The X-Pyr is a paragliding and hiking competition, inspired by the Red Bull X-Alps, in which a selected number of teams, comprised of one pilot and (minimum) one assistant, will take part. Only one assistant will be the official one for the race.
The objective is to traverse the Pyrenees, from west to east, starting at the Bay of Biscay and finishing by the Mediterranean. The first one to achieve this objective, only by flying a paraglider and on foot, will be the winner.
The organisation will establish a number of compulsory turnpoints of different radius, that the pilots will have to reach. (see section 9.2.)
Every decision about the race will be made by the race committee.
In case of doubt between both language versions of the rules, the English rules are prevalent.
Any questions about the race should be directed to the technical director, Íñigo Redín.
Of all pre-registered teams, only the ones selected by the organisation will be able to take part. Additionally, the organisation may issue up to five wild cards.
The participants will register as a team. The teams must be comprised of one pilot and (minimum) one assistant. The organisation shall only recognise the official assistant. Teams made up of only one member will not be accepted.
All team members have to be highly skilled to take part in the competition.
For the pilot, it is compulsory to have a specific medical certificate for trail running/trekking and paragliding not older than 12 months.
It is compulsory to have a paragliding pilots licence to be able to take part.
Assistants are allowed to fly if they wish, but to do so they must have a paragliding pilots license, as well as suitable experience and equipment. Compliance with these requirements will be assessed by the organisation before the race starts.
Every pilot (and any assistant that wishes to fly during the race) must have third party liability insurance (civil liability), as well as accident and rescue insurance, which will have to cover costs such as medical treatment, hospital use and emergency rescue, including helicopter rescue anywhere along the course. It is the responsibility of the team to ensure that any contingencies are covered by their own insurance policies.
Proof of insurance policies will be verified before the start of the race. They will have to be written either in English or Spanish, or a certified translation must be provided into either of those languages.
NO TEAM WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE COMPETITION WITHOUT THE REQUIRED INSURANCE
2.7 All teams (both pilot and assistant) must sign a disclaimer provided by the organisation as well as an agreement to the use, publishing or reproduction of their names and image.
2.8 Teams must be self-sufficient during the competition. This includes food provisioning and every other need they have except for the materials and support provided by the organisation for the race.
It is compulsory to have paid the registration fee before the deadline indicated by the organisation.
In case of withdrawal from the race after the 01/04/2022, the organisation will not refund the amount of the registration fee except if the team provides sufficient evidence for the reasons for the withdrawal.
24-25th June 2022: Registration of the teams. Equipment tests and verifications. Photos, videos and interviews with the teams. Briefing.
26th June 2022: Official start of the race: 10am
4.3 End of the race. A team will finish the race when it reaches the goal located at El Port de la Selva. The rest of the teams will have up until 21:00 2nd July at 21:00 to reach the goal.
Individual timing will be stopped when reaching the Santa Helena de Rodes turnpoint (B7).
There will be a deadline to finish the race (July, 2nd, 21:00h). This deadline will not be extended under any circumstances.
If no teams have finished the race by then, they will score according to their positions at that date and time.
All participants are kindly requested to attend the final prize giving ceremony. It will be held on July 3rd at noon.
A team is made up by 2 participants: one pilot and one offical assistant. Each pilot can choose his/her own assistant during registration. The assistant can’t be replaced while the race is still on, unless the organisation authorises it, or due to unforeseen circumstances.
During the race the pilot must fly or walk carrying a minimum amount of equipment (see section 7). Any other means of transport is strictly forbidden. Non-compliance with this rule will mean immediate disqualification.
The pilot must fly in aerological conditions suitable to their level of skill and experience as well as their level of fatigue. They are responsible for their decisions, and undertake not to expose themselves to any physical danger.
During the obligatory rest break between 21:00h and 7:00h each night, the pilot will not be able to move any further than a 150m radius, with center at the last position registered when the rest break began. Failing to comply with this rule could mean a minimum penalty of 12 hours.
An exception to this rule is when the pilot has reached Waypoint TP8, Santa Helena de Rodes.
The assistant will be able to use any means of transport, but will not be able to fly anywhere near his/her team mate.
Team flying is absolutely forbidden. This is defined as receiving any help from other pilots (from outside the competition or from the assistant) in the air or flying together with the official team pilot during long periods of time and beyond the take off area. If there is sufficient proof regarding this issue, the team will be expelled from the race.
The team is responsible for the battery recharge of their live-tracking devices. The loss of tracking signal due to empty batteries will mean a time penalty.
The assistant must be contactable by phone or other means 24 hours a day.
All teams must show willingness and respect towards the media (the competition’s own or external), trying to facilitate their work as much as possible, for the sake of the race’s promotion.
Every team must upload daily updates to the web or social networks related to the race. They can do this by blog, Telegram, video, photos, SMS, voice recording, etc. Regarding the official blog, it is mandatory to make at least one post every 48 hours. The organisation will arrange with the teams a meeting point during the race, in order to pick up visual materials.
Failing to comply with this rule can result in a penalty of up to 3h.
The organization will arrange with the teams a meeting point during the race, in order to obtain graphic material.
In addition, teams must to a weekly update about their activities from, at least, one month before the start of the race (i.e. from the 26th of May). These updates will be made by a channel specified by the organisation.
Every team must be prepared to have regular checks along the race. During these compulsory and random checks, all the team’s equipment and transportation can be verified.
Team members can be asked to undergo a drug test. If they refuse, or the test is positive, they will be instantly disqualified from the race, and the person who has broken this rule will be banned from participating in the next editions of the X-Pyr.
