***ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia X Series open now - 10th & 11th Nov in NSW***

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.

    NEXT RACE:

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    AUSTRALIA

    10th-11th NOVEMBER 17

    Gloucester Airfield, NSW Limited spaces available now. $200 AUD per pilot.

    Check out the schedule & the spectacular race course in this blog.

     

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    Launched in 2015, the X Series now has flying tentacles in Australia, USA & the UK.

     
     

    AUSTRALIA: 10TH & 11TH NOVEMBER 2017

    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 will race inland towards Checkpoint 1 at Walcha Airport, back towards the coast via Wauchope then home to the finish. A properly epic & diverse triangle showcasing Australia at it's best. Read about the course in this blog.

     
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    USA: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

    The USA branch of the X Series led by paramotoring legend Shane Denherder of Team Fly Halo was held at the Endless Footdrag Flyin in 2016 and hosted by Aviator PPG in Florida in 2017... Plans are afoot for 2018. Get X Series USA specific updates by entering your email here:

     
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    UNITED KINGDOM: 29th JUNE - 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...

    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.

    Adventure Division:

    Perform engine off landing from 500ft to within 40m of a target

    Race Division:

    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.