April 28, 2002

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

The Wildwater Racing season is in full swing, with the successful conclusion of the U.S. Team Trials and the eastern selections for the U.S. Junior Team.

Now we turn our focus to the Western Junior Team Trials on Colorado's Crystal River. Eastern U.S. Junior Athletes, like the Nantahala Racing Club's Tyler Dyer, who just missed making the first two spots at the Youhiogheny, will now travel our west to face a competitive field for the final two slots available in each class. We wish juniors like Tyler the best as they face off for the opportunity to compete on the treacherous Tryweryn in Bala, Wales.

In this issue, we also cover the BCU's efforts to include Masters-level events at the Junior Worlds and the Cheat Wildwater Weekend, one of the U.S.'s most challenging two days of downriver.

Race hard!

Michael Beavers

In this issue:

2002 Junior Worlds to Include Masters Race
U.S. organizer actively recruits retirees to share experience with young athletes at the Bala Junior World Championships

2002 Cheat Canyon Race Will Kick Off Intense Wildwater Weekend

Top American Wildwater Racers Selected for Worlds, World Cups
The final field report from Chris Hipgrave on the 2002 USACK Wildwater Team Selections