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Call for Venue Bids: 2005 Team Trials


by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Committee Chair
jpinyerd@usawildwater.com

August 9, 2004 -- Atlanta, GA

Bids are sought from organizing committees to host the 2005 US Wildwater Team Trials, East Coast US Wildwater Junior Team Trials and West Coast Wildwater Junior Team Trials.

US Wildwater Team Trials 2005 will be conducted in order to select a team for the 2005 Pre-World Championship in Wales, and also for the 2005 World Cups held else where in the UK and Ireland. The river on which the Trials is held should make an attempt to reflect the difficulty of the rivers on which each of these races will be held. Trials will consist of a classic and sprint race in either order. Team Trials should be held on or before the weekend of March 19/20 2005 in order to allow time for athletes to organize travel to Europe.

East Coast US Wildwater Junior Team Trials will be conducted to select half of the US Junior Wildwater team for 2005. 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 sprint and 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.

West Coast US Wildwater Junior Team Trials will be conducted to select half of the US Junior Wildwater team for 2005. 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 sprint and 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.

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 that should contain information of:
    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 at time of race
    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

Bids should be submitted in writing via email to the Wildwater Chairman, John Pinyerd ( jpinyerd@usawildwater.com) by September 30th 2004. A decision will be made on the location and date of these races and made public no later than October 31st 2004.

John Pinyerd
USACK - Wildwater Committee Chairman
jpinyerd@usawildwater.com

   

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