2016 Paragliding World Cup - Gemona Italy - Task 1

da Vinci Day

One might be forgiven for thinking the world cup curse had befallen the Gemona del Friuli world cup in Italy after two days of rain. It is never a good thing to start this way. The entire field was crowded under the gazebo tents provided by the organisors as they cowered from the torrential rain on launch yesterday. Even worse, it is almost intolerable for any self-respecting world cup pilot to suffer the insult of descending any mountain by any means other than a paraglider making the drive down the mountain a sombre one.

A couple of our team members, Tim and Chrigel, managed to escape the mountain by air as they grabbed a moment in-between showers dodging the precipitous cumulus along the way to the landing field.

It was a terribly good thing therefore, that Tuesday dawned clear and fresh with rumours of a 'big' task. The weather gods were summarily forgiven as the day delivered sublime conditions suited to a serious tactical race course of almost ninety kilometers. A mixture of mountain ridge rush, cautious valley crossings, and flat-land foraging saw more than half the field in goal. The first thirty were separated by less than ten minutes after three hours. The Gin team was well represented in the lead group with Chrigel spearheading the attack finsishing in the top five followed closely by Yoann, Marc, Michi, Urs, Aaron, Joze, Torsten and Andre.

It is always a pleasure to visit Italy and Gemona is no exception – Italian hospitality is second to none. The scenery is world-class and so was the flying today!

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