The tenth Kössen Paragliding Testival is on from 31 May to 3 June 2018.
Last year saw record crowds at the Austrian event, with 4,300 pilots and 7,500 flights flown over four days. It’s rapidly becoming a must-attend for everyone in the paragliding industry.
The idea of the festival is that pilots can turn up, drop off their passport in exchange for a demo wing, and then use the cablecar to swiftly head up for a test fly. Dedicated pilots can fly lots of wings.
The 2018 X-Pyr starts on Sunday 24 June 2018, with 40 teams signed up to race 567km across the Pyrenees from west to east by foot and by paraglider.
The race begins at 10am on Sunday 24th June at Hondarribia on the west coast. First to goal at El Port de la Selva on the east coast, wins. The rest of the teams then have 24 hours until the clock stops. All athletes have to stop and rest overnight.
Follow the live tracking on the X-Pyr website.
The Eigertour hike-and-fly race sets off from Grindelwald, Switzerland on 18 July 2018.
There are pro and amateur categories in the three-day race, which uses Alpine refuges as turnpoints.
The rules are simple:
- A given route to mountain huts
- A photo in front of every hut with equipment uploaded to our FB site
- The first one who arrives after the completed route to grindelwald wins the race
- Only hiking and flying is allowed
- Approved pro-pilots are allowed for the pro-tour
- All the other pilots may compete at the amateur tour
The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.
“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”.
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.
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.
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.
German flight school Paragliding Academy will be holding a one-day testival on 30 March 2019 at the Hündlebahn in Oberstaufen.
They will have test equipment available from Ozone, BGD, Woody Valley and Advance.
The Montegrappa Trophy competition takes place at Borso del Grappa in north-east Italy over the Easter weekend, 18-22 April 2019.
There are places for up to 150 pilots in the competition, which is also a round of the Italian Nationals 2019. Alongside the competition is a season-opening trade show – come and see the current lines of some of the industry’s biggest names.