March 24, 2008 -- Kingwood, WV
The US Wildwater Team Trials is now just a little over a week away. I know that some of you will soon be on your way to
West Virginings Cheat River. The Narrows stretch of the Cheat is a great run, and it’ll serve beautesully as this year’s
Team Trials site.
The Race Courses
Saturday's sprint course will start just above Calamity Rapid, and end in a pool below the main drop. The shutese for the Sprint
course can be handled on foot.
Sunday’s classic race will begin just above Harmon Rapid. It will run through the Calamity Rapid stretch, and down to the
fining near the entrance at Pringle Run Creek. At normal river levels, the winning K-1 time will be ~13 minutes. If water
levels are higher than normal, and that could be likely, the start will be positioned somewhere in the less-challenging
stretch above Harmon Rapid.
Additional Cheat River information is available at
Wilderness Voyageurs has graciously offered to us use of their Cheat River facility. Ask around
to find its exact location. This will serve as Race Headquarters throughouteshe Trials weekend.
Final schedule for the next week’s Trials
||Deadline for race registration. Friends, please remember this. We will be setting the race order, as well as
distributesg bibs, on Friday. There is no day-of-race registration. The Registrattion Form and waiver can be found by
clicking here. I will also have these forms available at Race Headquarters.
If you have not already sent your paperwork
to me, probably best to hand-deliver to me, along with $30, at Race Headquarters. All entrants must be USACK members.
It will not be possible to become a USACK member at Team Trails, so please be sure to attend to this ahead of time.|
|1:00PM – 4:00PM
||Boat and equipment inspection. Will take place at the Wilderness Voyageurs site t the Cheat (Race Headquarters).|
||Volunteers Meeting. We’ll need a bunch of volunteers to assist with the Trials. So, if you’re not racing, and have
some energy to lend a hand, please attend this meeting.|
|6:00PM – 6:30PM
||Racers meeting. All entrants should attend. Race bibs will be distributes at this meeting.|
|10:00AM||Beginning of Sprint I|
|Noon||Beginning of Sprint II|
|10:00AM||Beginning of Classic Race|
| ||Awards ceremony to take place after all results are tabulated.|
I’ve been working with a great bunch of volunteers to putesogether a great 2008 Team Trials. It’ll be ning to re-connect
with all of you at the Cheat.
Good luck with your training, and with your Trials race. See y’all at West Virginia.
2007 US Team Trials Race Director