Mission Statement of the Texas Winter 100
Host one of the coolest paddling events in the state of Texas, bringing together recreational and competitive paddlers in an exciting venue, while raising environmental awareness of the water and lands of the lower Colorado River.

Schedule of Events
Race Date Saturday January 28, 2017
Start Location: Under IH-35 adjacent to the Holiday Inn Town Lake on Ladybird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin, Texas

Finish Location Fisherman’s Park, Bastrop, TX
Packet Pick-Up January 27, 2017 from
   4:30pm to 7:00pm at the Holiday Inn Town Lake
Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing at that same place Friday,     
   January 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Adventure Class Start Time 5am, January 28, 2017
Competitor Class Start Time 7am, January 28, 2017

Stand-Up Paddle Division Start Time NOON, January 28, 2017 at Utley/969 Utley Bridge

Free dinner provided at the finish line to all volunteers, support personnel and racers.

Refund policy in the event of Natural Disaster
 I'll refund everything that hasn't been spent to each entrant. The bottom line is I won't take any profit if the race is cancelled.

The TWO has many expenses prior to the race that are paid for by early race entries. The process of running this race starts 3 months before race day. The race would not be able to continue as an annual event if 100% of the entry fees were refunded in the event of a flood, forest fire or tsunami. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. It is our sincere hope to put on the safest and best TWO possible. Please stay posted to the TWO forum for the most up to date race information. 

USCA Race Insurance
http://www.coloradoriver100.com/USCAgif.gifThis is a United States Canoe Association sanctioned event. All paddlers will need to purchase one day coverage at race
check in for $6, if not registered through Active.com.  All racers must sign a waiver prior to starting the event.


Safety on the Course
Local emergency medical officials will be notified of the event. River rangers will patrol the waters of the course as necessary. Emergency medical numbers will be given to all participants. Cell phones are recommended. Four mandatory check points will be established, with a mandatory check in and out. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. A pre-designated bank runner may do the check-in and check-out, but the racer/team will be held liable if the bank runner fails to do so. USCA rules and regulations must be followed at all times. Random required gear checks may take place during the event. Each participant must have a coast guard approved type I, II, III or V Personal Floatation Device (PFD) in his/her possession while on the water. Each boat must have at least one whistle while on the water.

Race Course Description
The race will be staged on the Colorado river. The race will begin under IH-35 on Ladybird Lake and finish 100 kilometers (62 miles) downriver at Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop. The river is free-flowing and virtually hazard-free, with the exception of the occasional boulder or gravel bar. Good water navigation skills will be an advantage. With low water, some shoal areas exist. However, they are typically short and should present no problem. The water quality is generally clean and clear except following heavy rains, which stir up the red sand resulting in muddy water. With a strong southerly wind, forward progress may be slowed. There is one small dam portage on this portion of river. It’s a few miles below Longhorn Dam, after the portage out of Ladybird Lake. It’s a small dam that can be portaged on either side. It’s washed out in high water. The only portage is out of Ladybird Lake. A portage trail will be marked with yellow ribbon about 100 yards to river right (south) of Longhorn Dam along Pleasant Valley road. The portage will be manned by volunteers to direct the way through a tunnel under the road and back into the river. It’s approximately ¼ mile long portage on easy terrain.

Stand-Up Paddlers will begin at NOON at the FM 969/Utley Bridge.

Mandatory Equipment List
Cell phone or 2 way communication device (includes SPOT tracker)
Coast Guard approved PFD for each person in boat (personal floatation device)
2 Chemical lights, 12 hour type, fixed to bow and stern of boat for night travel (also called glow sticks or cylum)
Space Blanket
Rain jacket (your choice, a garbage bag will also be sufficient)
Method of carrying at least 1/2 gallon of fluid per person at all times
1 whistle per boat
First Aid Kit (no specifics)
Minimum of 1 head light or bow light


Strongly Suggested Equipment List
GPS
Spare Paddle
Water purifying tablets

 
 
  Mandatory Check Points
There will be 2 mandatory check points for the Adventure Class and Competitor Class. They will be at Little Webberville Park and the 969 bridge at Utley. These check points are mandatory and are required to monitor the progress of the event. They will be managed by the event staff. Failure to check in at these points will result in disqualification, no exceptions.   Other than the Start/Finish line, there will be no checkpoints for Stand-Up Paddle Division.

Meeting Points

Race officials will be positioned at meeting points to monitor racers progress. There will be no check-in at these meeting points and no guarantee that a ride is available if the racers choose to quit the race.

The first will be at the 183 bridge in Austin. The second will be at the Big Webberville park.

Night Travel
There will be no dark zones. This race will be continuous through the night. Either a head lamp or bow light is required. Bow and stern chemical light must be lit and on at dusk.  Although there are no required dark zones a paddler may pull over and rest as needed with respect to the cut-off times. Although the river banks are private property the multiple sand bars, and parks will be available for the tired paddler. Beware of river critters.

