US Whitewater Slalom Team Trials: schedule, directions

US Whitewater Slalom Team Trials: schedule, directions

Post by Rich Kulawi » Sat, 16 May 1992 11:25:28

        *TENTATIVE* Schedule for USCKT Slalom Trials
                (as of 3/31/92)

        Trials are being held on the Savage River, MD, just below the dam.

Friday, May 15, 1992:

        9 AM: open practice until noon

Saturday, May 16, 1992

        9 AM: C-2, K-1 non-stop practice runs
    10:15 AM: C-2, K-1 first and second runs
        2 PM: K-1W, C-1 non-stop practice runs
        3 PM: K-1W, C-1 first and second runs

Sunday, May 17, 1992

     9:45 AM: C-1, K-1W non-stop practice runs
    10:45 AM: C-1, K-1W first and second runs
     1:30 PM: K-1, C-2 non-stop practice runs
     2:30 PM: K-1, C-2 first and second runs

Here is the algorithm for selecting team members, as best as I understand it:

In each class, the top two finishers on day #1 (Saturday) become members
of the team.  The top finisher on day #2 (Sunday) who isn't already on
the team becomes a member of the team.  Finally, the top overall finisher
(day #1 and day #2 combined) who isn't already on the team becomes
the alternate.

----begin inclusion

For ticket information, call 1-800-695-4221.  Tickets are $10.00 per person,
per day, and include the mandatory shuttle bus (there's not enough
parking right at the race site).

You need to get to far western Maryland.  The best route from New Jersey
would probably be PA turnpike to I-81, south to I-68 in Maryland (I-68
was newly opened last year, old maps show rt. 48) OR I-70 in Maryland
west to I-68 west.  The race is near Bloomington and Westernport (southwest
of Cumberland and south-southwest of Frostburg).

Park and ride areas are:

1. Rt. 495 south to New Germany Rd to Big Run State Park.

2. Tri-town shopping plaza in McCoole on Rt. 135

3. McCoole volunteer fire department (on right if heading south on Rt. 135,
   in McCoole

4. Westernport Industrial Park, Right on Rt. 135

There's Highway Advisory Radio (530 or 1610 AM) just east of Cumberland that
I bet will have an informational announcement.  "Look for Trailblazer Signs"
is on the little map I have.

Park and ride sites 1 and 4 are closest to the race (4 is closest).  2 and 3
are closer to larger towns to the north.

I'm staying over in Cumberland, there's also a lot of camping, motels in
Keyser West ***ia, and around Deep Creek Lake (to the west of the site.

Hope this all helps!

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For those unfamiliar with the event: whitewater slalom racing is an event
in which paddlers attempt to run a series of 20-25 gates in the shortest
time possible.  The gates must be traversed in correct sequence and direction,
i.e. some gates are "downstream" and some are "upstream".  Penalties are
imposed for missing a gate (typically 50 seconds) and touching a gate with
boat, body, or paddle (typically 10 seconds).  In events of this caliber,
paddlers will generally need to have "clean runs" (no touches, and certainly
no misses) to be among the top finishers.  Complicating this process is
the water that the gates are hung on top of: the Savage River in western
Maryland, which has a III/IV rating, and drops at around 85 feet per mile,
and is laced with holes, pourovers, boiling eddies, and blasting current.

In short, these whitewater slalom racers will be competing in water that
would destroy many paddlers (and boats).

The US has some of the best paddlers in the world; Jon Lugbill and Davy Hearn
have won nearly everything there is to win in C-1 for the last decade;
unforunately, whitewater events have not been part of the Olympics since
1972, so they have not had the chance to compete in the Olympic Games.
Dana Chladek and Kara Ruppel are expected to do well in K-1W;
Eric Jackson and Jamie McEwan will be competing in K-1.

Come out and support the US team!  And if you can't make it, try to
support the team by contributing to the***erson Whitewater Course
(an artificial course near Washington, DC, constructed to approximate
the course at Barcelona and used by US Team members for training),
or the Bethesda Center of Excellence, both of which are important
factors in helping our paddlers run fast and clean.