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2014 Roldanillo Pre Worlds and Colombian Open will take place from 6th till 13th of January 2014 in Roldanillo, Colombia. It is a test Event for World Paragliding Championship that will be held there in January of 2015.

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Flying site

Roldanillo is the principal home for paragliding and hang gliding events in Colombia. Located on the west side of the Valle del Cauca at the foot of the Cordillera Occidental the town sits at an elevation of 966 meters and has an average annual temperature of 23°C.

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  • 150 Pilots max allowed
  • 29 Countries presented
  • ✅ All certified wings allowed
  • 🏆 FAI Status = CAT 2 🏅
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Event info

2014 Roldanillo Pre Worlds and Colombian Open will take place from 6th till 13th of January 2014 in Roldanillo, Colombia. It is a test Event for World Paragliding Championship that will be held there in January of 2015. Roldanillo in Valle del Cauca is a famous paragliding site that has hosted various high level air sport competitions like Paragliding World Cup 2013 and Roldanillo Open as well as many others. Its excellent flying conditions and organizers reckoned hospitality promises us an interesting and spectacular event.

Flying site

Roldanillo is the principal home for paragliding and hang gliding events in Colombia. Located on the west side of the Valle del Cauca at the foot of the Cordillera Occidental the town sits at an elevation of 966 meters and has an average annual temperature of 23°C.

Flying conditions are generally ideal in January and only a handful of tasks over the past few years have been cancelled. Out and return and cats‐cradle type tasks of up to 120km have been successfully flown in recent events using goals to the north, centre and south of the Valle de Cauca.

Primarily an agricultural region, the Valle de Cauca has excellent infrastructure and plenty of open space to land. Main highways runs along the east and west sides of the valley connected by secondary roads. The central valley area is bisected north‐south by the Cauca river. Agricultural roads and tracks provide access to farmsteads and plantations.

The task area is characterised by the foothills of the Cordillera Occidental to the west, the wide open agricultural valley and smaller grassy hills to the east. Primarily a sugar cane growing area, the valley is easily out‐landable in safety. Very few areas are fenced and access is generally unrestricted. Occasional inundation from the Cauca river presents the only landing hazard in certain areas (dependant on preceding rainfall).

Grape plantations and military bases are off limits. These areas will be marked on maps. Goal fields are available in abundance although must be selected on the basis of the cropping and harvesting cycles. They will be defined and verified by the organisation at least 2 weeks prior to the competition.

Airspace and Other Restrictions: There are airports at Cartago in the north and Tuluá to the southeast that have infrequent military traffic. The Meet Director and event team have daily communication with the air traffic controllers and radio contact during the task.

There is traditionally an extremely high level of cooperation with the civil aviation authority, air traffic control and the event organisation. In previous events domestic flights have been rerouted to avoid the task areas.

The area south of Tuluá has a ceiling of 9000 ft (approximately 2700 m) while to the north is 10,000 ft (approximately 3000 m).

Roldanillo and Valle de Cauca is a ‘friendly’ site suitable for all qualified pilots. The conditions are generally light with 3‐4 m/s maximum climbs. Wind is usually negligible.

The only area of strong climbs and known possible turbulence at the quarry to the south is avoided through sensible tasking.

Close attention is paid at all times to the meteo forecast to ensure tasks take pilots away from the mountains in the later parts of the day to avoid any leeside rotor due to the Pacific breeze.

The main Roldanillo take off is called ‘‘Los Tanques’’ It has elevation of 900 m above the valley floor. Thermic breeze enters launch at around 9:00 am and tasks traditionally start at around 11 a.m.

Breeze is generally very light throughout the launchable window with conditions occasionally becoming tail‐wind if the meteo indicates a strong Pacific breeze. Events with 140+ pilots have been successfully run with no impact from the back‐wind during the launch window period.

Site Safety Record: The area has an excellent safety record with few incidents. Thermic conditions are generally regarded as light and conducive to safe tasking for all levels of pilots. The few accidents in recent events have been generally caused by aborted launches or by inexperienced pilots failing to consider the necessary glide to the valley after thermalling up behind the take off area.

