The kayak-cross race route will start with sprinting toward calm water where racer warms up. Kayaker continues on white water paddling down the stream and ends with short sprint into finish line on the bank. The racer’s goal is to gain as few penalty seconds as possible and finish with the best time.
Start: Feed channel with the starting pool
Finish: On the right bank of lower section of kayak channel
Track length: 1,29 km
Route will consist of numbered gates colored as either green (downstream) or red (upstream), indicating the direction how they must be crossed. Order of the gates has to be followed. If the competitor’s boat, paddle or body touches a gate a time penalty for team will be 30 seconds.Missing gate, or order switching is penalized with 2 minutes. Besides the gates, there will be Liptov Ride logo on the route, and each racer has to touch the logo. For not touching the logo team will be penalized with 5 minutes.
In part of track – calm water there are located two buoys, around which every kayaker must turn around. Order of turning around the buoys is up to competitor. For not turning around the each buoy team gets penalization 20 minutes. In case of capsize and getting out of the kayak, team is penalized for each remaining missed gate 2 minutes, possibly 5 minutes for not touching Liptov Ride logo.
Kayaker who makes whole track without capsizing and exiting kayak must cross finish line on the bank with kayak.
Kayaker who capsizes and exits from kayak on the the track must still cross finish line on the bank, however not required with kayak.
- Plastic kayak (for reference click here)
- kayak is made of PE (polyethylen)
- maximum length of the kayak is 280 cm
- minimum weight of the kayak is 13 kg
- life jacket
- wetsuit due to weather changes.