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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.

 

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
14
Thu
The North Face Mountain Festival
Sep 14 – Sep 17 all-day

The North Face Mountain festival is a celebration of all kinds of mountain sports, including paragliding.

The festival invites participants to camp at the foot of the Eiger with like-minded mountain-sports lovers, and try their hand at new sports plus celebrate the ones they already love. There are athlete talks and live music too.

Climb walls, hike and run breathtaking alpine trails as well as learning new skills from adventure photography to cooking up a wilderness feast, all whilst enjoying a newfound sense of belonging.

The event is for over-18s only. Tickets cost €249 and include many of the activities, plus breakfasts and dinners. They can be bought from The North Face Mountain Festival website.

Dec
2
Sat
Zapotiltic AT&T Paragliding Pre-World Cup @ Mexico
Dec 2 – Dec 9 all-day

Paragliding in Jalisco

Go fly Mexico that isn’t Valle de Bravo. Provisional Pre-PWC status granted, for this Cat 2 XC comp.

Dec
10
Sun
South African Pre-PWC 2017 @ Porterville
Dec 10 – Dec 16 all-day
Take off at Porterville. Photo: Jacques van Zyl

Take off at Porterville. Photo: Jacques van Zyl

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

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.

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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-PWC Passy, France, 2018
May 10 – May 13 all-day
Pre-PWC Passy, France, 2018 @ Passy | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The club Mont Blanc Vol Libre are hosting a Pre-PWC round at Passy Plaine-Joux from 10-13 May 2017.

Photo: cmbvl.fr

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