An Icarus X Series paramotor race, weekend-long little brother to the Icarus Trophy, is taking place at the end of March 2018 in South Africa.
“The X series was created on the back of the popularity of the Icarus Trophy, the world’s longest paramotor race, and features four shorter-format stand-alone race events across four continents (one in the US, one in the UK, one in Australia and now one in South Africa).
“March’s race will see pilots follow a stunning 340km two-day course. Taking off on the 30th of March, participants will follow an ABC-A course, starting & finishing at Zulu Nyala Lodge, Gauteng, and will fly over some of the area’s best nature reserves and parks, giving pilots a unique view of their wildlife, and stopping at checkpoints at the Vaalkop and Buffelspoort dams en route. A properly epic & diverse triangle showcasing South Africa at its best“.
As with the Icarus Trophy, there are Race and Adventure categories. Find out more at:
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
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 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 Southern Alps Hang Gliding Open will take place at Laragne and Saint André-les-Alpes in the southern French Alps from 5-13 May 2018.
The FAI cat 2 event is organised by the French ultralight association, ADPUL, and is open to Class 1, Class 5 and Sport Class hang gliders. The first three competition days (6-8 May) will be held at Laragne, and the remainder further south in Saint André-les-Alpes.
The tasks will be around 80-150km (more if the conditions are good) and Flymaster 360 trackers will be used to track pilots.
5 May: Registration at Laragne (Camping de Laragne-Montéglin). Introduction to cross country flying in the area covering Southern Alps aerology, plus safety and pilot briefings and practice task.
6-8 May: Competition days
9 May: Registration at St André-les-Alpes; training day; safety and pilot briefings
10-13 May: Competition days
13 May: Prize-giving from 6pm
Facebook page here.
The FAI cat. 2 competition has Open and Sports class categories, and can welcome up to 30 pilots. It is HPAC and CIVL sanctioned and WPRS points will be awarded.
May 18 will be check-in and practice day, with 19-21 as flying days and 22nd as a reserve day.
The competition fees do not include rides to launch, or retrieve. (It will be easy to arrange for both)