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Call for Venue Bids: 2004 Team Trials and National Championships


by Chris Norbury
USAWildwater K-1,
U.S. Wildwater Committee Chairman

August 14, 2003

Bids are sought from organizing committees to host the US Wildwater Team Trials 2004, US Wildwater Nationals 2004, East Coast US Wildwater Junior Team Trials and West Coast Wildwater Junior Team Trials. In 2003, due to the extenuating circumstances of hosting the World Cup on the Kern River, Senior Team Trials, Nationals and West Coast Junior Team Trials were combined. This will not be the case in 2004.

US Wildwater Team Trials 2004 will be conducted in order to select a team for the 2004 World Championship in Garmisch, and also for the 2004 World Cup to be held in Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The river on which the Trials should be held should accurately reflect the difficulty of the rivers on which each of these races will be held. Trials should consist of either two classic length races, or a combination of a classic and sprint race, with the classic race being held on the first day. Where two separate classic races are held they must be held on 2 different courses. However, the courses should be in close proximity to allow training on both, and should be of similar length and difficulty. Trials should be held on or before the second weekend of April in order to allow time for athletes to organize travel to Europe.

US Wildwater Nationals 2004 will be conducted in order to name US National Champions. The location in which Nationals should be held should allow for the maximal participation in the event by wildwater paddlers. Nationals will consist of a combination of a classic and a sprint race. Nationals should be held during school and University holidays in order to maximize participation.

East Coast US Wildwater Junior Team Trials will be conducted to select half of the US Junior Wildwater team for 2004. The location at which Trials is held should reflect the geographic distribution of junior wildwater paddlers in the Eastern US, and the race should be held on a river that, while reflecting the nature of the river on which the World Championship will be held, will also not intimidate junior paddlers. Trials will consist of a single classic length race. If Senior Team Trials are to be held in the Eastern US there is a provision that Senior and Junior Team Trials may be combined, with the juniors racing for a singe day. Trials should be held on or before the second weekend of May in order to allow time for athletes to organize travel to Europe.

West Coast US Wildwater Junior Team Trials will be conducted to select half of the US Junior Wildwater team for 2004. The location at which Trials is held should reflect the geographic distribution of junior wildwater paddlers in the Western US, and the race should be held on a river that, while reflecting the nature of the river on which the World Championship will be held, will also not intimidate junior paddlers. Trials will consist of a single classic length race. If Senior Team Trials are to be held in the Western US there is a provision that Senior and Junior Team Trials may be combined, with the juniors racing for a singe day. Trials should be held on or before the second weekend of May in order to allow time for athletes to organize travel to Europe.

Bid sites should respond with the following information:

  • Name of race organizer (including details of races organized in the past)
  • Name of River;
  • Location of nearest town and distance from the river for lodging and race meetings;
  • Nearest major airport.

Description of the river with the following information:

  1. average flow and rating of rapids,
  2. water control (dam or natural flow),
  3. accessibility (user fees or special access required),
  4. length of course(s),
  5. details of river shuttle
  6. river traffic (Commercial rafting and/or playboaters)
  7. amount of water time for practice
  8. Average weather in April or early May.
  9. Description of other wildwater or downriver race normally held on this section of river.
  10. Number of paddlers regularly racing wildwater in the area and an anticipated turnout from these paddlers.
  11. any other information that may relate the Team Trials event. (Is the trials to be part of another regular local event, or is there other event activities information that you would like us to consider?).

The responsibilities of an organizer for Team Trials will be;

  • Preparation and distribution of entry forms
  • Organization of a pre-race meeting
  • Organization of Boat control
  • Provision of reliable start and finish timers, and posting of results each day
  • Provision of safety cover in sections of the river where self rescue may be difficult
  • Organization of a post race meeting to announce results and have team members meet to do paperwork.
  • Organization of press coverage to showcase the premier wildwater racing event in the USA.

To improve exposure of Wildwater racing and to encourage additional participants in the national championships from boaters in other disciplines, a preference will be toward having Wildwater National Championships combined with other events or festivals.

Bids should be submitted in writing (or via email) to Chris Hipgrave (hipgrave@earthlink.net) by October 1st 2003. A decision will be made on the location and date of these races by November 1st.


Chris Norbury is Chairman of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and an active race and training camp organizer living in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Reach him at ccn1@psu.edu.

   

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