Following on from last year’s race, held in Gauteng and Limpopo and won by famed climber Alard Hufner, this weekend sees the 2019 Icarus X Race Series visit the Golden Gate National Park for the first time, as paramotorists take to the skies above this incredible landscape.
For those not in the know, paramotoring is effectively flying with a motor tied to your back and a paragliding wing above your head and is growing rapidly as a sport.
The X series was created on the back of the popularity of the Icarus Trophy, the world’s longest paramotor race, and features several shorter-format stand-alone race events across the globe.
Organised by the Adventurists, in partnership with Parajet Africa, this weekend’s race will see participants follow a stunning 350km two-day course. Taking off on Friday the 17th from Bethlehem Aerodrome, pilots will follow a roughly circular route skimming the Lesotho border and flying over the Golden Gate National Park, giving racers unique views of the Maluti Mountains and their wildlife, before finishing at Claren’s Golf Course on Saturday evening.
The event itself is split into two divisions – one for the more experienced pilots who are racing for glory and an Adventure Division for the less seasoned racer who wants to take things at a more ‘leisurely pace’.