Competition Flying

XPYR 2016 Race Report

The XPYR is a race along the length of the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France. It alternates with the RedBull X-Alps race for the title of toughest paragliding event of the year.

Contestants must carry their paraglider (or fly with it). The course is 480km, the race starts at 05:30 and ends at 22:30 every day, and lasts about a week.

Flybubble Team Pilot Greg Hamerton supported by James Hope Lang competed in the 2016 edition.

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Bornes To Fly 2016

The Bornes To Fly is a hike and fly race held in Annecy each year. Inspired by the RedBull X-Alps race, it's designed in a more accessible format over three days, with mandatory rest periods at night and a scaled down course adjusted according to the weather. 

Flybubble Team Pilots GREG HAMERTON and ALISTAIR ANDREWS competed in the 2016 edition, and had a blast!

The report highlights tactical decisions and route choices to illustrate the various strategies that worked while crossing the Bornes range in challenging flying conditions. 

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First Competition Flying Guide

Many paraglider pilots are interested in cross country flying, from those who have just received their XC licence (in the UK, the BHPA Pilot Rating) to experienced pilots with a desire to explore. After some time doing XC, pilots often decide to enter a competition to test themselves, to fly a new site with support or just to try something new. This article aims to help you get the edge in your first competition.

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