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Después de muchos años sin organizar una prueba de XC nos animamos en 2015 con esta aventura para intentar pasar de los 300km desde el sistema central.
Estamos seguros que el sistema Central es el sitio idóneo para superar esa distancia.

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Piedrahíta is a flying site located in the province of Ávila, Castile and León, Spain. It is one of the best place in Europe to make long distance flights.
The flying site is a mixture of mountain and flatland zones.

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How to get here

Piedrahita se encuentra situado en la Nacional 110 (Plasencia-Soria)

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Después de muchos años sin organizar una prueba de XC nos animamos en 2015 con esta aventura para intentar pasar de los 300km desde el sistema central.
Estamos seguros que el sistema Central es el sitio idóneo para superar esa distancia. Por eso hemos diseñado meticulosamente esta prueba para la que utilizaremos 3 posibles despegues: Peñanegra en Piedrahita, El pitolero en Cabezabellosa, Caceres, y Pedro Bernardo en la cara sur de Gredos.
Cada dia y dependiendo de la meteo despegaremos con un solo objetivo, volar en grupo para intentar llegar lo mas lejos posible, en esta competicion no ganara quien llegue antes sino que será el que mas kms sume en toda la semana de vuelo.
Ponemos a disposición de los pilotos una estructura basada en su seguridad y comodidad, para la seguridad contamos con el seguimiento de airtribune.
Cada piloto deberá llevar durante esa semana un smartphone con android para tener un seguimiento activo, no se podrá participar sin este requisito, por lo que estamos seguros que si tienes un terminal con otro sistema operativo y quieres participar en este reto, no tendrás problemas en cambiarlo con un amigo durante una semana.
Respecto a la comodidad, contaremos para las recogidas con furgonetas de 8 plazas que irán avanzando con el grupo y que devolverán a Piedrahita a los que aterricen sin esperar a que todos acaben su vuelo.
Durante la tarde un equipo de expertos estarán pendientes de las previsiones para elegir el mejor despegue para el día siguiente.

Flying site

Piedrahíta is a flying site located in the province of Ávila, Castile and León, Spain. It is one of the best place in Europe to make long distance flights.
The flying site is a mixture of mountain and flatland zones. The area is famous for its convergence, high altitude and easy XC and soaring conditions for both low airtime and expert alike. Flying season April to October – with epic skies in the spring and midsummer. Conditions permitting to fly three times each day. This gives opportunities to those looking to get to grips with their first thermals during the morning and evening flights, as well as to those chasing their XC personal bests during the stronger convective part of the afternoon.
Average cloudbase 3200m. Good thermal conditions with little breeze in the open flatlands, though generally stronger at the pass some 20 km from launch. Base in August is generally above 3,000m, and often in excess of 4,000 m. You need to be in the air by 1.30 pm as the thermal breeze at launch can become very strong by mid-afternoon. Normally reliable thermals start from 11.30 am, later in August. April to October offer good thermal flying and XC potential. May to September for epic cu-filled skies. August tends to be bluer and hotter but reliably flyable.
As for the distances - 200 km flights are already made on every direction from take off and every year we can see even +300 km record flights.
One can get unforgettable experience experience while flying among huge gaggles of migrating storks in July.
Precautions: With strong easterly winds the take-off is sheltered, but winds further out can be strong and turbulent. With a westerly the wind will be stronger at the pass and in the next (Ambles) valley. For both strong east and west winds the safest area to land is in the flatlands near to Piedrahita. The winds increase as you move towards the pass with a westerly, and beyond the Col at Santiago de Collado with an easterly.

Flying site videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSRNSfYynyU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsnSkSrmshA
http://vimeo.com/33908879

Flying site presentation on XCmag: http://www.xcmag.com/2014/02/guide-to-piedrahita-spain/

Take off Peña Negra:
Coordinates: N 40º 25.323′ - W 05º18.037′
Altitude: 1909m..
Orientation: N, NE, NW
A tarmac road to a groomed launch above a town. Easy access of hanggliders. There’s a large car park right next to the rigging area.

More info on take offs - http://www.flypiedrahita.com/flypiedrahita/flyingTakeOffs
Flying maps and useful navigation http://www.flypiedrahita.com/flypiedrahita/flyingMapsAndNav


Waypoints and restricted airspace http://www.flypiedrahita.com/application/assets/downloads/Piedrahita2011turnpointMap.jpg

Hotels and hostels info:
http://www.aytopiedrahita.com/esp/directorio_categoria.asp?seccion=HOSTALES
http://www.aytopiedrahita.com/esp/directorio_categoria.asp?seccion=CASAS+RURALES
http://www.aytopiedrahita.com/esp/servicos_municipales.htm

Organizers

Club Ligacentro
Club Altos Vuelos Piedrahita
Piedrahita
Alfonso Diaz Malagon
Director Competicion

Selection and entry fee

Tendrán prioridad de inscripción los socios del club Ligacentro que son todos los que paguen la temporada completa de la Liga Centro 2015, las demás plazas serán otorgadas mediante invitación por méritos deportivos, el precio de la inscripción son 250€, que se pagaran dos meses antes de la prueba por transferencia bancaria al club Ligacentro, una vez concedida la plaza. El número de cta se enviará a los pilotos por email al confirmar la plaza.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Premio y trofeo para los tres pilotos que sumen mas kilometros durante la semana.
Premio especial y trofeo al piloto que consiga el vuelo mas largo.

