPF 1 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown solo)
RPF 2 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown with two persons)
RPL 1 T (Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RPL 2 T (Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)

fai.org

Sep
2
Sat
Bordairrace, Kössen 2017
Sep 2 – Sep 3 all-day

The third and final of the 2017 Bordairrace events takes place at Kössen, Austria from 2-3 September 2017.

A reminder of the Bordairline rules:

The start takes place on the day of the race at 8 am. Pilots can travel by foot or paraglider, and the aim is to get as far as possible from the starting point and be able to get back again before 5pm the next day – an elapsed time of 33 hours.  At least 20% of the route must be flown. Failure to make it back to the finish line before 5pm, or failure to fly at least 20% of the route, will result in penalties.

This year for the first time there will be separate prizes for ladies and rookies.

There are some great prizes to be won, including paragliders, harnesses, instruments and reserves.

Non-flying companions will be able to join in on guided walking tours, and there will be Nova wings available to test fly.

Bordairrace.com

Sep
21
Thu
Coupe Icare 2017
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

Coupe Icare 2017 poster

Every September for the last 43 years, the Chartreuse region of France has hosted the Coupe Icare flying festival. This year will make it 44, and the dates to note are Thursday 21 September to Sunday 24th.

This finale to the 2017 European season promises all the fun and packed schedule of previous events, with a huge trade show (Cross Country magazine will be there), fancy-dress fly-in, air displays, paramotor racing, film festival, food tent, street theatre, kids’ activities and a whole lot more.

Bring the family and come along for a four-day social and all-things-flying binge.

coupe-icare.org

Apr
21
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Chiemsee, Germany
Apr 21 – Apr 24 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Chiemsee, Germany @ Aschau im Chiemgau | Bayern | Germany

The 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series kicks off in Germany’s Kampenwand/Chiemsee on 21 April.

The series has historically served as training for Red Bull X-Alps athletes, including Paul Guschlbauer, Lars Budack, Pascal Purin, Thomas Hofbauer and Simon Oberrauner. This year for the first time there will be a rookie class, and the events will have live tracking.

2018 Series
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)

More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

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.

xbergchallenge.comfacebook.com/XBergChallenge

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.

El-Hierro-Paragliding-Festival-2018-SQUARE-850

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

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