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After an epic competition in Le Grand-Bornand in 2017, the Belgian Paragliding Open is back in 2018 in St-Jean-Montclar, with more beer fountains ...

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Flying site

Montclar is the well known flying site in the Southern Alps, famous due to its generous aerology. For the last twenty years this paragliding site has hosted many important competitions, such as the French open, World championship, British Opens and several Pre-PWCs.

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Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Leisure
  • Belgian Serial
  • 🇧🇪 Belgian Leisure
  • 🇧🇪 Belgian Sport
  • 🇧🇪 Belgian Ladies
  • 🇧🇪 Belgian Overall
  • Sport
  • Serial
  • Ladies
  • Overall
More information about prizes and categories

How to get here

An hour's drive from Gap

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Event info

After an epic competition in Le Grand-Bornand in 2017, the Belgian Paragliding Open is back in 2018 in St-Jean-Montclar, with more beer fountains

Flying site

Montclar is the well known flying site in the Southern Alps, famous due to its generous aerology. For the last twenty years this paragliding site has hosted many important competitions, such as the French open, World championship, British Opens and several Pre-PWCs.

Flying site: https://goo.gl/maps/FmUQRntwYyp

Take off plateau de La Chau: 1907 m ASL 6°22'20.2" E 44°24'10.8" N
The main take off used for competitions is the "plateau de La Chau", (1900m) just under the mountain of Dormillouse (2500m). The launch is covered in lush grass and is very large. The wind is usually coming from the south-west to north-west. It is possible to fly with south wind and north wind, but it's more difficult to fly away. It's possible to fly good distance from 13h. If you reach the crests, with another chairlift, the take off can be earlier, from 11h sometime, with east breezes before the sun turns to the south. The easier way to leave is to follow the crests to the south (the sky highway to St André les Alpes). The first 25km are easy, until you reach the "Estrop" (2961m). To the north, the "Grand Morgon" (2324) is often a good waypoint after having crossed the serre-ponçon lake during 5km, reaching the crests of "La vieille" (Old Woman crest).
https://goo.gl/maps/gLj988Ao3i62

Landing col Saint-Jean: 1335 m ASL - 6°21'06.0" E 44°25'03.3" N
At the landing aera, the ground used is of grass and large, at the "", before the entrance of the ski resort of Montclar (1340m). The wind is usually coming from the north. It can be turbulent with south wind. Sometime, especially in the evening, a big convergence can help you to climb easily to 2,000m or higher.
https://goo.gl/maps/6cJkFc91k1o

Take off St Vincent les Forts 1254m ASL - 6°22'17.6" E 44°26'35.7" N
Another famous flight site is not so far, which is called St Vincent les Forts (1240m). It is a small cliff where you land at the side of the car park and then take off again. It works with north wind, even when north wind is too strong to fly elsewhere in France. The launching area made of a green carpet, however it is a bit small for a large competition. Also the area where the pilots can wait for the start is well known and used by many tandem/bi-gliders. The landscape is wonderful, especially in the evening when you are flying in the last solar breeze, with the sun falling on the lake... It's also a site where you can reach easily the top of Dormillouse (2500m), resting on ridgy afforested.
https://goo.gl/maps/uHBnxqwUNmk

Take off Chabanon - 1968m ASL - 6°17'40.7" E - 44°20'03.9" N
The last launching area, Chabanon, can also be reached with a chairlift, from the little ski resort of chabanon, over the village of Selonnet. It works early in the morning, with south or north wind, but is very difficult to leave, because there is no thermal areas working in the immediate area.
https://goo.gl/maps/f4UaDWaKRS82

For free flying, the best time to visit is August and September, with thermal strengh that can easily reach 4m/s at 2pm. The thermal duration : it start from 11h over 2000m, 12-13h at the take off, until 7pm with convergence. The best time to launch is 2pm, when thermals start to be large and easy to take. Competitions will often come earlier in the season when there are less tourists, allowing better access to the facilities for the competitors.

Usual distance flights start from the Plateau de la Chau or St Vincent, then reach the top of Dormillouse (2500m), then turn the north waypoint (Morgon) or the south waypoint (Estrop) and way back to Dormillouse.

The famous distance flight, reaching St Andre from Dormillouse or the other way, is a classic 80km flight, recently done by many pilots during the B-Stof in July 2014.

On non-flyable days, there are plenty of other activities in the area.:
- kiting/windsurfing on the lake
- hiking to the castle on top of Montclar
- downhill biking in Monclar
- market in Seyne

Organizers

Brett Admin
Meet Director
Nathanael Majoros
FBVL Representative
Registrations management
Olivier Georis
FBVL Representative
Jean-Yves Squifflet
FBVL President
Lode Spruyt
Competitions commission
Robbo Roberts
Safety Tracking and Retrieve System Operator

Selection and entry fee

SELECTION
90 Belgians and 50 international pilots (separate queues; when places come free, first give them to Belgian late comers, then to the waiting list)
Selection based on criteria including merit, pilot quality and fidelity as well as chronological order of registration.
(2018-02-10: A bit of explanation: we took 20 close friends on top of the 90 Belgians, and 30 WPRS top pilots. From today on the waiting list is purely based on registration time)
(2018-03-05: If you are contacted before receiving a place, you get 24 hours to confirm your interest. After 24 hours, you remain in the waiting list but the place can be offered to people behind you first and you'll need to wait for the next available place)

