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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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