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2010 Piedrahita XC-Open

Competition Results  
pdfOverall BELLEMIN, Maxime (Niviuk Icepeak 4) FRA
  MULLER, Martin (Gin Boomerang 7) CHE
  TOMASSI, Paul (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE
pdfWomen MUYS, Lydia (Swing Mistral 6) DEU
pdfSerial Class CAMPICHE, Simon (Advance Omega 8) CHE
pdfSport Class DAVIS, Andrew (Nova Factor) GBR
pdfFun Class ROTHE, Tim (Skywalk Chili 2) DEU

Saturday 04-SEP-2010    

Update 10:29 
The forecast today looks stunning: West wind with a little South in it and cloudbase should be over 3000m. Unfortunately there are some high Cirrus clouds this morning which could slow things down.

Today we must finish at 18:00, earlier than usual as it is the final day. I bet there will be some big distances all the same.

SMS Update 12:26
early clouds looks good. Distance along axis to a6 with 1 turnpoint with thermal wind on launch. Launch open 12:35

Update 18:10
Stavel, our scorer wrote, The day is amazing! The best day for the whole comp, +6 m/s, 3300 cloudbase... So we expect a late arrival back to HQ for some pilots, as they had a really good flight on last day. They report their position just now from Segovia and further. 

Update 22:01
An amazing day. The forecast was correct. The high Cirrus cleared and everyone went downwind.

Launch had some strong gusts relatively early but some very calm periods too. The window opened early at 12:35 and Paul Tomassi was straight off, into a climb and gone. He got 161km and is the longest so far, but there are a few still to come in. The reason for the flight along the axis was to keep everyone on the main highway to get the tracks in before tomorrow... it should happen!

Climbs from launch were a little slow but got to around 2500m. A long glide East to the pass and the 1-3m/s climbs took you to 3000m-3300m, with the Westerly wind comfortably drifting you over. A long transition to the hills to the North of the road with the clouds lining up, then a good 3-5m/s to base at 3400m. Although the convergence is talked about a lot it, appears in many forms. Today it was like a line of cumulus with smaller clouds either side. Some big climbs and some equally big sink. By Avila the route became less obvious and the gaggles went in various directions. Those that stayed together helped each other, those that went alone did so at risk. The clouds were a long way apart earlier, but by 17:00 the sky was looking just great. It looks like half the field were still flying at 17:30 and quite a few flying to the 18:00 deadline.

This was one of those classic Piedrahita days that should not be missed.

Now we shall wait for the results

1) CAMPICHE, Simon (Advance Omega 8) CHE 124,6km
2) KRICK, Joachim (Advance Omega 8) DEU 101,8km
3) DAVIES, Andrew (Nova Factor) GBR 94,7km

 

some last words:

Saturday night bought some surprises. Over 20 pilots saw themselves penalised for airspace infringements. It was quite a surprise to most and I'm sure no-one did it on purpose. Some flew above the 3000m limit, which it was quite easy to do if you weren't on your toes. Most of the infringements were those who flew South of the Southern limit. on the day Simon Campiche on his Omega 8 won with 124km.

Maxime Bellemin (Niviuk Icepeak 4) is the clear winner of the XC-Open Piedrahita 2010, and the whole series, that boy flies well. All of the results are at the top of this page. 7 days out of 8, Piedrahita proved how flyable a place it is. Conditions weren't always classic, but a good mix of pilots proved that when they want to they can go beyond the proven routes and stretch the imagine. It was a pleasure flying with everyone and I hope to meet you all in the near future.

 
Friday 03-SEP-2010    

Update 10:03
Another totally sunny morning with not a cloud in sight.
We are still waiting for a few tracks from yesterday before the results come out. It looks like around 170km is the best distance, South of Placencia somewhere. Martin Muller, Reynald  Mumenthaler, Maxime Bellemin and Paul Tomassi are all out there. Base at the end of the day was around 2800m so well done to everyone.

Today looks like an interesting day. Very light wind predicted for Piedrahita and very few clouds. A fairly good base too... all according to XCSkies.com. If anything it looks like a North wind again, but with some West in it early and some East in it later. Probably it will be Northerly at Avila. Should be interesting.

SMS Update 12:37
Same open distance task with a little wind on launch. Launch open 12:50. Little clouds forming. Looks good.

Update 21:34
When the launch opened only Paul Tomassi was willing to go. He made it look easy to go up, so a few more launched, then a steady stream. The first hour or so was very light, and the inversion stopped the thermals at 2200m. The inversion didn't really break until after 16:00, but some got high over the pass before that, cracking through the 3000m barrier, some to 3400m. There were lots of routes taken today; some (maybe only one Tobias SWE) over the pass, half way to Avila then back to El Barco, then back over the pass. Some went back and forward along the ridge waiting for the inversion to break. At least one French man went close to Placencia and back.

