The Euro Cup Series has some new events on the calendar this year. A great chance to go race on some new rivers, make some new friends and explore new places!
At Noguera Pallaresa on the Rialp River in Spain there will be an R4 event with all 4 disciplines and runs from 5 – 7 June. Link
There is prize money up for grabs at the R4 event on the Firtina River in Rize, Turkey. This event is from the 11 to the 14 June. This is also all 4 disciplines. Link
Italy is holding it’s first Euro Cup event from the 31 July to the 2 Aug. It is R6. It will be Villeneuve (AO) on the 31st July for slalom, Ivrea (TO) on 1st August for Sprint and H2H, and on the 2nd August is Downriver in Villeneuve (AO). Ivrea is 80 km before Villeneuve along the route and there they have the slalom camp. Link
Here is a teaser video for the first event in the series – Euro Cup Solkan in Slovenia.
2015 LIST OF TOP 10 ‘ENDANGERED RIVERS’ AND TOP 10 ‘MOST IMPROVED RIVERS’
Individuals or organizations are kindly requested to take our survey and nominate one river for the ‘TOP 10 ENDANGERED RIVERS’ list and one for the ‘TOP 10 MOST IMPROVED RIVERS’ list.
The IRF ‘TOP 10 ENDANGERED RIVERS’ list will consist of the rivers which are endangered due to damming or diversion, mining, pollution, logging, heavy development, or any other environmental or developmental threat that diminishes water quality, impedes fisheries, or negatively impacts recreational boating opportunities, or similar.
The IRF ‘TOP 10 MOST IMPROVED RIVERS’ list will consist of rivers that have been recently protected due to government decree, have had a serious threat removed or halted, have had dams or other major obstructions or diversions removed, have been cleaned up, have had active government participation in creating recreation opportunities, or any similar river improvement activities.
It is time to summarize the results of the Euro Cup competition for 2014. Mother Nature showed us her teeth during the year, with floods and droughts, causing some events to be cancelled and others postponed. This affected many teams’ plans to attend events and may be the reason we had so few teams qualifying for this series.
In the R6 Women’s category – “Reflip” from Bulgaria – won comfortably as they were the only team to have attended two Euro Cup events. First among the men’s team was RC “Dajak” (BiH), 2nd KES “Vir” (SRB) and RT ”Liman” also from Serbia in 3rd place. Only 8 teams qualified in this category. (R6 Results – Men; R6 Results – Women)
The R4 Men’s category was won by Gimpex 2 (SLO) with Cabanos BA (SVK) second and Rafting Team Vidra (SLO) taking third. Only 11 teams qualified in this category – a minimum of two events is needed to qualify, with the top points from their best two events going to their points total. Unfortunately no women’s teams attended two events so there were no qualifiers there in the Women’s R4 category. (R4 Results – Men; R4 Results – Women)
Congratulations go to the winners. The Balkan region definitely dominates and it is great they are supporting their neighbour country’s events.
This sport is so strongly connected with nature, in the most intimate way, and so we must share the problems that happen and being aware of climate changes and doing our part to help slow/reverse this is essential. From our World Champ to our Euro Champs and national events we all were affected in some way by nature either being over abundant with water or with drought.
So when you are planning your schedule for 2015 – make sure you have a few back up events in case the ones you choose have to cancel or postpone.
And remember !!!!!!!!!! To qualify for the Euro Cup Series final positions you need to have attended at least two events.
Euro Cup events are a great training ground, so bring your good mood with you, because 2015 will be full of good cheer at the competitions. Friendship, competition, new place to compete, new challenges, travelling, partying … all this makes up the magnificent participation in the Euro Cup competition series.
And yes, folks, select a new competition this year , one that you’ve never been to before, a new river …. challenge yourself a little. After all, we are adventurous explorers.
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