2015 Paragliding World Cup Superfinal - Valle de Bravo, Mexico — Task 4

Michael Sigel on Task 4:

"When we arrived at the takeoff, the organization promised us that it would be an awesome day. However, cirrus clouds arrived over the area and blocked most of the sunshine. So most pilots were quite surprised when the task committee announced a 107km task (La Mesa, 10km to the volcano, a turnpoint in the northwest, back on the plateau towards the butterflies and west again to hit the time cylinder and the last turnpoint at the takeoff above Valle de Bravo).

Already when we were preparing, the cirrus clouds became dense and the climbs after the start were weak. After the airstart at 3700m all pilots headed for the volcano turnpoint. Because the sky was completely overcast, the field split up into two groups: a big group followed a direct line, while our small group made a detour in the high mountains. Climbs were weak and it looked better for the big group. But after a while, our group did better and we were able to overtake them at 4000m. Now the cirrus had become so dense that sun was invisible. We thought that it was time to go into the final glide. However, we were able to find some weak lift low in the valleys and could take the second turnpoint. While the leading group decided to go off track to find an other thermal, our group decided to go to final glide. In the end we flew further, because the leading group could not find any other thermal. In the end, Adrian Hachen and I finished 200m behind the first pilot."


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