Paragliding World Cup Switzerland, 2024 - daily report : Task 4

  • May 10 2024

Breathtaking Views on Task 4

Today marked our first ascent to Grindelwald, greeted by sunshine and clear blue skies. The Task committee seized the opportunity presented by this stunning weather to design a long and scenic task. Spanning 119.6km, the task guided pilots through a small zigzag route over the picturesque “Paragliding Area” around Grindelwald before embarking on a lengthy westward leg to Adelboden, traversing breathtaking terrain.

After reaching the Turnpoint near Adelboden, athletes faced a pivotal moment as they crossed the Thunersee for the first time. The leading group commenced the crossing at approximately 1900m altitude, necessitating a slight drift with the valley breeze, which veered eastward from the Turnpoint.

Conversely, other pilots, such as Task Winner Julien Wirtz alongside Christian Maurer, opted to wait longer to gain sufficient altitude before embarking on a more direct line across the lake. Following the successful Turnpoint tag, the task directed them once again over the lake and then back to Interlaken.

Julien Wirtz clinched victory in this task, followed by Christian Maurer and Antoine Dubois-Mercé. The Women’s Ranking was dominated by Violeta Jimenez, with Jenny O’Neil in second place and Mathilde Chivet in third. Once again, Team Ozone secured the Team win.

This Task was very hard and difficult but really beautiful! It was an incredible tour!“ remarked Violeta Jimenez upon reaching the goal.

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