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2011 French Broad River Classique Canoe & Kayak Race

A Two-Day Stage Race

by Chris Hipgrave
USA Wildwater
Committee Vice Chair

March 18, 2011 -- Asheville, NC

2010 saw the inaugural French Broad Classique in Asheville, NC, a two day stage race. It was such a success, that it's back bigger and better on April 23rd and 24th, 2011.

The race is the idea of adventure sports athlete Andy Kluge, an avid paddler of the French Broad: He organized the race as a way to get people out onto one of his favorite sections of the river. "I've been paddling this section of the French Broad for the last six years, and about a year ago I decided to organize this race because I'd been to a lot of other races, I've seen how they are organized, and I thought, 'This section of the French Broad would make a great race,'" Kluge said.

The two-day-long canoe-and-kayak race starts at the French Broad "Blantyre" put-in and goes north through Henderson County to the finish line at "Westfeldt River Park." The first day of the race takes participants through a scenic, 18-mile section of the French Broad that meanders through open forests and farmland north of Asheville. No whitewater but plenty of current. Day two and the French Broad picks up a bit of stream with the first rapids. Todays stage starts at the "Westfeldt River Park" and finishes at "Asheville Outdoor Center," 16 miles later.

Complete details and entry forms at