PAYMENT
If you're offered a place starting February, you must pay within a week (2018-02-10 update: we can't accept money before the 19th of this month, so the first batch gets two weeks). The fees (250€) are to be transfered to
BVVF FBVL BPO /// STATIONSSTRAAT 103 /// 2860 ST-KATELIJNE-WAVER /// Belgium
IBAN: BE41 3100 9022 1810 /// BIC: BBRU BEBB /// SWIFT code: BBRU BEBB 200 /// Bank address : ING, Markt 20, 2860 St-Katelijne-Waver Belgium

REFUND POLICY
(This policy will be confirmed on selection day, and may be adjusted dependent on the number of people in the waiting list)

If you cancel, you're back to the bottom of waiting list. Belgians can only use their nationality once.
If you cancel 2 months or earlier before the start of the event, you get 80% of your fee back, independently of the presence of people in the waiting list
If you cancel between 1 month and 2 months before the start of the event, you get 60% of your fee back, independently of the presence of people in the waiting list
If you cancel between 2 weeks and 1 month before the start of the event, you get 30% of your fee back, independently of the presence of people in the waiting list
If you cancel after that you get nothing back except for serious medical condition unknown before the date of cancellation.
In all cases, you're welcome to come and have a beer.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Women
Sport (C and lower)
Serial (D and lower)
Overall (CCC and lower)
🇧🇪 Belgian Women
🇧🇪 Belgian Leisure (B and lower)
🇧🇪 Belgian Sport (C and lower)
🇧🇪 Belgians Overall (CCC and lower)

General schedule

Registration 6 January
Selection 10 February
Saturday 30 June registration
Sunday 1 July registration and training task
Monday 2-Saturday 7 : up to 6 scoring tasks (see daily schedule)
Friday 6: pilots party and dinner
Saturday 7: prize ceremony

Daily schedule

On competition days:

08h30: Headquarters open
09h00: Morning briefing @ HQ
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h15: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
11h30: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
16h00: Scoring office opens
19h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved)

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the whiteboard in HQ. Changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Daily briefing

Accommodation and Activities

Accomodation
St Jean Montclar is an Alpine holiday village, both winter and summer. It has a multitude of options to suit all budgets

The base for the competition will be in the village center. It will be well signposted when you arrive.

The local campsite is just a 100 metre walk. It is expected to offer a 10% discount to competitors for the period of the competition. The campsite caters for tents,caravans and camper vans. It has on site shower facilities, a bar and restaurant as well as several swimming pools and saunas, indoor and outdoor.

Also just a short walk away is the main landing field, which will be the preferred goal field during the competition.

The village has a multitude of accommodation with rooms between 15 and 50 euro per person, depending on your tastes.

TO BOOK ANY ACCOMMODATION OR CAMPING
Carnets de Flora local agency offers several types of accommodation dedicated to the paragliding competitors : cottages and camping spots, chalets and hotel rooms in Montclar, right next to the headquarters.
Competitors and their relatives can book directly their stay on the website www.carnetsdeflora.com.
Do not hesitate to ask if you have a specific request or if you need a type of housing that is not available on the website (studios, flats, etc.) : Carnets de Flora Team will do their best to find you the accommodation that suits you.
Contact : Kaline & Flora - info@carnetsdeflora.com
Activities
- kiting/windsurfing on the lake?
- hiking to the castle on top of Montclar
- downhill biking in Monclar
- market in Seyne

How to get here

An hour's drive from Gap.

04140 Montclar, France
St-Jean-Montclar FR

Plane

Airports
The nearest main international airport is Nice (3 hours drive) or Marseille (2 hours). Both airport are serviced by several airlines from around Europe.

Car

An hour's drive from Gap.

St Jean Montclar is about a 10 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 3 hours from southern France and just under 3 hours from Nice Airport. There are other airports in the region too.

Car hire:
There are a multitude of car hire companies operating out of all the airports.

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Confirmed pilots
Allowed pilots
Total registered
Women
Men
# Name Sponsor Glider Status

Belgian Paragliding Open 2018

🇧🇪 Belgian Sport

  1. Sepp Inniger (96)
  2. Gaetan Marique (4491)
  3. Koen Michiels (9)

🇧🇪 Belgian Sport results

Overall

  1. Yury Mishanin (98)
  2. Valentin Nury (245)
  3. Tomasz Janikowski (303)

Overall results

Sport

  1. Stan Radzikowski (22)
  2. Sepp Inniger (96)
  3. Simon Twiss (1971)

Sport results

🇧🇪 Belgian Ladies

  1. Karlien Engelen (28)
  2. Ludmila Zalik (32)
  3. Dorothee Deneubourg (1983)

🇧🇪 Belgian Ladies results

Ladies

  1. Rasa Grigoraitiene (50)
  2. Emma Casanova (505)
  3. Chloe Demailly (8)

Ladies results

🇧🇪 Belgian Overall

  1. Francis De Bruyn (71)
  2. Thibault Voglet (244)
  3. Sepp Inniger (96)

Only true winners were at the prize ceremony

🇧🇪 Belgian Overall results

Tasks and results

Task 1

02 Jul, 2018

49.5 km — Race to goal

Task 2

03 Jul, 2018

45.8 km — Race to goal

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