Later in the day in the Avila valley there were small cumulus marking the climbs that went to around 3400m. Most of the clouds were on the South side of the Valley, suggesting some kind of mellow convergence. Some flew beyond Avila and were met with the same light  North wind that wasn't too troublesome, but no clouds and a 3000m airspace ceiling.

It looked like there were still around 20 flying at the land-by time, but with it being North wind the distances may not be as big as yesterday. The best we've got so far is about 130km, we'll have to wait until later.

Update next day Saturday 04-Sep-2010 10:46
Still we wait for some pilots to bring the GPS to be able to score the task.

1) MULLER, Martin (Gin Boomerang 7) CHE 176,8km
2) RIBONI, Philippe (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE 135,7km
3) MUMENTHALER, Reynald (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE 135,2km

 

 
Thursday 02-SEP-2010    

Update 10:32
Its a bright sunny day with no clouds, would you believe that after the amount of rain yesterday?

The forecast for today is winds from the North (maybe a little East in it low down) getting stronger up high. Probably a slow start because of the wetness, and probably some cloud later in the day. There is no forecast of rain from now on.

We have had 4 tasks now and one rest day. If we have any more tasks, no doubt we will, then only the top 4 tasks in the competition score. So those of us with really bad days can try to climb the rankings, while those with good scores must do well to improve them.
Maxime Bellemin (France, 3428) is currently winning and has a 516 points task to drop. Magnus Oesterberg is second (Sweden, 2634) and has 426 to drop, while Paul Tomassi (Swiss, 2632) is third with202 to drop. It is very difficult to predict, but in effect you have no choice but to do as best you can.
Serial class is very tight at the top with Oddvar Kvalsvik (Norway, 2441) currently in the lead.
Sports class has 3 main contenders at the moment with Christoph Bessei (Germany, 2429) winning.
Fun class is very tight at the top with 1 point separating Tim Rothe and Dominic Schaertl (961) both from Germany.
Finally in the Women Petra Zellweger (Swiss, 896) is leading the show.
Remember all of these could start changing as the drop tasks come in.... big days count big!

The 2010 season overall results are available on left menu. For the whole season half of the tasks (rounded up) count for the overall placings. It is very tight here too, Klaus-Guenter Eberle on his Aircross U Sport is the current leader. He is flying well here in Piedrahita but there are some hot pilots on his tail.

SMS Update 12:46
some low wet clouds looks good. Same open distance task with some wind on launch. Launch open 12:45

Update 18:34
A quick update, with one hour to run in today's task. There are 20 people still to check in and some will be going strong. Paul Tomassi is flying to the East of Placencia at the moment. Cloudbase was not so high today, but is rising all the time. We had clouds for the first time today and they do help. Some weak climbs to start the day with a few bombing quite early but may have re-launched. The clouds in the valley were indicating some smooth climbs to about 2200m. Quite a few went East to the Corals to start the day and a few stayed in the Piedrahita valley. Those that got further West and could then go south with the wind should do well. The North wind played its part again, but hopefully will turn West tomorrow.

1) MULLER, Martin (Gin Boomerang 7) CHE 171,6km
2) BELLEMIN, Maxime (Niviuk Icepeak 4) FRA 168,4km
3) MUMENTHALER, Reynald (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE  166,4km 

 

 
Wednesday 01-SEP-2010    

Update 10:23
Thunderstorms and rain last night and its pretty cloudy and damp at the moment.

Yesterday's best (so far, 2 tracks still missing) was Reynald Mumenthaler (Ozone Mantra R10) around 128km and a good job by Andy Davies on his EN-C Nova Factor doing just over 100km.

Most went over the Villatoro pass and headed to Avila, though some to the North and some to the South of the main road. I've heard many say that judging the wind direction was difficult. There was some convergence in the Valle de Ambles beyond the pass, helping pilots up to over 3400m. Those who kept heading beyond Avila got stuck with headwind and couldn't push too far.

Reynald and Andy (and others of course) came back from Avila towards Piedrahita. Reynald stayed on the Avila side of the pass while Andy actually decided to come back to Piedrahita.

The forecast today at. Sept. 01 is 75% chance of rain and thunderstorms, but the wind strength and direction look great for going to Segovia. I will be surprised if we go up, but Steve Ham has a good feel for this place and will have the final say.

Update 11:36
no task today due to bad weather.

 

Thuesday 31-AUG-2010    

Update 10:21
It is Tuesday morning and the sun is shining as usual.
Yesterday there was a slight problem with the scoring computer, so the results are a little late. As far as I know the best distance is around 175km from Maxime Bellemin closely followed by Paul Tomassi. They were flying together down past Placencia heading for Portugal. 3600m again with no clouds, but many vultures.
The forecast for today is a bit confused, but looks like it could be winds from the South down low to the West up high. If that is correct and we get good climbs then we'll have another good day. At the moment there is no wind on the take off but there is some cirrus around. We can hope.

