USCA National Stock Aluminum Canoe/Downriver Kayak Marathon Championships

This event was held on June 21, 204. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTS.

CLICK HERE FOR AN AWESOME VIDEO OF THE START OF THE C2 MENS CLASS AT THE USCA'S 2014 ALUMINUM NATIONALS ON THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER!!

The information below will be left up for a few months for reference. Thanks to all who participated and assisted!!


Important News: First, there will be a C-2 Mixed class!
Second, this event includes USCA's Downriver Kayak classes (ICF Wildwater specifications)!!
Third, Liquidlogic/Native Watercraft will host the Saturday evening awards and dinner at their headquarters!!!
Fourth, there will be a pro boat race the next day; for details, CLICK HERE
Moreover, you can race both the ACA WWOCD Nationals and these Nationals in the same trip; as explained on our main page.
Details on all of this, and more (schedule, directions, et.) below. Link to entry form above. See you there!!!!

Schedule:

June 20 5:00 to 7:00 pm: Check-in and late registration [Westfeldt River Park]

June 21 7:30 to 8:30 am: Last minute registration [Blantyre Access]
June 21 8:45 am: Competitors meeting
June 21 9:00 am: Race start for all classes
June 21 11:00 on: Shuttles back to race start (** for drivers only; boats will be supervised at finish line)

June 21 5:00 pm: Factory tour at Liquidlogic/Native Watercraft (2 miles from finish line)
June 21 5:30 pm: Awards/dinner at Liquidlogic/Native Watercraft

June 22 8:20 am: Pro Boat race Location: On the French Broad River near Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Course: The course will be eighteen (18) miles on the French Broad River in Henderson County, North Carolina. It is the same course that is presently used for the first day of the annual French Broad Classique race (see our Classique page). The course starts at Blantyre, North Carolina, and continues downstream to the Westfeldt River Park (specific directions below). This stretch is a terrific venue for paddling racing. The course has good views of Pisgah National Forest, but is nonetheless easily accessible. Both the Blantyre access and the Westfeldt River Park are maintained by the Henderson County Parks and Recreation Department. The finish at Westfeldt is within sight of the Asheville Regional Airport. Five (5) highway bridges cross the course between the start and finish, allowing ample opportunities for spectators. Click on the following to see maps of various sections of the course:
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Classes Contested:: All USCA classes for the Aluminum Nationals will be held and, in addition, the USCA has approved a C2 Mixed class for this event. The rules can be found at the following link, but remember that this race will have the C2 Mixed class as well: Rules for USCA Aluminum Nationals. Also, for the first time, the USCA National Downriver Kayak classes will be part of this event. Specifications for USCA's Downriver Kayak classes are based on ICF's Wildwater specs and can be viewed by clicking here (see Section E).

Entry Fees: Entry fee will be $25.00 per paddler for adults and $10.00 per paddler for youths. Entry forms will be available in March. USCA membership is required. While we will accept entries up to the morning of the event, it would really help us a lot if you could send them early. See the information on the entry from itself by following the link above or clicking here.

Race Check-in / General logistics On Friday evening, June 20, competitors can check in at the Westfeldt River Park (the finish line; directions below). On Saturday, everyone will meet at the start line at Blantyre (for those of you familiar with the Classique, these logistics are a little different). We will have volunteers at the finish to shuttle competitors back up to Blantyre after their race runs while other volunteers watch over the boats and gear at Westfeldt. Competitors will then drive down to Westfeldt to collect their boats and gear. Saturday night, we will have check-in for Sunday's pro boat race at the awards/dinner.

Awards / Dinner: All USCA awards will be presented Saturday night at the awards barbecue at the Legacy Paddlesports headquarters, just a few miles from the finish line; see http://www.legacypaddlesports.com/

Pro Boat Race:An all craft pro boat race will be held on Sunday morning on the same course. CLICK HERE for information.

Advantages of this Location: The location is very accessible. This area of North carolina is actually farther west than Cleveland and easy to get to on Interstates 40 and 26. The regional airport, which is within site of the finish line, is served by Delta, Us Airways, United and Allegiant. There are dozens of summer camps in the area, so we expect to be able to have some boats available for competitors to use. Tourism is the major industry in the Asheville area, so there are literally hundreds of campsites and motels nearby. There is an annual race on this stretch of river each April, the French Broad Classique; see: www.fbcanoeracing.org/indexclassique.html

Another advantage for many paddlers is that the American Canoe Association's (ACA) Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver (WWOCD) National Championships are being held on the nearby Nantahala River just a couple of days before these Nationals. The ACA WWOCD Nationals will be contested on the Tuesday through Thursday, June 17 to 19 and the driving tme between the two events is only about an hour and a half. To learn more, start by visiting the main page of this web site by clicking here.

Contact:Contact: Tom Blue, email fbracechair@earthlink.net phone (919) 428-4302 (e-mail contact preferred and is generally returned within 24 hours unless we are off on some extended river trip!!)

Directions: The following directions are provided using the Asheville Regional Airport as a starting point. The airport is located just off of Interstate 26 at Exit 40.

WESTFELDT RIVER PARK (finish): GPS Coordinates: N35 25.317 W82 32.508
From the Asheville Regional Airport, go south on Route 280. proceed about 1.25 miles around the airport and past the fairgrounds. Just before crossing the river, at a traffic light, turn right onto Ferncliff Park Drive, then immediately left into Westfeldt River Park.

BLANTYRE ACCESS (start): GPS Coordinates: N35 17.952 W82 37.402
From the airport, go south on Route 280. Go approximately 10.5 miles. Look for a sign directing you to the town of Etowah and, just past it, turn left onto Brickyard Road. Follow Brickyard Road for approximately 4 miles, right through the middle of the golf course. Near the end of that 4 miles, at a stop sign, you have to make a 90 degree turn to the right to stay on Brickyard Road. Shortly after the 90 degree turn, you will come to a stoplight which is the town of Etowah and the intersection with Route 64. Turn right (west) onto Route 64 and go approximately 2 miles. Not long after crossing into Transylvania County, turn left onto Grove Bridge Road. Cross the railroad tracks CAREFULLY BECAUSE there are no warning gates or lights!! After crossing the tracks, you will cross the river and the Blantyre access area is on your left.


Last updated June 22, 2014