It’s not only about the flying at the Dolomitenmann. There is some running to be done from the Kühbodentörl to the starting spot after taking over, and on steep, difficult terrain to boot. Only then can the first flight through the Dolomites start. After orbiting a cone, a stopover landing is made on the Moosalm. Here it is important to get your equipment under control, because there is some more running in store for the paragliders – with their parachutes on their shoulders. With the second launch, the flight to the handover to the mountain bikers in the Dolomiten Stadium in Lienz begins.
It's not only the flight that counts
In the handover zone: wait for the mountain runners – Kühbodentörl 2,441 m – after a HANDSHAKE, run with paraglider packed to the starting place. At the time of the handover, helmets and emergency parachutes are already compulsory!
!!! In 2017 there will again be no GPS flight, so carrying such a device is NOT compulsory !!!
First flight: there is a cone that needs to be correctly cleared. This can be found at the coordinates 12°45’24“-46°46’43“. Failing to fly around the cone correctly will result in disqualification and the removal of the participant’s team from the standings. After encircling the cone, continue to fly to Taxermoos.
First landing: The first landing ground of Taxer Moos (1000m) is on a flat mountain meadow with a windsock surrounded by trees, and at the discretion at the pilot, nearby areas can be approached for landing. In strong wind use the lee side! There is no specified landing area but a checkpoint (Red Bull arch) must be crossed on foot. Landing must be before the white line, otherwise disqualification will result.
Ascent to second start with paraglider on shoulder.
Second start: “Ladies’ start” (1,120m) up a smooth climb in a cleared corridor of forest. The start must take place over the marked 1,120 m line, otherwise paragliders can start from the spot of their choice. Hard farmland ground, a 20-30° gradient, and a windsock all mark the starting point. Wind generally comes from the northeast to the southeast. Abandoning the start at any time is possible!
Second flight: after crossing the mountainside, the landing spot at the Dolomiten Stadium in Lienz can be clearly seen.
Second landing: participants land at the Dolomiten Stadium in Lienz
In all cases, half a lap around the stadium needs to be completed along the marked course (with a helmet)! On handing over, the pilot must still have his helmet on – handing over without a helmet will result in disqualification. A white arrow shows the direction of approach, and a cross signals that the landing zone is closed!
From now on, only EN and LTF approved paragliders (up to a maximum of EN D and LTF 2-3) can be flown. The paragliders need to be flown within the permitted weight rules, and every pilot’s weight will be checked just before the start. Paragliders must be in an approved condition (accelerator distance, trim and harness…) Approval of gliders must be completed by 1st of August 2017 with details published on the website of the respective registration office. If the approval is not completed on time and published, then the glider cannot be used for the Dolomitenmann.
Every pilot must ensure that his glider is in its certified condition. Organisers will be particularly aware of any attempt to alter the original trim, accelerator distance or harness to gain an advantage.
Harness: The harness needs to be approved by the LTF and remain in its approved condition (original protector). Approval to EN standards is not sufficient!
Emergency parachutes: A functioning emergency parachute system needs to be taken to and checked in Leisach. The release or rescuing functions must not be hindered or made impossible by changes to the harness.
A declaration must be made by e-mail by 15 August at the latest of which glider you will use. Manufacturer, glider type and size, along with the harness used, must be specified. (Email: info[at]dolomitenmann.com)
Each pilot will confirm that they have valid insurance for the paraglider they are using by signing the registration documents.
As in previous years, a paragliding license (special pilots’ license) must be shown to take part in the event and will be checked upon registration.
Helmet, emergency parachute, paragliding license (previously special pilot license) are compulsory. The submission of a paragliding license (special pilot’s license) is absolutely essential!!! The paragliders’ license (special pilot’s license) will be checked at the race office on Thursday and Friday! After the starter gives a window for flying, each individual start is at the pilot’s discretion. The windsock should provide final guidance. Watch out: High alpine territory! Please wear suitable footwear!
Transport of paragliders: Paragliders will be flown by the organising committee to Kühbodentörl. Those planning to fly on Friday need to hand their gliders in by 9.00 am at the latest at Europaplatz.
On race day, 9th September 2017, the gliders are to be handed in again by 7.00 am at the latest at Europaplatz. Transport will be provided to take participants to Hallebach on both Friday and Saturday.
The participants must then climb around 1½ hours to the actual starting point. There is no possibility of participants taking their own paragliders!
Landing on Moosalm before race day is forbidden by the landowners and could lead to prosecution for trespassing! Out of your own interest, it would be good to respect that.
Training is done at every participant’s own risk. The course is open for inspection only. Help from others is forbidden.