Cut-Off Times
This event has a 16 hour time limit for all paddlers in the adventure class. In order for a paddler in the adventure class to finish this event in under 16 hours they must maintain continuous forward motion at a minimum average of approximately 3.85 mph for 16 hours. Paddlers in the competitor class will have a 13 hour time limit. This translates to an average speed of 4.76 mph for 13 hours. Each mandatory check point will represent a cut-off time. Failure to reach these checkpoints by the required cut-off time will result in a dnf status. Cut off times at the checkpoints will follow the Zimmerman rule (direct correlation to mph required to finish by 9 p.m.) Stand-Up Paddle division will have 9 hours to complete 14.5 miles.  If a paddler chooses to continue after the designated cut-off time they will do so at their own risk, without the support of the event staff.

Race Support
Each participant is allowed unlimited race support and is responsible for their own support. Any public access points on the river may be used for this purpose. Support is defined as any assistance given to the participant outside of substituting boats or paddlers. This includes, but is not limited to, water and food hand offs, disposal of trash and or hugs and kisses from loved ones. For those wanting to travel without race support, they may self support by using any one of the several river parks that line the race course. Potable water will be available at these locations. Pre-scouting the race course and local river parks is strongly recommended. The organizers of the race will not provide any outside support during the race.

Unsupported Racer Information
Racers can race unsupported. This does not change the status that each team is responsible for checking in to each of the two checkpoints.

Class Age Restrictions
Due to the extreme nature of this event, strict age limitations will be enforced. Any solo participant must be at least 16 years of age. Any tandem participants must be at least 14 years of age and travel with an adult at all times. No exceptions. All racers under the age of 18 must have waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian.

 Texas Winter 100k Shuttles    
 This year, shuttles for practice runs may be made available dependant on when Director, West Hansen, is in town.


 
 

 

 

Adventure Class
This class is for the paddler who is in it for the challenge and adventure. If you are an adventure racer, recreational paddler or new to paddle racing then this is the class for you. If you are competitive in nature but don't have a race boat to back you up then this class is for you.   If you just got a race boat and are still falling out of it then this class is for you. Two checkpoints will be required for the all classes. These check points are mandatory and are required to monitor the progress of the event. These check points will be managed by the event staff.  Adventure Class boats include, but are not limited to aluminum, plastic, abs or fiberglass canoes, touring kayaks, surfskis, sea kayaks and sit on tops. (Inflatable's & Rowing sculls are not allowed in the TWO)

Qualifications to race in the Adventure Class
Participants may use any type of canoe or kayak unless they fit the "Adventure Class Exception" below.  Previous Competitor Class racers may not race in the Adventure Class unless they are in a recreational type boat.  Previous Adventure Class winners who won their class in a recreational type boat may continue to race in the Adventure Class.  All boats must be paddled with either a canoe or kayak paddle.

"Adventure Class Exception"
A participant may not use a carbon or kevlar racing style boat in the Adventure Class if they have previously placed 1st in their class or subclass in that boat in the Adventure Class in the CR100 (yep, this isn't a typo).  This holds true for either member of a tandem team

If you have any questions regarding boats or what class you should race in PLEASE email us before you register
texaswinter100@gmail.com

Although the adventure class competitors are not eligible for cash awards, the top 3 finishers in each subclass will be recognized at the awards ceremony for their accomplishments.

Adventure Subclasses
Solo - male, female
Tandem - male, female & mixed. 
 

Competitor Class
This Class is geared toward the competitive marathon canoe racer. Only two checkpoints will be required for the competitor class. These check points are mandatory and are required to monitor the progress of the event. These check points will be managed by the event staff. Entry into this class will make you eligible for cash awards given to the top three finishers in each subclass. They will also be recognized at the awards ceremony for their accomplishment.

Qualifications to race in the Competitor Class.
Participants must be able to make the Competitor Class cut off times for each checkpoint.  Previous marathon canoe racing experience is highly recommended.

Competitor Subclasses
USCA C1 & C2 - male, female, and mixed
(Specs as outlined in the USCA handbook)
Unlimited Solo & Tandem - male, female and mixed
ICF K1 & K2 - male, female and mixed

Cash Award Distribution (Competitor Class only)
$25 of each entry fee collected will be totaled for that subclass and will be distributed between 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. That means the more people entered in your subclass, the more cash that will be distributed in that subclass to the top 3. 


Local Parks
Bastrop State Park, Buescher State Park, Fisherman’s Park, Vernon L. Richards Park


Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Town Lake is offering a special rate for racers and race support.

Rule TWO
The organizers of this event reserve the right to revise any prior rules or regulations as a result of conflict, hazard or unforeseen incident.

CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS & SUPPLY
HIGH PERFORMANCE BOATS

Solo & Tandem Unlimited's, C1 & C2's
John Bugge (979) 690-1554 or (979) 776-1100

RECREATIONAL ON-SITE
Cook's Canoes (512) 276-7767
Howell's Canoe Livery (979) 732-3816
Rising Phoenix Adventures (512) 677-2305 or (512) 332-1077

RECREATIONAL OFF-SITE (Austin)
Austin Canoe & Kayak (512) 719-4-FUN
Austin Outdoor Gear & Guidance (512) 473-2628
REI (512) 343-5550
TG Canoe LIvery (512) 353-3946

RECREATIONAL OFF-SITE (Houston)
Southwest Paddle Sports  (281) 292-5600  

* Note the information provided above is for reference only.
The TWO is not responsible for rentals or their transportation.
Some local venders may offer delivery and pick-up.
Supply is limited reserve your boat and register early.


Maps
Maps can be found on the Race Course page

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