The organisation will be able to check for prohibited substances included in the list by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA), available for reference at: www.wada-ama.org
The minimum penalty for breaking any of the competition’s rules will be 3 hours.
Any pilot or team will be able to quit the race any time, by informing the organisation.
The organisation can change any rule before the race starts, in which case the competitors will be notified, prior to the implementation of the new rule.
Pilots with a penalty will have to add that to the obligatory resting time. Non-compliance with this rule will mean immediate disqualification. If a team reaches goal before the next rest break, the penalty time will be added to the goal time.
The organisers may call for withdrawal or, as a last resort, disqualify a team at any time if the organisers consider that the safety of the team is at risk.
If the equipment provided by the organisation is lost or stolen, the team shall pay for its replacement.
The race can only be cancelled by the organisation.
All pilots must respect the Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Any pilot who doesn’t comply with these rules will be legally liable for the consequences of those actions.
If there is enough evidence of a pilot flying into cloud, he/she will be penalised. The type of penalty applied will be decided by the organisation.
Flying into or over forbidden areas will carry a penalty that could range between 24 hours to immediate disqualification.
The flying altitude is verified with the live tracking system. If the organisation needs to check a backup track to confirm the altitude rule violation, GPS height will be used.
The flight track will be verified with the GPS track log. The exact location of the prohibited areas will be published before the start of the race. The organisation will provide information about forbidden areas to all teams.
Team flying is absolutely forbidden. Team flying is defined as help given in flight by other pilots (the assistant or external pilots to the competition) to the official pilot of the race, during long periods of flight away from the area of the take-off.
In case of sufficient evidence of team flying, the pilot will be disqualified from the race.
The X-Pyr is a cross country flying race, therefore, for the pilot, the use of paragliders with 16m2 or less (speed gliding) is prohibited. Its is also prohibited to fly with paragliders which have a wing load higher than 6 kg/m2, and tandem gliders.
All pilot’s flying equipment must be certified and must comply with the latest version of the following certification standards (any of them):
Both the pilot, and any assistant that wishes to fly, have to provide documents that prove the certification of all the equipment they are planning to use. The full equipment list must be supplied at the very latest two weeks before the start of the race.
The pilot should always walk/fly with the following basic equipment.
Every pilot will carry one device for the GPS tracking (mobile and satellite phone based tracker, provided by the organisation). The teams are responsible for the operation and care of that equipment. The organisation may request a deposit for those trackers. This will be the main device for the tracking of the pilot and the verification of their track.
The assistant will also carry a tracker device, which must be functional at all times during the race.
As well as the live-tracking GPS, every pilot must carry his/her own GPS to record the track. Each team will be responsible of their own tracks.
The track will be used to validate the flight/hike if it conforms to the following requirements:
Any pilot that fails to carry the basic equipment at all times, will be disqualified.
The basic equipment cannot be modified during the course of the race unless all the equipment or part of it is damaged or gets stolen. Any change of equipment must be notified and approved by the organisation. Failure to comply with this rule will incur a 24 hour time penalty.
The organisation will check all the teams’ equipment before the start of the race. As a reminder, they can never exceed their glider and emergency parachute’s weight limit.
It is compulsory to wear reflective clothing at night time.
The teams will appear wearing the official clothing in all photos, videos or any appearance on TV or in magazines.
At all times when possible, the official competition t-shirt or Lycra top must be worn over the other pieces of clothing when flying. Pilots can place their own sponsor logos on the t-shirt/Lycra top sleeves, whilst always making sure that the competition official sponsorship logos are perfectly clear and visible.
The helmet must show the competition logo. The organisation will provide stickers for that.
Each team will choose its own route but the official turn points given by the organisation must be reached in the right the order described in section 9.2. This can be achieved either by flying or walking, except those which are specifically requested to be made on foot.
The obligatory turnpoints are:
The organisation will provide the teams with the exact coordinates of the turnpoints.
Pilots are not allowed to walk on motorways and dual carriageways, or through tunnels connecting valleys.
The live tracking device sends information to the internet where the pilot’s location can be seen in real time. This track is used as verification of the pilot’s route.
The organisation can ask the pilot for their backup track any time.
The backup track must have a minimum interval of 1 second between points if flying or 5 seconds if walking.
A track will be considered valid if it fulfills these conditions:
Infringement of airspace/prohibited areas
Any team that fails to comply with the rules about route verification could be subject to penalties defined by the organisation.
Each team is advised to practise with their tracklog systems, to use them and test them so they can foresee possible problems during the race.
All tracks must be saved in a format compatible with the organisation’s instruments and take into account that they must record not only when flying but also on the ground.
All GPS backup tracks must have the WGS 84 Datum on.
As soon as the race is over, the competitors will get their final positions according to the time* they take to reach the goal or the distance (in km**) that they have left to the final goal.
*Time will be taken from the start in Hondarribia to the arrival at turnpoint B8 – Santa Helena de Rodes
**Distance in km: refers to the shortest distance of pilot’s position in relation to the goal and passing through the turnpoints (the radius) which weren’t reached. A pilot who has reached a greater number of turnpoints will have a better position than another one who hasn’t, even if the latter is closer to goal.
Every team has to be able to submit a completed track log.
Routes will be evaluated on a daily basis, based on the online track. If it can be seen that the online track breaks any of the rules, the team must be able to send the backup track to the organisation within 12 hours from the moment the track is requested.
If there is any kind of irregularity on the pilot’s online track, it will be communicated to the team.