the Icarus Trophy 2019 - BRAZIL
The Icarus Trophy is a whole new breed of air race. It's man and machine vs the skies. We set it up to be the toughest thing you could do with a paramotor and by the gods does it deliver.
This is a near 1000 mile adventure air race where pilots fly across some of the most challenging terrain on the planet.
In 2019 we are upping the adventure stakes with a north-south racecourse in Western Brazil. The race will launch in Nova Mutum in Mato Grosso and finish in Bonito in Mato Grosso do Sul.
Fuel drops plus ground and air support with light aircraft on standby in case of emergency will make this groundbreaking racecourse possible.
Two extra checkpoints will take Race Division pilots even further west while adventure pilots will be taking on the most difficult and remote route for their division since the Icarus began.
Pre-race training: 30th September & 1st October 2019
Launch Party: 1st October 2019
Race Launch: 2nd October 2019
Race Finish & Prizegiving: 10th October 2019
An adventure of 2 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 for 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 pilots cover up to 400 miles a day but some know that coming first might just get in the way of a good adventure. With this in mind, we've created two main pilot divisions.
Beacons of madcappery, Adventure Division Pilots make it to the finish line under their own (or borrowed) steam.
Pilots can accept outside support and travel forward using transport other than flying.
Within Adventure Class, there are two further categories. Pilots can self select into the Pure Adventure or Adventure First Class.
Adventure Division, pilots must fly with all their own equipment but can accept outside help if it's not pre-arranged. If you stream across the finish line on a fan-powered bicycle having lost your wing in an ill conceived bet at an illegal gambling joint with only one shoe as clothing and covered head to foot in mud, you have probably embraced the spirit.
Adventure pilots will be placed by the time spent flying the course to the finish line.
In Adventure First Class, pilots can bring their own race support: friends, instructors or pets.
Adventure First Class pilots will be no less legends, and will be classed as 'finished' on the leaderboard without classification.
The cream of an outstanding crop, Race Division pilots must fly unsupported and get there first to win.
Pilots must remain unsupported for the entire event - they can only progress by flying or walking. If they walk, they must carry their equipment.
They can use 'open access' support- anything that the average person can access. Should they manage to charm total strangers into lending their assistance, that's kosher. They cannot use help offered by friends, distant relatives, other pilots or the race team to further their progress.
Pilots must launch from 200m of their landing point. If they can't, they must travel back (in the direction of the start line) on foot until a good launch site is found.
More detailed rules will be given to all pilots.
A good number of pilots start in Race Division and then choose to drop down to Adventure. This is a great choice if you're not sure if you want to go full race as it's harder to go from Adventure to Race during the event.
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 on 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 and receive messages from anywhere on earth and send an SOS message if the cavalry needs 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.
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. With this in mind, we have a spares truck that can carry some of the parts you think you might need. Space is limited to a set size and the truck may take a while to reach you depending on where you've broken down, so don't forget to pack some sandwiches.