Take off ‘‘Los Tanques’’ - 1900 m ASL, 4.4765, -76.1535 or 4°28'35" (4.47645)N; 76°9'12" (76.1535)W
Exposure East. Launch ground is ample approx. 2000 sq. meters with windsocks at both the north and south side. The size of the launch ground is big enough to allow 140+ pilots to take off within 30‐45 minutes. It is covered with grass.
Launch is a 45 minute drive on a dirt road from the main plaza of Roldanillo and can be accessed by all types of vehicles. Participants and organizers will have transport to the launch in event buses or cars. Ample parking is available at launch and in Roldanillo for event and public vehicles.

Facilities: Latrines, sunshades, and snacks will be provided on the south side of the launch. A snack kiosk with refreshments is available below launch near the parking and spectator areas. Power and water available if needed. Ballast water is available close to the launch area.
The helicopter landing area is approximately 1000 m from launch to the south. A commercial type weighing scale will be sited in the launch area to allow pilots to check weight prior to the task window opening.

Obstructions/Hazards: In front and below the launch there are high tension power lines. These are visible from the launch and have not caused any obstruction to pilots nor have we encountered any problems or incidents related to these.

Competition tasks setting issues at Roldanillo:
Tasking will generally keep tp the following established logic:

1. Up to start: Start cylinders will be selected to allow pilots to climb and stabilise in various points close to the western foothills and Roldanillo in areas of known thermic activity. Experience and local knowledge allows us to select points that give various options for gaggles to wait, thus relieving congestion.

2. Start > midday : Flying in the western foothills to take advantage of thermic activity before the valley heats up and becomes active.

3. Midday > early afternoon: Flying out & return or cats cradle type tasks in the valley and utilising the eastern hills.

4. Goal: Located in the central / eastern part of the valley. The end of the speed section will be a cylinder, size & position to be decided by the task setting committee. The goal will be either a cylinder or a line for the end of task.

Maps of task area: Pilots will be issued with an A3 printed waypoint map showing waypoints, restricted areas and topography. Excellent base maps are available from the Colombian cartographic institute.(www.igac.gov.co). Large scale task maps will be available at launch / pilot briefing.

Roldanillo take off video

Selection and entry fee

Max number of participants: 150

Entry fee
From Opening Registration until October 31st Payment fee Euro 160
From November 1st until December 15th Payment fee Euro 180
From December 16th until January 5th Payment fee Euro 200
For Colombian Pilots the value in pesos is COP 400.000

Payment methods:
International Payment: Paypal, account info@airnomads.co

Regular Inscription (until 31-Oct-2013) €160.00 EUR
Second Date (01 Nov to 15 DIC 2013) €180.00 EUR
Last Chance (16-DIC-13 to 5-JAN-14) €200.00 EUR

Colombian Payment:
Name Account: Airnomads S.A.S.
Saving Account: 127470038432
Banco Davivienda

The exchange rate must be the day of the payment for Local pilots.

Entry fee includes:.
Transportation to take off and retreive every day
Map of the Region
Lunch pack

Prize fund and scoring categories

1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Overall in the competition
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Sport class in the competition
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Woman Overall in the competition

General schedule

Monday 6th January 2014
Mandatory Safety meeting
First competition briefing
Opening ceremony
Tuesday 7th January 2014
Training task
Wednesday 8th ‐ Monday 13th January 2014
Contest flying days
Monday 13th January 2014
Prize‐giving, closing ceremony

Daily schedule

06:00 - Headquarter opens
07:00 - Deadline for the previous day protests
07:30 - Transportation to Take off
09:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:00 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results announcements / Task definition
11:00 - Window open
16:00 - Scoring office opens
19:00 - Scoring office closes
20:00 - Provisional results announcement / Headquarter closes

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

Club “Los Gorrones” is the event headquarters and is located on the main plaza of Roldanillo.

