2018 is going to be a huge year for the Berg River Canoe Marathon! Since last year’s race there have been a number of new developments that we are very excited about, brought about through consultation with you, the paddler, and the new faces on the Berg Management Committee – the input of the new members has already been noticed!
In an effort to keep this great race contemporary and relevant, we have changed the competitive format of the race to two-person teams! Pretty much like the way big mountain bike stage races are run, this two paddler team format really lends itself to the Berg, by having a buddy on hand all the time for a wave or to help you get through a tough patch.
Old School Rules
We will never turn our back on the race’s great traditions, and will always welcome and actively encourage paddlers keen to take on the Berg solo in a K1, as has been the norm for the last 57 years.
The four year-long drought continues unabated and the much-talked-about Day Zero is still a reality. The Berg River looks depressing at the moment! We are going ahead with our plans to race the Berg, hoping that the start of the winter rains presents us with good water levels.
We will base all decisions nearer the time on the facts as they present themselves, and will do it in consultation with a broad spectrum of paddlers. We are due some good luck from the weather gods!
Entries open soon!
Keep an eye out on the website as the online entries for team, sponsored teams, and solo paddlers will open on 2 April.
Our website has undergone a total revamp, and is now quicker and easier to use and more handset friendly. We are also adding new content that will make life easier for seconders driving to the various spectator points with live Google Maps functionality.
Diarise it now
Time to start planning! Diarise 11 to 14 July, and start chatting to your paddling friends and training partners about committing to race the 2018 Berg with you! We also encourage the relay option, which is a great way for less fit paddlers and newcomers to the sport to experience the Berg.
Our next newsletter will have more information about entering as a team, and how to enter online.