Race rules

CONCEPT 

The Pyrenees Air Tour is three days of unassisted paragliding hike and fly race around the central part of the Pyrenees. During the race, the pilots will only have the right to walk while carrying their equipment or to fly. Numerous optional waypoints (lakes, summits, other refuges, etc.) of different values ​​allow you to accumulate additional points. Each evening at 7 p.m., competitors must have reached one of the huts to eat and spend the night there (only one night per refuge). The pilots thus grouped together will take advantage of the evenings to share their experiences, talk about the moments experienced during the day and discuss possible strategies for the next day. The return to goal must be made no later than Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

PROGRAM 

Start: Luchon Superbagnères, La chapelle restaurant
Arrival: Luchon, aerodrome landing
Duration: 3 days
Dates: October 8 to 10, 2021

PLAYGROUND

http://pyreneesairtour.com/terrain-de-jeu/

GAME RULES

Leaving from Luchon Superbagnères, competitors will have to complete a course made up of mountain refuges and optional waypoints, in the order of their choice, with return to the landing at the aerodrome in Luchon. The nights must be spent in one of the huts, with the obligation to change refuge each night (impossible to sleep twice in the same refuge). The mountain refuge will welcome the participants with half-board (dinner, overnight stay, breakfast). Midday meals are the responsibility of the competitors (possibility of buying packed lunches in the huts). At the choice of each of the competitors and according to the possibilities offered by the weather, the course may be embellished with optional waypoints, made up of summits and other characteristic places. Travel takes place using two means of locomotion, namely on foot or in flight under an approved paraglider wing. The race is blocked at night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

ORGANIZATION

Event organizers and directors 

The organizer of the Pyrenees Air Tour is the Nouv'l'air paragliding club represented by Fabrice Iché. The race director will be Fred Juvaux.

Jury 

Composed of the DE, and two volunteer pilots among the competitors. Its role is to rule in the event of disputes between competitors, to sanction a breach noted with a penalty, validate the calculation of points and the passage of refuges allowing the establishment of the final classification.

Walking and flying conditions 

The pilots are the only ones to make the necessary decisions as to the choice of pedestrian routes and as to the choice to fly, so as to preserve their physical integrity and that of others. Analysis and anticipation of ground and flight conditions, as well as their evolution, must remain a priority at all times.

PILOTS

Conditions of participation

  • Be over 18 years old 
  • Have a confirmed pilot's license level (the license is not mandatory)
  • Hold a valid air liability certificate
  • Be in possession of a specific medical certificate, dated less than one year from the date of the event, mentioning the competitor's ability to paraglide in competition and to walk in the mountains for 3 days.
  • The organization strongly recommends that pilots have an individual accident covering paragliding. Indeed, competitors do not benefit from any additional insurance apart from their individual and personal cover.

Racing rules 

  • The pilot must have his mandatory flight equipment with him at all times
  • The pilot chooses a unique and complete equipment for the 3 days of racing. In case of damage and with the agreement of the jury, the pilot may change it.
  • The pilot must fly in aerological and meteorological conditions adapted to his level of piloting and his fatigue. He must also take pedestrian routes adapted to his physical condition. He is solely responsible for his choices and undertakes not to expose his physical integrity and that of others.

Travel rules

  • The pilot is only allowed to walk and fly, any other form of movement is strictly prohibited (swimming, climbing, etc.)
  • Only routes authorized for pedestrians may be taken. It is up to everyone to come out at their own risk. Routes subject to decrees are prohibited.
  • Violation of controlled airspace will result in a penalty of up to the immediate disqualification of the pilot.
  • The pilot undertakes to respect the visual flight rules which apply to paragliding in accordance with French laws.
  • Failure to comply with these rules is a very serious fault which will result in penalties ranging from penalty to disqualification.

Application of penalties 

The jury reserves the right to adjust the penalties according to the seriousness of the facts and the underlying intentions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Registration details 

The registration will be done by Internet by following the link available on the website of the Pyrenees Air Tour. In order to validate the registration, each pilot will have to pay the full registration fee of 180 €, as well as send us all the required documents. A deposit of 200 € will be requested at the delivery of the trackers. The confirmation of registration will be validated by email to the pilots. The list of registered pilots will be put online on the Pyrenees Air Tour website. There are 40 places available. The first complete and validated files will have priority. Beyond that, the pilots will be put on the waiting list in the order of registration (complete file).

The organization reserves the right to invite additional pilots. The organization also reserves the right to refuse a pilot if he does not have the qualities required to participate safely in this event.

Registration fees 

The registration fees include: 

  • Half-board accommodation in mountain refuges (2 nights)
  • Welcome breakfast the morning of start at the La Chapelle restaurant.
  • Buffet during the awards ceremony.
  • Souvenir gift for all competitors
  • Race tracking management via gsm / satellite beacons provided (Flymaster Tracker or tracking application)
  • In the event of reimbursement of the registration and whatever the reason or the date of withdrawal, 20 euros will be kept for the costs incurred by the organization.
  • No refund in case of withdrawal after September 15, 2021.

List of registrants 

The organization considers that all pilots registered for the Pyrenees Air Tour participate in the entire event. Thus, if a pilot wishes to leave the event, he must imperatively inform the organization. Image rights: pilots authorize the Pyrenees Air Tour to use their images for photos, films, reports, articles, etc. 

The security score 

All registered pilots must imperatively check in directly, by SMS or telephone from a refuge no later than 30 minutes after stopping the race each day. The security checkpoint allows the organization not to trigger unnecessarily search and rescue. The lack of a safety score is a very serious fault which will result in penalties ranging from a penalty to the disqualification of the driver.

