What's all this then?

The Icarus Trophy is a whole new breed of air race. This is man and machine vs the skies. We set this race up to be the toughest thing you could do with a paramotor and by the gods does it deliver.

This section should give you all the details you need about the Icarus. Have a read and give us a shout if you have any more questions.

race & adventure Divisions

The Icarus Trophy is designed to be the toughest air race on the planet, but it's also designed to be the greatest aerial adventure on the planet. Through our different race divisions it's as accessible and challenging for pro-pilots as it is if you're a total novice ready to spend some time training. 

Flying all the hours of daylight is not inside everyone's brown-pants limit or to everyone's taste. The Race Division winners generally cover around 400 miles a day but some of you prefer more of a meander on the way. With this in mind, we've created two main categories.

Adventure Division

Pure Adventure Division

Unsupported and untimed. So you are free to, and almost certainly will, get lost and stuck all over the course. The winner of this class is the person who's had the greatest adventure. You'll need to be a competent pilot to enter this but it's perfectly possible to go from knowing nothing to ripping it up in Adventure Division in one season.

Adventure Division - First Class

This is perhaps for the gentleman flyer. It is supported and untimed. For those of you who don't fancy the feral chaos of living by your wits but by god you do want to fling yourself at the greatest flying adventure on the planet. In this class you can bring a chum to carry your shit.

Race Division

Unsupported timed race. There are penalties for breaches of air law and the rules to make this a fair contest. You will need to be pretty good to enter this category. Take a look at the rules and entry requirements.

Further Reading...

Quick Details


Glacier National Park to Las Vegas, USA


Training - 22/23th Sept
Launch - 24th Sept
Last day flying - 5th Oct
Finish party - 6th Oct 


1000 miles of unsupported paramotor adventure racing 

Adventure Division

Surviving the course and have the best adventure.

Race Division

Survive on your own and be the fastest pilot in the world.


Feet never left the ground? No worries, we've set up the Icarus so you can still take part after some training. In 2015 about half of the pilots took up paramotoring just for the race, so it can easily be done. The Adventure division is probably the one you'll be aiming for.

Pilots & Pros

If you already fly or your basically god's gift to flying the Icarus Trophy is the ultimate test of skills. Choose the division you want to enter and stuck in. Some of you may want specific training or to jump on an Icarus X series to get some extra unsupported XC experience.

The Race Course

More of an Un-Course

In 2017 we're headed back to the wilds of Western USA. The Icarus Trophy is not like any other air race. We don't want to give you a carefully marked GPS line. That stops being tough or an adventure and starts to be just a little bit boring. So on the Icarus we define a huge area for you to plan your routes and get lost in.

In future years the race will start to migrate around the planet.

Unsupported (well, almost)

Probably the key part of any adventure is the adventurous bits. And that means setting out into the world and fending for yourself. Anything else becomes a bit less exciting. It starts to remove all the fun bits, like "where the fuck will I sleep?" or "what the hell do I do now I've run out of fuel here?" And it starts to become a bit of a guided tour. So you have to carry all you need about you. Food, clothes, a way to sleep and some of the bits to fix up your aerial stead.


Live race tracking

You'll be issued with a satellite tracker which can send an receive messages from anywhere on earth and send an SOS message if the cavalry need to come and scoop you up. This way the whole world can tune in to follow the chaos.

Specialised race weather

You'll get expert daily weather updates piped direct to your tracking device and emails made just for the race pilots.

Spares truck

Paramotors are perhaps not what you would call reliable. So while you can carry some essentials on you, there are some parts that would make leaving the ground rather a challenge. Spare propellers or heavy engine parts for instance.  So we have a spares truck that can carry some of the parts you think you might need. Space is a limited to a set size and the truck may take a while to reach you depending on where you've broken down.

The Race CREW

Who's putting this on? We are. We're The Adventurists. We have spent the last decade creating some of the biggest adventures and races on the planet.

But more specifically the actually people sweating away to bring you the best thing to do with some air are:

Shane Denherder

Race Committee


Trevor Meeks

Chase plane pilot and CTAF trainer

Kester Haynes

Race Committee & mechanical genius


Sophie Bolesworth

Race reporting

Katy Willings

Race Committee & logistics


Weather Tom

Specialised weather reports

Tom Morgan

Race Committee & Icarus Trophy inventor

Tracker Tim

Dedicated GPS tracking


David Wainwright

Austrailia branch

Daniel Wedgwood

Race Committee & 3rd filing assistant



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