The Icarus X Series is a condensed weekend-shaped endurance flying race. The toughest thing to do with a Paramotor over a weekend, this is the perfect gateway drug for anyone who wants to get into cross country paramotoring.
It's also the best training you can do for our longer race gauntlet, the Icarus Trophy. A sort of Quickarus if you will.
x series race schedule
The X Series has spread it's tentacles to Australia, USA & the UK plus a new location for 2018 - South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA - new for 2018
Friday 30th March - Sunday 1st April 2018
We're exploding into Africa in full force this year. Following the migration of the main Icarus Trophy race the first ever Icarus X Series South Africa is open now. Find the course information here. Hosted by our buddies from Parajet Africa, this is an X Series with knobs on.
What's more, as the official training partner for all things Icarus in Africa, our chums are offering a 3 day XC training course in the week before the event for those feeling the need to hone their skills.
Let us know if you're interested in that. In the meantime grab your spot for the X Series...
Friday 29th June - Sunday 1st July 2018
Hosted by the really rather splendidly good looking South West of England and led by Kester Haynes; expert pilot and UK racecourse designer. The field doubled in 2017 and pilots are already signing up for 2018 with much talk of who, if anyone, can beat reigning double champion Mark Morgan of Sussex Paramotors. Limited spots at £150 available, more details soon...
10TH & 11TH NOVEMBER 2017 - COMPLETE
A stunning 341km course designed & hosted by double Icarus Trophy champion Dave Wainwright of High Adventure Paragliding. Starting & finishing at Gloucester Airfield, New South Wales, pilots raced inland towards Checkpoint 1 at Walcha Airport, back towards the coast via Wauchope then home to the finish.
The race was won by Casey Butler in Race Class and Andrew Kirkman won the Adventure Class trophy. Read about how Casey won here and watch the round up video of the whole weekend on Facebook here.
The X Series Australia dates for next year will be posted soon..
Friday 5th January - Sunday 7th January 2018 - COMPLETE
The USA branch of the X Series led by paramotoring legend Shane Denherder of Team Fly Halo and hosted by Aviator PPG in Florida. What's more, we did a joint celebration with they're awesome fly-in Wings Over Winter. This was one hell of a weekend. If you're a pilot, you need this in your life next year.
The race was won by Bryan Richards in Race Class and Joshua Gantt won the Adventure Class trophy. Read about how the event panned out here.
The X Series FLorida dates for next year will be posted soon.
Icarus X Series Race Format
You'll need to be able to fly by the time the race starts, so if your new to the sport, then get some training. We'll ask you to perform a test flight and landing at the start line, which varies for Adventure & Race Division pilots. If our resident expert doesn't think you're up to scratch, you won't be able to fly. If you're nervous about your level, get it touch and we can help you find the right training if you feel you want it.
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. There's lots more info on the route here.
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 al that with a raucous knees up to celebrate all that piloty brilliance.
Adventure vs Race Division
To take part in the X series you need not to be rubbish at flying. We don't particularly want to help you down from an electricity pylon or sit in a room with loads of angry officials. So we've come up with a simple test we will use to check your not rubbish at flying.
Perform engine off landing from 500ft to within 40m of a target
Perform engine off landing from 500ft to within 10m of a target
If you're not sure if you've got the skills it's easy enough to get up to speed even if you've never flown before (you need to put some time in though). We've even developed some specialised training courses with our training partners.
X Series FAQs
What does the entry fee cover?
- Entry into the greatest weekend adventure race in the country.
- Satellite tracking and messaging system.
- Race committee to oversee proceedings.
- Start and finish line.
- Event and course briefings.
- Live tracking for supporters.
- Camping at the start/finish line.
Can friends, families and spectators come along?
Absolutely, everyone is welcome. They can join us at the X Series HQ at the start / finish line where they will be able to follow the race live with other supporters, join you for a celebratory drink or 9 when you finish and grab some hearty grub.
If you just want to come and check out the action and perhaps do a bit of flying you can certainly do that. We may charge a small entry fee depending on the venue.
What kit do I need?
Reserve parachute - suitable for your weight
A certified glider
Some sort of reliable moving-map display for navigation. Recommend smartphone + aviation app.
Power management solution or plan - need to keep the tracker and phone charged for flights.
Where will I sleep?
This one is up to you. Whether you want to camp, or stay in 5* hotels. Many pilots take minimal bivvy equipment.
What shall I do about fuel?
You can take an extra fuel tank if you can take off with it, but a better option is to stop at a fuel station, or blag some from a local. Previous pilots have even siphoned from lawnmowers.
What is the length I can hike or travel without being penalized?
Race class pilots can only travel forward by means of flying or walking. Adventure class pilots can progress however they like, just so long as they have an adventure.
What are the rules, and what could I be disqualified for?
Keep tracker activated at 5 minute intervals and on at all times during flight. DO NOT FLY WITHOUT THE TRACKER ON
Respect all local airspace restrictions, including any temporary notices affecting the event route. It's the pilot's responsibility to be compliant.
Abide by airspace requirements and weather minimums at all times.
Maintain kit in a safe condition
PILOTS MUST NOT:
Endanger themselves or others, or bring the sport into disrepute in any way - as decided by the event organisers.
ADDITIONAL RULES FOR RACE CLASS ONLY
In order to remain a valid contender in the race class a pilot must fulfil the following criteria:
Only further his/her race position by means of flying or walk carry their equipment. (Pilots may backtrack to find suitable launch location)
No unsportsmanlike or un-gentlemanly behaviour tolerated
Remain unsupported for the entire event - see below for definition.
The pilot must remain flying the same kit he/she took off with at the start line - e.g. if you decide to switch gliders mid-race you are automatically in adventure class.
The pilot that crosses the finish line first (without cheating) will be the winner.
Definition of Unsupported
Using only ‘open access’ support i.e. anything that any non-participating person can access e.g. Gas stations, random lifts from a stranger. If in doubt - consider “is this in the spirit of the adventure?”
No pre-planned or designated assets, or advanced logistical help. E.g race support team / chase vehicle, pre-positioned spares / logistics caches, roadside assistance, etc.
If the Organisers deem that any of the above rules have been breached, then the pilot will no longer be in the Race Class and will continue in the Adventure Class.
Adventure class can do whatever they like as long as they get to the finish line. There is no competitive element to Adventure class, except to have the best adventure.
Do I need to arrange my own support vehicle?
Race class is completely unsupported. Adventure class can arrange their own support if they want to.
What happens when the weather is too bad for flying and pilots need to land wherever, how will everyone be collected?
For the Icarus X we will endeavour to assist , but we can't promise to get to you. If you have your own support or can hitch or blag a lift, then you should do that so that any support is free for those who REALLY need it.
What happens if the weather is too bad that weekend, will the event be postponed or cancelled?
If the weather is so bad that the race can’t go ahead, it will be rescheduled and pilots will have the choice to reschedule or get a refund of their entry fee.
What if I don’t make the checkpoint before sunset?
The courses are often designed so that you are very unlikely to reach a checkpoint before sunset and will have to camp, blag a bed or something. That's the whole point.
What happens if you land short of checkpoint and need assistance when you are in race class?
If you get any assistance, you will be disqualified in Race Class, but you can then continue in Adventure Class. In Adventure Class anything goes.
If you have any questions that haven't been answered here, drop us an email using the link below.