Texas Winter 100K
January 26, 2019
A 62 mile canoe race on the Colorado River, including 14.5 mile Stand-Up Paddle division
Saturday, January 26th, 2019
The Texas Winter 100k (TWO) launches it’s 8th annual race from the banks of Ladybird Lake (aka: Town Lake) this coming January. The race is fashioned after the popular Colorado River 100 and will give racers a reason to get in shape and stay in shape throughout the winter. Compared to most of the weather in the canoe racing world of North America, Texas is quite pleasant, with average highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s for January. That said, the temps have been known to get down to 8 degrees F and up to 85 degrees F, so anything can happen. Rainfall tends to be fairly moderate, but this is Texas, so it’s anybody’s guess.
The 2011 race was a bit cold and drizzly, the 2012-2017 races were warmer and sunny, so definitely plan on any conditions.
CR100: Racers may notice the similarities between the TWO and the CR100. The goal was to give racers a mid-winter race and to tie the TWO with the CR100. In fact, the finish for the TWO is exactly the same as the starting location for the CR100: Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop, Texas.
Schedule of Events
Race Date Saturday January 26, 2019
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 25, 2019 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at the Holiday Inn Town Lake
Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing at that same place Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Adventure Class Start Time 5am, January 26, 2019
Competitor Class Start Time 7am, January 26, 2019
Stand-Up Paddle Division Start Time NOON, January 26, 2019 at Utley/969 Utley Bridge
Free dinner provided at the finish line to all volunteers, support personnel and racers.
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)
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
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.
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.