General schedule

Sabado 11 de julio: inscripciones, verificaciones tecnicas y briefing general.
Domingo 12 de julio - Sabado 18 de julio: briefing meteo a las 9.00 y subida al despegue.

Daily schedule

08:00 apertura oficina
09:00 Subida al despegue
21:00 comunicacion mediante washapp del despegue y horario del dia siguiente.

Accommodation and Activities

Piedrahita dispone de un gran numero de alojamientos, no dispone de camping pero tiene un albergue municipal en el centro de la localidad.

How to get here

Piedrahita se encuentra situado en la Nacional 110 (Plasencia-Soria)


Piedrahita ES

Plane

The nearest international airport is Madrid (Barajas) which is 200 km away.
You can get to Madrid center from airport by metro. The metro in Madrid is cheap (€3 from the airport) and efficient, and it takes you pretty much everywhere. There is a subway station inside the bus station and it's name is Mendez Alvaro. From the Airport to Mendez Alvaro will take you about 45 minutes. First take line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios. Once there take line 6 to Mendez Alvaro. At the bus station, go upstairs to get your ticket. The ticket office for Cevesa is at the far end of the hall lookng from the cafe area.

Bus

La empresa de autobuses que da servicio a Piedrahita se llama CEVESA.

Desde Madrid:
Estación de Sur de Autobuses. Méndez Álvaro 83. Madrid 28045.
Teléfono: 91 468 42 00.
e-mail: info@estaciondeautobuses.com

Madrid – Piedrahíta
HORARIOS:
De lunes a sábado
Laborables: 8:15 – 16:10
Viernes: 8:30-15:15—16:10*-20:30
* (Del 1 de Julio al 15 de Septiembre)
Domingos: 8:30-20:30

Desde Ávila:
Estación de Autobuses. Avenida de Madrid, 2.
Teléfono:.920 22 01 54
Ávila – Piedrahíta
HORARIOS:
De lunes a sábado
Laborables: 9:45-13:00-17:30
Domingos: 9:45-21:45

Desde Salamanca:
Estación de autobuses. Avenida Filiberto Villalobos, 71.
Teléfono: 923 23 67 17. Take the metro from the airport to La Estacion Sur de Autobuses – the metro stop is called Mendez Alvaro.

You can get to Piedrahita by coach, which leaves the Estacion Sur de Autobuses in Madrid and brings you to Piedrahita in approximately two hours at the cost of €12.66. The bus company is called Cevesa.
The buses run from Madrid at the following times:
Madrid-Piedrahita: Morning: 8:30am every day. Afternoon: 16:10 every day except Sundays, when it leaves in the evening at 20:30 There is an extra one on Fridays at 20:30
The return trip can be made at these times: Piedrahita-Madrid: 8:15, 8:25, 10:40, 16:25 every day except Sundays when they leave at 17:15 and 20:25
http://www.cevesa.es/

Train

Estación de Atocha. Glorieta Carlos V s/n. 91 328 90 20
Estación de Chamartin. Agustín de Foxa, s/n. 91 323 15 15
Otra posibilidad es el tren para llegar a Piedrahíta.
Los trenes parten desde la estación de Chamartín o Atocha, dependiendo del tren que escojamos tardaremos entre una hora o dos. El viaje termina en la estación Renfe de Ávila.
Tendremos que enlazar nuestro viaje con un autobús directo que nos dejará en Piedrahíta.
Informaciones más completas, directamente en la página de RENFE

The closest train station to Piedrahita is Avila. It is still 58 km away, and the only buses are the same as those coming from Madrid, which are better caught there.
A taxi from Avila to Piedrahita costs around €50. There regular trains from Madrid to Avila, almost every hour in the peak times, and prices vary from €6.25 to €16 depending on the speed of the train. There are several stations in Madrid, but the one that links with Avila is Chamartín. Again, there is a metro stop inside the station (also called Chamartín) we have highlighted it on the metro map above.
For trains information see: Renfe - Timetables and Prices http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/horarios.html

Car

Desde Madrid: Autopista A6 Madrid – Ávila.
ITINERARIO:
• A6 - Majadahonda, Las Rozas de Madrid, Villacastin, 110 Km. 1 h. 8 min.
• N-110. Ávila – Plasencia. 60 km hasta Piedrahíta. 40 min.

By car Piedrahita lies on the National highway N-110, some 50km east of Avila. Hitchhiking in central Spain is uncommon and takes time!

Taxi

To get to the bus station you can get a taxi from the airport, but careful not to be overcharged. The ride shouldn't cost much than €30. If you are charged significantly more, ask for a receipt and take the details of the taxi driver, license number, etc.

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12 Jul, 2015

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13 Jul, 2015

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14 Jul, 2015

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15 Jul, 2015

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18 Jul, 2015

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