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Jun
9
Sat
Airtour 2018, France
Jun 9 – Jun 17 all-day

The sixth edition of the Airtour hike-and-fly competition will take place from 9-17 June 2018, starting as always at St Hilaire du Touvet in the French Alps.

This year for the first time pilots can choose to fly in Adventure or Competition categories, tackling three different tasks of increasing difficulty, graded green, blue and red, like ski pistes. In all, the course covers over 300km through the Alps.

Adventure category
Pilots taking part in the Adventure category are not ranked, though they are tracked and their positions displayed on the website as with the competition pilots. They follow the green, blue and red courses in order. Adventure-category pilots can race alone or teams, and pilot and supporter can alternate. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and some cross-country experience.

Race category
In the Race category, pilots follow the green, blue and red courses in order, and first to goal wins the race. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and either competition experience or proof of significant cross-country flights in order to be selected.

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The courses
Green: small Chatreuse tour with optional turnpoint la Sure
Blue: loop to the south around Trieves, Devoluy, Le Buech, le Vercors and an optional turnpoint at Aspres sur Buech
Red: loop in the heart of the French Alps with Mont Blanc as an optional turnpoint

Pre-registration is open on the Airtour website, and closes on 31 January 2018.

 

Airtour.frFacebook page

Jul
25
Wed
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa
Jul 25 – Aug 3 all-day
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa @ Hartbeespoort | North West | South Africa

The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.

The race, which is run by the Adventurists, has previously been held in the United States, and last year was won by 22-year-old Tucker Gott.

“This is the Icarus Trophy on steroids, adventure on a baobab stick”.

The race will be around 1,000 miles long, depending on the actual route chosen by participants. Pilots will start at Hartbeespoort near Johannesburg in South Africa on 25 July, and cross Botswana to finish in Zambia a few days later. Pilots have to land and cross borders on foot, and their passports will be checked for the appropriate stamps! More on the 2018 route here.

This year again there will be an Adventure Division (supported, no race element), and a Race Division (no designated supporter, but pilots can use ‘open access’ support- anything that the average person can access.

“Should they manage to charm total strangers into lending their assistance, that’s kosher. They cannot use help offered by friends, distant relatives, other pilots or the race team to further their progress.

“Probably the key part of any adventure is the adventurous bits. And that means setting out into the world and fending for yourself. Anything else becomes a bit less exciting. It starts to remove all the fun bits, like ‘where the hell will I sleep?’ or ‘what do I do now I’ve run out of fuel?’ And it starts to become a bit of a guided tour.”

All competitors must carry their own food, clothes and sleeping equipment (although if you land near a hotel it’s within the rules to use it) and basic paramotor spares. Competitors are tracked, and are sent regular weather reports. There’s also a support truck following just in case, although, “It will probably take a while to reach you if you land in the middle of the desert, so best pack some sandwiches”.

icarustrophy.com

Sep
8
Sat
Autumn Cheese Cup (hike-and-fly mini-race)
Sep 8 all-day

CheeseCup poster

The Cheese Cup is a mini-hike-and-fly competition based at Talloires on the shores of lake Annecy in France.

The Cup is won by the pilot with the highest cumulative score from the three one-day competitions.

The autumn competition dates are 8 September, 6 October and 20 October.

More information and registration on cheesecuphikeandfly.wordpress.com

Sep
15
Sat
Red Bull Elements 2018
Sep 15 all-day

Red Bull Elements

Red Bull Elements – the four-discipline relay race featuring swimming, trail running, mountain biking and paragliding – takes place on 15 September 2018 at Talloires in France.

Registration is open (March 2018) for teams wishing too take part.

redbullelements.com

Sep
20
Thu
Coupe Icare 2018 @ St Hilaire du Touvet
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day

The 45th Coupe Icare takes palce 20-23 September 2018. Expect up to 100,000 visitors, thousands of paraglider and paramotor pilots, plus a huge film festival.

All the info: www.coupe-icare.org/GB_home.html

Coupe-Icare-2018

Oct
6
Sat
4807 Flying Light
Oct 6 – Oct 10 all-day

4807 Flying Light poster

The Saint-Gervais paragliding club host this festival dedicated to everything lightweight. It’s an opportunity to see and try the latest lightweight kit from a range of manufacturers.

Hike-and-fly group excusrsions are arranged, with a range of options to suit different tastes and abilities, so you can borrow kit and test it out.

stgervais.vollibre.free.fr

Autumn Cheese Cup (hike-and-fly mini-race)
Oct 6 all-day

CheeseCup poster

The Cheese Cup is a mini-hike-and-fly competition based at Talloires on the shores of lake Annecy in France.

The cup (and a whole load of cheese) is won by the pilot with the highest cumulative score from the three one-day competitions.

The autumn competition dates are 8 September, 6 October and 20 October.

More information and registration on cheesecuphikeandfly.wordpress.com

Oct
20
Sat
Autumn Cheese Cup (hike-and-fly mini-race)
Oct 20 all-day

CheeseCup poster

The Cheese Cup is a mini-hike-and-fly competition based at Talloires on the shores of lake Annecy in France.

The cup (and a whole load of cheese) is won by the pilot with the highest cumulative score from the three one-day competitions.

The autumn competition dates are 8 September, 6 October and 20 October.

More information and registration on cheesecuphikeandfly.wordpress.com

Mar
20
Wed
X-Berg Challenge 2019
Mar 20 – Mar 24 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2019

The X-Berg Challenge is a fun and very flexible race. You can choose your discipline between paragliding, running and mountain biking, or mix it up, and plan your own route between the turnpoints.

Extreme 3-day race 20-24 March 2019
140 km (as the crow flies)
If mountain biking you can expect to cover 310km to 340km (depending on your route-finding!) and 10,000m elevation gain.

Mini 2-day race 21-24 March 2019
40km (as the crow flies)
If mountain biking you can expect to cover 105km to 115km and 3,200m elevation gain.

xbergchallenge.com

Jun
8
Sat
Bornes to Fly 2019
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day

Bornes To Fly 2019

Annecy’s hike-and-fly competition, Bornes to Fly is now in its seventh edition. It runs from 8-10 June 2019.

It’s a three-day hike-and-fly competition with two bivouacs in nature (or beds in hotels, as you like). The exact route will be announced on departure day, but it will be between 100km and 250km in distance, around turnpoints in the beautiful landscape of France’s Haute Savoie, starting at Talloires beach on the shores of Annecy lake.

The route will be set where the weather dictates, and could encompass the Aravis, Bauges, Beaufort, Chablais or Mont Blanc massifs.

Athletes will carry trackers so home spectators can follow their progress. Night-time rests are obligatory.

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