SMS Update 12:41
high clouds looks tricky. Same open distance task with a little wind on launch. Launch open 12:55

Update 16:52
High cloud and lack of thermals were the reasons for no one launching as the window opened. A couple of wind dummies went, but still no-one really wanted to go. By around 13:20 there started to be a stream of tryers and no one really struggled to stay up. The thermals were weak but well formed, with not a lot of wind. Small gaggles formed and were generally drifted East towards the Pass. Along the ridge 2300m was attainable and some, with patience, got a lot higher. The pass took quite a few souls as usual, as areas of shade slowed things down.
Half the pilots are down at the moment, but there are some beyond Avila and still going. Klaus Guenter reported 3300m above the pass so we must see if the base keeps rising or if the clouds close down the day.

1) MUMENTHALER, Reynald (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE 127,8km
2) DAVIES, Andrew (Nova Factor) GBR 103,7km
3) RIBONI, Philippe (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE  102,0km

 

 
Monday 30-AUG-2010    

Update 10:34
Its another sunny day, with what looks like a very similar wind to yesterday.

Some stories from yesterday: Maxime flew East to the Corals, West to El Barco, East to the Corals and West to Placencia. He had a convergence (without clouds) before Placencia and glided for some distance maintaining 3000m. Francis, one of the French pilots, went down to Avila and then flew South, while others in his team went toward Placencia (the opposite direction to Avila) before going South. Another in their bus just went straight South. They all got retrieved and were back in Piedrahita by midnight. 3600m heights were being reported later in the day.We still don't know the best distance, but it looks like Paul Tomassi (Ozone Mantra R10) with 156km.

SMS Update 12:25
no clouds again. Same open distance task with a little wind on launch. Launch open 12:40.

Update 15:48
Steve Ham's briefing on launch was mainly about the possible N-NE wind at altitude. For this reason he thought the launch would blow out quickly so would be opening at 12:40 and closing at 14:00. Land by time is 19:30 as usual. Even though there was a breeze on launch no one was very keen to go, so I launched and landed quite shortly afterwards.
There were at least 20 pilots going East over the corals and though it looked slow they were getting high. At least one group has gone over the pass and is heading towards Avila I think. Some others are doing the ridge run back towards El Barco and are probably looking to go South from there, over the Gredos range and into the flats. We will see where they go...

Update 16:25
There are about 20 pilots down now which means at least 40 still flying. Yesterday's winner Paul Tomassi is approaching Placencia...
Thomas Blatter's still flying as well (tracking with SPOT) On his Swing Astral 6 he is just about at the cherry tree valley. The entrance to the valley is known as the end of the world... as you reach the pass it drops away steeply and you are advised to continue with lots of height.

 
1) BELLEMIN, Maxime (Niviuk Icepeak 4) FRA 175,9km
2) TOMASSI, Paul (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE 170,9km
2) OESTERBERG, Magnus (Up Edge) SWE 166,6km

 

 
Sunday 29-AUG-2010    

Update 09:43
Its a sunny morning with the forecast similar to yesterday. We are hoping for a slightly hotter day and better formed thermals... we shall see.
The best distance yesterday was Maxime Bellemin on hise Niviuk Icepeak 3 flying 118km. In the end some did fly West towards Placencia, whilst others stayed local making full use of the three optimising waypoints. Today is a new day, good luck everyone.

Update 16:45
The weatherman was saying a hotter day with the wind moving from the NW to NE through the day. Anyone whose flown here will know that that's not ideal.
The thermals on launch started slightly earlier today. The window opened at 12:55 but again there was no mad rush to launch. By about 13:15 things started to happen, as pilots flew to the house thermal to the left of launch, and got just above launch height quite quickly.
The groups of pilots trickled off mainly to the East again, and were greeted with better thermals than yesterday. 2500m was reachable quite early on, but the wind (mainly from the North) is the main player for today's tactics. Its a blue day, just like yesterday, so there are no clouds to give any clues about the thermals. There are, though, many vultures around and they can be very helpful.
Its now 16:30 and I am one of about ten pilots on the ground, which means there will be some better distances today I think. I imagine there will be flights up and down the Piedrahita valley, and some flying off West to Placencia. It wouldn't surprise me if we get some pilots going off to the East too, but only time will tell.

Update 20:45
107km is the best download so far but only half the pilots are in. Some were flying until the 19:30 deadline , so there will be some big ones.


