"The US Open in Chelan, WA, USA opened with a 93km task. It was downwind with a short dog leg at Banks Lake and goal in the town of Wilbur. With organized climbs and long interrupted cloud streets the lead gaggle was on course and fast using the tail wind to hit speeds close to 90km/h.
Coming up on the turnpoint at Banks lake I saw a move to make and pushed hard. Coming in relatively low for the day at around 4500’ to be rewarded with a 7+ m/s climb back up to base. The cloud was dark and extended well over the lake downwind. As I left the climb on full bar I realized nobody decided to join me so I flew the last 40km by myself wondering if it was a moment of brilliance or a horrible mistake.
Only 3 or 4 climbs later I made it into goal and watched the rest of the lead gaggle come in about 8 minutes behind. My first 1000 point day and I thoroughly enjoyed the flight.
We finished the task with an average speed of 44km/h and task time of 2h04m.
Task 2 was equally exciting. With a cancelled task the day prior we had some high clouds to contend with and strong south winds ranging from 15-30km/h. With the wind direction consistently from the south, the task was set at 132km with goal only a few kilometers short of the border. The start wasn’t obvious with either Chelan Butte or the flats both viable. Challenging conditions and not much time to get established made the flats fairly risky with a few pilots landing early.
It was another day with great clouds and good climbs. With some cirrus doing some regional shading, climbs maxed out around 5m/s but the winds helped out reaching speeds over 100km/h. The course had pilots flying all different lines. Some in the mountains to the east and west and some zigzagging down the valley. Halfway down courseline a small gaggle including Donizete Lemos, Josh Cohn, Nick Greece and myself had pulled out in front flanked by some pilots further to the west off the optimized line.
Nearing goal and dealing with an increasing amount of shade, climbs became less abundant...” Photo and Text by the leader of the Chelan US Open, Owen Shoemaker @skyadventuresnorthwest
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“Last week, Pedro Bernardo in Spain hosted the British Championships. The forecast at the start of the week suggested there was a real risk of not flying all week, but after managing tasks on 4 out of 6 days of up to 100km, I managed both my first task win and overall comp win to claim the title of British Paragliding Champion!
I had my fair share of luck but I managed to finish ahead of the current world number 1, the European champ and the vice-world champ!
I’m now in Portugal ready for the the next round of the Paragliding World Cup!” Photo and text by Harry Bloxham @harry.bloxham
The world's toughest adventure race has come to an end.
From the 9000m of vertical ascent athletes completed in Switzerland, to the long-distance flights across the main spine of the Alps, the 2019 edition was, once again, a level up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Maxime Pinot (France-2nd), Manuel Nübel (Germany-5th) and Gaspard Petiot (France-7th) made it to the raft in Monaco on the Ozone Zeolite @max_pinot @manuel_nuebel
Impressively, Chrigel Maurer took the overall win again. Congrats to all the athletes that participated in this amazing race. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Maxime Pinot @max_pinot arrived at the final Turnpoint in Peille just after 09:30 local time morning – and officially claimed his second place in the Red Bull X-Alps 2019.
He is the second athlete to arrive at Peille, where the time for the race stops. Pinot’s official time is: 9 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes, 34 seconds. The race started at 11.30am on Sunday 16 June 2019.
Arriving in Peille he took his final steps towards the signboard, autographed it with a flourish, and then turned and faced assembled fans.
He said: ‘I feel a lot of emotions. The race was even crazier than I expected, but I’m super happy to be here, and very proud of myself and my team.’
He added: ‘For sure I will be back in two years!’
Pinot’s arrival marks the end of a gruelling final two days of hiking and flying in baking hot temperatures through the south of France. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The French pilot will now take a well-earned rest before flying down to the raft in Monaco after 7pm this evening, where his race will finally, truly come to an end for him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Congrats Maxime for such an amazing race!
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