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Jun
3
Sun
Pre-PWC Pyrénées-Cerdagne Targassonne, France, 2018
Jun 3 – Jun 9 all-day
Pre-PWC Pyrénées-Cerdagne Targassonne, France, 2018 @ Targassonne | Occitanie | France

A second French Pre-PWC for 2018 is to be held in the Pyrenees in June 2018, hosted by Pôle Espoir Vol Libre.

The site of Targassonne, near Font-Romeu, is where a host of top French pilots (Charles Cazaux, Laurie Genovese, Jérémie Lager, Maxime Pinot, Méryl Delferrière, Simon Pellissier … ) learned to fly.

Base camp will be L’enclave campsite in the town of Estavar.

More information and registration on Airtribune

pwca.org

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

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
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

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.
Jun
14
Fri
Tarent’Airtour 2019
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day

The Tarent’Airtour offers hike-and-fly pilots the perfect way to explore the Tarentaise – the Mont Blanc, Vanoise et Beaufortain regions of the Alps – by paraglider and by foot.

It’s a three-day hike-and-fly tour around a circuit, demarked by five refuge turnpoints. Pilots have to stop at one of the refuges each evening, which means no chase-cars or supporters are necessary, and everyone gets a hot meal and a bed for the night. The event starts with a meal and briefing at the Val Joli refuge in Séez on 13 June 2019.

Points are earned by tagging lakes, summits etc which are assigned different point scores. Pilots must  accumulate as many points as they can, before making their way to the finish at Bourg Saint Maurice by 3pm on the Sunday.

The €200 entry fee includes the meal on the first night, and the following two nights’ food and accommodation in refuges. Pilots can opt to stay in the Val Joli refuge on 13th for an extra €15.

tarentairtour.com

 

Sep
19
Thu
46th Coupe Icare
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day
46th Coupe Icare @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The magical mayhem of the Coupe Icare takes place on the third weekend of September at Saint Hilaire du Touvet and the Lumbin landing field near Grenoble in the south of France.

This year’s festival pays homage to the great Leonardo Da Vinci, who died 500 years ago! There will be an exhibition at the church of Saint Hilaire and shows on the theme of the great Italian inventor.

A huge trade show takes over two large marquees as well as outdoor stands; demonstration flights from all sorts of craft fill the sky, and the fancy-dress fly down is one of the event’s biggest draws, with some truly crazy costumes. Don’t forget the all-important film festival that runs throughout the long weekend. As well as all of this, the south take-off becomes a children’s wonderland, with activities from kite-making to science lessons to meeting birds of prey.

Paragliding from the sites during the daytimes is restricted to fancy-dress competitors and authorised pilots, but plenty make the early-morning hike to the Dent de Crolles if conditions allow, for a morning fly down among hot air balloons.

coupe-icare.org

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