1) TOMASSI, Paul (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE 155,9km
2) RIBONI, Philippe (Ozone Mantra R10.2) CHE 149,5km
3) BELLEMIN, Maxime (Niviuk Icepeak 4) FRA 142,2km

 

 
Saturday 28-AUG-2010    

 

LIVE SMS Report August 28th, 2010 09:12
blue sky and sunny. We are going up the hill and hopeful for a good day. Mg.

Update 16:34
The competition has started with quite a tricky day.
The forecast was for light winds, around 10km/h from the NE. The expected base was not high and a light inversion too, just to make it fun.
We arrived on launch for a 12-12:30 weather briefing and launch opened at 13:00. The wind was light and no one was willing to go first. That changed after 15 minutes and some brave souls took to the air, to find that it was light. Broken and small thermals though not much wind. After a lot of mincing (not going anywhere) a few leaders got above hill height and pushed East-wards towards the pass. I think most people had the plan to add distance by going East (actually slightly North of East) then West (actually slightly South of West). The thermals remained fickle (broken) for about an hour and the wind seemed to be more from the North. Where to go? Most people I saw went East near Villafranca then headed West towards El Barco de Avila. Some thermals were quite big, some were definitely not. I think there was a convergence over the main road making it quite buoyant, but then at El Barco (about 25kms from launch) the thermals stopped. I tried to head back to Piedrahita, which was probably the best decision, but too late, so landed very shortly after.
You can see the live SMS signout here . Its 16:30 now and many pilots are down. A difficult day, lets see how the best pilots do.

Mark  

1) BELLEMIN, Maxime (Niviuk Icepeak 3) FRA 118,8km
2) VERONESI, Luca (Ozone Mantra R10.2) ITA 104,7km
3) OESTERBERG, Magnus (Up Edge) SWE 94,9km

Tip: follow Maxime Bellemin (foto on right) on his blog in french langage. 

 

 

A short description of the flying area
The small market town of Piedrahita is situated at 1000m MSL 185 km from Madrid international airport, about 2 hrs. driving time.
The main take off Pena Negra at 1900m faces NW and is reached by a good asphalt road. Pena Negra can be used in 95% of the flying days. The first thermals are working around 11am in the valley. Piedrahita is an ideal place to reach the convergence line which sets up in centre of the Spanish peninsula in front of the Sierras (see map below). It can extend for more than 300km with cloud bases above 4000m.
The main flying route takes you to the historic town of Avila and further on along the N110 highway.
Site records have been flown by Steve Ham 244km on 04 July 2004 and 280km by Patrice Quillet on 15 August 2004.
New Piedrahita site record flown by Thomas Puthod 312km on July 29 2010 - congratulations Thomas!
Another Piedrahita Special is the flying with storks in the same thermal - amazing pilots these guys.

What all is included in the entry fee for the Piedrahita XC-Open

* A welcome and safety briefing
* A welcome party
* A competition T-Shirt
* A map of the competition area
* An emergency doctor and an ambulance at take off
* A prize giving party
* Trophies for the winners in Open Class, Serial Class, Sports Class, Fun Class and for Women
* All scoring, FAI fees for cat.2
* Daily reports on the website
* Safety team (in the air and on the ground as well as in the HQ) equipped with multiple radio stations
* SMS messaging service to all pilots and drivers
* Daily weather and task briefings by Steve Ham, the best expert for the area
* Free WLAN at the head quarter

Accomodation contacts

Fly Piedrahita Steve Ham

Steve offers a complete package for the XC-Open including: Airport collection and return
Breakfast and accomodation and three evening meals
Retrieve along the specified route of the day Price is 450 Euros

05500 - Piedrahíta (Avila)
Teléfono: 920 360550
Móvil: 639 133452
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Hotels and Youth Hostel in Piedrahita
Hotel Gran Duque
Pastelería,17
05500 - Piedrahíta (Avila)
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Fax: 920 360 085
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Hotel La Casona
Las Pilillas 28
05500 - Piedrahíta (Avila)
Teléfono: 920 360 362 
Hostal Goya
Pastelería 8
05500 - Piedrahíta (Avila)
Teléfono: 920 360 720
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Residencia Gabriel y Galan
Plaza Nueva de la Villa
Teléfono: 920 360 212 / 920 360 001 Price 10 Euro per person including breakfast youth hostel style accomodation with rooms with 6 or 8 bunk beds
Hostal Jesús
Camargo,16
05500 - Piedrahíta (Avila)
Teléfono: 920 360 848
 
 
Rural Houses to rent
Casa Rural El Arroyo
Serranillos s/n
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05500 - Piedrahíta (Avila)
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Casa Sixto
Tejedores,30
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El Zapatero de Sexifirmo
Tejedores,4
05500 - Piedrahíta (Avila)
Teléfono: 920 360 200
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Casa Rural El Puente de las Azucenas
05500 - Pesquera. Piedrahíta (Avila)
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Casa Rural La Bellota
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