Extreme cross country paramotoring

Icarus pilot, Byron Leisek, about to take off for his Monument Valley flight. Photo supplied
Icarus pilot, Byron Leisek, about to take off for his Monument Valley flight. Photo supplied

If you look to the skies this Friday, you may notice something a little unusual as the Icarus X Series Gloucester NSW 2017 takes off from the airfield.

This cross country extreme paramotor race series will launch from the Gloucester Airfield on Friday, November 10, with competitors flying inland on a pre-determined course.

Pilots will be racing toward checkpoint one at Walcha Airport, before turning to the coast and flying via Wauchope on the way back to Gloucester on Saturday, November 11.

The event itself is split into two divisions – one for the more experienced pilots, who are racing for glory, and an adventure division, for the less seasoned racer who wants to take things at a more ‘leisurely pace’.

Adding to the action, all competitors must carry their own food, clothes, a way to sleep and basic parts to fix their paramotors should anything go wrong.

The race launches at 4pm on Friday and closes at 7pm on Saturday.

This race is the final edition of the 2017 Icarus X series, which features four short-format race events across three continents (two in the United States, one in the United Kingdom and one in Australia). The event was created on the back of the Icarus Trophy, the world’s longest paramotor race, taking place once a year in the United States.