Race time 

October 8, 2021 the race runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 9, 2021 the race runs from 7  a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 10, 2021 the race runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Night rest time: between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. minimum, the pilots must imperatively stop the race during the night rest and sleep in one of the mountain refuges defined by the organization. A penalty of 500 points will be applied for any arrival after 7 p.m. precisely. 

Procedure at the start of the day: turn on the Tracker when you leave. 

Race stopping procedure: within 30 minutes of his decision to stop the race for the day and in any case before 8 p.m., the pilot sends an SMS to the safety check-in mobile number with his pilot number and the name of the refuge that it has reached (failing that, its precise GPS position)

Emergency release 

Upon landing on the ground, the pilot must IMMEDIATELY retract his paraglider. A paraglider on the ground not assembled or folded up means: "I NEED RESCUE". 

The pilot who flies near a pilot in difficulty must assist him or warn the DE by all means. The Jury will assess the method of compensating the score of the pilot who has rescued. 

In the event of an accident :

Step 1: The emergency triggering will be carried out directly with the emergency services (same procedure as a non-race emergency). 
Step 2: The pilot triggers an SOS thanks to his tracker 
Step 3: The pilot will inform the organization as far as possible in order to take the appropriate measures

Classification 

The classification is done in four stages with the following order of priority: 

  1. The number of refuges validated with return to Luchon aerodrome on Sunday 20 before 3 p.m.
  2. The number of points obtained with the optional waypoints. 
  3. The time of arrival at Luchon aerodrome. 
  4. The penalties applied.

The track of each pilot must include at least one point in each waypoints cylinder in order to validate it. All cylinders have a radius of 400 meters. The time is taken when the pilot arrives at Luchon aerodrome, with the addition of any penalties. The timing is stopped from the moment the pilot enters the arrival cylinder (radius 200m). 

The permanent provisional ranking will be established taking into account the elements of “live tracking”. However, the risk of loss of data from the system obliges all competitors to provide a track of their GPS for verification of beacon passages at the request of the organization. It is therefore important to store the GPS tracks of the three days of the race by any means at your convenience. The pilot chooses the track options according to the memory capacity of the GPS and his own judgment. A provisional classification will be established on October 10, 2021, pending the control of all the tracks of the pilots.

Doping 

Like all other sports disciplines, our activity is subject by French law to anti-doping rules: the use of doping products is strictly prohibited outside the framework of specific and justified medical prescriptions. 

Respect for the environment 

Each pilot undertakes not to leave any trace of his passage and to respect the environment in which he evolves, fauna, flora and soil.

FLIGHT EQUIPMENT

Mandatory material 

Competitors have the choice of equipment used, this choice is placed under their sole responsibility. 

  • Solo wing approved (EN or LTF) or CCC certified. 
  • Paragliding harness 
  • Rescue parachute 
  • Paragliding helmet 
  • Cell phone charged and switched on
  • GPS Live Tracker (provided by the organization) 
  • Radio (areas not covered by mobile phones) 
  • Meat bag (hygiene for nights in shelters) 

All of this equipment must be in the pilot's possession during race times. The race committee can inspect the pilot's equipment at any time. It is not possible to change the flight equipment, except in case of deterioration of the declared equipment with the authorization of the race committee. For any clarification on the definition and approval of the various materials, see the FFVL framework regulations.

Material strongly recommended 

Gloves, waterproof jacket, poles, change of clothes, compass, knife, sun cream, vario, external battery, first aid kit, back protection, camelbak, energy bars, sunglasses, survival blanket, whistle ... 

Live Tracker 

The use of a Live Tracker module will allow the driver's race to be tracked throughout the event on the Internet. It does not constitute proof of the route taken. The starting, stopping and reloading of the Live Tracker are the responsibility of the pilot. Improper use of the Live Tracker may result in penalties. The pilot is responsible for providing a charging cable (mini USB input). In the event of damage to the device, the deposit will not be returned.

GPS 

Each pilot manages the autonomy of his GPS and his batteries. GPS track: The GPS track in ICG format / UTM WGS84 format must be provided to the organization for proof of the route taken by the pilot. The GPS track provided must include at least: 1 point every minute in the air 1 point every 200 m on the ground. Each pilot must provide the cable corresponding to his equipment for unloading the tracks and loading the GPS.

COURSE

The course remains free, the goal being to validate all the refuges making up the course with a maximum of waypoints proposed by the organization and to finish on landing at Luchon aerodrome before 3 p.m. on October 10. These waypoints having different values ​​ranging from 100 to 500 points. Each waypoints can only be validated once. The refuges and waypoints must be passed by flight or on foot within a radius of 400m to be considered validated. Each pilot must be able to enter the GPS coordinates of the waypoint and refuges in his GPS. The nights must be spent in one of the refuges on the course (not twice the same). A night spent outside a refuge but with "the inhabitant" entails a penalty of 1000 points, a night spent "under the stars" may lead to the exclusion of the pilot from the event.

RESPONSIBILITY

Participation in the Pyrenees Air Tour is the sole and entire responsibility of the participants. Everyone is required to take out personal insurance for the risks associated with their participation, risks for themselves and for others. Everyone is required to ensure their physical integrity and that of others through their decisions and actions. The Pyrenees Air Tour organization declines all responsibility towards participants and third parties for any damage that may occur as a result of participation in the event. By registering for the Pyrenees Air Tour, participants unconditionally accept the above regulations, exempt the organization from any liability towards themselves and undertake to assume alone any liability towards third parties that may arise from their participation and their own facts.