Race 1: Wagga

Entries via JustGo – HERE

Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club is happy to be hosting the first round of the Paddle NSW, 2022 Marathon Series, which kicks off on Saturday 5th February. The format and course will be the same as 2021, with one-way, down river courses offered for all Divisions.

There are 3 different starting locations for this race. Please note which location your Division will start from.

The start time will be 11:00am for all divisions with the exceptions of Division 7, starting at 10:30am and Division 6 starting at 10:45am. All times are in local AEDT

Divisions 1-7 will race from Oura Beach, Oura, to Wagga Beach (26km all downstream)

Divisions 8-12 will race from Braehour Reserve, Braehour Road, Forest Hill, to Wagga Beach (17km all downstream)

Division 13 will race from Eunony Bridge Reserve, Wagga, to Wagga Beach (7.5km all downstream)

The courses above should give times comparable to the standard divisions used at other races for 20, 15 and 5 kilometre distances. Unfortunately, this format does not readily support a 10km equivalent course, so rather than shorten the distance (and reduce the enjoyment of a down river run) we’ve set the 10km divisions to run on the 17km course.

VRA, NSW RMS and Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club members will be on hand to support the event. Paddlers are advised of the following requirements and conditions:

  • This is a downriver race. There will be no upriver component.
  • Heat management may be a factor and participants are to carry sufficient hydration for the race duration.
  • Paddler Check-in and Number Collection will be at each of the three starting locations.
  • Paddlers should proceed directly to their respective start location, arriving with sufficient time to prepare for their race.
  • There will be a mini bus at Wagga Beach for those paddlers requiring transport back to any of the 3 start locations to collect their vehicles. The shuttle bus will leave from the Wagga Beach on the hour at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (if required). Competitors using the shuttle bus may need to consider carrying their car keys with them during the race. Kayaks can be left at the beach whilst you collect your car. Participants should try to organise their own car shuffle where possible.
  • Paddlers entering for their first race in a PNSW Marathon Series, and any paddler wanting to enter anything other than the Division they last raced in, or were assigned to, should choose one of the “Ranking” race Divisions. (unless entering in Divisions 1, 8, or 9)
  • Relevant Covid conditions apply – (check latest conditions at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/rules)
  • Please don’t attend if you’re experiencing cold or flu like symptoms, or if you’re supposed to be in isolation for any reason.
  • Even though this is an outdoor event, social distancing will continue to be a focus for events in 2022.
  • Entry is through the PaddleAustralia registration system (JustGo) – HERE

Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club will be posting river conditions and other useful event information on their website and Facebook pages. Please visit the Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club website for further information.

 

SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER AND POST RACE CATCH UP

If you are staying the night in Wagga Wagga after the race, please feel free to join us with your families and friends from 5:30pm at the Palm and Pawn Hotel, 68 Hampden Ave, North Wagga Wagga for drinks and dinner. WBCC has made a booking for 50 people. The pub has a large outdoor area, delicious meals and follows all COVID regulations. They also have accommodation and a courtesy bus that operates from 5:30pm until close. There will be prizes awarded to Division winners at the pub.

SUNDAY MORNING EVENT

For anyone wishing to enjoy a quick paddle on Sunday morning, before hitting the road to travel home, WBCC will be running a short guided paddle from the beach down to Wiradjuri Reserve, around Wiradjuri Islands, and back to the beach (2.5km each way, total of 5km). The upstream paddle back to the beach isn’t too bad, with locals able to show paddlers the best lines out of the current (possibly even an impromptu skills session). Points of interest include the back of Fitzmaurice Street shops including the Dame Edna Mural, the levee bank cycling/walking track, the remnants of the 1895 Hampden Bridge including an abutment and a pier comprised of 2 piles and webbing and the Wiradjuri Bridge. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the resident platypus on this section of the river.

This guided paddle will leave from the beach at 8:30am.

 

 

WAGGA TOURIST INFORMATION AND ACCOMMODATION LINKS

Wagga Visitor Information Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre – Visit Wagga Wagga

Wagga Accommodation Stay – Visit Wagga Wagga

 

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION

Angela Farrell or Jason Redlich via email waggabidgeecc@gmail.com

Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club website Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club (google.com)