There is a large auditorium suitable for briefings, equipment checking, team leader meetings and functions. GPS / scoring, retrieve management and media facilities are available in ancillary areas. A bar / restaurant, swimming pool, wi‐fi connection are located at the HQ.
For those who do not bring their laptops, desktop PCs will be provided. An office will be available for CIVL officials with office equipment as required. Team ‘’pigeon‐holes’’ will be provided for paper‐communication with team leaders where necessary. The preferred communication will be by email if agreed at the first team‐leader meeting.
Wired internet will be available for the event organisation to ensure full functionality of live tracking, retrieve and media requirements.

Country entry details
Details of any vaccinations recommended for competitors: Typhoid and Hepatitis are recommended by some authorities. No vaccinations are officially required to enter Colombia.

Details of visas required for visitors from FAI member nations: There are no nationality restrictions for travel to Colombia. A visa is required, except for citizens of the following countries (who stay strictly for tourism purposes and for a maximum of 90 days): Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, United States, Finland, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Roldanillo, Carrera 7, 7-20
Roldanillo Colombia


Most international flights layover in Bogota's "El Dorado International Airport". The international and domestic terminals are connected by a shuttle. From Bogota take the quick domestic flight to Armenia, Pereira, or Cali where you can easily find ground transport to Roldanillo. For cost and convenience we highly recommend you fly into Pereira.
If you would like the organization to pick you up from Cali or Pereira please contact us with a detailed itinerary and plan. We would also appreciate a call or email during your layover in Bogota confirming your on time arrival.
Local airport taxis are safe and offer competitive pricing for 1 or 2 pilots with gear. Groups should contact the organization for pickup. Budget travelers can find buses to Roldanillo from Pereira, Cali, or Armenia. The bus terminals and airports are separate.

Recommended city to fly into. 1 and 15 minute drive to Roldanillo.

The second most important airport in Colombia. Cali's “Alfonso Bonilla Aragon” airport services domestic and international flights and adds new international routs regularly. 2 hour drive to Roldanillo.

Smaller airport and city with less service. 1 and 30 minute drive to Roldanillo.


From the bus terminals in Pereira, Cali, or Armenia look for the Roldanillo's local bus company De Occidente for safe and comfortable transport.
De Occidente: www.deoccidente.com/roldanillo/
The company is comfortable servicing international Paraglide pilots and very helpful.


Waypoint files


Airnomads Paragliding Adventures
Address: Calle 7B-40 P3 Apto 304
Tel: + (57) 3127915387
+ (57) 3104535415
E-mail: Info@airnomads.co
Contact person: Luis Fernando Jimenez
Federacion Colombiana De Deportes Aereos
Address: Calle 102 # 50-36, Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Tel: + (57) 1 6918819
+ (57) 3143502270
E-mail: fedeaereos@fedeaereos.org
Contact person: Roberto Martinez Segur



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Challenge from beginning to the end!

We had 5 fine tasks in rather challenging conditions. The greatest difficulties came from airspace restrictions that set a limit to 2300 m. With the take of at about 1750 it was not not an easy start for pilots. Besides the task committee introduced conical type of ESS for all the tasks. Added to weak conditions making Goal became not easy either. At the beginning of the competition we had a number of rainy days and forecast was bad but the famous Roldanillo paragliding weather soon restored. One task was cancelled and one stopped in others we had winners on Goal. The last task was long and we had a fine sunny day. Its results helped us to define the winners as every task we had a new set of leaders. Till last day the three nations showing best results were Colombia, USA and Russia. But at the end Great Britain managed to get the third place.


  1. Julian Andres Carreno Colonia (4)
  2. Gavin McClurg (775)

Overall results


  1. Andrea Jaramillo (37)
  2. Isabella Messenger (153)
  3. Daria Krasnova (123)

Women results


  1. Colombia
  2. USA
  3. Great Britain

Nations results

Tasks and results

Task 1

08 Jan, 2014

79.0 km — Race to goal

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Task 3

11 Jan, 2014

79.3 km — Race to goal

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Task 4

12 Jan, 2014

49.3 km — Race to goal

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Task 5

13 Jan, 2014

91.4 km — Race to goal

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