The PWC in Krushevo, Macedonia has come to an end after seven valid tasks.
Ozone team pilot, Baptiste Lambert , was the overall winner followed by his teammate Charles Cazaux in second. They flew the Enzo 3 & the Submarine. Third place went to Daniel Tyrkas, also flying the Enzo 3.
In the women’s category, Constance Mettetal took the win followed by Keiko Hiraki (Enzo 3) and Kirsty Cameron (Zeno 2) in third.
The team winner was the OZONE Team.
PWC’s Ruth Jessop reports:
With another day of blue skies and lots of sunshine a fast 85 km corridor task was set taking the pilots south, almost to Greece.
With initial climbs maxing out at 2600m, the day and subsequently today’s task started with a super gaggle all compressed tightly up against each other before the start opened and the mass of wings descended onto turn point one as one huge mass.
Ping-ponging between turn point one and two the group held its form well, but at the transition to the third turn point the flats appeared to be the crux and soon enough the gaggle became two and some scattered stragglers.
There were some great climbs in the flats up to 4.5ms and, while not all were as giving, there was an abundance of lift.
The lead gaggle had put some space between themselves and the second gaggle by the transition to the last turn point. True to form this week. the leaders got stuck just before the end of speed and were overtaken by the following gaggle, radically changing the scores.
The final glide was buoyant and provided a lifty line in for many and a full bar ride to ESS before a glory glide to goal.
What an amazing week. This is only the second time we have had a seven-task competition in Europe. The pilots flew a cumulative 70618 km, more than 1.75 times around the world.
What a stunning performance from Baptiste Lambert winning his third World Cup here in Krushevo. He was in the top 2 in 5 out of the 7 tasks! This morning he knew that he could stay in bed and still win.
Charles Cazaux improved on his 3rd place, in the 2012 World Cup here in Krushevo, by coming 2nd this time.
Well done to Constance Mettetal winning her third World Cup, coming 5th overall in task 6.
Keiko Hiraki was 2nd lady here in 2014, and 2nd lady here again in 2022.
The pilots enjoyed an amazing variety of scenery from lakes, hills and mountains to the wide expanse of corn fields and sun flowers smiling up at them.
Thank you to the people of Krushevo for letting us share their beautiful village and their wonderful blue skies”
For Full results go to: https://live.pwca.org/scores
Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from the Ozone Team.
Photos courtesy of Paragliding World Cup – PWCA