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The Icarus X

The weekend sized version of the toughest air race on earth

Icarus X Series 2019

We needed a way to get more people into paramotoring. Our solution? The Icarus X Series.

The Icarus X Series is a collection of weekend-long paramotor races and events held across the globe. With ‘Race’ and ‘Adventure’ divisions, you can take part in a race to the finish, or simply explore the course at your leisure.

They have been designed as the perfect place for beginners to excel and push their paramotoring to new levels. They are also a great way to prepare yourself for the coveted, week-long epic that is The Icarus Trophy.

There’s something for experienced pilots too. By competing in The Icarus X you stand a chance of winning a spot on The Icarus Trophy which this year will be held in Brazil. This is a prize worth £1875.

The Paramotor

Paramotors are without doubt the best way to have an aerial adventure. They can take you pretty much anywhere, you can land and take off from almost anywhere, you fill up at a regular gas station and they are relatively cheap and very quick to get airborne with.

Essentially a modified paraglider wing keeps you up and allows you to fly with incredible accuracy. Then strapped to your back is a (relatively) lightweight engine that gives you the thrust to take off. Depending on the weather you can be in the sky in just a couple of steps and take off from any bit of ground with a gap to take off through.

The Race Format

When you get to the start line, there’ll be a pilot briefing where we’ll introduce the route, the rules and the protocol for using your satellite tracking device.

The X Series have circular race routes starting and finishing in the same place.  There are various checkpoints on the way so you’ll be heading around those and back to where you started.

During the race The Adventurists will be squirrelled away at HQ closely monitoring all the pilots so the spectators can stay up to date with the race as it unfolds. Once all the pilots are back in we’ll slap each other on the back, hand out the much coveted trophies to the winners of each class and follow all that with a raucous knees up to celebrate all that piloty brilliance.

UK

Hosted in the South West of England and led by expert pilot Kester Haynes; plus Tom Morgan, founder of the Icarus Trophy & X Series.
Pilots will race up to Exmoor, down to the south coast and back across to the same spot in Dorset.

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Dorset, England

Friday 21st June 2019
14:00 – Pilot Briefing
16:00 – Race Launch

Saturday 22nd June
20:00 – Racecourse closes
21:00 – Prizegiving & finish party

Brazil

Run by Parajet Brazil this is the first competitive look at the terrain of the 2019 Icarus Trophy.

The wildest most remote Icarus yet. The winner here will be well placed in the stakes for the Trophy in October

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Mato Grosso, Brazil

*We’re busy drinking gin and crafting this one at the moment. We’ll let you know the outcome once we’ve finished the bottle…er…we mean…the plans*

South Africa

For 2019, as the official training partner for all things Icarus in Africa, our chums Parajet Africa are offering a 3 day XC training course in the week before the event for those feeling the need to hone their skills. Get in touch if you’re interested in this.

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Golden Gate National Park, South Africa

Thursday 16th May 2019
12:00-13:00 – Registration
14:00 – Pilot Briefing
Until 17:00 – Test Flights

Friday 17th May
07:00 – Race launch

Saturday 18th May
Sunset – Course closes
19:30 – Finish party, dinner, awards

Sunday 19th May
Informal flight day

The Rules

Get up to speed on all the stuff you are and (probably more importantly) aren’t allowed to do when bravely participating in an Icarus X Series race.

Click HERE to read the rules in all their glory.

Parajet

We’ve teamed up with Parajet to run the Icarus X series races. The chaps at Parajet have established themselves at the forefront of personal aviation.

The fact that they also innovate through fun experimentation makes them the perfect flying partner to The Adventurists.

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