The Icarus X Series races are condensed weekend-shaped endurance flying races. Watch the intro video to see why this is the perfect gateway drug for anyone who wants to get into cross country paramotoring.
It's still the toughest thing to do with a Paramotor, but they're not quite so gigantic as the Icarus Trophy and they almost fit into a weekend. A sort of Quickarus if you will.
x series race schedule
The X Series now has flying tentacles in Australia, USA & the UK plus a new location for 2018 - South Africa.
Friday 5th January - Sunday 7th January 2018
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're going to be doing a joint celebration with they're awesome fly-in Wings Over Winter. This is going to be one hell of a weekend. If you're a pilot, you need this in your life.
South Africa - new for 2018
Friday 30th March - Sunday 1st April 2018
We're exploding into Africa in full force this year. The main Icarus is doing the rounds here but also we're launching an all new Icarus X Series. Starting from the middle of a game reserve and heading to the coast before looping back over the hills this is the X Series with knobs on. Same format of a 2 day race. Our good chums in SA are putting on a 3 day XC training course in the week before so those feeling the need to hone their skills.
Places on the SA-X open soon...
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...
AUSTRALIA: 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..
Icarus X Series Race Format
Unlike the main race which is point to point the X Series have circular race routes starting and finishing in the same place. After registering we'll check you pass the entry requirements and you may be asked to perform a test flight and landing which varies for Adventure & Race Division pilots. At the pilot briefing we'll introduce the route, the rules and the protocol for using your satellite tracking device.
Once the race begins we'll be at HQ closely monitoring all pilot flights 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 backs and hand out the much coveted trophies and follow it all up with a knees up.
Adventure vs Race Division
The Icarus X Series is open to all-comers (assuming you can fly) whether you're on the main Icarus race or you just want to give real cross country racing a shot. It's also the best training you can do for the main Icarus Trophy.
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. Contact us for the latest course dates and info.
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.